Team Leader Bob Thomann Updates from Chiang Mai

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Team Rubicon’s group arrived in Chiang Mai after it’s 40 hour, nearly 13000 mile trek from the states.

On its arrival, the five man detachment successfully linked up with its partner NGO in country and received a night briefing on the mission and the general situation on the ground.

During the meeting, a heavy rain storm common for this time of year blew in, flooding the street and forcing the group tighter under the shelter being used for the meeting. This actually had the effect of creating a more relaxed atmosphere, breaking the ice further and allowing a more human connection between the team and it’s host.

The meeting went well and it’s clear we’ve been warmly accepted and the group here is anxious to see what we can do and to get things rolling.

After the mission briefing, the team, along with the head of 4th Wall made a midnight excursion in a light drizzle to the crowded open air bizarre to purchase some recommended supplies and gear.

This time of year is famous for it’s heavy rains and they’ve made themselves known. The mosquitoes, heat and humidity are all in full force here too.

Today will see more coordination with local support teams in preparation for the kick-off of the actual mission tomorrow.