My partner and I are heading to Northern Thailand (most likely Chiang Mai) for several months, and looking for some ideas on volunteer opportunities. I was curious what other design professionals have found in SE Asia, as most of the opportunities seem to be around teaching English, caring for children, or wildlife conservation (all very interesting mind you!). With a technical architecture background (design, detailing, construction methods & administration, project management), I am looking for a way to use these skills for some good... Or least in a somewhat related way. So far, building/renovating schools or orphanages, or teaching art/sculpture/architecture to kids are the only things that come mind. Curious if anyone has come up other ideas, or specific organisations in the CNX area? Oh, and I speak and read intermediate Thai. Thanks for your thoughts!
#1 Pomsitong has been a member since 3/7/2012. Posts: 3
Oh and architecture is one of the professions that is specifically banned for non-Thais to "practise" in Thailand...
#2 Pomsitong has been a member since 3/7/2012. Posts: 3
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#3 alexdavid has been a member since 17/4/2013. Posts: 6