Childcare

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Location: Surin
Arrival Airport: Bangkok
Arrival Dates: Key arrival dates take place every two weeks – contact us for details
Availability: All year
Cost: Please call us
What is Included:
  • Airport pick up and transfers on arrival
  • Bangkok stopover – 2 nights accommodation (breakfast not included)
  • Welcome meeting on the Saturday morning
  • Guided tour of Bangkok (entrance fees to temples and other sites not included)
  • Transfer from Bangkok via train to project accommodation in Surin
  • Local coordinator throughout your volunteer experience
  • Cultural and volunteering orientation on arrival in Surin
  • Twin share accommodation in Surin + kitchen facilities in volunteer house

 

What is not included:
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance – you must arrange this on your own to be able to participate
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals
  • Return transfer via train/bus from Surin to Bangkok
  • Any additional/personal expenses

Child Care Volunteer

Family volunteering in childcare is an extremely rewarding, meaningful experience. From basic child interaction and stimulation to developing the children’s skills, volunteers have always been able to make a huge difference and your work and dedication will be truly appreciated. You will be placed in one of the childcare locations to which we send volunteers, around the province of Surin. Each location is in huge need of support and development, with some centres caring for up to 50 children, the oldest being around 4 years old. Your hands-on help goes a long way to ensuring that these children are well looked after.

Why are childcare volunteers needed?

Surin is one of Thailand’s poorest provinces, and there are many childcare projects in and around Surin providing a safe and secure location for the children of very poor families. The centres are however massively under-funded by the very poor communities that they support. With monthly wages as low as $80 for an adult working on a farm, these child-care centres are an essential resource. Moreover, in many cases parents move to the cities to find work leaving grandparents to bring up the children. The centres are a very welcome and critical resource for the communities they serve.

What will we be doing when we volunteer?

The games and activities you and your family assist local staff to arrange will put big smiles on the kids’ faces and give you a huge sense of satisfaction. Your daily work includes teaching lessons and preparing food and in addition, volunteers often run simple projects designed to help keep the children cleaner and safer, and as a result healthier. This is part of the volunteer project’s ongoing dedication to improving the health, safety and hygiene of children in the province.

Community Development for parents and older kids volunteering in a childcare project:

Along with helping the local staff to look after the children, the child-care centres are all in need of renovation and repair. Adult family members and older teens may have the opportunity to undertake development work in conjunction with their child-care volunteering.

All equipment is supplied when participating in development work and your coordinator and other staff work alongside you. Previous groups have painted walls, drawn fantastic murals, renovated kitchens and much more. Just a few hours a day can make a huge difference. All of this work has a long-term positive effect on the staff, the children, their families and the local community.

This is a great volunteer placement for families with kids of all ages – everyone has something unique to give and your work with these children can make a difference.

Who are the other volunteers?

You and your children will be volunteering and living with other volunteers of all ages, and from a variety of countries. Each week brings a different combination of volunteers, and this wonderful mix of ages and nationalities adds to the richness of your experience.

On arrival:

Your group co-ordinators will greet you on arrival in Bangkok on a Friday, and on Saturday morning they will provide you with an overview orientation briefing. On arrival in Surin on Sunday night you will receive an in-depth orientation to help familiarise you with your new surroundings and workplace expectations. You will also receive a schedule of your day-to-day volunteering activities. Cultural expectations and differences will also be discussed.

Coordinators and general program support

Your program coordinator is the person who is with you throughout your volunteer experience, fulfilling many roles: offering you guidance and advice and answering any questions you may have, working alongside you translating, and supporting you throughout your day. Your project coordinator will help you settle in at the childcare centre, and give you advice and ongoing support with all aspects of your work. Your coordinators have grown up within the culture of Surin, and they love sharing their knowledge and traditions. Most of all, you’ll benefit from their contagious energy. Their ongoing presence is largely responsible for your cultural integration in the communities in which you are volunteering.

You will also be given 24-hour emergency contact numbers of other project staff members.

What’s our schedule?

On arrival in Surin city you will participate in an orientation session to familiarize yourself with your volunteer project and to meet all the project staff involved in making your volunteering experience a fabulous one.

Your project coordinator will assist you to settle in to your accommodation at the volunteer house, located on the outskirts of town and within walking distance of a good choice of restaurants, supermarkets, markets, internet cafés etc. Your coordinator will be with you throughout your volunteering period. All coordinators have grown up within the rich traditions of this part of Thailand and truly love sharing these with volunteers.

Volunteers work a 4-day week with the long weekend to relax or travel. Your volunteer day commences on Monday morning when your coordinator picks you up around 8am and takes you to your project. Your coordinator and other dedicated staff work alongside you, translating and supporting you throughout your day. You will be brought back to your accommodation around 3-4pm.

Your 3-day weekend commences on Thursday afternoon, giving you the perfect opportunity to relax, or to travel and explore some of the fascinating areas around Surin. The bus and train station are a short tuk tuk ride away from your accommodation. Speak to us for some great weekend recommendations.

 

SCHEDULE

Volunteers work a 4-day week, starting on Monday, with the long weekend to relax or travel. On volunteer days your group coordinator will pick you up in the mornings and take you to your project. Your pick up time will about 8am and you will back at your accommodation 3-4pm.

Weekends:

Volunteering 4 days a week leaves you the long weekend to explore locally or further afield. Travelling and experiencing Thailand’s beauty is all part of the volunteer experience and we can help you organise your free time or end of placement travel. Come to Thailand, volunteer and travel, and have an amazing time.

LOCATION

Surin is located in the Northeast of Thailand, about 7 hours from Bangkok. It can be reached by bus or by train from the capital or from the North of the country. From Surin it is only one hour to the border crossing with Cambodia.

Surin and Northeast Thailand are a little off the tourist radar, but you will be rewarded when you visit, as you will get to experience the real, untouched Thailand. There are many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town plus a night food market. Surin is an extremely safe place to stay.

Surin once belonged to the Khmer empire so you will find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Surin is now most famous for the annual elephant festival that takes place in November. The elephants are well treated in this region and the mahouts are proud of their standard of care.

The countryside surrounding Surin has many places of interest to visit including silk, silver and basket villages, where you can buy authentic locally made goods. Our volunteers in Surin are provided with bikes to explore Surin and the surrounding region, so you will have time to visit all of these places if you wish.

Surin has a bus and train station, so there are many ways to travel to and from the region. Easily reached from Surin include Khao Yai National Park, the Cambodia border and rural Thailand further Northeast for the more intrepid traveller.

Surin has a bus and train station, so there are many ways to travel to and from the region.

 

Life in the volunteer house in Surin city:

Well located on the outskirts of Surin city, the volunteer house is clean and large with basic facilities and accommodates up to 10 people.  Your twin share room in the house is yours for the duration of your volunteering experience.  You are responsible for your own meals while staying at the volunteer house, and all volunteer houses have a basic kitchen including a cook top, sink, toaster, kettle, fridge and utensils for self-catering. Alternatively you can walk to one of the many local restaurants or roadside food stands located right by the volunteer house.

 

Embrace the differences, let go of some of your western ways, and above all – go with the flow! It’s all part of a new and rich cultural experience.

A note on time and flexibility: ‘Thai time’ is different to the exact time standards of city life that most of us are used to and depend on, and itineraries and activities are subject to change. Being flexible will add to your enjoyment of the program.

Be prepared: Pack some card games, books, pencils and paper, and have some creative activities and games up your sleeve for your kids. These will also be useful during the train trip up to Surin.

Kids will naturally gravitate to other kids, and they also love talking to and playing games with other (adult) volunteers. Even waiting for an activity to start is part of your child’s personal growth during their volunteer experience, as they dig into their own creative resources and initiate games and activities.

 

Location

Surin is located in the Northeast of Thailand, about 7 hours from Bangkok. It can be reached by bus or by train from the capital or from the North of the country. From Surin it is only one hour to the border crossing with Cambodia.

Surin and Northeast Thailand are a little off the tourist radar, and so have remained unspoiled and ready to offer you a fascinating and authentic experience of the real, untouched Thailand. Surin is an extremely safe place to stay.

Surin Province is Thailand’s 3rd poorest province and Tha Thum is one of the poorest districts of Surin. While the area is renowned in Thailand for its fragrant jasmine rice, Surin’s low rain fall means that only one rice crop a year is possible. Life is hard in this region and local people are unemployed for 8-9 months of the year. When you visit Surin province and Tha Thum it is truly rice paddies as far as the eye can see. The landscape is incredibly flat. During July and August you will see whole villages in the fields planting rice, and November to December is harvest time.

Surin once belonged to the Khmer empire so you will find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Surin is now most famous for the annual elephant festival that takes place in November. The elephants are well treated in this region and the mahouts are proud of their standard of care.

Within Surin city there are many local shops and restaurants, plus a night food market. The countryside surrounding Surin offers the opportunity to visit fascinating silk, silver and basket villages, where you can buy authentic, locally made goods.

Surin’s location makes it perfectly placed for you to explore many other parts of Thailand, with Surin’s local bus and train stations offering many ways to travel to and from the region. Locations easily reached from Surin include Khao Yai National Park, the Thai-Cambodian border and rural Thailand further Northeast for the more intrepid traveller.