On this volunteer challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving community health and emergency response in the region. This volunteer program is perfect for student paramedics!
You will be volunteering with community first responders and health workers in Mae Sariang, delivering workshops that will increase their capacity to effectively respond to emergencies. Many first responders are volunteers and have received limited training, so they greatly benefit from the skill-based workshops you can run with them.
In Thailand we also work with hill tribe villages outside of our base in Mae Sariang that are very isolated and many don't have any first responders or emergency response team. You may also have the opportunity on this volunteer program to spend some time in the hill tribes helping teach basic first-aid and emergency response procedures to local volunteers.
In addition to your volunteer work with the first responders and hill tribe villages, you'll get to run some first-aid and safety awareness sessions at local schools and with the wider community. The aim of these sessions is to help minimise the occurrence of preventable accidents that are prevalent in the community such as head injuries from not wearing a helmet, heat stroke, burns and cuts.
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. You could 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 for an additional $800 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!
Sharing my knowledge and understanding with those willing to learn more about emergency response and first aid has been such an honour. Thanks for such a rewarding experience.Josh Knight - Monash University
Volunteering alongside some of the greatest people I've met, working with novice monks, Thai students and first responders has been the most challenging yet rewarding experience to date.Baylee Kendal - La Trobe University
Over the past two weeks I've had the privilege of meeting some of the best people ever. From the happiest, most polite and cheeky children to the paramedics and volunteers who give new meaning to being passionate about what you do. It's been a treat!Eminee Camplin - Australian Catholic University
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
The experience was a very enlightening one. It was amazing working with the community and the children while teaching them skills in how to care for one another when in an emergency. It was also very exciting to learn how they handle these kinds of events with their limited resources. Would love to do more like this in the future!Brittany Rodda - Australian Catholic 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!