Volunteers joining the monks teaching volunteer program in Thailand, Chiang Mai will teach novice Buddhist monks, who are in the age group of 12-18 years. The placements are provided to interested volunteers at five different monastery schools, in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Objectives of these schools is "enhancing the knowledge of monks and novices in both religious and secular subjects" and "providing secondary education for boys who are unable to afford such opportunities elsewhere."
Volunteers will be intrigued to see that it’s not just the students who are budding monks but also the teachers who are fully learned Buddhist monks. One of the schools has both novice monk students and non-monk students (however the majority are monks), separated by classrooms. This a great volunteering abroad opportunity for those on their gap year to gain some intense international work experience. Teaching monks volunteering is one program where you are not only the teacher imparting knowledge and sharing views, but also the learner who get to learn the basics of life science from the wise monks. Not only it is important to the school administration that volunteers aid in English education at the school, but also that volunteers receive a rich experience about Thailand, Thai culture and Buddhism during their service.
Typical volunteer activities under the teaching monks volunteering program in Thailand include;
Volunteers joining the teaching monks volunteering program in Thailand, Chiang Mai are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends : Free to explore the city
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
Volunteering Solutions provides end to end services as far as living arrangements of the volunteers are concerned. VolSol volunteers just have to land at the placement destination and the rest is on us to arrange it for you.
Volunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai by the coordinator or representative. Volunteers who’d be present already in Chiang Mai will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand. Please note that volunteers are provided pickup from the airport between 8am and 8pm only.
All volunteers are provided with a two day orientation before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Chiang Mai.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer’s home in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The volunteer house accommodations are located in safe and secure neighborhoods within the Chiang Mai city. We have 3 volunteer homes in Chiang Mai and you would be staying in one of them. All three are very close to each other and have same facilities and are located in the heart of the city.
For volunteers working in the Elephant Program, accommodation is provided at the elephant camp itself (From Mon- Fri). All rooms have attached western toilets and showers. On the weekends the volunteers are welcome to stay at the home in Chiang Mai (if space available). If room is not available at the House during a weekend, volunteers will have to cover the cost of their own accommodation for those two days.
All ingredients for breakfast are provided and volunteers can cook their own breakfast. Lunch is provided at the schools and the childrens home projects on all working days.
For all Elephant Camp volunteers all meals are provided from Monday to Friday afternoon.
Volunteers can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which are available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai , Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok.
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