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This privacy notice describes how Greenheart International collects, uses, and discloses Personally Identifying Information (also known as “PII”) or Personal Data (collectively “Personal Information”) from and about users of Greenheart International websites. This privacy notice also applies to any associated paper forms. Please read this privacy notice before using Greenheart International websites or submitting any personal information.
These practices may be changed at any time. Changes will be posted along with the date of the change. You should review this privacy notice when you visit Greenheart International websites to make sure that you understand how Personal Information is collected, used, and disclosed.
Why We Collect Information
The Personal Information you provide to us is only used to:
Fulfill your specific request or provide the service or information you requested
Comply with legal requirements and to protect our legal rights
Improve our programs and services
In any other way, if you have provided us with express permission to do so
We may use non-Personal Information for additional reasons described in the remainder of this privacy notice.
If you identify yourself to us by sending us an email with questions or comments, we may retain your comments for future reference.
What Information We Collect
Greenheart collects Personal Information, which is information that on its own or in combination with other information may be used to identify, contact, or locate an individual. Examples include:
Username and password for our websites
Credit card, other payment information and financial and economic information
Social Security number or other government-issued identification number
Social media account names
Passport number or other similar travel-related information, such as a visa
Personal interests, activities, hobbies, etc.
Religious and philosophical affiliation
Gender and/or sex
Date of birth and/or birthday
Country of citizenship
Work and volunteer History
Family information (e.g. names, email, phone numbers)
Photographs and videos
Education information (e.g. school attended, diplomas, transcripts)
Greenheart International collects other information that relates to you but does not identify you. Examples include clickstream data and web-browsing information (such as the date and time you visit a website, whether you click on various advertisements or links and the search terms you enter when using a website), and information about your computer, device and internet connection, and geographic location.
How We Collect Personal Information
We collect Personal Information from you in the following ways:
When you register for one of our websites or submit an inquiry through one of our websites;
When you complete and submit a paper or electronic form associated with Greenheart International;
When you send us an email or use other features of one of our websites to contact or interact with us;
When you contact us by telephone regarding Greenheart International; or
Automatically when you visit Greenheart International websites (n.b., the only Personal Information we automatically collect is your IP address, which is only considered Personal Information in certain circumstances).
Distribution of Information
We may share information gathered by us from Greenheart International websites with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in providing services to you. We may do so when:
Permitted or required by law;
We apply for or assist you in applying for a visa or other documentation necessary for you to participate in one of our programs;
Interacting with third parties who are involved in, assist in the provision of or are otherwise involved with our programs, products, and services (e.g., host families, travel agencies, schools, U.S. Department of State); or
Trying to protect against, prevent or investigate actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions.
Information provided under one of the four preceding bullet points will not be used by those receiving it for marketing purposes, unless specifically authorized by the user.
Third parties who provide webhosting services or other services that make possible the operation of Greenheart International websites and the services you request through the websites may have access to information that you provide us to the extent that those third parties require access to our databases to service the websites.
In connection with the sale or transfer of all or part of our assets, we reserve the right to transfer information we have obtained from or about you.
We are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive information from us.
Transfer of Information
Greenheart International websites are hosted and maintained in the United States of America. Your Personal Information may be transmitted to countries outside of the European Economic Area, including the United States of America. You can obtain details of the mechanism under which your personal data is transferred outside the EU by contacting us. If your Personal Information is transferred outside the European Economic Area to third party service providers, we will take steps to ensure that your Personal Information receives the same level of protection as if it remained within the European Economic Area, including by entering into data transfer agreements using the European Commission approved Standard Contractual Clauses, or by relying on certification schemes such as the EU–US Privacy Shield.
Cookie/Tracking Technology – Use of Non-Personal Information
Greenheart International websites use cookie and tracking technology to collect non-Personal Information. Our system also automatically gathers information about areas you visit on our websites, and about the links you select from within one of our websites to the other areas of the World Wide Web or elsewhere online. We use such information in the aggregate to understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on our websites. This way we know which areas of our websites are preferred by our users, which areas need improvement, and what technologies are being used so that we may continually improve our websites. Personal Information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology, however, if you previously provided us with your Personal Information, cookies may be tied to such information. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties but that aggregate information does not identify individual website users. Our web servers do not record visitor email addresses unless that information is submitted by the visitor. We may determine what technology is available through your browser to provide you with the most appropriate version of a web page. Greenheart International uses Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, Gravity Forms, Yoast, Formstack, Calendly, GoOverseas, and other web traffic tracking tools.
Links to Other Websites
Greenheart International websites contain links to other websites. These links are for your convenience. We do not control, endorse or review the privacy notices of other websites, which may be different than this privacy notice. You should review the privacy notice of other websites before choosing to disclose Personal Information.
Greenheart takes steps to secure your Personal Information. We exercise care in providing secure transmissions when we need to transfer your Personal Information from our servers. Our websites use secure server software encryption, which is indicated by https in the url of the website. Encryption is a common method of ensuring that information remains private. Greenheart International cannot guarantee or warrant that the information that you transmit to us, or any communications is completely secure.
Retention of Personal Information
Greenheart International only retains data for as long as necessary for the purposes indicated in this privacy notice or for such other period as may be permitted or required by law.
For children age 14-16, Greenheart International takes additional steps to protect their Personal Information. We do not intend to collect Personal Information from children aged 13 or younger. These additional steps include:
Notifying parents about our privacy practices, including the types of Personal Information we may collect, how the Personal Information is used, and with whom (and how) it is disclosed;
Obtaining consent from the parent for the collection of Personal Information, which may be done in a paper format;
Collecting and storing only the Personal Information reasonably necessary for the purpose we for which we are receiving it; and
Providing parents with the right to request access to or a copy of their children’s Personal Information.
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Certain jurisdictions provide their residents or citizens with certain rights about their Personal Information. These may include the right to request access to the data we hold about you, to obtain a copy of your Personal Information, to request that your Personal Information be erased, to correct inaccurate information, to ask us to restrict how we process your Personal Information, or to withdraw your consent to our processing of your Personal Information. Your individual rights will depend on your residency and citizenship.
Please contact us using the following information for more information about this privacy notice, to notify us of a concern or complaint, or to exercise any of the individual rights you may have.
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A (Ridiculously Biased) Ranking of Transportation in Thailand
Once you’re on the ground in Thailand, your transportation options abound (yes, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it). I’ll just preface this post by saying each of these modes of transport have gotten me from Point A to Point B safely and in one piece, and I hope that trend continues. No hard feelings, Thai minivans (ok maybe a little).
Tuk tuks- Perhaps rather outdated, perhaps rather impractical, but the most FUN. Not the safest, won’t save you any money, but you tell me the next time you’ll recline in a cart attached to a motorbike as you speed around the city. Be sure to take in the 180 degree views, and don’t be surprised if your driver starts bumping tunes. Tuk tuks are the ultimate Thai transport.
BTS- They don’t list the BTS as #2 on TripAdvisor’s list of “Top ten things to do in Bangkok” for nothin’. Transportation while checking something off the must-do list? What could be better? Safe, clean, (relatively) affordable, and you’ll beat the traffic.
VIP buses- You may think I’m crazy, but these VIP buses rock my socks off. I’m convinced there’s no better way to travel overnight for 10+ hours: there’s enough leg room, the seats recline expertly (and come equipped with pillows and blankets), and best of all, the bus stops almost every hour to feed you. Limitless (albeit questionable), buffet-style Thai food in hourly doses? Sign me up.
Public buses- I’ve become quite the bus expert over the past four months. This is your most affordable option by far (we’re talking nine baht for an hour ride). Don’t be too worried if the driver decides to kick everyone off unexpectedly in the middle of the highway—these suckers run almost as frequently as your marathon-training aunt and another one will be along shortly. Do be prepared for at least one smoke-filled breakdown.
Motorbike taxis- These might just belong higher on the list as they get you to where you need to go, and they get you there in record time (cue swerving in and out of Bangkok traffic). Don’t mind the fact that the drivers tend to have no regard for your life. Accept a helmet and hold on tight.
Taxis- Taxis are boring, and mostly I can’t afford them (#teacherproblems). BUT when I share a taxi with five of my friends (yes, this is too many people in one taxi), it’s hard to go wrong. The drivers (typically) know where they’re going, the A.C. (typically) works, and if there’s no traffic, you’ll get to where you need to be in no time at all. Expect to pay around 100 baht for a ten minute drive. Traffic? Forgaddaboutit. Take a motorbike instead.
Water taxis- Even the name of these things sound fun. 14 baht and you can get from Saphan Taksin BTS to just about anywhere along the river. If you take a river taxi on the weekend, be prepared for mass amounts of people (and potentially having to stand), but enjoy the fresh air and the views of Bangkok from the river.
Songthaews- Does anyone even understand how these work? They run on set routes but what are these so-called “routes?” How do I know if I’m headed in the correct direction? Two rows of benches in the back of a pickup truck make up this eclectic, yet entirely unsafe mode of transport. Pay minimal amounts of money, suffer maximum bouts of stop-and-go induced nausea.
Minivans- These vans shouldn’t be as horrible as they are, but alas. Pretend you’ve been smashed into the tightest corner possible, and not only that, but your corner smells bad, you can’t breathe, and you definitely can’t escape… that’s a Thai minivan. These things could make anyone cry. They’re a breeding ground for mosquitoes, the A.C. rarely works, and they always smell like farts. They have a knack for finding the largest traffic jams, and they induce horrible nausea. Trust me when I say: Take a bus.
Transport in Thailand is far-from-standardized and entirely chaotic, but that sure makes navigating a whole lotta fun. When you can, negotiate your fares up-front, and always make sure those taxis turn on their meters.