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Thailand volunteering?

  • violaine

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    Hello!
    I was hoping to get some first-hand suggestions or information about volunteering in Thailand from people with experience. I will be there for over 3 months (Jan-April) and am looking to find a good NGO to work for during about a month. Ideally, I would love to work with children and (or) women. Please let me know if you have anything for me :) . I am rather flexible about the details of it all.

    Thanks for sharing !

    cheers,
    Violaine.

    #1 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 09:20

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  • violaine

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    Maybe I should mention a few things .. I'll be traveling alone, and am a 20 year old woman (taking some time off of school) .

    #2 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 09:40

  • MADMAC

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    Do you have any skills? For example, there's a school for the deaf where live, and they could use some help. Might find an orphnage you could assist at teaching English - or just spending time playing with the kids since they don't get much affection.

    #3 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 15:00

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    There's a few organizations that accept volunteer teachers for short term placements. Check these out:

    NE Thailand: http://www.isan-survivor.org/volunteer.html

    or

    Andaman Coast: http://www.volunteerteacherthailand.org/need.htm

    There's a lot of "Gap Year" type volunteer programs where you can work in a national park, at the gibbon centre in Phuket, at an orphanage, etc. but they typically have significant placement fees ($400 USD and up).

    #4 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 15:09

  • violaine

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    Thank you so much for the replies !
    In terms of skills, I am fluent in French and English, and have some experience teaching both languages to children (although I was interested in looking for volunteering possibilities outside of the language teaching realm..). I play the violin, can cook.. otherwise, I'm open to learning new skills!

    Hope to get more suggestions with time ,

    thanks again

    Violaine

    #5 Posted: 2/10/2009 - 05:23

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    This NGO usually deals with longterm placements from Canada and the UK, but you might check with them anyway. If nothing else, they can probably point you in the right direction.

    http://www.cuso.org/

    #6 Posted: 2/10/2009 - 23:10

  • MADMAC

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    Well, if you came out here, I am sure my wife could find somewhere for you to do some charity work. But you would have to sustain yourself - that is house and feed yourself.

    #7 Posted: 3/10/2009 - 12:22

  • violaine

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    It would depend on the circumstances - i.e. what kind of housing would be available in the area, etc. What area are you & your wife located in, and what kind of charities is she affiliated with ?

    #8 Posted: 3/10/2009 - 13:20

  • MADMAC

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    My wife has done a little work with the local school for the deaf - which is a school which also houses the children. If you were here for a month you could probably stay in an apartment owned by a friend of mine - it's 3,000 baht a month plus utilities (it's furnished). Because you are only staying a short time, she might want a little more, but not much.

    I live in Mukdahan.

    #9 Posted: 3/10/2009 - 13:23

  • krabifarmst-
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    If your interested in offering some time and a little towards your accomodation and meals I am currently building a farmstay/school camp in Sai Khao 60km south of Krabi.

    We want to build the camp for underpriviledged Thai children. Currently we are offering free accomodation and meals in exchange for a donation towards the camp.

    The donation might be a cow or ten chickens. You could even donate towards building resources and help us make something at the farm.
    For example a donation of 15 bags of cement is 2,750baht which gets you 7 days accomodation and meals and you get to help us use the cement to build a new external shower house which the children can use when they stay with us. There's lots of things that can be donated which we trade for accomodation, meals and local tours around the area.

    Theres lots to do here and it's pretty much free. We take people to national parks, beaches, fishing all for the price of the gasoline. We teach our volunteers how to live a sustainable life here in thailand with the help of our Thai locals.

    If you are interested let me know or call 0878870769.

    Cheers
    Jerry

    #10 Posted: 4/10/2009 - 16:04

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  • jeffuk

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    Hi All,

    I am also looking at doing some volunteer work when i am in Thailand, i am there between Jan 11th-March 11th, can you send me some information regarding the farmstay/school camp Jerry, i am very interested in doing something like this. You can email me chrisjefferson_uk@hotmail.com

    Cheers

    #11 Posted: 5/10/2009 - 01:40

  • violaine

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    Hi Jerry,
    I'd love to get some more information about this - you can contact me at violaine1@hotmail.com . Thank you so much for the information, looking forward to hearing more about it !

    Violaine.

    #12 Posted: 5/10/2009 - 06:24

  • husqvarna

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    Hi Violaine:
    You might also check out the author of the book "The Angel of Bang Kwang Prison", Susan Aldous. She lives in Bangkok and is involved in many charitable endeavors. You can learn more about her on her Facebook page.
    I have not met her in person, but have emailed her several times and she seems very genuine. Makes life a whole lot better to help someone without expecting anything in return, but you usually get a lot back which you can't put a price on.
    Lee

    #13 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 14:21

  • husqvarna

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    Hi Violaine:
    You might also check out the author of the book "The Angel of Bang Kwang Prison", Susan Aldous. She lives in Bangkok and is involved in many charitable endeavors. You can learn more about her on her Facebook page.
    I have not met her in person, but have emailed her several times and she seems very genuine. Makes life a whole lot better to help someone without expecting anything in return, but you usually get a lot back which you can't put a price on.
    Lee

    #14 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 14:21

  • MADMAC

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    Oh I forgot, Father Joe in Klong Toey does some wonderful work with orphans. He should be easy enough to find on the net. You might want to volunteer there. Those kids have it tough.

    #15 Posted: 6/10/2009 - 14:47

  • christof

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    @jerry

    that sounds fantastic. do you have a website?

    #16 Posted: 11/10/2009 - 03:08

  • krabifarmst-
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    Hey Everyone,

    Sorry for the late reply, I have been doing a hectic visa run that sent me almost all over Thailand and then into Malaysia after my passport was stolen. Hmmm!

    Anyone interseted in the farmstay idea can contact me direct if they like. I'm at worldevents@rock.com.

    The website is coming. I'm building it myself so it's taking a little time. The plan is to create Youtube videos of all the projects that are on offer and how we need your help in getting there. There will be pics as well so you know exactly what the place is like before you arrive.

    It will be up and running within the next few days so please be patient with me. It's a new concept and it's something I think everyone on a tight budget will appreciate especially when they see how something so little like putting manpower into a project or buying a bag of cement can help an entire community.


    Safe travels and I will get a back to all that have requested information today.

    Jerry

    #17 Posted: 11/10/2009 - 10:15

  • christof

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    @ jerry...Sounds good.

    I have a strong connection with Krabi (having lived in the region for 5 years previously) and would be glad to give some assistance.

    I will mostly be on Koh Phra Thong for the next 6 months but will be coming down to Krabi on 20th or so October. If you need free website help then I would be happy to meet you and give some advice...for what its worth.

    I'm no expert but have been doing it for about a year or so for my own projects in Thailand. Please see www.kohphrathong.com or www.blue-guru.org to check out my work.

    Cheers

    #18 Posted: 11/10/2009 - 15:14

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