Rural communities in Thailand are significantly disadvantaged when it comes to the education system. Rural schools are underfunded, overcrowded and have lower quality teachers because the highest performing teachers prefer to go to bigger schools in the city. English is a part of the national curriculum, yet most of the teachers that are teaching English can’t actually speak it themselves. On top of this, there is very little hands-on learning and children are becoming disengaged and dropping out of school.
We believe that the best way to achieve positive change is by providing the next generation with access to quality education. By volunteering on this program, you’ll get to work on a range of exciting education projects, some of which include:
Conversational English sessions to improve children’s competency and confidence speaking English
Creative arts, life skills and environmental sustainability workshops that allow children to learn additional skills in an exciting hands-on setting, develop their critical thinking skills and become more engaged in their education
Infrastructure projects at local schools to improve facilities and create a safer and more conducive learning environment for children
Environmental sustainability activities with local schools such as community clean ups and tree planting
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 work in the community Monday - Friday with your weekend free to travel and explore. 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 your volunteer 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!
This was one of my most rewarding experiences to date. I developed such close bonds with the students at the school and made many lifelong friendships with the people I travelled with. I would strongly encourage everyone to go on a trip like this.Paulina Asvestas - Monash University
What a humbling and eye opening experience it has been, teaching and learning from novice monks. It's been an amazing two weeks working alongside an awesome team.Olivia Tawfilis - Australian Catholic University
The journey that I took with Challenges Abroad and the FutureSense Foundation has had a major impact on me and the way I view my life. It has taught me so many things and I definitely recommend to anyone who wants to leave their mark on the world!Elaina Bohman, Western Sydney 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!
In Thailand, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work, your time volunteering will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: