Spend Time Abroad in Chiang Mai Completing an Internship!
All About the Internship
We have two amazing NGO Development Internships in Thailand. Both will provide you with insight into global development issues and NGO operations in an international context. Be a part of the bigger picture as you assist NGOs with their valuable work!
LGBTQ+ NGO Development
While Thailand is more accepting than most other countries around the world, the LGBTQ+ community faces discrimination. There are no rights for those in same sex marriages and prejudice at schools and in the workplace is widespread. In Chiang Mai, there are large numbers of transgender men and women as well as sex workers and other at-risk groups, and HIV rates have been on the rise. This organization promotes local initiatives through advocacy and education.
The NGO staff promotes inclusion through education and offers testing and counseling at schools, spas, saunas and bars. The aim is to improve acceptance by others, encourage safe sex practices, and reduce teenage pregnancy in the process. Rights and safe sex messages are important to the organization and activities include HIV/AIDS outreach, education, treatment and prevention as well as advocacy. Join us and make a contribution to the LGBTQ+ community and other at-risk groups in the city of Chiang Mai.
Learn more about the internship here!
General NGO Development
At Kaya, we partner with a number of NGOs in Northern Thailand that could use support. This second internship option involves NGOs that tackle a wide variety of initiatives ranging from care for the elderly to children’s rights. If you have a specific field that you’re interested in, please reach out to one of our Placement Advisors and we can discuss the available options.
This internship allows students to gain insight into the workings of an NGO in the context of Thai culture. Not only will you learn about some of the key tasks and challenges facing NGOs in Chiang Mai, you will also gain an understanding of how funding is an important part of the picture. Strong English speakers are of great benefit to these local NGOs, who need help with research, report preparation and online and social media marketing. Particularly valuable skills including strong English language and writing skills!
Learn more about the internship here!
Interested in a Virtual Option?
We have virtual internships based in Thailand! Learn about NGO Development from home, manage your workflow on your own time and in your own space, enjoy weekly Cultural Workshops, and prep for a trip to Thailand in the future – maybe next year or the year after. All virtual internship Kaya alums get discounts towards future travel on a Kaya program. Learn more here!
Getting University Credit
You may be able to gain university credit for your experience abroad. We recommend speaking to your study abroad advisor or academic department to learn more about your options. Many universities offer credit, and may classify our program as an internship, experiential education, a global experience or an academic experience, and here at Kaya we can work with you to meet any specific requirements your university may have.
Your institution may already be affiliated with Kaya to provide these credits, so ask a Kaya advisor for more details first!
Details, Costs and Deadlines
Rolling start dates throughout the year
Duration: 8+ weeks
Costs: $4259 for 8 weeks
$339 for each extra week thereafter
*Please note that at your time of application there may be additional quarantine costs (see below in Exclusions and inquire for up-to-date details)
Contact our Placement Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about costs, inclusions or anything else!
- Meals: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop off from Chiang Mai airport or bus station
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, orientation on arrival
- Certificate of completion
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Excursion planning: staff will help organize activities and excursions
- Learning reflection document
- Internship supervisor
- Quarantine cost of $1500 (if applicable)
- Transfers from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fees apply) all other nationalities must provide local police check
What about traveling during Covid-19?
As we prepare for a responsible return to travel, our priority at Kaya Responsible Travel is safety. We care deeply about the safety of both our participants and our host communities on the ground. With that in mind, we have developed and implemented extensive plans for selected projects in the Americas, Africa, and Asia where we can safely continue to carry out important work with our participants. You can learn about our reopening plans here.
How Do I Apply?
Apply through Handshake or apply on our website by visiting the project pages linked above.
If you need help or have any questions, reach out to our Placement Advisors, Tom and Jess, at email@example.com.