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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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  • Becoming Tigers! 23 Apr 2017 | 11:49 pm

    Today, we became tigers at Baan Kingkaew Orphanage by making our own tiger paws!

    As a recent costume designer by trade, it seemed fitting for my first workshop as a leader to make our own tiger costumes. The children decorated their paws with black and white stripes, and at the end added the main characteristic of vicious claws.

    *It's now time to become tigers!*

    I was worried whether they would want to wear the strange new costumes they made, but I was pleasantly surprised that they loved wearing them. Wearing them helped the kids to get straight into the character of a tiger, as any good costume should. Some of the boys didn't even want to take them off, and remain tigers for the rest of the day!

    While wearing their new, hand-made paw costumes we played a game of tiger charades. We had to perform all together as sleepy, angry, hungry, happy and jumping tigers. The children dived into the games and loved taking on the newly learnt character of a tiger.

    Here we are "sleeping tigers."

    This workshop gave the children a chance to perform and immerse themselves into a character. And it seems like we have some future thespians on our hands!