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Duration: 15 Days (21 with extension trip)
Location: Thailand
Total Cost: $2,050 (Book with a $250 deposit)

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The communities that we work with in Northern Thailand face significant health challenges. There is a lack of awareness of personal hygiene sanitation practices among community members, which causes a lot of unnecessary illness. On top of this, there is a lack of understanding of how to treat non-serious sicknesses, so locals are going to the hospital to treat things like the common cold. This is putting a huge burden on the already under-resourced hospital.

Sexual health topics are stigmatised in the community which has led to high rates of teen pregnancy. This means that sexual health, mental health as well as pre- and post-natal care are important topics for the community to be aware of.

Finally, obesity and other lifestyle diseases are on the rise in Thailand. 1 in 10 people now have diabetes due to a poor diet and lack of physical activity, and most schools aren’t serving nutritious meals to their students. 

 

how you can help

We work on a number of projects in the community to improve overall community health, which you will be involved in as a health volunteer. Your primary focus will be on raising awareness in the local community and at local schools by delivering workshops focusing on non-communicable diseases, pre- & post natal care, mental health & wellbeing, nutrition & physical activity and WASH practices (water, sanitation & hygiene).

Volunteers with relevant qualifications / area of study may even be part of community screenings and health checks in collaboration with the local hospital.

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program structure

When you arrive in Thailand you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Thai customs and culture, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.

Over two weeks, you’ll work in the community Monday - Friday with your weekend free to travel and explore. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax or do any required planning for the next day. On this program you’ll be primarily based in Mae Sariang, but may also spend some time in the remote hill tribe villages we work with.

On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can join our extension trip tour of Northern Thailand!

 

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extend your volunteer program

After volunteering 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!

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CHALLENGE DATES

Program Date: 28th Nov - 12th Dec 2020
Extension Trip: 12 Dec 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
Program Date: 2nd Jan - 16th Jan 2021
Extension Trip: 16 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021
Program Date: 16th Jan - 30th Jan 2021
Extension Trip: 30 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021
Program Date: 30th Jan - 13th Feb 2021
Extension Trip: 13 Feb 2021 - 19 Feb 2021
Program Date: 26th Jun - 10th Jul 2021
Extension Trip: 10 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021
Program Date: 3rd Jul - 17th Jul 2021
Extension Trip: 17 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021
Program Date: 27th Nov - 11th Dec 2021
Extension Trip: 11 Dec 2021 - 17 Dec 2021

*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!

What’s Included?

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (Monday – Friday)
  • In-country transport
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Pre-departure support, including full program briefing
  • An incredible volunteer experience!

What’s NOT Included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Your Impact

In Thailand, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By addressing essential health and wellbeing issues, your volunteer work will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: