In Northern Thailand, rural communities are significantly disadvantaged when it comes to healthcare. Local hospitals and health centres are under-funded and rely on donations to fully function, many remote hill tribe villages don’t have a health centre or even first aid supplies, and landslides and floods can block off road access to and from the villages. Many of these communities don’t have sufficient first response capabilities and health centres often reach capacity, having to turn away patients.
As part of our long-term strategy to improve overall community health, we work on a number of projects that spread knowledge and build emergency response capacity in the community. As a paramedic volunteer, your activities could include:
Raising awareness and delivering first aid and safety workshops at schools and in the community to teach locals how to administer first aid and treat themselves in an emergency.
Working with local health professionals to upskill new first responders and build a robust network of first response volunteers across the hill tribe villages.
Supporting the local hospital and health clinics by conducting community health screenings and doing basic checks for patients visiting the hospital/clinic.
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 spend 10 days working in the community and have 2 days off in the middle to do your own travel and exploring . 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!
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!
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!