If you are interested in volunteering or interning at one of Mechai Viravaidya's projects, please contact the intern coordinator for Population & Community Development Association (PDA):
Mr. Mechai Viravaidya
Slots can be highly competitive, so please send a resume and cover letter indicating your area of interest and availability. Also, please indicate if your level of proficiency at speaking/reading Thai.
We are looking for a volunteers and interns with an innovative and open-minded personality, good team working skills and patience. Multicultural communication skills are also very important as the intern will be working with Thai teachers, staff, parents and community leaders who have limited English skills.The Mechai Pattana School (MPS) positions
MPS has the goal to become a model school that provides high-quality education for children from poor families at no costs. Evolving around the goal, activities implemented at the school address two major issues – to develop innovative, high-quality teaching-learning methodologies, and to establish and operate a business company where the profits will be used in the school operations. In the long run, the school aims to become a center for community development, providing resources and support to the community development process. This framework will turn a school into a focal point of changes and progress in economics, gender equality, environmental conservation, democracy, health care, etc.
While volunteers ’ roles and effort will contribute to the above goal, they are expected to engage in the activities described below.
Curriculum and Lesson Plan Design – Volunteers will work with MPS teachers to design innovative curriculum and lesson plans for tertiary level students. MPS adopts innovative teaching methods and uses various assessment tools except examinations. Volunteers are required to have good knowledge on Thailand’s educational policies and national curriculum to be able to design appropriate lesson plans and classroom activities.
Design and plan extra-curricular activities for secondary students. MPS has a plan to organize camps for children and families from other schools.
Fundraising – As the MPS School provides education to students at no costs, two sources of incomes will come from donations and businesses. The Mechai Viravaidya Foundation and MPS are very proactive in seeking funds from potential donors, mostly philanthropic individuals and business companies. Volunteers will work with MVF and MPSl staff to develop media (i.e. brochures, posters, PowerPoint presentation, websites) to attract potential donors.
Donor Relations – Volunteers will work with MVF and MPS staff on donor relations which includes activities like collecting information, preparing progress reports, financial reporting, and organizing visits to the school for current donors.
Coordinating with MVF staff on the Village Development Partnership (VDP) project which is mainly implemented in the villages surrounding the school. Interns will help with organizing activities of the VDP that will be carried out in the school’s facility and such.
Provide support to and coordinate with BREAD (Business for Rural Education and Development, Co. Ltd.) team on business initiatives. BREAD is a business company running businesses where profits will be used in the school operations.
Work with the Birds & Bees resort in Pattaya (a social enterprise started by Mechai Viravaidya to support rural education) to improve hospitality services and develop new business models.