This in-depth article is about how my small team managed to smash all expectations and get more than 600,000 rating votes for our blog in less than two weeks.
**UPDATE – THE OFFICIAL COUNT IS IN – WE GOT 1,078,049 VOTES – OVER ONE MILLION!!**
First of all – a big thank you. Without you, and thousands of others, my team would not have been able to win the Little Big Project. With your help, we were able to win a grant of $5000 for an NGO that specialises in ecotourism and responsible volunteer tourism – Openmind Projects.
Thank you to all of you that voted, shared, liked and participated. My team-mate and I also won $1000 each, and courtesy of Thai Airways, return flights to Thailand for me, and return flights anywhere in Asia for my Thai team-mate.
Talking about Voluntourism
Interviewed for TV
Here ‘s a quick recap, before we get into how we did it.
From July 3rd to July 17th myself and nine others were selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to promote ecotourism and responsible volunteer tourism in Thailand. The five international bloggers were paired up with five Thai bloggers, to make five teams – all working with different host organisations around Thailand.
My team’s project was responsible ecotourism and marine conservation in Phuket. My amazing Thai teammate was Wimalin Chalermporn, known to everyone as Fha. Our host organisation was Openmind Projects (OMP). You can still see all our coverage of the two weeks, and the huge number of voting hits we received, at the official competition website. The competition – whichever team gets the most total combined rating votes for all blog posts, wins $5000 for the host organisation.
So how did we win? Continue reading