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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  • Hi from Sarah 30 May 2016 | 12:30 am

        My name is Sarah, and I come from Ireland. I am here in Chiang Mai with Cultural Canvas Thailand and Art Relief International to do voluntary work. In the next ten weeks I will participate in and teach art workshops for various local partner organisations.

        I hail from the Emerald Isle, and so naturally have the travelling gene that is so prevalent in the Irish. Travel, culture, people and new experiences are all interests of mine, and so deciding to pack up to a foreign country was not so much a leap, but rather a stepping stone.

       I am nineteen years old and currently on a gap year. My plan was simple: work, save, travel. Yet there was a slight hiccup in my plan. Travel? Where? With who? For a while I had been so caught up in the romance of an adventure that I had not really thought about these things. And that is when I started to consider doing voluntary work. Soon after I found EIL Ireland, a non profit organisation in partnership with CCT and ARI, and the more I read about them, their polices, procedures and aim, the more interested and passionate I began to feel.

      In particular, it was CCT'S art relief program that signed the deal for me. Its focus on using art, whether visual or other, to bring relief and light into peoples lives really captivated me. I have never seen another…