Summer Volunteering Opportunities in Thailand for Irish Students
It’s that time of year again when rivers (and beer taps!) around the world flow green as St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the globe. The Irish diaspora stretches to the most remote corners of the planet where anyone with even a hint of Irish heritage celebrates the Emerald Isle’s national day with gusto.
Even the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai has a small but vibrant Irish community, and a steady flow of Irish backpackers and visitors. The laid back atmosphere, excellent trekking opportunities and great weather make Chiang Mai an essential stop on the Southeast Asia trail and is a big draw for young Irish travelers.
For those who want to really experience local life in northern Thailand, volunteering in Chiang Mai is a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s rich and unique culture while giving something back to those less fortunate than yourself.
Chiang Mai boasts a wealth of exciting and immensely rewarding volunteering opportunities that can truly transform your summer. Here is just a small sample:
Help Take Care of Elephants
This is an ideal volunteer project for animal lovers everywhere. Based 40 miles (65 kilometers) outside of Chiang Mai, you will get a unique opportunity to live among and care for these majestic animals. Daily duties include cleaning, feeding and looking after the general well-being of the elephants. You will work with and learn from experienced mahouts (elephant trainers) while playing a valuable role in the running of the elephant camp. What is more, you will spend your weekends in Chiang Mai, so you will get a chance to experience everything this vibrant city has to offer.
Teach at a University for Monks
This unique two-week volunteering opportunity is a must for anyone interested in Buddhism and Buddhist teachings. Monks come from all over Asia to receive higher education at one of Chiang Mai’s largest and most historic temples. As a volunteer you will join staff at the English department, assisting professors with their lesson plans. You will also help students outside of the classroom, giving them invaluable one-on-one time where they can improve their vocabulary, pronunciation, writing and conversational skills.
Volunteer at an Orphanage in Bangkok
This project is perfect for those who want to help disadvantaged children or gain experience in a childcare setting. Volunteers need to be flexible and compassionate as they assist in a variety of roles. Duties include helping full-time staff prepare meals and lending a hand with housekeeping and cleaning. Volunteers also help plan fun and educational activities for the children and enrich their lives by simply interacting and playing with them. This is an extremely popular and rewarding volunteer opportunity for anyone who wants to work with children.
If you are looking for a unique summer volunteer opportunity in Thailand, these are just some of the amazing projects at Friends For Asia. Contact us today to find about more about the ideal Thailand volunteer project for you.