Chiang Mai is a beautiful, modern city in the mountains of Northern Thailand, a place of Buddhist temples and culture, universities and museums, but nearby to quiet village life and pastoral landscapes. The city contains over 300 Buddhist temples containing breathtaking statues, artwork, and architecture.
We will be volunteering through a reputable organization in Thailand that has hosted students from all over the world. Students will live in a volunteer house convenient to the work site and to the modern amenities of Chiang Mai. The house has Wi-Fi internet, air conditioned bedrooms, and workspace.
Each work day will consist of teaching morning and/or afternoon classes to monks or novice monks. Class meetings will be held in the early evening, and students will have daily time and space to write.
In addition to making sure routine vaccinations are up to date, students should have vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid. We will not be living in a high-risk area for malaria.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in residence halls/dormitories for the duration of the program. Most meals will be covered by the program fee (2 meals a day - 14 meals per week).
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material:
The program is suitable for students who study WRTC, ENGLISH, and SMAD majors, Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies or student groups such as Living Buddhism, Turning In, and Madison Meditates; however, anyone is welcome to apply.