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ebannok 8The eBannok project, is The Mirror Foundation's handicrafts project. The main focus is to provide a safe working environment for around ten local hilltribe women, who are employed by the project. A secondary aim is to generate extra income for the foundation, for it to be more self-sustaining. Clay products, clothing, and accessories, are all produced onsite and sold through eBannok's local outlets, online stores, and wholesale to other businesses.

Opportunities are available for graduates: 1-3 positions at any given time. Applicants will be studying marketing, sales, fashion, design, or related subjects.

Required skills

  • Marketing
  • English language
  • Computing

Duties

The following are some of the jobs that will be part of the successful applicant's duties.

  • Analyse current marketing strategy
  • Write a proposal for new strategy options
  • Create integrated marketing campaigns
  • Assist with updating and maintaining the website and online stores

Desirable skills

  • Fluency in English language, including good spelling and grammar
  • Ability to write, proofread, and edit articles, proposals, and reports
  • Ability to focus and learn quickly
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Committed to, and capable of, working in a team setting

Personal requirements

Candidates are also selected on the ability to interact with others, to be socially aware, respectful of others and other cultures. Basic requirements are set out below.

  • Good health - physical and mental
  • Realistic commitment to volunteering
  • Open mind
  • Positive attitude
  • Flexibility
  • Self assurance
  • Sensitivity and affinity to others
  • Clean and tidy
  • Respectful, polite, and modest
  • Neatly dressed

Orientation period

Volunteers spend the first two weeks at The Mirror Foundation, as a regular volunteer. This gives you a chance to learn about Thai culture,  what it means to be a volunteer at an NGO, pick up some Thai language, integrate, and get over any culture shock and jetlag. It also gives us the time to assess your qualities and strengths.

The second week will include a homestay with the other volunteers starting at the same time. Homestay usually consists of a 4-day visit to a hilltribe village, working on a project to aid the community. An elephant ride and/or trip to a local waterfall are often laid on as a treat on the final day. The rest of your time will be at the foundation itself, although there may be opportunities to go on project field trips if and when they happen.

Language

Thai language skills although an advantage, are not necessary, as we will provide a translator to support interns during their programmes. Candidates need to be flexible and understanding, as our staff are not fluent in English, and for some it is a third or fourth language. Generally, a morning meeting will be held for interns and project staff, with the translator present, to organise the schedule for the day. Any further requirements during the day will be dealt with as necessary.

Security

Volunteers work with children and vulnerable adults, and as such are in a position of responsibility and trust. To help us, we ask you to provide a Vulnerable Sector background check.

Fees

The standard cost of the volunteer programme is based on eight weeks in total - two weeks as a regular volunteer, and six weeks dedicated work with our project.

Deposit payment

7,000 Thai Baht

A deposit is required to secure the placement, subject to prior agreement by our staff via email. Once the deposit has been received, a detailed form will be emailed which must be completed prior to arrival. A lot of work goes into preparing these placements which is reflected by the size of the deposit. This has been set higher than normal to hopefully ensure full consideration before signing up. The deposit is non-refundable. Payment is via PayPal only (5% is automatically added to cover admin fees).

Balance of payment

48,000 Thai Baht

The balance must be paid in full before arriving at the foundation, via PayPal or bank transfer. The placement will not begin until this has been completed. Payment is non-refundable once the programme has begun. Payment can only be made using the following methods:

  • via PayPal in advance (Add 5% to cover admin fees)
  • via bank transfer (Please pay any transaction fees)

Additional weeks

6,000 Thai Baht per week

If an intern wishes to stay for longer than 8 weeks, an extra fee of 6,000 Thai Baht per week will be required. Payment must be made in advance of the additional week(s):

  • via PayPal in advance
  • Bank transfer

The above fees include the following services

  • Pick up from Chiang Rai airport on the programme start date
  • Work-related transportation
  • Food, and accommodation

The fees do not include

  • Flights, insurance, visa
  • Transfer between Chiang Rai and Bangkok
  • Non-work related transportation
  • Snacks, beverages, or other personal purchases

What is required to join the programme

  • Valid medical insurance*
  • Proof of a recent background check
  • Copy of most recent academic transcript
  • Deposit paid at least 8 weeks prior to start date
  • Balance of payment paid in advance or on arrival
  • Visa arranged at a Thai embassy/consulate prior to arrival in Thailand

*Usually medical and travel insurance is combined in a single policy, but for those that are not: We don't insist on travel insurance as well as health insurance, but we strongly recommend it.

How to apply

Important - The initial application form must be received at least 2 months prior to your preferred start date. This gives us enough time to assess the application, and gives yourself enough time to obtain a national Criminal Record check, and other necessary documentation.

  • Fill in the initial enquiry form (See below)
  • Availability will be checked and we will contact you with an answer within 7 days
  • Submit a national Criminal Record check document via email
  • Pay the deposit
  • On receipt of the deposit, login details will be issued for webform
  • Fill in the webform
  • Pay the balance at least 2 weeks prior to start date

If you have any questions about the placement, please email us at

Please register on this website first, to access the enquiry form and deposit links below


Enquiry form

Deposit payment

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