Thailand Childcare Volunteers

2-8 weeks from £639

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Volunteer with children

Thailand Childcare Volunteers

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Thailand Childcare Volunteers

10 Reviews
Thailand Childcare Volunteering
Volunteer in Thailand
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Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the lively chaos of Bangkok
  • Travel through the beautiful Thai landscape
  • Assist in the care and education of young children
  • Become part of a local community
  • Get firsthand experience of Thai traditions and culture
  • Explore Thailand and visit Cambodia in your spare time

 

Trip Summary

If you’ve ever thought about combining travel with volunteer work, it doesn’t get much better than touring the bright and lively streets of Bangkok before making your way north through the rich rural scenery of Thailand’s Surin Province, to be met by beaming smiles and requests for hugs from a small horde of amazing children. You’ll be living and working as a member of the community during your stay, helping and providing support to the dedicated but under-resourced staff at a local childcare centre. You’ll be caring for pre-school age children, setting up activities, supervising playtime, and helping to teach basic skills to prepare them for education. This is a truly rewarding experience guaranteed to melt your heart.  

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What to expect at the project

After arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), you’ll be met by our friendly team who will be waiting to take you to your accommodation near Khao San Road. Depending on your arrival time you’ll have the chance to unwind and relax before meeting some of your fellow travellers and getting out to explore the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s famous backpacker hub.

Your second day will start at 10am with a fantastic boat tour through the winding canals of the city’s more traditional regions. Afterwards the group will pay a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Wat Pho – home to the golden reclining Buddha, and Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok’s regal Grand Palace (please note the entrance fee to the Grand Palace isn’t included and currently costs 500THB/£12). In the evening get a taste for Thai food and nightlife with new friends in the city centre.

You’ll board a train on day three, heading north into the countryside on a seven hour journey through the striking scenery of national parks and rice paddies to get to your rural home in Surin. You’ll be sharing accommodation with members of your group (even if they’re on a different volunteer programme to you), and have time in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends to socialise and swap stories about your work.

From Mondays to Thursdays you’ll help support the staff at the local childcare centre by providing care to a group of smiley, chatty children – who are going to be incredibly pleased to have you there.

Day in the life

You’ll be working at the childcare centre from Monday to Thursday, with morning pick up at 8am (it takes around 25 minutes to drive to the centre from the volunteers’ accommodation). During your time at the centre you’ll be taking direction from the experienced and helpful staff and could be doing a number of different things, from supervising the children, organising activities, helping to teach basic maths, English, and other key skills, as well as helping with lunches and developing learning plans.

Activities with the children usually end after lunch (around 12:30) when they all settle down for a sleep. During this time you’ll help the staff wash up lunch dishes, tidy the centre, and assist with any other activities or projects that are underway at the time. You’ll usually get back to Surin town between 2pm and 3:30pm, giving you plenty of time to relax, explore, and get to know your group better.

Friday to Sunday are yours to get out there and discover the beautiful rural village and beyond. You could head down to Khao Yai National Park (around three hours from your accommodation), or make for the sandy shores of Koh Samet for a beach weekend (roughly 8 hours away). You’ll be located really close to the Thai/Cambodia border, so you might want to take the opportunity to visit another country for the weekend. Whatever you fancy doing in your downtime, the friendly staff at your accommodation will be on hand to make suggestions and help you plan and arrange activities and transport to make the most of your time.

Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme

The childcare centre was initially set up as a simple early years day care and learning facility for poor rural families so that parents could go and earn an income, and now plays an essential role in the local community. The centre gives the children a great opportunity to mix and play with lots of other children their own age, as well as developing basic educational skills.

It’s a fantastic placement if you’re interested in working with young children and there’s plenty of fun to be had playing games, singing, dancing, and planning arts and crafts activities as well as running educational programmes and providing practical support to the staff.

This isn’t an easy project – it’s tiring and the children have never ending energy supplies, but if you’re looking for hands-on experience to help make a better future for some of the poorest families in Thailand, this programme is informative and interesting, and hugely rewarding.   

Achievements

You’ll be providing education and care to some very deserving children, and helping their families to stay in work. This is a great programme for anyone interested in a career in childcare and will give you a fantastic introduction to a hectic working environment with a large group of young children – but will ultimately increase your confidence and experience.

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Whats Included

  • Transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation
  • Bangkok tour
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Surin
  • Transport to and from the childcare centre each day
  • Full support from an in-country co-ordinator
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees to the Grand Palace
  • Optional activities
  • Return transfer

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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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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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What were the highlights of your trip?

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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Accommodation & Meals

In Bangkok you’ll be staying in twin or triple shared rooms in a simple but clean guesthouse an easy five-minute stroll from the mayhem of Khao San Road. All rooms have air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and access to Wifi.

There are three volunteer houses in Surin, all located close to each other – so you’ll be able to meet up with your fellow travellers easily. You’ll be sharing a room with between two and four others, and have access to a shared living area, an outside chill out area, and a communal kitchen if you fancy cooking your own meals (although it’s incredibly cheap and more fun to eat out!). Each house has Wifi, although this can drop out from time-to-time, there’s a convenience store close by, and the town, which is full of restaurants and bars, is a short five minute tuk tuk ride away.

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Flights

Your flight to Thailand should arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.

To receive the included transfer from Bangkok airport to your accommodation your flight will need to arrive between 6am and 8pm on the programme start date.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at enquiry@realflights.co.uk. They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age for this programme is 18.

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60 day tourist visa so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay. 

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

This depends on the time of year, but typically you can expect to have around 10 people in your group.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?

It’s pretty cheap to eat and drink in rural Thailand and if you’re travelling on a budget £80 per week should be enough. But if you’re planning on getting out and doing lots in your downtime, it’s worth bringing double that or more.

What Sort Of Age Will Other Travellers Be On The Programme?

The majority of your group will be aged between 18-30, but this programme is popular with travellers of all age groups, so expect a good mix.

Will There Be A Safe Or Safety Deposit Box At The Accommodation?

Yes, there will be a safe place for you to store your valuables.

Should I Bring A Mosquito Net With Me?

You can do if you like, but all the volunteer houses in Surin are fitted with mosquito screens on the windows, so you should be fine without.

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