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Volunteer in Thailand: Education for Refugees and Minority Groups in Thailand

Kaya Responsible Travel

Street Address:
The Arches, North Campus Incubator, Sackville Street
United Kingdom

Education for Refugees and Minority Groups in Thailand

Various locations around Chiang Mai
Dates of Program
The First Saturday Of Every Month
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Work for the social justice and education of minority groups and political refugees, to further their chances of good employment and their ability to have a better quality of life. This project runs as an educational institute operating independently, based in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, since 2001. It seeks to improve the quality of education in refugee camps, ceasere regions, remote areas of Burma and migrant workers in Thailand. The project trains new teachers, promoting active learning, critical thinking and democratic practice in schools, providing professional development opportunities for existing teachers, and developing educational policy and practice. This project needs volunteers to help in its mission to find a sustainable solution to the discrimination and exploitation faced by Burmese refugees by Thai employers and others in Thai society. The Burmese refugees find themselves in difficult situations - because if they stay in Thailand they have no rights, limited access to education, poor working conditions and the threat of deportation or return to the fearful lives in Burma from which they had fled. Many Burmese women enter the sex trade and children with limited access to education are sent to the streets to beg, sell and scavenge.

Major Responsibilities

The main roles for volunteers here involve education. Teaching the children English is important, as is teaching the adults English and making the learning relevant to their daily lives. Adults are taught to conduct transactions in English, whether it's by shopping in the market, filling in hospital forms and bank account information, and other relevant life situations they encounter. Volunteers join a team that provides training in computer skills and English language.

Cost/Program Fee
Euro 1070 for 4 weeks, Euro 175 for each week thereafter
What program fee Includes

What is included:

  • Accommodation: Single or shared room in a home-stay
  • Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Training: Orientation and language classes provided
  • Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
  • Excursion Planning: staff will help organise activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra) Trips include; cultural visits to temples and archeological sites, hikes, and cultural outings.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
Skills/ Qualifications

This project requires volunteers that have skills teaching English & Computer literacy, as well as curriculum development. Volunteers with experience of proofreading, editing and journalism skills are also very welcome.

Arrangements for Room/Food

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.

Any Missing Important Information

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 the local people. Some communities might have high a prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or 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 on this program contact us at:

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