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Philippus Albertus Van Wyk had a secure life in South Africa, but something was missing. A Thai island has given it meaning

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Philippus Albertus Van Wyk was born into a very wealthy farming family in South Africa's Pretoria, but money didn't give his life meaning. The 39-year-old is now a volunteer teacher at Baan Koh Payam School, a local Prathom school on Koh Payam, a two-hour boat ride off Ranong province, and says he has finally found his purpose. 

Philip Van Wyk with students at Baan Koh Payam School.

It was raining hard the day of his interview with Life, but with umbrellas under his arm he rode a motorcycle to pick us up at the pier. One could see from the first glimpse of his smiling face that what he's doing has nothing to do with monetary comfort, but something enriching to the soul.

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