Is this a good thing or not?
There is obviously a steady supply of foreigners who are happy to pay for the experience and companies who can make good money from this business.
Postbox letter from George Bowman
About two kilometers away sits a rural school lacking in funds and teachers. And I can’t go there and help. For free.
Taking care of 30 lively kids at a Chumphon orphanage
A lovely Thai couple, P'Nui (Mama) and P'Nong (Papa), run the orphanage. They were exceptional Thais not only because they were Christians, but also because they were so warm and friendly. I was made part of the family straight away
An interesting Thai homestay / work exchange
Peetim's ESL homestay offers volunteers lodging, food, laundry, transportation, and Thai culture in exchange for teaching English in her government and private schools.
Embrace the opportunities that solo travel presents
Some people are completely happy with their own company, so doing things alone isn't even a worthy topic of conversation for them. I aspire to be one of those people. But right now, I'm someone who enjoys the company of others - especially while traveling.