Support centers for vulnerable children

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High­lights

Create safe spaces for Thai children and youth so that they can get better opportunities
Experience a different reality to yours and gain new perspectives
Share your knowledge and help empower vulnerable children
Discover and understand Thai culture through spending your time around locals
Visit and get to know Thailand's rich cultural heritage and beautiful landscapes
Help orphaned children or children from low-income households have a better quality of life through helping in their education, leisure, and development- This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

This volunteer project is in the Chiang Mai area; in homes and care centers run by local families that want to support children facing the worst difficulties. At most centers you will volunteer at, you can expect to meet between fifteen and fifty children, all with huge smiles and lots of affection to give. As a volunteer, we expect you to give them love and affection back; these children need it most. 

It's important for us to highlight that the social orphanages and the centers where you shall be volunteering at have specific needs depending on the place and day in question, which means that you should be very flexible. As a volunteer, you may expect to help in tasks like childcare, child supervision, activity planning, helping with the center's activities, and in general spending time around children and supporting the activities that will be organised for them.

The children are these centers are between four and eighteen years all; most being either orphans or children who live near the city, but due to poverty and the remoteness of their family's location, stay in the center. Additionally, most of the children at these centers come from either vulnerable ethnic minority villages, that lack things like education or basic sanitation, or from Myanmar, a country that they escaped as refugees. 

Always keep in mind that your main concern as a volunteer shall be spending time with children. This may be through teaching them English, helping them with their school homework, organising activities with them, playing didactic games with them, painting, or the like. Everything you will do as a volunteer will translate into a better life for these children, as it will help them improve their confidence and gain necessary skills. Additionally, you may also help give maintenance to the centers where these children are, assist in the cleaning, assist in the cooking, or fix some appliances there. 

Typical day

Volunteers' work starts at 15:30 on weekdays. 

Children usually finish class and go to the centers at about 15:30, although this may vary depending on the child's age. Once they get to the centers, volunteers shall spend time with them, and help in some of the aforementioned activities, such as cooking or cleaning. Volunteers will then accompany the children until around 19:30, when their work for the day is done. 
Do notice that through the months of March and mid-May, many children return to their hometowns to spend time with their families. This means that many children won't be at the centers during this time. 
Additionally, please consider that this project has less structure than others, as it is directly built by other volunteers; please be flexible and understanding. Also, be proactive, don't wait for orphanage staff or children to ask you to do specific tasks, if you want to teach children English or a game, go ahead!

Free-time activities

You will be volunteering in the beautiful, northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. A complete contrast to Thailand's capital Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a smaller city with a huge connection to the environment, as it provides direct access to the nearby beautiful forest mountains that are a hotspot for adventurers and lovers of nature alike. In addition to that, Chiang Mai also has very intriguing traditionally Thai sites such as its well-known open air markets, its historic center filled with centuries old temples, or the Buddhist temples near the city. 

In addition to that, Chiang Mai could offer you excursions and trekking on mountains and rice fields, beautiful handicrafts at its markets, night safaris, a bustling nightlife you can enjoy with other volunteers at the Zoe Yellow area, among other things.

During your stay, you could also visit some of the other beautiful places in Thailand, such as its beaches or historical sites like Ayutthaya.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
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
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
CV and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We expect volunteers to be creative, as there are not many educational tools available, and respectful of local customs. This implies wearing clothes adequate to Thai customs (wearing shirts that cover shoulders/breasts, wearing long pants/capris that reach the knees, cover any tattoos or piercings) and not smoking or drinking in the orphanages and the lodging.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Adventure Volunteer
+Airport pickup and transfer to the volunteer’s home
+Accommodation during your volunteering
+Breakfast every day during your volunteering period
+24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
+Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
+Orientation and induction to the program
+Certificate of hours done in your volunteering
+Accident insurance during your volunteering
+Civil liability for your activity
+Receipt from NGO about your program fee
+Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
+Volunteer T-Shirt
Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport
Volunteers will be picked up at the airport at between 8:30 and 20:00. If the volunteer arrives outside of these hours, they will have to be picked up on the next day.
Accommodation
Volunteers shall be staying at guesthouses with other volunteers, where they'll have access to common areas such as a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom they'll share with other volunteers. 
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Only breakfast is included in your paid fees. It will be provided to you every day.
Internet Access
Sorry, no 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 open all year round but in April, according to the Thai school year. We encourage volunteers to arrive on Fridays or weekends, as this allows them to be more easily integrated into the project. Inductions are conducted twice a month, so volunteers should plan their trip according to those dates.
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)
$1,344
5 weeks
$1,536
6 weeks
$1,728
7 weeks
$1,920
8 weeks
$2,112
9 weeks
$2,304
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,880
Average fees
$288 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Adventure Volunteer 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 Adventure Volunteer during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support centers for vulnerable children

Help orphaned children or children from low-income households have a better quality of life through helping in their education, leisure, and development-

$240/week

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