On this volunteer program you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving education quality in the Mae Sariang region. You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively while immersing yourself in local culture.
Our Thailand Community Challenge is perfect for anyone who wants experience working with children or teaching, is interested in grass-roots community development or someone who just wants to use their skills to make a difference!
You will be volunteering in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of workshops that supplement the national curriculum and help improve education quality. You could be teaching sessions that focus on conversational English, STEM, life skills, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and teach fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.
You will also have the chance to work on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your volunteer days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel and explore. We recommend heading to Chiang Mai to explore the city and all it has to offer. Visit the stunning temple on top of Suthep Mountain in the Doi Suthep National Park or head to the Chiang Mai Canyon for some amazing views and even better water sports!
After your volunteer Challenge you can join our optional extension trip, where you’ll spend a week touring all the sites in Northern Thailand you shouldn’t miss before you head home! You will begin by heading to Chiang Rai to visit the famous White Temple and the Monkey Temple before a Mekong river cruise to the Golden Triangle - the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. After the markets and nightlife of Chiang Rai you'll head to Chiang Dao for some hiking, bamboo rafting and exploring waterfalls before heading to Pai for some relaxation. This whirlwind tour will see you discovering the best hidden gems of Northern Thailand for a perfect end to your volunteer trip!
This was one of my most rewarding experiences to date. I developed such close bonds with the students at the school and made many lifelong friendships with the people I travelled with. I would strongly encourage everyone to go on a trip like this.Paulina Asvestas - Monash University
What a humbling and eye opening experience it has been, teaching and learning from novice monks. It's been an amazing two weeks working alongside an awesome team.Olivia Tawfilis - Australian Catholic University
The journey that I took with Challenges Abroad and the FutureSense Foundation has had a major impact on me and the way I view my life. It has taught me so many things and I definitely recommend to anyone who wants to leave their mark on the world!Elaina Bohman, Western Sydney University
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!
In Thailand, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work, your time volunteering will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: