Duration & Fees
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Project Start Dates are on the first and third Mondays of each month. Volunteers are requested to arrive the Friday before the start of their project for their two day orientation.
Start Dates for 2020
6 Jan | 20 Jan | 3 Feb | 18 May | 1 Jun | 15 Jun | 6 Jul | 20 Jul | 3 Aug | 17 Aug | 7 Sep | 2 Nov | 16 Nov | 7 Dec | 21 Dec
Note: This project is closed for Thailand Summer Break and Mid-Thailand School Break
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Airport transfer on arrival (departure transfer can be arranged through project staff on the ground - approx 5 USD)
- Accommodation during orientation and for the duration of the project
- Breakfast daily and Lunch during the working week
- Two day orientation including half-day city tour, cultural dinner and show
- Support from onsite co-ordinator
- 24 hour emergency assistance
What's not included
- Visas if required
- Insurance to include cover for repatriation
- Police background check
- Lunch at weekends and dinner daily
- Activities during the weekend in surrounding area
- Transport to and from project on working days (approx 2 USD each day)
- A truly unique experience working with Buddhist Monks in this stunning International University
- Enjoy working with university-level students in an academic environment
- Gain an insight into the teachings of Buddhism
- Meet and make friends with other volunteers from all over the world
- Live and work in beautiful Thailand
- Spend weekends relaxing and exploring the vibrant City of Chiang Mai and surrounding area
Thailand is a country with great appeal with ancient capitals, forests, mountains and exciting festivals that are truly captivating. Chiang Mai, in the north of the country, is one of the most popular cities for tourists from all over the world who come to take cookery or massage courses, to trek to the mountains or to visit remote hill tribes. Volunteers see a different side of Thailand, something that the average visitor misses altogether, and also have the satisfaction of knowing that they have changed lives in small but significant ways during their volunteer placement to this beautiful and exciting country.
The main role of the volunteers to this project is to assist the professors in the English Department of this international university with their lessons. There will also be opportunities to spend time with the students outside of the classroom practising pronunciation, writing, conversation and other assignments. Volunteers who have experience of working in a university academic environment may be encouraged to take a more active role in planning lessons and writing examination papers. The more experience a volunteer has, the more responsibilities they will be given during the placement.
The university is located in one of Chiang Mai's largest and most historic temples and is in the locality of Chiang Mai University and other small colleges which give the area a strong academic atmosphere. The English Department is staffed by a highly qualified and educated bilingual Thai faculty, some of whom are Buddhist monks themselves.
The monks will spend the morning studying Buddhism and meditating. Academic classes take place in the afternoons and most are taught in English. The university is made up of around 250 students, where approximately half are Thai and the other half are other Asian nationalities - Indian, Bangladeshi, Cambodian and Laotian. This diverse academic population creates a really international learning environment focused on the higher education of Buddhist monks which makes it a truly unique volunteer placement.
Professors sometimes ask the volunteers for help with classroom preparation and grading and many of these extra responsiblities are based on the developing working relationship between professor and volunteer. Volunteers will be assigned to a Thai professor during their placement and will work with them for three or four hours each afternoon.
The university is closed on Sundays, Thai holidays and Buddhist holy days. Each week, one day is taken as a Buddhist day; if this falls on a weekday a teaching day is made up on a Saturday.
Volunteers will need to be at least 18 yeas old to work on this project and will need to be fluent in both written and spoken English. As well as this, volunteers should have an open mind, enjoy working with university students and the academic environment. The more experience a volunteer has in this environment, the more responsibilities they will be given. Volunteerw who do not have academic teaching experience are also very welcome and will help as a teaching assistant.
Accommodation is provided in dedicated volunteer houses near the centre of Chiang Mai where up to thirty-five volunteers can be accommodated in air-conditioned, shared bedrooms. The built in bathrooms have hot water and a western style toilet and there are lounges with access to computers, free wifi and the chance to watch films.
The volunteer co-ordinators are friendly and knowledgeable and work from the project office which is just a short walk from the volunteer house. They are on hand at all times to make sure the volunteer projects run smoothly and help the volunteers in any way they can.
Volunteers will be provided with a breakfast each day at the volunteer accommodation. This will include toast, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, yoghurt, fresh fruit and fantastic aromatic Red Cliff Coffee from the highlands of northern Thailand. Lunch will be provided during working days but dinner is not included. Inexpensive and delicious Thai food restaurants along with many international eating places are only minutes for the volunteer house and provide a great way to socilalise and get to know your fellow volunteers. Some volunteers take the chance to enrol on one of the many Thai cookery courses available in the city and then show off their culinary skills in the kitchen to their fellow volunteers.
At the centre of Indochina, is the Kingdom of Thailand – as it officially known. Thailand nestles between Burma, Laos and Cambodia above and Malaysia below, with the Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman Sea to the west.
Thailand’s second largest city of Chiang Mai is known as the Rose of the North and visitors can experience homestays in local villages, rural jungle treks and 13th century Buddhist temples. The islands on Thailand’s east coast consist of Koh Phangan, Koh Toa and Koh Samui, which are famous for Full Moon parties, diving and tourism respectively and of course white sandy beaches and coral reefs. While Koh Phi Phi was hit by the 2004 Tsunami, it is also the home of ‘The Beach’ and iconic limestone cliffs. Other synonymous activities with Thailand are Muay Thai boxing, Thai cooking courses, mountain climbing, elephant riding, river rafting, canopy walking, learning to dive and holistic retreats.
The capital city Bangkok is the country’s political, commercial and cultural hub, as well as being the gateway to Thailand for most travellers arriving by air. The city is a mixture of old and new, with high rise skyscrapers, old temples, the Royal palace, wide dominating motorways and little shops on street corners. The city is used as a hub to travel around the rest of the country and its many islands, as well as the surrounding countries. Thai people are, as throughout Asia, extremely warm and welcoming and cannot help but wear that huge Asian smile.
Highlights of country
- Includes jungles, mountains, islands and beaches
- Warm and friendly Thai people
- Learn to dive in Koh Tao
- Legendry Full Moon parties on Koh Phangan
- Easy access to other Asian countries for further travel
Thailand has a tropical climate almost all year round. Southern Thailand has two seasons; the wet season and the dry season, which are the different on the east and west coasts. The east coast has rain between September and December, while the west has heavy storms from April through until October. The south of Thailand receives the most rain, with around 2,400 mm falling each year, which is 1,000 mm more than central and northern Thailand.
Northern Thailand’s seasons are more defined. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry, except for expected rain between February and March. From November to March, there are cooling breezes in northern Thailand while the temperatures rise between March and May.
Population – 66.80 million
Capital - Bangkok
Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
Official languages – Thai
Time difference – GMT + 6
Telephone - +66
There are many different volunteer opportunities throughout Northern Thailand and Chiang Mai. But volunteering at the International University for Monks creates a healthy mix that allows you to create your own individual experience and journey, while still having the support needed to further delve and explore the rich and unique experience of Northern Thailand.
Martin, USA (Teaching Assistant at University for Monks)