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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  • My first week in Chiang Mai 22 Jun 2017 | 4:28 am

    Hello, My name is Tori Carey from Ireland, CCT English teaching volunteer. I have just experienced what was the most amazing week I have ever had. On Tuesday I started my teaching placement at Baan Tao Boon Rueng School. It was here that I had the pleasure of meeting the nicest children ever. I have three different classes a day between the ages of 7 and 9. The children are just so enthusiastic to learn new things. Especially when they include a song and dance.

    We have looked at a range of topics between basic greetings and learning about the different types of weather. The children also made some hand-print-cut outs which they wrote their own names on.

    At the whole, school assembly on Friday morning I got to teach the whole school the song and dance “Hokey Pokey” which they loved, and have asked to do in every class since!

    My first week has been an incredible experience which has really set the tone for the weeks to follow. I am excited to see what the next seven weeks have in for me.

    Tori :-)