An email from a British traveller to Myanmar
Dear Paul and Beatrix,
Well I've just returned from Asia and seen your email from earlier this month. Thank you for the good wishes!
Myanmar was INCREDIBLE - I loved every minute of being there. The people were simply delightful and it was such a beautiful country in every way.
The young teachers that we helped to train were an absolute dream to teach and wonderful company throughout our stay. Our Western culture - especially as far as the younger generations are concerned - seems to have lost its way somewhat and could learn so much from Asia in terms of the work ethic, gratitude, respect, kindness and sincerity of people. We were overwhelmed by the appreciation and respect they showed us and felt humbled by their overwhelmingly generous hospitality, despite the very basic living conditions and general poverty. We stayed in a monastery school on the edge of Inle Lake and it was amazing to see how well-disciplined the children (over 1000) were, and how committed they all were to learning. There is undoubtedly a lot to be done in terms of educational development in Myanmar but at least we managed to make a positive difference to those that we had the good fortune to work with.