Thailand Childcare Volunteers

From £639.00

Highlights

Volunteer with children, Thailand

Trip Highlights

  • A fabulous opportunity to dedicate your skill and energy to some of the poorest children in Thailand.
  • You’ll be looking after pre-school children in day-care centres – children who really need you and will love having you around
  • There’s the chance to travel too in this beautiful country
     

Trip Summary

Thailand is one of those countries that desperately need volunteers like you. You’ll find that teaching in Thailand is rewarding and much welcomed. With your level of education you’ll find that you can make an immediate impact in many places in Asia. You will be based just outside Surin, based in one of the childcare centres that provide a safe place for the children from working families. And why not go on our Thailand experience trip beforehand?

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Trip itinerary

This hands-on programme teaching in Thailand gives you the opportunity to make a direct and much-needed contribution in one of the poorer districts of the country.

We support a number of childcare centres – much needed in a country with low adult wages in which it’s common for parents to have to move to the cities to find work. You’ll be helping provide a valuable and essential service to families struggling to find a safe environment for their pre-school children.

The centres take around 50 kids each – up to 4 years old. If you’ve ever worked with small ones you’ll know how rewarding it can be. You’ll be doing everything for them – playing with them, wiping their noses, getting lunch ready. This is informal teaching and Thailand is one those countries where you can have an immediate effect. They’ll love you. You’ll love them.

It’s not just the children who need your help. The centres themselves are very often run-down and in need of renovating and repairing. So if you have any practical skills – painting, plumbing, just being able to fix stuff – you’ll find yourself in demand. It’s a great way to help and not just talk about it.

Your typical week will consist of volunteering Monday to Friday with a free weekend to relax or travel. On your work days you will be picked up from your accommodation around 8am and taken to the school. You will be returned to your accommodation at the end of each day, usually around 3-4pm. Our project coordinators will work alongside you throughout your day to answer any questions that you may have and to help you organise your day. All of our coordinators have experience helping our volunteer teachers to organise daily schedules and with lesson planning.

Not only do our volunteers do an amazing job looking after over 20 children and giving them a basic education each day at the child care centres, but you will also have the opportunity to get involved with renovation work during the afternoons. This renovation work is vital to help the centre to develop and make it as nice a place as possible for the children to be in. You'll find that this part of the project is just as rewarding as the work you do with the children. 

This is what has been achieved at the project so far thanks to the help from our volunteers:

  • Perimeter wall built around childcare centre site
  • 2 playgrounds renovated
  • Drainage system built on childcare location
  • Roof mended on centre building
  • Provided a summer school program
  • Contributed and became involved in 2 ASEAN English speaking camps
  • 1 football tournament entered

Destination Information

Thailand is just a beautiful country – outstanding natural gorgeousness, impressive architecture, eye-catching temples, lovely, friendly people and just the best Thai food you ever ate and a lot cheaper than over here.

You will be spending your time as a volunteer in Surin is in NE Thailand. The Gateway to the East, Surin, is a fascinating mixture of traditional Thailand with a strong Khmer and Laotian influence. Sitting on the border of Cambodia, the province of Surin is also known as the Elephant Province due to its large numbers of the majestic animals that can be seen almost everywhere.

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Arrival pick-up and transfer
  • Two nights in Bangkok on arrival including breakfast
  • Transfer from Bangkok to the project location
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Assistance from local co-ordinator

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food
  • Return transfer

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health. Please be prepared that you may be working with volunteers of all ages.

Accomodation & Meals

Your accommodation in Surin is a volunteer house which is basic but clean and has everything that you need. Bedrooms are at least twin share although triple share can be arranged. Bedrooms include bedding and are also equipped with a fan and either mosquito nets or window covers. The house also has a basic living area so you can relax and get to know your fellow volunteers, and a kitchen with cooking stove, toaster, fridge, running water and all cutlery and bowls etc. The bathrooms have a mix of both Asian and Western toilets as well as hot water showers.

Eating out is incredibly cheap in Thailand, and you are able to walk to one of the many local restaurants where a meal can be purchased for as little as 100 baht.

FAQs

What Are The Typical Group Sizes?

Groups sizes vary depending on the time of year, but generally you can expect to be with between 3 and 10 fellow travellers.

How Much Spending Money Would You Recommend I Take?

If you are on a tight budget you can get away with £80 Per week. If you want to do some travelling in your free time then you will need a bit more.

What Are The Average Ages Of Travelers On This Trip?

The majority of participants on this program are aged between 18-30, however it is popular with travelers of all ages.

I Am A First Time Traveler, And A Bit Apprehensive About Travelling On My Own. Do Many People Do This By Themselves?

The majority of our participants are solo travelers, so you will be one of many in the same position. We e-mail out a buddy list 2-3 weeks before you start, so you can begin to get to know one another beforehand.

Is Thailand Safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

All bedding is provided but if you wanted to take one as well then you can.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

UK passport holders

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. If you’re arriving at an overland crossing, you’ll only be given visa free entry valid for 15 days. If you plan to stay in Thailand for longer than the time endorsed on arrival you must get an extension of stay in Thailand or a valid visa before you travel. If you overstay, you’ll be fined 500 baht per day up to a maximum of 20,000 baht.

Non-UK passport holders

If you are not a UK passport holder, you will need to contact your nearest Embassy, High Commission, Consulate for the country that you are travelling to in order to obtain the relevant visa for your time away.

Further information

If you apply for a 60 or 90-day visa and the application form/s require references, please use the information below:

The Green House Guest House
84 Soi Rambuttri
Banglampoo
Bangkok
10200

If you plan to extend your time in Thailand beyond your visa exit date you must extend your visa. Overstaying your visa is not advised. For questions on this, contact your relevant embassy or use a visa courier service as below.

Visa courier service

For those of you who would prefer a specialist company to take care of your visa needs, we have teamed up Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice when arranging your visa/s for your time away; making your preparations for your trip easier and more straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Reviews

Overall Rating: (9/10)

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Sophie Kenny

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Ah it's so hard to choose! The children at the centre were so sweet, and it was really lovely to work with them. I liked that we stayed with people from other projects, so we could hear all about their experiences, and socialise with them in the evenings and weekends. The team were incredible and really looked after us, and Surin itself is pretty cool. I also liked that we could pop over to Cambodia for the weekend.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Definitely not - in our free time we went to Cambodia and the beach, but the team helped us organise this and it was really easy to do.

Tips for other travellers?

Be willing to get stuck in! The children are amazing, and the more time you spend with them, the more you'll get out of it. They love the attention you can give them. Buy anything you want for the children when you're out there, rather than bringing it with you from the UK. Then you can find out what they actually need. Bring extra spending money so you can explore the area at weekends. If going to Cambodia, bring a Passport picture for your visa.

Any other comments?

Do it! You won't regret it!

Ellie Cahill

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Amazing trip, I would really recommend doing it! You make so many friends and the schools you go to are amazing, the children are so loving and just love having you around to jump all over! As soon as I arrived a group of children ran over to me asking for hugs! You plan lots of activities to do with the children and sometimes take them on day trips. I did this for 4 weeks and loved every second and would definitely go back I miss it so much! Very rewarding trip

Tips for other travellers?

1. Be open minded, it's a new country, with a new culture be prepared to adapt to the Thai way of life, from the basic living standards and squatter toilets to the noodles and rice 3 times a day! Make sure you go with an open mind and understand that how you're living is their normal life - yes it's different but embrace it and you will love it!! 2. Don't over pack, I took so many clothes I didn't need! Bring bug spray, be prepared to have the 24hr virus everyone gets! Pack wet wipes, sun cream, bug spray and hand sanitiser!! 3. Enjoy every second, don't take your time in thailand for granted it's a beautiful place and amazing people, you really feel at home with the culture after a few days of adapting Live the experience

Any other comments?

If you're looking at doing a trip like this I would 100% recommend this trip!!!! You won't regret it Have fun x

megan turner

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Spending time with the kids, going on an elephant ride and touring the caves in Sangkhlaburi. I loved getting to know the Sangkhlaburi team, who were all so lovely and helpful

Tips for other travellers?

1. Bring less stuff than you think, you can always buy anything there 2. Pay attention to everywhere you go - you might only be there once 3. Bring extra money, just in case

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The children were lovely at the childcare centre and I really felt appreciated! the in-country team worked really hard to keep us happy. There was always someone there for us to call and help sort stuff out. In one weekend they helped to sort out a visit to cambodia and elephant trekking! was amazing!

Tips for other travellers?

take a rain coat if you go in monsoon season, even though its still hot it will pour it down. be prepared to experience the true culture! enjoy every moment as you will have the thai blues when you return home!

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Elephants

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the children, meeting new people (the in-country team are great!!) and exploring Thailand at the weekends.

Tips for other travellers?

Research the country properly before you go, travel and see as much as you can, ENJOY!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting the locals In Surin and making friends with the Thai project coordinators. I really do feel like i have made friends for life.

Tips for other travellers?

Make sure you travel light. I thought i did but you tend to wear the same things over and over again and you can get your washing done for cheap. Anti- bacterial gel is a god send and strong deet if you are going to use get some which is stronger than 50%.

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My Highlights was working with the starfish team, they were all amazing and the project its self was amazing, really felt like i was doing somthing worth while

Tips for other travellers?

1.expect the un-expected 2. take responsibilty for yourself 3.be really easy going

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The staff in Surin were fantastic, especially Tann, May and Deuan. theyreally looked after us in both the professional and personal/social aspects. They were so friendly and so helpful and made us feel so welcome. The volunteering was really good, really worthwhile doing, really sweet kids. I loved the time I had there. the Starfish team out in Surin were just fantastic I can't sing their praises enough. met some awesome people and made some friends for life!

Tips for other travellers?

Wrap food up really well, where you can, store it in the fridge, cos the ants get everywhere! Talcum powder really helps with the heat! Don't bother carrying bottles of things like shampoo etc. Save the space and buy the stuff when you're there, it's cheap enough.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meet the real Thai culture was one of the highlights of the trip. Get in contact with them.

Tips for other travellers?

Be prepare for the language barrier with plenty of patient. Give the 100 per cent of yourself and you will receive everything in exchange. Don

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