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WHAT does Cultural Week Involve?
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PROJECT NAME: CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK
LOCATION: CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
START DATES: 1ST & 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
The stunning mountainous terrain surrounding Chiang Mai offers plenty of natural attractions. This city is known for being a hub of Thai handicrafts and is home to two tribal villages. Learn about Thai culture through a diverse range of cultural activities, sightseeing, and leisure time to appreciate the breath taking mountainous scenery.
The orientation and culture week provides a chance for you to fully immerse yourself in Thai culture through a variety of cultural activities, sightseeing, and leisure time to appreciate the beautiful mountainous surroundings. You will have the opportunity to participate in authentic cultural activities, watch performances, and engage in various experiences during the program.
Throughout the program, you will explore several famous landmarks in and around Chiang Mai, while also learning about Thai customs, language, and cuisine. Visits to Buddhist temples (known as ‘Wat’ in Thai) will offer insight into Thai Buddhism. Additionally, we have scheduled visits to local markets where you can observe the local Thai lifestyle, sample a range of food items, and taste delicious delicacies and other products.
See schedule in dropdown section below.
Chiang Mai is a city in northern Thailand known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. It is a popular destination for tourists, with attractions such as ancient temples, night markets, and trekking in the nearby mountains. In addition to its religious sites, Chiang Mai is also famous for its vibrant night markets, where visitors can find a variety of local crafts, souvenirs, and delicious street food.
- Help you familiarise yourself with the local surroundings.
- Provide a full induction, preparing you for volunteering
- Broaden your knowledge on the local customs, history and culture.
Food & Accommodation
During your stay in Chiang Mai you will be staying in a nice big volunteer house with all the standard facilities such as WiFi, bed linen, showers and fans. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis with 4-8 people per room.
Three meals on weekdays are provided, with two meals on weekends (usually breakfast and dinner). Mostly Thai style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served.
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1 Week - $395
2 Weeks - $450
3 Weeks - $595
1 Month - $795
2 Months - $1795
3 Months - $2655
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
If you want to gain a head start on your projects and feel comfortable in your new surroundings, before you begin, this week is a fantastic way to do just that! It gives you time to adjust before your project begins, to explore the local area and to learn more about the culture and customs. This can greatly help you to communicate with the locals on your projects.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Bangkok BKK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Level 2, Entrance 4. You must arrive between 06.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving on Saturday, you will need to pay US$50 for an extra night’s accommodation, or arrange your own accommodation for the night.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
Program Introduction, registration and general info. Introduction to Thai Culture.
Thai cooking class and Lunch
Thai Culture Lesson: Thai history, religion, and customs
Thai Language Lesson
Umbrella Village; Umbrella Painting
Hot spring Water (Hot spring Pool)
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan
Wat Pha lad
Welcome and Goodbye Dinner Session.
Lanna folklife museum, Warorrot Market
Wat Chedi Luang & Night Market
Dinner and Spa treatment after a fun-packed week.
- Visit ancient temples – Chiang Mai is home to over 333 Buddhist temples, many of which are centuries old. Some of the most famous temples include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.
- Explore the night markets – Chiang Mai has several night markets, where visitors can shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, and local cuisine. The most popular markets include the Sunday Night Walking Street and the Night Bazaar.
- Trek in the mountains – Chiang Mai is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. Visitors can go trekking, hiking, or mountain biking in the nearby Doi Inthanon National Park or Mae Sa Valley.
- Learn about the local culture – Chiang Mai has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can learn about traditional crafts, music, and dance at places like the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center or the Lanna Folklife Museum.
- Take a cooking class – Thai cuisine is famous worldwide, and visitors to Chiang Mai can take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional dishes like pad Thai or green curry.
- Attend a festival – Chiang Mai hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Yi Peng Lantern Festival and the Songkran Water Festival.
- No extra requirements
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Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.
We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.
November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!
Temperatures are around 33 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!
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