Care for at-risk Children

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Coordinator | Nicole

High­lights

Volunteer and provide essential childcare to vulnerable and at-risk children
Contribute to the improvement of children's future
Give impoverished children quality care, compassion and a sense of hope
Be part of an intercultural exchange and discover a new culture
Explore Chiang Mai as it is a lively city with many street food opportunities and many sights worth a visit
The exotic northern city of Chiang Mai is the location for this essential program working with at-risk children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
As a result of extreme poverty in ethnic minority villages and internal conflict in neighbouring Myanmar, destitute families seek refuge for their children in the city.  The Childcare Centers this program supports aim to provide quality care and education for these vulnerable children, offering them a chance to escape the vicious cycle of poverty.  Volunteers provide much needed support for the program through providing native English exposure, arranging fun and educational games and activities and building the children's skills in social interaction. Volunteers on this program play an integral role in helping disadvantaged children.  The project supports a number of Children's Homes in the Chiang Mai area, each providing shelter to between 5 and 50 children ranging in age from 4 to 18 years.  So there is a raft of needs to fulfill! Volunteers focus on spending time with the children and providing fun and education through social interaction.

Activities may including helping the local staff with daily routines such as cleaning and cooking. Volunteers are encouraged to use their skills and interests to assist carers in developing activities for the children, such as music and dance, sports, arts and crafts. All the while incorporating simple English words to develop the children's language learning abilities.  

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help to feed and care for the children
  • Help to teach the children in an informal setting 
  • Attend to and interact with the children
  • Create activities and entertain the children with games

Typical day

Working around school hours during term time (mid-May through February) volunteers work in the afternoon and evening for around 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday. During the Thai summer school holidays in March and April the schedule will be adjusted to suit the children's activities.

Morning and early afternoon Free time

Whilst the children attend school volunteers can enjoy free time; to relax, stay in touch with friends and family and explore Chiang Mai. Breakfast is provided at the volunteer house. Lunch is self-catered and can be purchased from one of the many eateries in the city or prepared in the communal kitchen.

3:00pm Travel to the project site via public transport

3:15pm Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

3:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Children begin arriving home from school between 3:30pm and 4pm depending on their age. Volunteers engage with the children: assisting with homework, organising sporting, creative and educational activities, helping them with daily chores, reading, singing etc.

6:00pm Dinner with the children

Volunteers assist with the preparation of the evening meal, sit down to eat with the children and help with clean-up afterwards. A very special opportunity.

7:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Volunteers make their way back to the Volunteer House via public transport or meet with fellow volunteers and enjoy the balmy evenings.

Free-time activities

Thailand's "Rose of the North" is a breath of fresh air compared to its Southern rival. Rich in cultural diversity and natural wonders, Chiang Mai maintains a relaxed and authentically Thai atmosphere. Whether strolling the back-streets of the old quarter, visiting a temple, nodding in passing to orange clad monks going about their day or tucking in to some delicious Thai fare, visitors are sure to delight in what this city has to offer.  Not forgetting that nature is on the very doorstep; take a short ride outside the city and you are in the midst rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, hot springs and tranquil villages. There really is something for everyone!  
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 15:30 - 19:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified below)
  • Food & Meals (as specified below)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport
You will be met on arrival into Chiang Mai by our local representative and taken to the Volunteer House to settle in, relax and meet with fellow volunteers and your hosts. The following day the Orientation Weekend begins, designed to give an insight into Thai culture the orientation includes learning basic Thai words and phrases, negotiating the public transport system (including getting to and from your project) and basically sets you up to get the very most out of your placement from day one. The two day orientation is a great chance to see a little of this fascinating city with the help of expert guides and in the company of other volunteers.  It will also allow you to purchase a local SIM and data package should you wish, withdraw or exchange Thai Baht and ask any last minute questions.
Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a volunteer house conveniently located within easy reach of the city. Rooms are dormitory style and split by gender with 2 – 4 volunteers sharing.

All rooms are air-conditioned for comfort and the house has all the amenities a volunteer requires including western-style bathrooms, hot running water, bed linen (volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries), kitchen and laundry facilities and Wi-Fi available 24 hours a day. Easy!

Accommodation on this program includes daily breakfast at the volunteer house and dinner at the project site.  Lunch is self-catered and provides an excellent opportunity to explore the city and dine at one of the numerous eateries offering Thai or international cuisine. Volunteers are also welcome to make use of the kitchen facilities at the volunteer house.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Thai dishes use an abundance of fresh ingredients, herbs and spices and are a taste sensation. Be sure to try the coconut based curries such as

 Kaeng Khiao Wan’ (Thai Green Curry) and fruit based salads such as pomelo and green mango. Delicious!

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd week of every month.

  • Arrival Day: FRIDAY 8AM - 8PM
  • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
  • Arrival Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Code: CNX)
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,448
5 weeks
$ 1,578
6 weeks
$ 1,708
7 weeks
$ 1,838
8 weeks
$ 1,968
9 weeks
$ 2,098
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,488
Average fees
$ 285 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Care for at-risk Children

The exotic northern city of Chiang Mai is the location for this essential program working with at-risk children.

$285/week

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