Day Care Assistant for disadvantaged children

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Provide an education to some of the poorest children from in and around Pattaya.
Become a valued member of the team working alongside Thai staff.
Have a direct, positive and meaningful impact on our children's lives.
Support other volunteers at some of the other projects at the Father Ray Foundation.
Volunteer at the Father Foundation and have memories that will last a lifetime.
A Day Care Assistant supports Thai staff helping to care for and educate some of the poorest children from within Pattaya. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Being a volunteer at the Father Ray Foundation is one of the most rewarding experiences you are likely to ever experience! We have various roles within the organization depending on your skills and the length of time you can commit. 

All our roles come with different duties and different responsibilities. Number One on the list is to make the children and students’ lives better! This could be making one of our children smile and laugh, or improving a student’s English. 

At the Father Ray Foundation we do not charge a fee to volunteer (we only ask you to contribute to your uniform, but that is only 1000 Baht/approximately $30 USD, which isn’t too bad!). However, we in return expect you to treat the work you do the same as you would a paid job. The one thing we tell all volunteers, the more you put in, the more you will get out. Even if it is playing wheelchair basketball on a Tuesday evening (which is completely optional, but no one is yet to lose a finger) or taking the blind children to a water park on a Sunday! 

The volunteers work five and a half days per week, though they are required to be available if we need them for special occasions. The volunteers also take the local Thai holidays and many of the non-Thai holidays off work. 

The volunteers live at the Redemptorist Center, where they are accommodated in single rooms and three meals a day are provided. Specific work schedules are given to the volunteers on arrival at the Father Ray Foundation, however these depend on the number of volunteers available and the amount of volunteers requested by the various projects. 

We have in the past had volunteers from the US, Canada, China, Japan, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Ireland and the UK to name just a few countries. One of the most difficult aspects of being here in Thailand is not the hot weather, the different culture or the language barrier: it is having to live and work with other people who you don’t know. It can be difficult at times, but we hope and expect volunteers to be tolerant of others.

Typical day

The Father Ray Foundation aim to have a minimum of one volunteer in out Day Care Center. Volunteers will work full time at the Father Ray Day Care Center where they will work alongside the local Thai staff caring and educating some of the poorest toddlers in Pattaya. Each morning 60-80 toddlers arrive to spend their day in a safe environment and we need help at meal times, in the class rooms, bathrooms and play time. Volunteers work in the Day Care Center every Tuesday to Saturday. Volunteers work alongside the Thai staff as if they are a fulltime member of staff, carrying out some of the same responsibilities as the fulltime staff.

On Monday afternoons, volunteers will travel across town to the School for the Blind. Volunteers arrange activities, play games, go swimming and take kids to beach. Here we just want to make these lives brighter. Students are aged from kindergarten age, up to early twenties. The highlight for many of the volunteers (and children!) is when we take the children to a local water park on some Sundays at the end of term, a highlight of the year/term for the children! 

We have other volunteers working at the Foundation, teaching in our Technological College for People with Disabilities, our School for Children with Special Needs and our School for the Blind. All volunteers have slightly different schedules depending the projects they support. Whilst in the Day Care Center, volunteers are sometimes the only volunteer supporting that project, the volunteers all live together. All volunteers support our evening social club on two evenings per week and our weekly swimming sessions twice a week at our college for adults with disabilities. 

Free-time activities

Pattaya is a large city two hours away from Bangkok. Pattaya has everything you should need during you time here, include many shopiing centers, supermarkets and markets. Pattaya is on the coast so has several beaches. For the best beaches, you can visit several villages a short bus ride away or visit one of the islands dotted a boat ride away.

For fitness lovers, there are various gyms and muay thai boxing clubs that you can join. Or you can simply go for a run or cycle along the beach front. 

Pattaya is one of the most visited cities in Thailand, so expect to get all your usual tourist activities. 


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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English. All volunteers must be fluent in English. at High School level
Required Documents
CV and 2 References
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
All volunteers must have a good level of English, as all are required to teach. Our need is for enthusiasm! Volunteers are required to help out at various events, so we ask volunteers to have a certainly level of fitness, so they can still play with the children, despite the hot weather.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Volunteers are picked up from Suwannaphum Airport in Bangkok or Pattaya's own airport.


Volunteers are provided a single hotel room with their own private shower room. The rooms have a hot shower, air conditioning, wifi, a tv and a fridge.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided buffet style in the hotel's dining room.

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 Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. 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.
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

Details on arrival

We ask for volunteers at our Day Care Center to volunteer for a minimum of around 90 days. 

Volunteers in the Day Care Center are often the only volunteer in that specific project, working alongside the Thai staff. We aim to have 10 volunteers in total supporting all of the projects at the Father Ray Foundation. The volunteers who are teaching at the other projects are required to volunteer for 6 months, from either April to October or October to April. 

For our Day Care Center, dates can be discussed on an individual basis.

Most volunteers come:
  • April to October
  • October to April
Or (approximately):
  • April to July
  • July to October
  • October to January
  • January to April

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
12 - 50 weeks

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Day Care Assistant for disadvantaged children

A Day Care Assistant supports Thai staff helping to care for and educate some of the poorest children from within Pattaya.

Free of charge


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