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Stories of a 20-something's Peace Corps service in Thailand

Home Is Whenever I’m With You — Sticky Rice // สทิคีไรส์

This quarter, Peace Corps Thailand Magazine // Sticky Rice writers are sharing thoughts and feelings about what “home is” to each of us.

Follow the link below to read my latest feature about what my “home is” like in Thailand. And maybe listen to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros while you read!

“Home is Whenever I’m With You” –

Peace Corps Thailand Magazine

Carly_FamilyDinnerCarly Allard, 129 YinD

Not long ago, one of my students asked me about the difference between “house” and “home”. I realized it was a completely valid question and an obvious source of confusion for an English language learner. As I struggled to explain that both words sometimes mean the same thing but can’t necessarily be used interchangeably, a look of sheer puzzlement crossed the student’s face.

I myself was a little confused after trying to explain the scenario, first in simple English and then in broken Thai. That didn’t help. Eventually, I settled on a definition of home being a feeling of comfort, safety, and love with the people you share a house with, whereas a house is simply a building you live in. Just as I was finishing the confusing-for-everyone-involved explanation, something seemed to stand out: the people.

As I continued to think about my botched teaching moment…

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Twenty-six in Thailand

A very many thanks to everyone who offered birthday wishes from all corners of the globe. I think the best part about birthdays is feeling a little more loved and cared about with each and every call, FaceTime, text, Facebook message, and email I received. 


After a long while, a blurry mess of turkey trot t-shirt, colorful buff, duffel bags, and a loud "CARLS!" came barreling my way. "Welcome to Thailand" hugs are officially my new favorite thing to give, by the way.

How low can you go?

There were weeks and months of staring at my computer screen, Word doc at the ready, unable to make my fingers move across the keyboard. There were things I longed to share, but simply didn’t know how to.

(Almost) Two Weeks With My Brother

In May 2016 I embarked on a "sistercation" trip to Ireland and the U.K. with Claire and shortly after Thanksgiving 2017, I was finally able to achieve my goal when I picked my brother, Bryce, up at the airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand!

Happy Peace Corps New Year

It's been a hell of a year, that's for sure.

Decking the Halls (and Walls)… of Thailand — Sticky Rice // สทิคีไรส์

Carly Allard, 129 YinD “Oh, by gosh, by golly! It’s time for mistletoe and holly!” Except mistletoe and holly aren’t readily available in rural Thailand. Neither are traditional Christmas trees, holiday TV specials, mulled wine, or snow. While the Christmas-celebrating... Continue Reading →

Thankful for Thailand

I smiled as I wrote their very fifth-grade answers on the white board and was struck with a gigantic “ah-ha” moment as I realized what I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving season: Thailand.

For my Little Loves

If I can’t yet prove to my little loves that girls can indeed rule the world, I’ll sure as hell show them we can change it.

One Down, Three to Go

With the first term of school under my belt, I thought I’d share a bit about what I did in my classes and schools since they started in mid-May.

Mama KJ’s Visit to Thailand

At first, she didn’t see me, which was kind of funny in the moment, but eventually we found each other and, per Allard family tradition, both started crying.

27 Books in 27 Months: September 2017

"Sit and Cry: Two Years in the Land of Smiles" by Burgess Needle

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