Hope is an alcohol and drug rehab in Si Racha, Thailand, which provides recovery from substance abuse. We treat men and women suffering from addiction. The combination of a comfortable, nourishing environment and our unique program helps clients to break free from substance abuse. Hope’s exceptional, certified addiction recovery program fosters a healthy, constructive, and comfortable environment for clients to grow as they achieve their personal goals on the road to recovery. Our treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, family involvement/therapy as well as education about addictions and relapse prevention. Interns can expect to work five days a week and make a meaningful difference in the center’s daily life. Duties vary depending on qualification and experience, but include the following:
Group therapy observation up to twice a day
Managing information and general administration support
Developing new ideas for group therapies
Monitoring and reporting of clients
Do assessments and phone calls to prospective clients
Pick clients up from and drop them off at the airport
Participate in staff meetings, give feedback, and support to the team
Do intake of the clients on arrival/bag search
Participate in all sport activities
Supporting and assisting in group and individual activities or outings
Participate in meditation sessions
One-on-one sessions with clients on assignment work or any additional work they may have outside of the sessions with their counsellor
Be a positive role model for the community
Write articles for Hope’s blog
Show willingness to learn and work hard
To be eligible for an internship or a volunteer program, the following criteria is required:
A willingness to learn and participate in a rehabilitation program.
To take part in the daily program, including exercise, mindfulness, and activities.
What you’ll be doing…
Examples of intern responsibilities might include the following assignments:
Group work, one-to-one with clients
Attend meetings and interventions
Assist staff members with program-related tasks and projects
We choose applicants solely on their merit and not because of other factors such as nationality, gender, sexual preferences, race, or religion etc. Volunteer assignments are strictly unpaid and without financial compensation. However we do provide full accommodation, 3 meals a day and all activities are paid for.
Hi, my name is Nina, and I am a 21-year-old intern from the Netherlands. I have worked at Hope Rehab for the last five months(22/11/16-22/04/17) and loved the experience. I got to observe all the therapy groups, join the mindfulness and meditation. I got to join the activities and exercises and create workshops. After observing the program and getting to know the clients I got more responsibilities. I got to work with clients one-on-one, and I learned a lot about coaching. I had the opportunity to lead meditation and lead a mindfulness eating group. I really liked that I could set up my own projects and present them to the counselling team. I also got to work on a group about community with a counsellor where I learned a lot about presenting, leadership, and how to work with a group.
The team is very supportive, and I could ask for feedback anytime. Hope organised a support staff meeting with interns, volunteers, and support workers every Wednesday to motivate, support, and encourage each other. The support staff can also give feedback to one another. I really love this, because it makes the team stronger and helps us to grow. If you take a lot of initiative and connect with the clients, you will have a great internship guaranteed.
As an applied psychology student it has been a great experience to do my internship at Hope Rehab. When I first came here, I was quite nervous. Questions like ‘Are the clients going take me seriously?’ or ‘Am I going to fit in?’ popped up in my head. I recommend to every new intern to first observe how everything is done here. Try to be present at all the group activities and help out as much as you can. If you have any questions you can go to any staff member. Everyone here is really supportive.
Hope puts emphasis on sportive activities because a healthy & fit body plays a significant role in recovery. I like the fact that I can participate in these sportive activities as well as motivate clients to get active. It’s nice that there is room to set up your own things, e.g. jogging or create your own boot camp. I really enjoy seeing clients getting fit and feeling better about themselves. For me, that is highly rewarding. Regarding my studies, I learn a lot by observing the counsellors during group therapy and by speaking with them about their one-on-one sessions with clients. It’s inspiring to see how they put their knowledge into practice.
At Hope, there are enough opportunities to bring in your own ideas. You can pitch them to the counsellors during a weekly meeting to see if they’re good enough to be put into action and you can ask for feedback as well. I let myself be inspired by the clients when I am creating a new group or exercise. It’s also nice to contribute to the organisation’s culture. Just an example: We are currently trying to create a stronger bond and better communication among the support staff and interns. That will further improve the already good work climate and make certain processes more efficient. For me, this is what makes the internship experience here at Hope really amazing.
Hi, I am Isabelle, and I am interning at Hope Rehab until the end of June. I am originally from the Netherlands, where I studied Clinical & Health Psychology. After finishing my Bachelors, I really wanted to gain practical work experience, which is why I applied for the internship at Hope. What interested me about Hope is the holistic approach to treatment. I have learned a lot about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in my studies but I wanted to learn more about different forms of treatment as well.
I’ve been working here for 1,5 months now and I have in fact already learned a lot. I was introduced to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and I got to witness how family constellation therapy works and what TRE (trauma/tension release exercise) is. So far I got to observe a lot of group therapies, varying from process groups to CBT-focused groups. I also lead some of the meditations, which is something I really enjoy doing because it not only useful for the clients, but it makes me feel more grounded as well. I also do intakes with new clients, and register feedback from leaving clients. I am starting a Masters course in Clinical Psychology in September, for which I will also have to do an internship. I think that my experience at Hope really prepares me for that next step and helps me grow as a professional in the mental health sector.
There is a meeting every week for support staff, volunteers and interns, in which everyone can raise personal and work related issues. This has been very helpful; working here means that you have to be a role model and reflecting on a weekly basis helps us grow on a professional, as well as a personal level. We also have a weekly opportunity to pitch ideas to each other for group therapies or to practice leading those groups. In the next couple of months, I hope I will be able to create some ideas for group therapies and to take on some coaching activities to complement the one-on-one sessions with clients.
Hi! My name is Mina, I’m a 22 year old student, studying at the University of Essex in the UK. I will be interning here at the Hope Rehabilitation Centre until the end of September, when (unfortunately) I have to return to complete my final year at University. I am a very active person, and extremely passionate about helping others, my aim is to become a licensed psychologist – working at Hope is a great opportunity. I love it here, the grounds at Hope are beautiful.
My name is Melissa. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and have studied both at the University of Geneva and the University of California in Los Angeles. I previously worked in an Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles as a Community Mentor, and I’m excited to now be at Hope as an intern to further my experience.
It has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. The first two weeks I was adjusting to the new routine (getting up at 6 in the morning was not something I usually did) and the new place where I was going to spend the next six months. Luckily for me the staff at Hope are really supportive. They involve you in everything. I got to sit in every group, do all the activities.
What I really started to love about Hope were the people involved and the way they interact with each other and with me. There is a mutual respect between clients and staff that makes for a really nice atmosphere. My first weeks I engaged in everything, made long days but it was worth it. After a while I got more responsibilities. I also found it very important to try and connect with the clients. Read more about Niels experience here…
It has been an incredible privilege to do my rehab internships as part of the team at Hope. Since completing a Masters of Applied Psychology in Hong Kong, I was searching for an opportunity to continue my long-term career goal of working in the field of addiction. My first impression upon arrival was that Hope provides a very relaxed, therapeutic, and friendly atmosphere. The team was very accommodating and helpful, welcoming me to gain the practical experience I had been searching for, fulfilling every requirement necessary.
As there isn’t a lot of focus or education about addiction, despite the fact that it is so prevalent, it was very refreshing to know that part of the philosophy at Hope is that by helping to train interns, it allows people like me and others to have the opportunity to help addicts globally.
The comprehensive ‘hands on’ experience with professional supervisors enabled me to participate in both group and individual processes, case management and intake and discharge procedures. In group sessions clients would present their step work, learn CBT tools, positive affirmations and work on self- esteem and personas, goals and relapse prevention just to mention a few. I feel I have been given the chance to gain confidence outside of the academic environment as well as the opportunity to participate in all off-site activities such as AA and NA meetings. I was also more than welcome to join in morning exercise and other daily activities such as yoga, pilates, Thai boxing, meditation, tai chi and mindfulness classes.
I will be taking away an invaluable experience, not only on a professional level but as a personal growth experience.
My name is Nerissa Hoogmoed and I am Hope Rehab’s first intern. I have been asked to share my experience with you. This is not perfect, because experience doesn’t translate to words very well but I will do my very best. Working here as an intern is like being a full member of the staff. Fortunately, I am supervised very well. I am supervised by a teacher from school and also by the head counsellor here. Hope Rehab offers a lot of learning opportunities and it is a safe place to learn.
I have been given the opportunity to be a full member of the team and counsel clients as well as doing group sessions. I set up relatively short training sessions to teach clients and colleges about various different subjects. Last but not least I do solution focused one-on-one sessions. This is a technique to motivate clients, during 45-minute sessions, in a very positive way.
Take clients to the hospital
Groups therapy sessions
Guide on excursions
Read Nerissa’s full Interim Report on her Internship at Hope in 2015.
It is the philosophy of our program to provide a service for others, and we encourage people to continue this by giving back. We appreciate these precious contributions and welcome volunteers in a number of capacities. If you are interested in donating some of your valuable time or talents to Hope Rehab Center, please contact us.
Please note, that volunteers may provide treatment services to our clients. In exchange for your services, we will provide you with three meals a day and free accommodation. Thank you for helping us save lives through recovery!
Your duties and tasks as a volunteer vary depending on qualification and experience, but include the following:
Help clients with assignment work
Check in with clients and make sure they’re okay
Attend all NA and AA meetings
Role model with your actions and behaviour
Promote the activities offered throughout the day
Make sure there are enough water bottles the fridge and group rooms
Help with activities during the days (e.g. shopping trips)
Morning wake up and rounding up clients for groups/activities
Assisting with check-ins and bag searches
Most Hope volunteers are graduted clients who have worked extremely hard on their recovery and been a role model to the whole community throughout their stay. It is possible though to become a volunteer at Hope without prior treatment here. Please contact us and inquire! Each application will be assessed individually. To become a volunteer you should have personal experience with addiction & recovery. People, who want to get back into the field of addiction treatment are welcome as well. Volunteering at Hope might also be a good idea if you would like to be introduced to working in the field of addiction treatment.
My service time at Hope was much like life, in that it had ups and downs. Our clients, just as ourselves, had good days and not so good days; those moods and realities affected the staff as well. It was hard work over long days. My primary responsibility during my time there was assisting Alon with the physical conditioning program. Suffice it to say that most addicts aren’t often thrilled about getting up at 5:45 a.m. to ‘punish’ their bodies! It was a challenge. That said, it was a challenge well worth undertaking, and I wouldn’t trade my time at Hope for anything. Seeing clients respond to the physical and mental work they put forth and the tremendous growth which comes from that is the ultimate payoff…for everyone involved.
At Hope, I had the opportunity to give back to others in need a little bit of what I had received from others years ago. That in itself was both gratifying and fulfilling beyond measure. In the end, however, I came away with far more than I think I was able to give, and for me, that was the gift of renewal. A renewed appreciation for where I once was, how far I have come, and how important daily maintenance and regular fellowship and service are in our lives. It was a stark reminder of the reality of us human beings, how low we can go in our lives, but most of all, how resilient we can be under the most challenging of circumstances; that, if we have courage and HOPE, we can truly turn our lives around and find the serenity and happiness so many of us had been searching for all along.
I was lucky enough to spend eight weeks at Hope in November where I got to see the other side of a treatment center, during that time I was made to feel nothing but welcome and my own recovery got a good spit and polish as well, I was also able to pass on a bit of the hard learned knowledge I had gained since my own treatment and watch as people’s confidence in their own recovery grew, the most important thing that came out of the whole experience was gaining the confidence to finally pursue a career in addiction counseling which I am in the process of sorting out now, I would love to come back to Hope one day.