The World Monuments Fund and the Thai Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department, in partnership with U.S. Embassy Bangkok, are pleased to announce the 2022 call for applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Wat Chaiwatthanaram Conservation Project Internship Opportunity.
Since its inception in 2001, AFCP has helped preserve cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in Thailand and around the world. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. shows its respect for other cultures. AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages.
Under the AFCP Grants Program, World Monuments Fund and the Fine Arts Department are undertaking a long-term collaborative project to preserve the 17th-century Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya. The Thai University Student Intern Program is part of the World Monuments Fund work with the U.S. Embassy’s Public Diplomacy educational outreach activities at Wat Chaiwatthanaram Conservation Project and is designed for students who are Thai citizens. In 2022, the internship will be offered for two (2) sessions.