Mythical and Modern Character
Chiang Mai is one of the best places to experience the historical and modern Thai culture. It’s home to over 300 temples and 400,000 people. The old city is still preserved with moats marking its boundaries, giving it a quirky, mythic character.
Conservation and Environmental Tourism
You will work with the local government on conducting research on community-based tourism, reforestation planning, human ecology, natural resource management and habitat conservation. Interns may also help with writing and editing content for brochures, grant proposals and the organization’s website. Interns have the opportunity to divide their office-based duties with manual labor at an elephant home: planting trees, clearing land, fertilization, etc.
Support Thai Healthcare Education
Public Health interns will help with curriculum planning and supporting the outreach officers in their community outreach on subjects like HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, pediatric cardiac care and cervical cancer and breast cancer. NGO Management interns will create and edit marketing collateral and applications for fundraising grants and research and propose local/international publicity campaigns.
Intern in Thailand Hospitals and Clinics
Interns shadow nurses and doctors, observe hospital/clinic operations and learn the country’s healthcare system, common ailments and local procedures and remedies. Doctors and nurses will allow interns to perform certain procedures if they are qualified to do so.
Interning in Thailand
Depending on your internship, your work attire will be either formal or "smart casual." Smart casual is a button down shirt without a tie or a polo for men and a knee-length skirt or slacks with a shirt that covers the shoulders and upper arms for ladies. The Thai see the workplace as an extension of the family. Coworkers and supervisors value the essence of teamwork, always willing to help one another succeed. Lunch time is no different. Coworkers share meals and stories as they get to know one another. If you eat alone, you’ll be missing out on the fun.
Live Like a Local
There's a lot to see in Chiang Mai, but to see the sacred treasures beneath the surface of this majestic city requires more than a short vacation. By the time your program ends, the locals will begin to consider you a member of their community and village. Here are some tips to get you started living like a local.
- (Summer) Hot, Humid
(Winter) Cool, Rainy
- Thai, Kam Mueang
- Baht ฿
- Songtaews & Tuk Tuks
Songtaews wander around the city all day. Wave one of these red trucks down, hop on and tell the driver your destination. These shared ride systems are the most convenient way to get around the city. Private for-hire rickshaws called Tuk tuks are commonly used by tourists and can be expensive.
Things to Do
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the province’s most popular temples. On Wisaka Bucha, the colorful celebration of Buddha, Buddhist in Chiang Mai carry lanterns and candles to the top of the mountain and gather around the statue of Kru Ba Srivijaya to express their religious devotion. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter their religious preference.
Useful Phrases in Thai
Sawaddee (สวัสดี) / Hello
Khob Khoon (ขอบคุณ) / Thank you
Chan Kor... (ฉันขอ...) / Can I have...
Chan Ja Pai...Dai Yang Rai (ฉันจะไป...ได้อย่างไร) / How do I get to...