Volunteer in Thailand

Bridging the rural-urban gap in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai       November 12 - November 24, 2018

Volunteer project: The gap between the city and the countryside is still big in Thailand. The aim of this project is to create a link between global and local, to give more opportunities to children and people in rural areas, to improve the state of natural environment, culture, poverty and human rights, to support development of local communities, to promote friendship, understanding and solidarity among world volunteers and local people.

The volunteers will help with organic farming in rice terraces and fruit farms (there are pineapple, corn). They will also teach at the local school nearby the village using non-formal education methods such as games, songs, storytelling, art or performance to encourage children to speak in English.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can visit local temples, Donintanon National park, and enjoy the local life.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will live with a host family, 2-3 volunteers per house.

Location: Mae Chaem district, Chiang Mai province

Terminal: Chiang-Mai International Airport, Chiang-Mai bus station, Chiang-Mai Train station, Mae-Cham bus station, Chom-Thong bus station.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $290 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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English classes for poor and disadvantaged children
Khon Kaen       December 10 - December 22, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in a school for disadvantaged and poor children in the countryside of Khon Kaen. The school offers education, food and accommodation to children who have no parents, children from poor families and those from very remote areas. Kids from 7 to 18 years of age can come and stay at the school through primary and high school. Teachers at the school provide not only education, but also care and support for the children.

With the help of the volunteers, students will get a chance to learn to speak English. The volunteers will encourage the kids to overcome shyness and get more confident in communicating with foreigners. Learning English is also important for understanding and embracing cultural diversity. With this project, we also hope to bridge the gap in educational opportunities between urban and rural areas.

Volunteers are expected to work as English teachers in the primary and high school. Volunteers are welcome to prepare their own lessons including conversations and games, and share their experience with the students.

Special requirements: Volunteers should love working and playing with children.

Leisure time: Visiting the local community, market, and national parks.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in the school.

Location: Khon Kaen Province

Terminal: Khon Kaen Airport, Khon Kaen Train station, Khon Kaen bus station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $290 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English and cultural exchange with rural people in Songkhla province
Songkhla       3 projects of 2 wks from January to March

Volunteer project: The project takes place in the rural area of Songkhla province, Southern Thailand in the small village called Ban Ton San (Ban in Thai means “village”). The main occupation of the locals is rubber plantation and most of the villagers are Buddhists. The life in the village revolves around Community Living, Learning by Doing and Cultural Diversity.

The first week, volunteers will be involved in different activities supporting the community:
• English teaching – Teaching by non-formal education tools, using games, songs, storytelling, art or performance to encourage local people to communicate in English.
• Renovation – Community buildings in the village need maintenance and renovation. So volunteers will help to repair and maintain the place together with Thai volunteers.
• Organic farming – Learning how to produce our own non-chemically treated food.

The second week will be under a different topic for each group:
1st group (January 4-17, 2019): The group will make chairs for the learning center and the community. The chairs will be made of local wood and will be use by the public.
2nd group (February 1-14, 2019): This week will be all about Banana. The concept is learning to use local and nature products, avoiding chemicals and living sustainably. Traditionally Thai people use Banana in daily life, and the volunteer will learn from them how to use Banana in different ways, for example cooking banana, using banana leaves to cover food instead of plastic, using Banana tree to pay respect to the river, etc.
3rd group (March 1-14, 2019: This week will be all about Coconut. The concept is learning to use local and nature products, avoiding chemicals and living sustainably. Traditionally Thai people use Coconut in daily life, and the volunteer will learn from them how to use Coconut in different ways, for example how to make coconut milk, using coconut branches as a broom, using coconut leaves to play as toys, etc.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: Visits to a local temple, a waterfall, Klongla reservoir, Songkhla beach and zoo, and Hat Yai city.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a Thai style dormitory (natural environment, basic and simple). Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Ban Ton San, Klonghoikhong, Songkhla Province

Terminal: Hat Yai International Airport, Hat Yai Train Station, Hat Yai Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $300 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 4 - January 17, 2019
February 1 - February 14, 2019
March 1 - March 14, 2019

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Education and vocational training for hill tribe children
Chiang Mai       January 14 - January 26, 2019

Volunteer project: In Thailand, many universities operate demonstration schools as part of their teacher-training programs. These schools have a greater degree of freedom in their operations than most state schools and are generally viewed as providing higher-quality education. The volunteer project will support one such school in Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai. It is an alternative school and learning center for hill tribe children who come from poor families and very remote mountain areas. The learning center provides the children with free education, accommodation, food and occupational training, and plays an important role in the preservation of their culture. There are 58 students in the school, 12-15 years old. They are from the Karen and Hmong hill tribes.

Volunteer activities:
• Creative English teaching – The aim is to enable Thai students to communicate in another language and get to know a different culture. The volunteers will visit a primary school and practice English with the students. In their teaching, volunteers will use intercultural activities, games, songs, storytelling and dancing, focusing on communication, listening and speaking.
• School renovation - The students’ accommodation needs renovation as it is quite old. Volunteers will help make it a better and nicer place for kids to live and learn in. The volunteers can also help in the construction of a new building for the learning center.
• Farming - Volunteers and students will work together on the school farm in 5 different occupational training programs: cow farm, pig farm, fish and frog farm, rabbit farm and chicken farm. The group can also plant more vegetables for the school lunch project.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local villagers. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Ecotourism – There are many interesting places to visit in the community such as a Buddhist temple, a waterfall, a national park, etc. The volunteers will visit these places and will help keep them clean by collecting garbage and promoting recycling.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Chiang Mai province. Volunteers can visit local temples, the walking street market and Doi Inthanon National Park. There are over 300 temples in Chiang Mai, of which the most popular is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. There is a night market where you can enjoy the atmosphere and buy handmade souvenirs. Moreover, there is a night Bazaar Market in the center of Chiang Mai city with shops stretching over 2 kilometers. Doi Inthanon National Park is located in Mae Chaem district and is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in the school learning center.

Location: Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province

Terminal: Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai Bus Terminal, Chiang Mai Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $290 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English and cultural exchange with villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Ratchasima       March 11 - March 23, 2019

Volunteer project: The project takes place in the rural area of Nakhon Ratchasima province, in Northeast Thailand (4 hours from Bangkok) in the small village called Ban Krok Luk (Ban in Thai means “village”). The main occupation of the locals is farming and most of the villagers are Buddhists. The life in the village revolves around Community Living, Learning by Doing and Cultural Diversity.

Volunteer activities:
• Creative English teaching – The aim is to give local people an opportunity to communicate in another language and get in touch with a different culture through informal English lessons.
• School renovation - The volunteers will help create a nice learning environment for the students through school building renovation and maintenance, playground renovation, planting, etc.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local villagers. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Organic farming – Learning how to produce our own non-chemically treated food.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Volunteers can visit Khao Yai National Park and Phimai Historical Park.
Khao Yai National Park is the first national park in Thailand, comprising mixed forest, rainforest and meadows. Sightseeing in Khao Yai is one of the best things to do in Nakhon Ratchasima. There are more than 3,000 kinds of flowers, 250 kinds of birds, and 67 kinds of mammals like elephants, tigers, gibbons, deer, and boars there. It is relatively easy to see number of interesting animals in the park.
Phimai Historical Park is one of the largest Khmer temples of Thailand, located in the town of Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at a local host family (natural environment, basic and simple conditions). Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Ban Krok Luk, Dan Khun Tod District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Terminal: Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Don Mueang International Airport, Dan Khun Thot Bus Station, Nakhon Ratchasima Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $290 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in Thailand