Care & Community for groups in Thailand

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where?Krabi town
Dutch volunteers playing with children at care project Thailand

Whether you’re a group from school, some friends from university, a group of work colleagues looking for a fulfilling break or an organisation looking to take your skills further afield, you are welcome to join a group Care project in Thailand. Regardless of your group’s age, abilities or level of experience, you’ll all love this project and find it hugely fulfilling.

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.

Group Voluntary Childcare Work with Projects Abroad

All of our Care project group volunteers are based in Krabi where we focus mainly around helping children aged between 3 and 6 in local kindergartens. 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.

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 as a Group on a Care Project in Thailand

A volunteer helps children at a local school in Thailand

Despite the fact that Thailand offers world class education in developed areas, the growing gap in salaries and social class is causing a social divide that is forcing children from poorer communities to not be able to afford the same level of education and care. This is why Projects Abroad only works with day care centres that provide free care and education to children 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.

Providing creative and educational activities that will expose the children to and give them a familiarity with the English language is the main way in which volunteering groups can assist in Thai kindergartens. Despite the amount of income and tourism that Thailand receives, and the fact that knowledge of the English language can double a Thai individual’s salary, surprisingly very few people speak it. Sometimes not even 'English teachers' or their equivalents in kindergartens have any knowledge of the language. What this means is that any help provided by an English speaking volunteer or group is invaluable, both to the teachers and to the children. 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 volunteer groups 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, your group will be building strong foundations for a child's future relationships.

A group of volunteers putting together a workshop for the Thai children

There are a wide variety of activities within the Care project to work towards Projects Abroad’s goals identified in the Care Management Plan. Each activity is carefully designed to be able to contribute towards our goals of improving English, increasing emotional support, improving hygiene levels, promoting early childhood development, improving the level of stimulation of each child under our care and improving the quality of life of those living with disabilities. Throughout the year we also run four mini-campaigns which focus on education & literacy, sports & outdoors, the environment and health & hygiene which volunteer groups also get the opportunity to participate in.

All of the volunteer Care projects in Thailand are keen to have groups and individuals 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.

Your group 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.

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