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"The Stranded": Highlighting the plight of expats unable to return to Thailand; #3 Charity workers and volunteers


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21 minutes ago, kingofthemountain said:
1 hour ago, maddermax said:

The authorities are stupid. We retired expats are providing the bulk of funding for the country right now. 

i am afraid you greatly overestimate the weight of the retired expats contribution to Thailand global gdp

Yes, this is a very tiring comment.

"A pension only goes so far..." Is a comment I hear a lot in the farang bars, but those on TVF seem to be the exception to this.

If it was such a vast amount each month, they wouldn't be living here; is another comment I hear frequently.

'Stranded' tourists, remote workers, digital nomads etc, all bring in more than retirees. That's why the government doesn't care about bringing retirees out of the country back in yet.

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As someone who spends a lot of time doing voluntary work, but who receives very little thanks from the Thai authorities I understand how these people feel. I nearly went home in March but thankfully d

When is sexpats turn?

They put money which was donated in their own pocket? That's not volunteering, but working, could also be embezzlement if the donors aren't informed about it.

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10 hours ago, webfact said:

He is now stranded in Switzerland when he ought to be continuing his good work in Thailand. He thinks Thailand has "lost it".

 

"It doesn’t need to be expressed that the general sentiment from these very committed volunteers is that Thailand wants the money we spend helping people but they don't seem to care about those who do good for their people

Sounds more like a simple but harsh does of reality for these guys.

 

Most people visiting or living in Thailand know only too well that this is how many Thais view foreigners.

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1 hour ago, sambum said:

What also astounds me is the CEO "compensation" among charities in the United Kingdom alone - CEO's in the US of A get much, much more!

Also all the staff are poshos on a nice jolly.  Living it up like colonial overlords while having sex with local prostitutes or keeping hired mistresses.

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12 minutes ago, 2530Ubon said:

It's a visa that's been used, abused and tolerated long before the pandemic. It's more 'out in the open' now though.

Maybe, but now it is out in the open and the prices have skyrocketed as a result it will come under more scrutiny as it is not a "Countrywide" legal visa!

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1 hour ago, sambum said:
What also astounds me is the CEO "compensation" among charities in the United Kingdom alone - CEO's in the US of A get much, much more!
 
Charity CEO salary (£) CEO name
Cancer Research UK 240,000 Harpal Kumar
Macmillan Cancer Support 170,000 Ciarán Devane
NSPCC 162,000 Peter Wanless
Oxfam 124,000 Mark Goldring

Also, the amount that some celebrities get for their services:-

 

 

"During filming for the show Dispatches, I’m a Celeb contestant Caitlyn Jenner along with football manager Harry Redknapp were both offered and accepted large sums of money to back a dummy charity, called Cleaning Up Plastic Pollution in Africa (Cuppa).

Agents who book in the celebrities told the show that Harry Redknapp would cost £15,000 for him to do one post on Instagram and an extra £5,000 for a photoshoot."

 

I saw similar numbers for Canadian charities, disgusting.. 

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1 hour ago, 2530Ubon said:

Yes, this is a very tiring comment.

"A pension only goes so far..." Is a comment I hear a lot in the farang bars, but those on TVF seem to be the exception to this.

If it was such a vast amount each month, they wouldn't be living here; is another comment I hear frequently.

'Stranded' tourists, remote workers, digital nomads etc, all bring in more than retirees. That's why the government doesn't care about bringing retirees out of the country back in yet.

Please identify which high rolling category you fit into please and what do you estimate your contribution is to the total Thailand GDP compared to us lesser mortals [in only your eyes of course]!

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17 minutes ago, connda said:


I'm suppose to believe that some millennial back-packer with a keyboard and up to their eye-balls in student-loan debt is bringing that same amount of money into Thailand and ejecting it into the Thai economy as foreign currency as Boomer retirees?

Really - you people are daft.  Have any of you bothered to research the generational breakdown of what segment of the populations actually has the wealth in places like the US (other than billionaires).
It happens to be the Boomers who are the current crop of retirees. 

Have you done any research - most of us are not backpackers. I'm closing in on 40 and consult for American companies working in IT. Here's some research;

According to initial survey results, 73.9% of digital nomads in Chiang Mai have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and 56.9% of have at least 11 years professional experience. 40.1% of respondents earn between 50,000 baht to 100,000 baht a month, and 37.8% earn between 100,000 baht to 500,000 baht per month while 4.1% boast earnings of more than 500,000 baht per month. In terms of employment and skills, the greatest percentages work in Software and Web Development (17.3%) followed by Marketing (13.7%), and the Business, Financial or Legal Professions (11.9%). Close behind, online English teachers account for another 9.7%. On average, digital nomads have spent 26,000 baht on visa services in the last 18 months.

 

And from the TOT;

 

"Mrs Srisuda said the agency also needs to extend the long-stay target from retirees to other groups with the potential to stay in Thailand for longer than one month.

"We're aiming for digital nomads and healthcare seekers. They are often younger and can work remotely from anywhere," she said. "Before the pandemic, seaside Thai destinations already welcomed a substantial amount of digital nomads. If we can provide safety measures, they will consider coming back again."

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