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Work with a publishing project that documents the issues and news of the minority communities of Burma and Thailand. Project leaders have been publishing reports and periodicals on the state of these communities in Shan, Burmese, English, and Thai. Write and publish feature articles such as politics and literature articles, human rights reports and opinion columns, with the goal of educating others about the issues faced by minority populations in this part of the world. Native English speakers who are interested in social journalism, psychology, sociology, and human rights issues are needed for this project. These publications aim to empower the disadvantaged minority populations of Burma and Thailand and to shed light on the struggles and challenges they face, particularly relocation, refugee issues and human rights violations. Only by bringing these issues to the attention of the people will they ever be addressed.
Volunteers focus their attention on compiling data, conducting research, and writing articles based on social, political, health, and tourism-related subjects. Volunteers may also be asked for help writing research proposals and conducting interviews for research as well.
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The volunteer must have an academic education (preferably in social fields) as well as journalism and writing skills, with a high interest in social issues. Fluent English speakers are needed to write the articles, interviews, and proofread articles in English. Knowledge about website management would be extremely useful, as the project's Web site can always use a helping hand. Volunteers must be able to travel to rural areas.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org