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.
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Forever Hopeful in Hope Home
Visiting Hope Home today was a first for me in many ways. This was my first experience of volunteering abroad, as well as being the first time that I have had the pleasure of working with orphaned kids who display various needs. To my amazement, the kids in Hope Home exhibited their abilities rather than allowing their disabilities to hinder their participation in the fun activities that ARI volunteers had carefully planned for them, in a 90 minute workshop. All activities were planned in relation to the individual needs of each child within Hope House. The activities ranged from loud and energetic, to calm and reflective.
We all got to jam at the beginning of the workshop using background music and musical instruments. The kids got really creative and made a lot of great sounds, together with creating a marching band and learning a new rhythm.
Afterwards, the high energy children then had the opportunity to partake in an obstacle course which was constructed outside. It certainly sounded like the children were having fun as laughter and screams of joy were frequently heard.
During this time, the kids with lower energy participated in a singing session, beautifully accompanied by a ukulele and Hallie’s voice. From observation, the…