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Agricultural Education in Thailand | Mae Rim (Chiang Mai), Thailand

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Join a vibrant international community of learners near Chiang Mai, Thailand, and support an amazing sustainable farm. This is a great chance to learn new techniques and improve your farming/gardening skills, learning about permaculture, and share your knowledge of farming techniques. Interns are able to support farm development, farm animal care (goats and hens especially), or farm education programming.

The Traidhos Farm is part of the larger Three Generation Community for Learning, which includes the PTIS International School (Prem), three sport academies, six different types of specialty programs for students, an artist residency program, a cooking academy, a guesthouse and spa, and corporate event programs.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Internship is available year-round

Duration of Internship:

  • 10-12 weeks

Part of the Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning, the Traidhos Farm is a small educational farm used by children attending Prem International School and students on fieldtrip programs through the Traidhos Visiting School Program and Camp Programs. It is set up to showcase different farming techniques and how all parts are connected to the same zero-waste system, as the facility seeks to be truly sustainable. Participants are encouraged to engage with the natural world while learning new skills and knowledge through fun, sustainability-focused activities. The farm is able to incorporate information about horticulture, permaculture, soil science, water management, nutrition, local knowledge, Thai culture and cuisine, ecosystems, and animal science. The farm is home to variety of animals including goats, hens, rabbits, water buffalo, pigs, and crickets.

The Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning is an educational center located in Thailand, with their main facility near Chiang Mai and programs operating near Bangkok. They are an international community of learners, across all generations, working together for a sustainable future. Students and adults from around the world come to Chiang Mai and Bangkok to participate in short and long term programs in education, sustainability, leadership, sports, culture, and well-being. Each part of the Traidhos Three Generation Community has its own customer group but in addition to this, each part works with students and teachers of Prem International School to offer specialist learning opportunities outside of the classroom as part of the on-going curriculum. For more information, visit the Traidhos website.

Traidhos Farm internships will be developed to fit each intern’s skills and passions. All interns should be prepared to help with daily farming and animal care activities, but may also choose to focus their remaining time in one of three areas, customizable based on interests.

  1. Farm Development interns will focus on gardening, planting, and improvement to the farm and herb garden. Knowledge of different types of farming, raised beds, permaculture, and aquaponics is helpful.
  2. Farm Animal interns will be able to support the animals on-site, including goats, rabbits, pigs, crickets, water buffalo, chickens, ducks, worms, frogs, and bees. Interns can expect to work primarily with goats and chickens. Those with a special interest are encouraged to help with the cricket program. Animal interns can also help develop educational material to help students learn more about animals. Experience working with farm animals or animals in captivity is preferred.
  3. Farm Education interns will also be able to teach students about the farm and its many facets. Prior teaching experience is strongly preferred.

Academic Background:

This internship is open to all students. Depending on the intern’s specific interests, ideal candidates will have knowledge of and experience in permaculture/sustainable agriculture or working with small farm animals.

Skills / Experience:

Interns should have general computer skills and be comfortable using a PC and Microsoft software (MS Office suite especially). Ideal candidates will have experience in event planning, PR, communications, outdoor education, leadership training, and youth development. Knowledge or a strong interest in community issues, intercultural communication, youth issues, and policy development are a plus.

Language Requirements:

This internship will be conducted in English. Any knowledge of Thai is appreciated!

Other Requirements:

Interns will need to bring the following items for work on the farm: footwear suitable for outdoor/farm work (sneakers, outdoor sandals, etc), knee-length shorts, sun hat, water bottle, and towel.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • International Travel: $1,600
  • Visa Fees: $100 (Non-Immigrant Category “O” Visa for 90 days)
  • Recommended Immunizations: $600

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: Provided
  • Food: $50 (most provided)
  • Local Transportation: $50
  • Recreation: $150
  • Personal Expenses: $100
The internship is unpaid. However, Traidhos Farm interns receive free housing and meals on-campus and airport pick-up from Chiang Mai.

On-site housing is provided for all interns. It will either be a shared apartment with a private bedroom and Western shower and toilet, or a small individual room with bathroom. Interns will have access to the swimming pool and small gym on-campus.

The internship with the Traidhos Educational Farm is a newly developed opportunity for IE3 Global students. However, we have been sending interns to Three Generation/Traidhos since 2010. Contact the Asia Program Advisor for more information about past intern experiences.

Terms

Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25

Fall: April 15

Winter: September 1

Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Prior experience in permaculture/sustainable agriculture

- Prior experience with animal husbandry (domestic farm animals)

- Comfortable working outdoors doing physical work