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Araya Foundation

The Araya Foundation is dedicated to helping to ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programs. Efforts are currently focused on the Wat Pracha Kasem School which has relocated to Nam Sum in Chiang Mai, been renovated and implemented a voluntary teaching programme.

The Foundation was established in 2010 because the existing Wat Pracha Kasem School was difficult and costly to travel to, and the building was becoming hazardous. Following the success of the Wat Pracha Kasem School, the Araya team have extended their voluntary teaching programme to other primary schools in the region. There is also a sister organisation – Araya Foundation Thailand – which works with rural communities to introduce and encourage sustainable and ecological faming practices.

Meet Us
Our website

Our School

Daily life
The Wat Pracha Kasem School has around 150 students – mostly hill tribe children, from grades 1 to 5. School begins at around 8.30am. They have three classes in the morning, lunch, and then three classes in the afternoon. After school the children do homework, play or help with family & farm work.

Long-term goals

The Foundation is working with new primary school and would like to extend to provide additional services and to work with other schools int eh region. None of the school staff receive salaries and the Foundation relies upon donations and voluntary work. Having a consistent supply of voluntary teachers enables the Foundation to plan for all the lessons and services they want to provide to their schools and children.

What you can do
There are a wide range of activities open to volunteers who come to the School:

    • Teaching English

You can teach English at the Wat Pracha Kasem School and some of the other primary schools. It may also be useful for you to guide some of the staff with extra English lessons.

    • Lead other activities and classes

Teach or do other creative activities with the children – music, dance, drama, art, crafts, sports, gardening, etc.

    • Fundraising research and communications

Volunteers often have ways to help promote the school through writing, making contacts, creating links or even technical work like changing the website. There might be things you can do that no one else has thought of!

    • Getting hands-on

There are lots of jobs to be done around the school, including making materials for lessons & fundraising activities, repair work around the buildings, decorating, gardening & landscaping.

Visiting Us

The Araya Foundation has a strong preference for volunteers who can commit to four months minimum stay. This is for the benefit of the projects, the people and the volunteers.


There is no cost to volunteer with the Araya Foundation. Your accommodation and living costs are covered by the Foundation in return for your commmittment to be part of their programmes.

Very rural.

Living arrangements
Volunteers have private accommodation with their own kitchen and bathroom.

All meals are included.

Transport to/ from the home can be arranged, at additional cost. Transport during your stay can also be arranged, also at additional cost.

Get involved

Interested to volunteer with this programme? Get in touch using the little form a the top of the page, through our social networks or on

We can provide you with further information about the programme, put you in touch with previous volunteers, help you plan your trip and answer all your questions - big and small.

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