After discovering the Blog section on the CMULI website I went back for a bit of a sticky beak.
There are four bloggers on the main menu, but only two have submissions...and are, of course bias towards the Language Institute and CMU. To be expected. Only four postings between two bloggers, all in June and three published on the same day. HHmmmm, not what I was looking for.
I have been trawling the Internet for a blog or review, written by a farang, like me, who has attended the same course that I will. No such luck.
This might be a good thing, or a bad thing?
The only negative comments I have found out in cyberspace were those on Thai Visa. But to be fair, these were about the Cultural Exchange program, where money is paid to Volunteer?????????
As one commenter rightly stated "Paying to volunteer and got cheated. Bummer". Does seem a bit silly doesn't it, but still, not a favourable review.
*Personal observation - I have read much about 'pay to do volunteer work' and met those who do it, an oximoron if you ask me. I can understand a novice traveller signing up for such a program, but if you ask me, just investigate it before you arrive, arrive and settle in for a few days. Look into it, ask questions and then decide. I am sure that honest volunteer work should not be costing YOU a penny.
I refuse to climb aboard any band wagons and have always maintained an 'I'll make my own mind up' attitude before making any judgements. And, come to think of it, I have read some negative things about Thai Visa on my Internet travels and have found some pretty childish conent in their forums also.
So it makes me wonder, why aren't there any (non commercial) blogs about the course?
In case you hadn't noticed, I am a BIT of a pre-preparation freak..what's that word? I like to know a little about what I'm getting into, before my toes hit the boiling water. I like researching just about anything.
I'm not too worried about the whole process/event/outcome, I have ways out and backup plans in mind. But, if you know of any online accounts of foreigners who are attending or who have completed the CMU One Year Thai Language course, I'd love to hear about it.