Father Ray Foundation

Teach & Help people with disabilities

Pattaya, Thailand show on map
The schedule varies daily with the volunteers working at all our projects; teaching English at various projects or arranging activities at one of our projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+
Wheel Chairs
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

Most volunteers will teach English at The Pattaya Redemptorist Technological College for People with Disabilities which has over 220 young Thai adults; they are educated to a level that will enable them to become independent and worthwhile members of society. Many of them have not even finished their secondary education, some have had to do menial jobs or beg on the streets to make a living. The school is part of their journey where they can turn their lives around. 

Volunteers will also teach English at the Father Ray School for Children with Special Needs, a tough but very rewarding challenge. Children who attend the School are living with autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and learning disabilities. 

Every afternoon, Monday to Thursday, several volunteers who are not teaching at the College 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! 

The school and college terms are from May – October & November – March, so teachers who can commit for a full term are more than welcome. Teachers teach 3 – 5 classes per day (depending on your specific role) and are expected to be well prepared for each class. We have a support network between volunteers, so do not worry! Help and support will be given during your time here. 

Several 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

Details on Arrival

We ask most volunteers, especially volunteers who will be teaching, to arrive in late April, to teach May to September, or arrive late October, to teach between November and March. We ask for volunteers to stay with us for the full term to minimize disruption for the learners. 

It is possible to have volunteers for shorter time on occasion, this is done on a case by case scenario. If you bring specific skills that we can utilize, such as physiotherapy, then please contact us.

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. 
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Father Ray Foundation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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

Accommodation

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.
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.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Thailand  Pattaya, Km 145 Sukhumvit Road
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