This is a great opportunity to experience Thai culture and volunteer in a meaningful way. Travel to Singburi and teach children and young people English, a language valuable to many people into today’s age. Allow the children to learn about a new culture, while you learn about theirs.
Project fee from EUR 690
Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer with this project you will work with children from the ages of 7 to 15 years old. The project site is located in Singburi, central Thailand. You do not need to have any previous training or experience in teaching to be involved. Your most important task is to teach the children basic phrases and words in a fun and playful way. But it’s not just about teaching. No one expects you to teach children to speak fluent English during your time as a volunteer, but the important thing is that the children get a chance to open their eyes to a different culture and a new language. This is a chance that you give them!
Examples of tasks as a volunteer:
- Assisting local teachers in the teaching of English and in some cases, Mathematics
- Creating a playful environment and encouraging children’s creativity through educational games and drawing, as well as singing.
- Assist local teachers to develop appropriate training material at a low cost.
- Helping teachers to make teaching more fun for the children.
- Taking responsibility for children’s school attendance.
- Making children aware of the importance of good hygiene.
You can also teach English at a volunteer camp where many children and elderly people come to get help with their language skills. There is no formal education; the goal is to get the students a little more comfortable with the English language so they able to hold a conversation in English. Please note that some of the children have parents and go home to them during the school holidays.
In Thailand, school holidays are from March to April and again from October 4 to November 1. Most of the children during this time go home to their families. During this period, unless the alternative day camps where locals can learn English are running, expect to be more involved with construction or maintenance work.
The Project’s Mission
The project aims to encourage and establish the children that they work with in better steads for their future. By providing these children with a bit of stability they are offering the children a new perspective on life as well as offering new opportunities for them. Your work is to build the children’s confidence and to focus on their mental well-being and thereby give them a second chance to create their own future. The organisation further works to establish multi-cultural exchange for the children so as to broaden their horizons.
The projects are run in collaboration with a local partner who has extensive experience in hosting volunteers. Thanks to this partnership, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
You will be met on arrival in Bangkok by a staff member from our local partners organisation. From here you will travel 3 hours to Singburi to your accommodation, located just 15 minutes from Singburi or Thachang. In these cities there is internet, shops and more. The first week is an introductory week where you learn about Thai culture, cuisine, the people, its history and a bit of the language. You will also visit local sights that are of interest to tourists or tell of Thai culture. During this week you should make sure that you are clear on the activities you will be involved in, as well as run any ideas through the project coordinator.
Accommodation and Food
During your stay as a volunteer at the centre, you will stay together with the other volunteers in a hostel. Here you will live in a twin bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet. During the actual volunteer stay there are various accommodation options to choose from depending on what project you are working with. You can either continue to stay at the centre or move in with a host family along with another volunteer or on your own. Meals will be eaten with the family, most often being of Thai cuisine, which is normally rice based with various side dishes. The Thai word for “eat” Khin kao, literally means “eat rice”.
When you are not working, you are free to explore Thailand on your own. Your project coordinator will be pleased to give you advice on the best destinations and activities during weekends. In Singburi there is a pool that you are able to go and swim in whenever you like not to mention all the destinations in the surrounding areas that you project coordinator will assist you on how to book and plan. Please note that extras are not included in the price.
Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic; Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches, to the ever-comforting Thai smile. Beyond the beaches, there is a fascinating country with a great culture and tremendous hospitality. The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, where religious devotion is a colourful and ubiquitous spectacle. Gleaming temples and golden Buddha’s frame both the rural and modern landscape with exuberance. With Thailand’s exotic beaches and tropical forests there is no time for being bored, with too much to explore and discover.
Your flight ticket is not included in the tour price and you will need to book it through a travel agency of your choice. Book your ticket so that you land in Bangkok on Sunday, the day before your project time starts. Your last day will be on a Friday; following the number of weeks you booked at the project. You need to book your return flight, if you are not staying longer, for the Saturday or Sunday. Please be sure that your ticket dates correspond with your time at the project accurately.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations for travel to Thailand. Volunteer Travels always recommends vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B when travelling abroad.