I am flying out to Thailand on 20 January to volunteer with the local community of Chiang Rai for 3 weeks. I am excited to work alongside local people to support the development of sustainable infrastructure, building new structures for community use and renovating existing community buildings.
The program (IVHQ) is completely volunteer-orientated with limited "voluntourism", meaning that the volunteer work is top priority. During my 3 weeks, I will be living in dorms with the most basic amenities where all my expenses are self-funded. I have redirected my holiday savings to volunteer and I will be taking leave from work while acclimating my lifestyle to help communities in need.
Why did I pick Chiang Rai?
There are many tribal communities in Chiang Rai that do not have access to the basic amenities such as clean water and electricity. Through some personal research, I learnt that women have to trek long distances to fetch clean water for their families, children don’t have access to childcare centres or schools and there is a risk of landslides after the rainy season.
What will I be doing?
I have been accepted into IVHQ’s Outdoor Programme in Chiang Rai. Some of the tasks that I will be involved in are:
- Extending water pipe systems;
- Building and painting school classrooms;
- Developing an agricultural project such as planting banana trees to reduce hill erosion;
- Assisting with the maintenance of a vegetable garden;
- Building and repairing the homes of elderly villagers.
How can YOU be a part of my volunteering efforts?
As you would appreciate, a volunteer trip isn't cheap after paying for flights, volunteer insurance, police check, IVHQ registration fee and programme fee and living expenses.
Any money raised will cover the IVHQ’s costs of volunteering in Chiang Rai.
With your support we can make a collective impact within the local communities of Chiang Rai.
Every dollar counts and I will be incredibly grateful for any support.