Volunteering in Asia forum
English teacher wants (free) volunteer work
9th March, 2013
I'm 23, I'm an ESL teacher, and I thought I'd like to spend a month or two volunteering in Thailand or Cambodia.
Ideally, the school/volunteering organization would look like this:
1. Has other English speakers there (so I don't get lonely )
2. Safe- I'm a solo female traveller
3. I wouldn't have to pay to volunteer- I'm on a low budget
4. Actually helps the people it's supposed to help! The more I read up on volunteer organizations in southeast Asia, the more it seems like they don't really help the people they're supposed to be helping. For example, they ask for childcare for orphans- and then the volunteers only stay for 6 months, which is really traumatic for the kids who form an attachment to the volunteers. Or, they get people to build houses, something Thai/Cambodian people could get paid to do, instead of having westerners pay to do it.
Does anyone know of organizations that fit what I want? Basically just a school with other English teachers, that doesn't ask me to pay for working,
#1 Posted: 21/3/2013 - 16:45
26th March, 2013
I might be able to help you out with some info
There is www.newfuturesorganisation.com based in a rural part of Cambodia in a place called Takeo the organisation supports nearly 1200 children in villages around the area where there are a number of volunteers helping with teaching with not only children but also the Police and the Monks. There are sometimes up to 26 volunteers but can dwindle down to 5-6 at times but it is seeing a huge influx in volunteers this year. I have been in Takeo supporting NFO for almost a year now and have done many different things to help including teaching you will find yourself not wanting to leave. There are many people you will meet during your stay and often volunteers go to visit places at the weekends when it starts to quieten down.
With volunteering here there is a one off fee of $25 which is for your passport and visa information to be sent to the local authorities then after that there are the usual costs involved of accomodation which is $5 a night or $7 if you share. That's it really in a nutshell !
It's worth checking out the NFO facebook page as there are things there you maybe interested in if not feel free to email me for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
#2 Posted: 26/3/2013 - 03:12
6th June, 2009
Total reviews: 10
I know a school that could use you in a village in Ampur Luang Nok Tha in Yasothon province in Thailand. They might be able to give you a room to stay in and lunch as well and maybe a small stipend. There is one other English (non-native) speaker there. They start in June.
1. This is rural Thai living. You would be eating local and access to bars and so forth is ten km away.
2. Transportation options would be limited. If you don't find a way to acquire a motorcycle, getting around will be difficult.
They have internet access on the school grounds.
The kids come from almost universally poor backgrounds but there are a lot of good kids there who are trying hard to learn. I enjoyed them when I was there.
Let me know and I'll see what I can do.
#3 Posted: 26/3/2013 - 03:58
21st October, 2012
I'm currently volunteering at Isara Foundation in Nong Khai , Thailand and couldn't be happier with my decision. The program is free, and volunteers are provided with accommodation on site with all the facilities you need. Nong Khai is a sleepy river town in Northern Thailand, with the Friendship Bridge connecting Laos and Thailand a short 4km away from the school. During the school year volunteers have the opportunity to teach in government schools and live in home stays for a more authentic experience, but during holidays Isara has 3 classes/7 days a week for all age groups. The classes are an hour each beginning at 4pm so your days are free. Isara also has a few other initiatives in place such as a recycling center, plastic bottle drive, and helmet campaign. They are widely recognized in the community and teaching here has been an incredible experience. Check out their website www.isara.org for more info. Kirk, the founder, originates from Texas but has devoted himself to Isara for the past decade.
#4 Posted: 27/3/2013 - 23:18
6th June, 2009
Total reviews: 10
I have to get up to Nong Khai. I'm surprised it's "sleepy", as Mukdahan is about the same size and is definitely not sleepy.
#5 Posted: 28/3/2013 - 03:23
28th March, 2013
I've been volunteering at the Mercy Centre in Klong Toey, Bangkok. You would be teaching preschool children up to age 6. There are other native English speakers volunteering here. They can also provide accommodation near the centre if you need it, they just charge a daily rate (pretty cheap compared to other parts of Bangkok. There website is www.mercycentre.org - click through to the volunteer page for more information and to fill out the application.
Another organisation that takes volunteer English teachers is Step Ahead - there programs are based in Khao Lak, Thailand. There website is www.steapaheadmed.org.
I organised my volunteering with the Mercy Centre through the Muskoka Foundation. It's a platform for skilled travellers that want to volunteer as they travel. They have partnerships with different organisations across the world. There website is www.dogoodasyougo.com. Potentially they might have connections in Cambodia, I know they work with organisations near Chiang Mai in Thailand.
#6 Posted: 29/3/2013 - 00:04
3rd April, 2013
Check out http://globalhelpswap.com/ there are many opportunities for teaching English in S.E Asia. Good luck! We did it a few years ago and it changed our lives!
#7 Posted: 3/4/2013 - 05:44
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