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Challenge Snapshot

Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Thailand
Programme Cost: 1695

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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

ABOUT THAILAND

When you volunteer in Thailand with Challenges Abroad you’ll have the opportunity to see a more authentic side to the country away from popular tourist areas. You’ll be based at our hub in the stunning town of Mae Sariang and its neighbouring Hill Tribe villages, surrounded by temples, rice patty fields and incredible mountain views that you’ll be able to explore in your free time from volunteering.

You will also be able to spend some time in Chiang Mai, the northern city just 4 hours from Mae Sariang and full of travellers, eclectic culture and amazing food! Here you can use your time when you’re not volunteering to unwind and explore some incredible sites like the Chiang Mai Canyon and Doi Suthep Mountain. You might even like to spend the day at our partner Elephant Sanctuary! 

Despite its booming tourism industry, Thailand still faces a range of social and economic issues, with rural areas lacking essential services that are available in bigger cities. Many people living in rural parts of Thailand are living on the poverty line and lack access to quality education, healthcare and income generation opportunities, which is why we need your help to make a positive impact.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The communities that we work with in and around Mae Sariang face many health challenges. A lack of knowledge of basic hygiene and sanitation practices among community members causes a lot of unnecessary illness and places a burden on the under-resourced hospital. A general lack of awareness of sexual health, mental health, pre & post natal care, first aid, road safety, nutrition and non-communicable diseases also contributes to community health issues. We work with the community on a range of projects that aim to improve community health, and you will get to work on these hands-on when you join our programmes. The projects you could be working on include:

  • Basic first aid training for students and teachers

  • Educational workshops at local schools and in the community focusing on key health issues

  • Mental health and wellbeing workshops

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity workshops
  • WASH workshops

  • Creating an educational mural at a local school 

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

PROGRAMME DATES:

25th June - 23rd July 2022

16th July- 13th August 2022

GET A GRANT TOWARDS YOUR PROGRAMME COST

Through the government Turing Scheme, funding is available for a limited number of spaces. Depending on your circumstances, you could be eligible for a total of £1,150 off the advertised programme price, as well as funding for your flights. The scheme offers a minimum funding package of £480 for those students who do not meet the wider criteria. 

You could be eligible for the higher funding if you meet some of the criteria below.

  • Students with low household income or low socio-economic status (including those with an annual household income of £25,000 or less)
  • Students receiving Universal Credit or income-related benefits because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner
  • Ethnic minority students
  • Students who are the first in their family to attend university

For the full list of inclusions please enquire. 

 

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CHALLENGE DATES

Programme Date: 16th July - 13th August 2022 (Royal Holloway Students)
Programme Date: 25th June - 23rd July ( Royal Holloway Students)

*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

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