BANGKOK – Seven years after packing his bags and leaving Coventry for a new start in Thailand, Steve Williams could not be happier with his new-found life.
Steve Williams was a telegraph advertising rep who swapped the city for the Far East starts own volunteer adventure travel company in Bangkok
He has become the co-founder of his very own volunteering and touring business across Asia which he has described as his “true calling”.
It is very much a world away from his life in England which saw the former Finham Park School pupil work as an advertising rep for the Coventry Telegraph before making the decision to up sticks in 2007.
He has lived in Bangkok ever since and feels he is truly making a difference through his business, Bamboo Project.
Steve, aged 40, a lifelong Sky Blues fan, said: “Eight years ago, while on a round-the-world trip, I joined several volunteering projects in Thailand.
“This had a huge impact on me and I realised my true calling.
“On my return to the UK I gave up my life and moved to Thailand to work with the organisation I had supported as a volunteer.
“Last year I left that organisation and launched my own company.
“Bamboo supports community-based sustainable projects and supplies people and financial support where it’s needed the most.
“We accept volunteers from around the world on all manner of projects from teaching English and building homes to supporting elephant care and rehabilitation.”
As well as setting up Bamboo, which welcomes individuals, groups, schools and universities, Steve has also found time to start a family of his own.
He is married to his wife Lerdtida and they have a two-year-old son named Tyler.
And although Steve has no regrets over his decision, he does admit that breaking the news of his impeding trip to Asia back in 2007 to his parents was harder than he wished.
He said: “Living in a city like Bangkok means that every day is a new adventure. Moving out to Thailand certainly wasn’t a hard decision for me.
“Telling my mum on the other hand – that was almost impossible.
“I do honestly believe that I have a truly amazing job. I work seven days a week, very often up to 16 to 18 hours a day, but it certainly isn’t a hardship however as I love what I do.
“I’ve met some incredible people and have experienced so much that visiting the country as a traveller would never happen.”
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