Teach Filmmaking to Novice Monks

The Thai film scene is as vibrant as ever, operating at the intersection of the very modern and the very ancient. Culture and tradition remain the backbone of this thriving nation as it continues to follow the ancient practices of Buddhism and Animism while simultaneously integrating modern day advancements into everyday life. To this end, FWB has partnered with rural government schools and Buddhist monasteries to teach digital storytelling to both underserved Thai students and Chiang Mai’s novice monks.

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Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and art educators in the city of Chiang Mai. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to underserved Thai students across the rural district of Doi Saket, both in government schools and in local Buddhist monasteries. Filmmakers are provided equipment, curriculum, airfare, housing, and food for 1 full year.
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has partnered with the Future Sense Foundation to teach filmmaking and media literacy directly to students/novice monks in rural government schools and Buddhist monasteries across Doi Saket. In addition to these primary placements, FWB Fellows also conduct various short term workshops in the indigenous hill tribe communities outside of the city of Chiang Mai.  
Volunteers in the Thailand program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a documented interest in working in Thailand
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organization

The FutureSense Foundation is a charity fundraising organisation, which provides financial support for community development projects overseas. Through its collaboration with other FutureSense brands, the Foundation also provides human resources in the form of career break and gap year volunteers. With an emphasis on meaningful and responsible volunteering abroad, the FutureSense Foundation supports marginalised individuals and communities by:

  • Improving education
  • Relieving poverty
  • Helping create sustainable and secure livelihoods
  • Improving the transfer of vocational and entrepreneurial skills
  • Addressing issues related to health and HIV/AIDS
  • Promoting child welfare
  • Empowering people living with disabilities
  • Enabling voluntary participation and cultural exchange

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Participants will live together in apartments or houses.

Living & Teaching in Thailand

FWB participants teach Thai students in collaboration with FutureSense Foundation’s community and youth development projects.

Dates & Deadlines

NOTE: Due to changes the in the 2015-2016 Thai academic calendar, the FWB Thailand Program dates have recently shifted. We apologize for any inconvenience and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding the new application timetable.

  • Program Dates: May 2017 – April 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: January 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: February 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, the FutureSense coordinator and your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are required to secure independent emergency medical evacuation insurance. 

Financial Details

The Thailand Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food, and equipment.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

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