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John in Thailand
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Background: Why John is going to Thailand 
     After four years at UNC-Chapel Hill, itís time to graduate. Iíve had a great time, but I canít stay there forever. I figure I have about 60 years left in me, God willing, and I need to find something to do. 
     I plan on going on the Anthropology GraduateSchool, but would like a little break before I dive into that. So how should I spend a year? It was suggested at a Christmas party by Celeste Beck that I teach English in Japan for a year as she had done.  I checked on the program she had done, but the deadline was already long past. 
     Then, on a skiing trip with my Uncle Fred, he told me that heíd see if the University where he works, Loyola in Maryland, had any such opportunities.  It turned out that Loyola sends graduates to Thailand every year to teach English in Bangkok. So I applied and was accepted and I am now going through the paperwork and preparations. 

In Brief: 
     ·Constitutional Monarchy in Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia with Bangkok as the capital city. Touches the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. 
     ·Thailand measures approximately 1,553 miles north to south and 776 miles east to west. It is roughly the size of Texas. 
     ·Warm, tropical climate affected by an annual monsoon, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year. Temperatures average 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit, with the highest temperatures from March to May and the lowest in December and January. 
     ·The population of Thailand is now 60 million, about 10 million of whom live in the capital city of Bangkok. 
     ·The official national language, spoken by almost 100 percent of the population, is Thai. 
     ·Buddhism is the faith of 95 percent of the population. There is absolute freedom of religion. 
     ·The only country in Southeast Asia never colonized. 

Click here for a more extensive overview of Thailand, taken from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C.ís webpage
 


Contacting John 
     The best way to get a hold of me is through my email address: jderrick@alumni.unc.edu. As soon as I find out what my address and phone number are in Bangkok, Iíll post them. 

Links 
     Here are some links which you may find interesting: 
          Thailand: 
             Tourism Authority of Thailand
             Bangkok.com
             Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C.

          John: 
             Johnís Homepage
             The Hunger Site
 
Update Listserv
          Here's a listserv which you can join via this link, which will let me send you and others periodic updates of how I'm doing. Here's some info on listservs:
               

     "Having a listserv means that you don't have to type in a whole bunch of addresses when you want to send everyone a message. Instead, all of our email addresses are entered into a system which allows many addresses to be contacted using only one address.  
     This is good for easing communication in clubs and other organizations. People can easily make announcements, pose questions, and send pictures to the entire group at once.  
     Hence, you do need to be careful that you don't send anything you don't mean everybody to get. Also, when you reply to something someone sent on the listserv, it can go to the entire listserv, not just to the person who sent it."
 
          So go here to sign yourself onto the listserv: johninthailand@listserv.unc.edu. Just type in your email address and click "save". If you have any problems, please contact me at jderrick@alumni.unc.edu.