Care Volunteer Projects in Thailand
- Placement locations: Ao Nang
- Types of care projects: Day care centres, kindergartens
- Age of children: 2 - 20
- Number of people cared for: 30 - 80
- Role: Assisting with local staff including playing with children, basic teaching and giving general help
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport,transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Whatever your age, abilities or level of experience you are welcome to join a volunteer Care project in Thailand; whether you are on a gap year - or even a gap month - from further education, or are coming to us during a career break, or even during your retirement.
Many volunteers find that a Care project is one of the most rewarding types of overseas voluntary work they can get involved in. All we ask is that you have energy and enthusiasm and a commitment to seeing the work through. Our local staff will provide you with the very highest level of support throughout your time with us.
Voluntary Childcare Work with Projects Abroad
Care volunteers in Thailand are based either in Krabi or Ao Nang. In both Krabi and Ao Nang the majority of care projects are in kindergartens with children aged from about 3 to 6 years old. This phase of a child's life and the support they receive at this time is incredibly important, and the positive influence a volunteer can have on a child in their pre-school years will hopefully last them for the rest of their lives.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Thailand Care Management Plan.
Krabi is a one hour flight south of Bangkok and is located on the beautiful Andaman Sea coast of Thailand, which is a particularly popular destination for diving, rock-climbing and those visiting the world famous Phi Phi Marine National Park.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Thailand
Although Thailand has many areas that are quite developed and it has schools that are world class, there is a growing gap in salaries and social class. With this social divide comes the fact that some children attend private care centres and some cannot afford to offer the same level of education to their children. Projects Abroad only work with day care centres that provide care and education to children for free and to those who do not have any other options. Volunteering on this project means you will help close the gap in child care and education.
The main way in which the volunteers can assist in Thai kindergartens is through providing creative and educational activities that will expose the children to and give them a familiarity with the English language. In a country that receives so much income from tourism and where knowledge of English can double your salary, surprisingly few people speak it. Sometimes not even 'English teachers' or their equivalents in kindergartens have any knowledge of the language. From this point of view, your knowledge of English is invaluable. Any activity that you do with the children, whether it is drawing, singing, puppet play, painting or colouring, will prepare the children better for today's widespread globalisation. Improving the level of English is a goal within our Care Management Plan.
Most Care volunteers will find themselves playing games and singing songs with the children, as well as talking to them naturally in English. While some children won't understand much of what's being said, they definitely pick up from their environment enough to know what you mean! In fact we notice a huge difference in the children's language ability between the kindergartens where we have had volunteers for a year or two, and those with whom we have just started working with more recently. Through having this daily interaction at an early age, you will be building strong foundations for a child's future relationships.
Volunteers take part in a wide variety of activities within the placements to work towards the goals identified in the Care Management Plan. Each activity is carefully designed to be able to contribute towards our goals of improving English, promoting early childhood development, improving hygiene levels, increasing emotional support, improving the level of stimulation of each child under our care and improving the quality of life of those living with disabilities. There is also the opportunity to participate in one of four mini-campaigns that we run through the year, which focus on education and literacy, sports and outdoors, the environment and health and hygiene.
All of the volunteer Care projects in Thailand are keen to have volunteers with fresh ideas and energy to help the permanent staff. We try to take advantage of any particular skills or talents our volunteers have and match them to the placement where they can have the greatest impact. However, it is important to let the local staff know about your ideas and any extra activities you would like to try out, the Thai staff can sometimes be reluctant to ask you to do too much work, so please show them your enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. Finally, set yourself achievable goals for your time in Thailand and remember that you are contributing to an on-going process.
The kindergartens in Thailand have their main holidays from mid-March to mid-May, as well as a break from the start of September to the start of November. During these times we have special holiday programmes to ensure we offer year round support.
You can join a Care project in Thailand for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. The projects have been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.