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.
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
Volunteers with relevant qualifications / area of study may even be part of community screenings and health checks in collaboration with the local hospital.
You may be eligible to receive funding for this programme from your University. We recommend contacting your University Go Global/International Office to find out more, or book an appointment with one of our travel experts who will be more than happy to discuss funding options with you.
To deal with the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19, we have introduced several guarantees so you can confidently book in your 2022 volunteer programme today. View more information here.
Overall it was a fantastic Experience and one I’ll never forget. It was amazing to see the response from the local groups and see how much they appreciated us being there. It was really rewarding to teach them and contribute back to the community.Volunteer - Tanith - Thailand
It is without doubt one of the best things I have ever done in my life. On the trip everyday I was experiencing and learning something new about the world and about myself.Volunteer - Phoebe - Thailand
Genuinely opens your eyes to the worldVolunteer - Holly - Thailand