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Overview
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.


Volunteer tasks under the Teaching Monks Program in Thailand, Chiang Mai.


Typical volunteer activities under the teaching monks volunteering program in Thailand include;
  • Assist the teachers to provide low cost teaching material and fun for the monk students.
  • Teaching Conversational English to students.
  • Assisting in other subjects such as computer teaching.
  • Sharing new ideas with the students and exchanging their views on different topics.


Teaching Monks Volunteering Schedule


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;
  • Friday : Arrival in Chiang Mai
  • Saturday : Orientation + neighbourhood familiarization tour. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Chiang Mai.
  • Sunday : City tour of Chiang Mai + Language classes
  • Mon to Fri : Volunteer work
    • Breakfast - To be self-cooked (ration is provided at the accommodation)
    • Working hours at the placement - 08:00 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 04:00 pm
    • Lunch - 11:30 am onwards (Provided at the placement)
    • Dinner - To be managed by volunteers on their own outside
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.

 
 
Thailand Program Booking
Volunteers need to arrive on a Friday as per your start date. Volunteers should book their flights to arrive in Chiang Mai between 8am – 8pm for our staff to pick you up from the airport.
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Chiang Mai - Thailand Program Costs
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference. 
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