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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.

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  • LaGrange College at Hope Home! 20 Jan 2017 | 1:23 am

    Hope Home in Chiang Mai Thailand - January 12


    LaGrange College came to Thailand with the original goal to visit different places with children and include English and art. We had the opportunity to visit Hope Home, which is a home for special needs children. Their disabilities ranged from mental to physical and some with both. We had the chance to do various activities with them, such as play, listen, dance to music, finger-paint, go outside, and just enjoy each other's company--as we had one-on-one time with one another. We also painted a mural on their wall outside to give the place more color , and so they would remember us.

    The most interesting part of our experience was hearing the stories about how these kids ended up with Hope Home. Some children had deceased parents or families that lived nomadic lives with very little money, far from clinics or hospitals. Ultimately, Hope Home ended up being the best thing for the children, as they can be surrounded by people who care for them and have the ability to care for them well.



    Each child that lived in the home needed intensive care. However, this home did not make the children feel like they were different from the rest, as they all participated in normal day to day activities such as…