I arrived on Monday afternoon to Chang Mai and met up with my roommate and team lead at the Royal Llana hotel where we did a team dinner and got to know everybody. There is a lot of diversity on the team, about 1/2 live outside the United States permanently andbtravel much more regularly than I do. There is a good collection of young, middle aged, and older people on the trip.
On Tuesday, we did our cultural activity, a bit strange given that we are still getting to know our team and especially our Thai hosts, and have little to celebrate yet. Though understanding the hill people and Buddhism is probably of great importance of working with local volunteers, contractors, and the people we will be building houses for. One surprise is how many tourists there are here, from many Western countries.