Before coming to Thailand to become an instructor for Karen students training to become physician assistants, I had heard about how wonderful the Karen people are. Now that I have been in Thailand for a year, I can attest to this and how one student in particular has impacted me.

At 4:00am I hear my phone vibrate. A message appears: “Hi, my teacher. Are you ok? Can I get food?” 

While living and working overseas, it’s normal to wonder at times, “Is it worth it? Does what I’m doing matter?” Recently I have been assured that the answer is, "Yes!"