Welcome to Art Relief International
Art Relief International works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand by offering them the opportunity to express themselves through an artistic lens.
Art changes lives. It is both a powerful means of expression and a recognized means of therapy – two things that are vital in the lives of ARI participants. ARI works to cultivate creativity, create an atmosphere of inclusion for groups that are often cast out and ignored, and encourage social change.
Our volunteer-based organization relies on dedicated and open-minded individuals looking to make a creative difference in the world. This unique opportunity to volunteer in Thailand rewards both volunteers and ARI program participants alike.
Art Relief International Volunteer Blog
My name is Susie. I came to sunny Chiang Mai from Oslo, Norway almost two weeks ago. It's been quite a climate shock going from minus degrees and snow to 35 degrees and sunshine but I'm not complaining! This is my second week volunteering for ARI so I think it's about time I introduce myself to all of you:) I feel like I'm starting to really get into life and work here in Chiang Mai. It was so many new things to take in when I first came but all the other volunteers and everyone at ARI and CCT are so nice and helpful so it makes everything a lot easier.
So far I've lead two workshops and participated in a bunch. It is so much fun to plan and execute different creative projects and the people we work with are amazing. Some of my favorite workshops so far was the aboriginal mask making, spray paint stencils and mural painting. The first workshop I lead was with the Young Lions. We made race cars and space rockets out of toilet paper rolls. This idea came from a magazine cut out that one of the kids brought the previous week and asked us if we could do. I thought that it was really great that the kids came to us with their own ideas for what they wanted to do and we had so much fun making and playing with the toys.