On this volunteer Challenge you will spend two weeks working on a range of health promotion interventions aimed at increasing awareness of key health issues in the Mae Sariang region. You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively while being part of a long-term solution to improving community health.
If you're studying or have work experience in a field related to nursing, medicine, allied healthcare, public health, biomedicine or science, the Thailand Health Promotion Challenge is perfect for you!
You will be volunteering with local community members to deliver public health workshops focusing on essential health and wellbeing topics like basic first-aid, hygiene and sanitation, human anatomy and bodily function, diet and nutrition, mental health, girls and women’s health and non-communicable diseases. These workshops will play a big role in increasing the overall health of the community, as locals will receive the knowledge they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.
You will also have the chance to volunteer in the local hospital. This is an opportunity to observe and gain a deeper understanding of the Thai healthcare system and the challenges it faces, providing additional insight for your health promotion workshops. You may also be able to assist local staff in taking vitals, depending on your experience.
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your volunteer days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel. 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 volunteering 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!
Volunteering in the schools and health clinics for the past two weeks in this rural part of Thailand has been one of the most eye opening experiences for me in so many ways, and I will never forget my time here.Alison Wiltshire - Australian Catholic University
This trip was an eye opener, not only did we have a good impact on the communities, it impacted me in the way of global and cultural understanding. It identified some health issues on which I was driven to help make the issues a little better and as a global citizen I had the best time learning about the cultures identity and ways of living. I would recommend this trip to many.Emma Canning - University of Southern Queensland
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
*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!