Despite its beauty and tranquillity, Mae Sariang and its surrounding villages face a range of social and economic issues, with many families not receiving the support they need thrive. On this Challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving education quality in the region to provide local children and their families a brighter future.
You will be working in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of workshops that supplement the national curriculum. Our in-country team has worked closely with local partners to determine the areas in which local children’s education can be enhanced, and you could be running sessions that focus on conversational English, STEM, life skills, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and deliver 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 project days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to 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 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 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 student
One of the best experiences I’ve had and been a part of. Can’t wait to have more experiences and adventures like this.Lily Barnes - Victoria University Student
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 on the Thailand Community Challenge, you will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: