This morning (very early), enjoy a scavenger hunt through the seemingly other-worldly Mae Sot morning market. Again, you may be a little shocked to learn what some people consider their daily fare. A prize will be awarded not only for the winner of the hunt but also to the one who is willing to try what the group considers to be the most outrageous and to us, inedible, dish or item.
Later this morning you will assist a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the cooking of lunches for some of the hundreds of children who attend migrant schools in Mae Sot. Learn why so many people from Burma have left their homes to work in Thailand and how this is affecting their children. For lunch you will enjoy the dishes that you helped to prepare.
This afternoon, you will have the option of returning to One Dream One World for some additional work on projects that seem never ending. Or you may visit another community organization to learn about their culture, ethnicity, traditions and struggles while at the same time learning about the food consumed by this ethnic group, the ingredients used as well as the process of preparing these dishes. By now, you will have evolved a much more adventuresome palate than the one you left home with.
In the late afternoon, you will meet with Buddhist monks at Mae Sot's Kyaung Thit Monastery, where you will learn about the role of food in Buddhism and the ancient tradition of early morning alms giving.
Tonight, you will dine at a small Burmese restaurant owned by U Aung, a former political prisoner from Burma and his Thai wife, Khemitsara, who incidentally are the founders of One Dream One World and were the facility's sole source of support until Burma Border Projects began funding the school. Khemitsara will only be too happy to demonstrate for you her culinary magic by showing you how to prepare your first Burmese food, which will be your own dinner. You will only have yourself to blame if you don't like the meal.