Singburi is an interesting and beautiful town located 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded in prehistoric period during the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong.
About the project
This orphanage program is set up with Thailand's leading volunteer organization. Over the years, this program has successfully placed volunteers from around the world with orphanages in the Singburi region. The orphanages involved have integrated their own primary and secondary schools that are also open for impoverished families. Besides teaching English on a non-formal basis the volunteers are able to work with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption) and to create activities for the students or arrange workshops for cultural exchange, environmental and other important issues. Renovation and construction task are also carried out to improve the living conditions. In cooperation with our full time coordinator a unique work program is created each month for all people who are involved in this initiative.
Orphanage Volunteer Placement
As a volunteer you will assigned various tasks and responsibilities at a local orphanages:
Informal teaching and assisting with school work
After school activities such as sports, arts workshops and games
Initiating special environmental awareness campaigns like Clean up the Orphanage
Maintenance of the orphanage buildings and grounds.
Renovation and light construction projects
The coordinator oversees the logistics and daily activities. Every day volunteers usually leave the center after breakfast around 9:00 in the morning for the orphanage and leave late midday back to our base camp again. The orphanages are located 40km from the volunteer campus and local transportation is provided. The local teachers are typically Thai and there is one teacher who's English is fairly well. Weekends are usually off for traveling or just relaxing at the campus.
Accommodation & food
Volunteers stay on a beautiful eco campus about 10 km (15 Min) from the town of Singburi. Accommodation will be in comfortable double rooms for the same gender, with fans, linen, shared toilets and bathroom.The doors and windows are screened (to protect you from mosquitoes). There is a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet and are within walking distance of a local shop and a make shift bar provided by the friendly locals. Lockers for valuables and limited laundry services are available.
3 cook meals are provided daily and are typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes.
During the program volunteers will receive cultural tours around Singburi, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya; Thai Language, culture and cooking classes. On the weekends volunteers are encouraged to travel to places of interest in Thailand. The local coordinator can assist you with travel plans.
Min age 17 (it is possible to arrange a family package)
Good level of English
Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
Able to work in hot and humid climate
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)
To apply for this program, see Learn,Volunteer and Travel