Volunteer in Thailand

Teaching English and cultural exchange with rural people in Songkhla province
Songkhla       8 projects of 2 wks from May to December

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 – Creative teaching through games, songs, storytelling, art or performance, to encourage local people to speak English and get a feel of different cultures.
• Renovation – The Community and learning center in the village needs some renovation and maintenance. The volunteers will clean the rooms and meeting area, and will continue the construction and painting work started by previous groups. Local villagers will teach the volunteers and will help with the construction. This is a good opportunity to learn the Thai way of building. Also, the volunteers can make chairs for the center.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, an important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local people. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Kitchen garden – The volunteers will work in the small kitchen garden, doing some renovation and planting vegetables.

During the second week, the group will work on a farm. Volunteers will learn about farming and will help with the farm work (taking care of cows, pigs and chicken, preparing soil, planting vegetables).
There will be also a special topic (Banana / Coconut) for the groups in the second week. Volunteers will learn how to use local and nature-sourced products, avoiding chemicals and living sustainably. Traditionally Thai people use bananas and coconuts in daily life, and the volunteers will learn from them about the different uses.
Groups in May, July, September and November will learn about Banana: cooking with bananas, using banana leaves to cover food instead of plastic, using banana tree to pay respect to the river, etc.
Groups in June, August, October and December will learn about Coconut: 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: There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Songkhla province. Volunteers can visit the Hat Yai Municipal Park, Samila Beach and Songkhla Old Town. Hat Yai Municipal Park is the biggest public park in Hat Yai city where local people come to relax. There is a majestic statue of Standing Buddha on the top of the Ko Hong hill from where you can see the beautiful view of the entire Hat Yai city. Samila Beach is the main beach of Songkhla province. There you can see the Golden Mermaid which has been the symbol of Songkhla for over 50 years, the Cat and Mouse, and hear the wonderful stories about the beach and the statues. Songkhla Old Town consists of nicely preserved architecture of various styles, old temples, beautifully decorated walls, and great places to eat.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at the learning center in a Thai style dormitory (natural environment, basic and simple). Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Ban Ton San, Khlong Hoi Khong District, 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:
May 1 - May 14, 2019
June 1 - June 14, 2019
July 1 - July 14, 2019
August 1 - August 14, 2019
September 1 - September 14, 2019
October 1 - October 14, 2019
November 1 - November 14, 2019
December 1 - December 14, 2019

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Teaching English and cultural exchange with villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Ratchasima       August 12 - August 24, 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 $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.

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