Frequently Asked Questions
host a display
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What should I expect if I host a craft display?
> Before the event, spend some time spreading the word and getting your community excited about the products.
> We will send a box of products to you 3-7 days before your event.
> Set up and prepare the products at the location, host the event, and take-down.
> After the event, count unsold products, total the earnings, and send them back to our US location provided, or pass products on to a friend for a separate event.
Who can host a craft display and who can help me if I host?
> Anyone currently living in the USA can help us in this way, and every display helps! We will send you all the information you need.
> Recruit some friends to share the fun together!
> Create an event with your Bible study, church, kid’s club, youth group, or community group.
> Request a $250 grant from Thrivent for your display.
What’s included in a Thai Village display box?
> A variety of Thai Village, Inc® products – you can request to include or withhold certain products. Browse our products here.
> Thai Village information kit (includes artisan stories, promotional DVD, product display stands, wall banner, flyers, product catalog, bulletin/newsletter insert, how to set up a display, e-mail/newsletter sign-up sheet, product category cards, and payment methods)
Where can I host?
> Community events, markets, and fairs
> Workplace events
> Conferences and rallies
> Churches and mission Sundays
> Open house events
> Local fair trade stores
> In your home
> Any place you think is a good fit
What are the benefits to hosting a craft display?
> Provide a market and platform for talented low-income communities
> Give others an opportunity to be involved in world missions
> Showcase meaningful products with a story
Do I need to give a presentation?
> A presentation is not necessary to host a craft display, but, depending on the location, it can be a good opportunity to share the Thai Village mission and story.
> If you have access to a screen or computer, you can play Thai Village videos or hand out flyers explaining Thai Village.
Do I need to supply anything by myself?
> You may want to set up 2-5 tables for the display. Check if your location will provide tablecloths, which are not provided in the craft display box. Other helpful items to borrow include boxes, baskets, or shelves for displaying products.
> Refreshments are up to you but not necessary. You may request a $250 Thrivent gift card to cover refreshment expenses.
What do I do with the products I don’t sell?
> You can send any unsold products back to our USA location.
What other resources are available for me?
Can I host a craft display outside of the States?
> We currently only offer this option in the USA. If you have ideas for another location, we would love to hear from you.
volunteer and interships
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Would I be a good fit for this program?
> People with all skills and abilities can find a place here at Thai Village. If you have experience, skills, a desire to learn, and a passion to serve in any of the positions listed above, we would love to talk with you!
> We look for people with open minds and humble attitudes when it comes to other cultures. This means that volunteers should have the desire to serve and learn about diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultural mindsets.
> Previous experience traveling or living abroad (especially in the developing world) is beneficial
> Volunteers should have the ability to self-start, manage oneself, and respect rules and cultural etiquette.
> Thai Village is a Christian organization, and although we do not require that volunteers profess Christianity, we do require an open-mindedness to it and a desire to reach out to people with love, joy, and hope
What is the duration of the position?
> Volunteer opportunities at Thai Village range from 2 months to a full year.
> International volunteers are normally hired on a full-time basis, although assignments may be carried out on a part-time basis upon mutual agreement.
Where can I volunteer?
> We have positions available in both Thailand and in the USA. See volunteer position descriptions above.
> Sharing our mission with others and selling our products in another way to volunteer with Thai Village. If you would like to volunteer to host a craft sale in your country, learn more here.
Are volunteer positions paid?
> Currently, Thai Village only offers unpaid volunteer or internship opportunities.
> Students can get credit for an internship with proof of enrollment and after agreement with their college or university.
What are the costs of volunteering?
> Currently, Thai Village only offers unpaid volunteer or internship opportunities. Therefore, all travel costs, visas, living expenses, insurance, and vaccinations are covered by the volunteer for the duration of the position. Although airfare prices range based on country and season, Thailand is a relatively affordable country to live in.
What should I expect if I volunteer with Thai Village in Thailand?
> Airport pickup
> Suggestions for living arrangements
> Orientation to culture, language, and local life
> Orientation to the job position and non-profit work
> Learning and engaging with multiple Thai ethnic groups
> Being a part of the Thai Village community
> Support and assistance with questions
> Internship certificate upon completion (for interns)
Do I need to learn a language?
> Volunteers are incorporated as team members under the supervision of native English-speaking managers. However, it will be helpful to learn some Thai upon arrival as we prioritize and highly value communicating in the local language.
our product process
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What kinds of vocational training does Thai Village do?
> Sewing, tin-smithing, leather-working, stitching, woodworking, macramé, jewelry making, and more!
Who are the people who work for Thai Village?
> We work with a variety of Thai people and ethnic minorities in Thailand, including, but not limited to Karen, Tai Yai (Shan), Hmong, etc. Many of the people who work for Thai Village have persevered despite very difficult circumstances. These factors put them at a high risk of being taken advantage of or make it difficult to hold a traditional job. Working with Thai Village gives them access to the Gospel, training and skills, dignified work, education opportunities, and a community.
> You can find more information about our individual artisans here.
How do people find out about and come to work for Thai Village?
> Mostly, we see God’s incredible ability to bring the right people at the right time. Additionally, our managers’ commitment to considering others and time in their communities helps them identify people who are in need of work.
How do artisans receive compensation for their work?
> True to fair-trade principles, Thai Village provides all materials and equipment so that there is no financial risk for the artisans. Wages are fair and agreed on beforehand, and artisans are paid regardless of if a product sells or not.
What is the purpose and vision of Thai Village?
> Thai Village exists to train and employ low-income people, to support Christian outreach and education, and to create opportunities to share God’s love in community. You can learn all about our vision here.