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Location:  Chiang Mai, Thailand
Type of Assignment:  Social development
Project Duration:  Minimum 3 Weeks 
Activities:  Work through an artistic lens with the following groups: HIV/AIDS, Burmese refugees, impoverished ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, and children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

    

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The Organization

How is the Organization involved with the community?

The project works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, by offering these communities the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. By providing a voice for individuals by exploring various creative means, including visual, performance, and experimental arts, the organization helps generate awareness through volunteer support of the current social issues facing Chiang Mai.

Their mission is to promote expression and cultivate the creativity that lies inside each individual. They use art to create an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging where often there is none. From Burmese refugees who have been forced to relocate under harsh living and working conditions to children with cerebral palsy who have been severely neglected throughout their lives, the past stories of our program’s participants are often quite grim. Through the art program, such individuals are given a medium through which their voices can finally be heard.


Why does the project need volunteers and what are the daily volunteer activities in the project?

The art program was created in response to the pressing needs of the various minority groups in Chiang Mai. Through an artistic lens, the organization began therapeutic workshops that helped participants communicate their hardships, and express themselves emotionally.

Calling all artistic minded volunteers to help plan and implement art workshops. Daily activities include:

  • Planning and implementing workshops with our partner organizations
  • Updating the international volunteer blog
  • General administrative tasks

Program Details

Quick facts about the trip:

Project duration:  Minimum 3 weeks, 6 months maximum
Project Location:  Chiang Mai
Airport of arrival:  Chiang Mai (CNX)
Activities:  Work through an artistic lens with the following groups: HIV/AIDS, Burmese refugees, impoverished ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, and children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Working hours:  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Some evening/weekend workshops.
Requirements:  No specific requirements


What's included:

Accommodation: The volunteer house is conveniently located near the old city center. Basic needs are taken care of, including lodging, meals, and transportation. It is a clean Thai-style accommodation with shared occupancy rooms.
Meals: Two home-cooked Thai meals per day six days per week. A light breakfast is always available with cereal, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. On Sundays, volunteers can cook for themselves at the house or grab a bite to eat in one of the many nearby markets or restaurants. Please let us know any specific dietary restrictions in advance so that all of your needs can be taken care of.
Airport pickup: Upon arrival and departure, including all transfer to project site.
Insurance: Covers comprehensive medical coverage and emergency evacuation assistance. In case of injury you will be admitted to one of Chiang Mai’s high-quality private hospitals.
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training::  Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
Support::  24/7 during your volunteering time.
Additional activities: Chiang Mai city tour to help you get acquainted with Thai culture and other volunteers in the house. Three hours of Thai language lessons are included in the first week of your volunteer placement. If you would like to study further, you can arrange to do so with our Thai teacher. Additional hours are not covered by program fee.


What's not included:

Flights, Visas


Rates

Program Duration Cost (USD)
3 weeks 1,799.00
4 weeks 2,124.00
5 weeks 2,449.00
6 weeks 2,774.00
7 weeks 3,099.00
8 weeks 3,424.00
9-12 weeks 3,749.00
13-16 weeks 4,399.00
17-20 weeks 5,049.00

All Registration Fees are included in the prices above.