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Help empower the disabled and bring greater independence to their lives by working with a project that provides mobility devices and physical therapy free of charge to disabled people in six provinces in northern Thailand. The majority of staff here are themselves disabled citizens who are managing their own life affairs and are fully self-sufficient. Kaya's many projects include the Chiang Mai Disabled Center; the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop, a free home visit program covering rural and remote areas and providing wheelchair maintenance, home and building accessibility, and physical therapy. Participants are needed to assist with home visits to rural communities. Several of the targeted communities and households are in severely poor areas where there are almost no resources for people with disabilities. Projects can often be emotionally difficult for participants, as the lack of opportunities and social attitudes regarding the disabled can be difficult to accept, especially when compared to Western cultures. Experience is sometimes needed to conduct small manual projects, build ramps and other structures, and construct or repair wheelchairs.
Volunteers work on various projects including small-scale building projects throughout the year for improving wheelchair access and disabled facilities. Volunteers also lead community education classes for the disabled residents, teaching them relevant practical life skills. Some specialised volunteers are also needed to aid in physical rehabilitation for the residents of the communities we work in.
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No specific skills are required, but we do seek the efforts of open-minded individuals capable of adapting to new, challenging, and culturally diverse environments where equal exchange and learning are fostered. Participants with building or repair skills and handiwork, and experience in physical therapy are very welcome.
In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.
Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to local people. Some communities might have high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria, yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information about this program contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org