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  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

Global Environmental Program - Thailand - Rural Community Health Program 

Live in the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand while supporting Thai medical professionals to increase access to much needed healthcare services.

There are a number of ways you can help:

Home visits, testing and disease prevention
This program will focus on preventative healthcare and simple management of issues, combined with testing and home visits. Volunteers will have the opportunity to shadow doctors, nurses and other health workers as they provide vaccinations, test for contagious and noncontagious disease and warning signs, provide aftercare, home visits, public health care work and education to the community. By providing additional resources and funding volunteers will be able to expand the work of the clinic enabling them to reach a larger population and expand the services available to hard to reach communities.  Volunteers will be able to participate in trips to remote areas where clinic staff and volunteers will work together to provide simple medical care, record keeping as well as simple medical kits to villagers.

English language and health education
In this program volunteers will work with local schools to teach English language (which is highly sought after) as well as basic healthcare and health education. The desire for English language instruction, provides an opportunity to teach at the same time, basic healthy living strategies to a variety of ages of children at local schools.

Small community development projects
This program will include assisting with small development projects, such as providing toilets or running water for schools or villagers as determined by need and resources at the time.  Volunteers will also support local people to find, start or continue sustainable income generation projects, such as community managed forestry and community based tourism.

This program gives volunteers the opportunity to:
• Raise awareness of basic healthy living strategies, techniques for preventing disease.
• Enrich the lives of those in need through health promoting activities such as education and sustainable development projects.
• Follow up with patients on the results of testing for various diseases and assist in educating prevention.
• Contribute in the community by putting together and delivering basic medical parcels or first aid kits for remote villages.
• Assist local caregivers to provide much needed home based care for patients in their rural homes.
• Gain observational healthcare/ medical experience as you learn about local healthcare services, including two rural clinics.
• Immerse yourself in the local Thai and hill-tribe culture learning all about the customs and also a bit of the language!
• Live within the mountains of northern Thailand, close to Elephants, amazing national parks and more than 7 different ethnic groups.

Program details

Exercise Level: Medium
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Project Activities: Will include education, prevention, and treatment of health issues; clinical experience / observation, development projects
Working Hours: Approximately 7.5 hours
Project Duration: 4 Weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
  Dates: 29 Oct - 25 Nov 2017 

Cost: $2,999 AUD

Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)

Program fee includes:
  • Accommodation in local group housing
  • 3 meals per day (excluding weekends)
  • Airport drop off and pick up
  • Transport between the project village and the city of Chiang Mai
  • Orientation upon arrival and training
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
The fee does not include:
  • Tuition Fee
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry
  • Weekend activities

Information Session
Video recording | Powerpoint presentation


A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement in T3 2016. Before starting this unit in T3 2016 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%. Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 

Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans

  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$7880
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.

CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.


International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.