Despite its beauty and tranquillity, Mae Sariang and its surrounding villages face a range of social and economic issues. On this internship you'll work hand in hand with our in-country team on a range of grass-roots programs that will help create a brighter future for the local community, while developing crucial transferrable skills. Depending on your area of study, you'll have the opportunity to complete an internship focusing on one of the following areas:
You'll delve into issues related to the accessibility and quality of education in our partner community. The education programs you'll be working on generally support schools and buddhist temples that reach out to underprivileged communities and students from the more disadvantaged sections of society. These organisations are generally underfunded, have few resources and have poor infrastructure. Your challenge will be to see how within this context, quality education can be accessible to the most underprivileged groups in the community.
You'll get the opportunity to understand and help resolve health issues in our partner community. You could be working with local health centres or local schools to understand key health issues, conduct assessments and help develop programs to improve the health of the children and adults. We run health camps and health awareness workshops in the local community, as an intern you'll be able to shape the content for these activities based upon your understanding and research into the issues affecting the local community.
This is the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a completely different setting to what you're used to. In the community where we work, concepts of business and commerce aren't common knowledge and income generation opportunities are limited. You'll work alongside our team to lead and develop business skills programs, monitor current initiatives and see where there could be opportunity for income generation through social enterprise. Through your knowledge and an innovative approach you will be able to develop a range of programs that will address economic development and improve the livelihoods of the most underprivileged members of the community.
You'll get real hands on experience of grass-roots community development programs. You will work with our team to monitor and assess current programs, conduct research and build partnerships with the local community. You may be focusing on enhancing programs we current implement in the community or developing programs based on opportunities identified in your research. Your focus will cover a range of issues including education, health and wellbeing and income generation opportunities.
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
*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!