Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

Using strategies of non-violent change, we hope to give Karenni people freedom..We are a small community based organisation located on the Thai-Burma border. Our goal is to protect the environment in our state and promote the human rights of the long suffering Karenni people. Furthermore we aim to build a new society based upon the rule of the law. On this website, we provide information about our organisation, our activities, our monthly publications and opportunities to support our work.

Thank you for showing an interest in our community!

Latest News:  Students research, intern and write reports

Students write reports on their research and internships

Students write reports on their research and internships

During October, students on the basic course split into two groups. One group went to conduct research and one group went to do internships. This activity is aimed at building both work and research skills.


The students researched about issues in and around Karenni Refugee Camp 1. They researched issues including Education, social delinquency, domestic violence, deforestation, Waste problems and the culture of Karenni society. After completing their research, they wrote reports on their issues.


Students interned at a number of organisations inside the camp. Students practiced working in a legal environment at the Karenni Camp Justice. Students also learnt about office work in the Karenni Education Department. Another organisation students interned at was our partners Karenni Social Welfare and Development Center where they looked at office work in a community based organisation.


The students who took on internships began making their presentations on Friday October 31st. The presentations about research took place on Monday November 2nd. We will publish some of these reports online so as to give you our readers, a better understanding of the challenges in our community and how they are being confronted.



The Karenni Social Development Center (SDC) provides access to a successful training program with classes in Human Rights, Democracy, law, environment, computer, and English. SDC trains young refugees to become advocates in non-violent social change.

SDC is supported by grants from American Jewish World Service, Refugees International Japan, Open Society Institute and is recognized by Burma Volunteer Programs. We are a partner organisation of EarthRights International and our advanced course is conducted jointly with them.  The Curriculum Project and Mote Oo Education provide in-kind donations of textbooks.

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16 Responses to Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

  1. Frankie Southall says:

    Good Morning.

    I’m planning my trip from England to Thailand from November, I’m incredibly keen to Volunteer and feel that I could be exactly what you’re looking for. I don’t have a TEFL however I do have a degree in Marketing and an A grade in English at A Level.

    Could you help me please?

    Thank you!


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sakina Bukhari says:

    Hello. I’m thinking about this trip from Pakistan to Thailand from the end of September, I love to Volunteer and want to travel and explore. I don’t have a TEFL however am currently doing bachelors in Mass communication and having A* grade in English. Can you guide me please?
    Thank you!



  3. Travis Ridgeway says:

    Hello my name is Travis Ridgeway and my email is Travisridgeway100@gmx.com. I have some questions in donating money and volunteering. I feel I would be a fit. Please email me if interested.


  4. Victoria Pekar says:

    Good morning!

    I come from Ukraine and I appeared to be really interested in the volonteering program of yours. I wish I can be helpful somehow. I have diploma of English philologist and due to the number of working places I’ve tried I might call myself quite experinced in working with childrer and teaching foreign languages.

    Thanks a lot!


  5. Vadim says:

    Good day! I am interested in volunteer program for the long term, please tell us,
    I’m from Russia and live in Moscow

    Liked by 1 person

  6. bhawika says:

    Hello I’m from Indonesia and interested to do volunteering start on January next year.. Is it possible?

    Liked by 1 person

    • sdcthailand says:

      Thank you for your interest in our organisation, Bhawika. Starting in January would be possible. Could you please email our organisation at officesdc@yahoo.com with a completed application form (Application forms are found in the volunteer section of our website). Please include the date you would be available to begin during January.

      Kind Regards,

      Andy Smith
      SDC Volunteer Teacher

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Sara says:

    Hi there

    Myself and my partner are looking to volunteer in Thailand in June 2015 and was looking to send in an application? How do I do this?



    • sdcthailand says:

      Hello Sara,

      It is fantastic to hear you are interested in our program. We accept applications by email. Please fill in the volunteer application form (which can be downloaded in the volunteer section of this website). We accept volunteers for a minimum period of three months.

      I look forward to seeing your application.

      Kind regards,

      Andy Smith
      Volunteer Teacher
      Karenni Social Development Center


  8. Dante Colinayo says:

    A blessed day to all of you there!
    I am working presently as a community empowerment facilitator in one of the social welfare and devlopment agency here in the Philippines. Being a community facilitator I consider myself as a public servant with expect nothing in return but to spread the good deeds and empower people.
    I am interested to participate on your endeavor to humanity. Please I am asking to your good office to make my eagerness to join you. I know that through cross-cultural experience wll help me go through embrace the unconditional genuine social service.
    I do have my Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) course and I’m confident that my skills could help.
    Hoping for your reply through my email.
    Thank you very much!



    • sdcthailand says:


      Thank you for your interest in our organisation

      Our next vacancy for ESL teachers will be in March 2015. If you are interested please download the application form (In the volunteer section of this website) and send it completed by email to officesdc@yahoo.com.

      Kind regards,

      Andy Smith
      Karenni Social Development Center


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