The main industry in Surin is farming rice and so the average income is around $15 per week. Sometimes both parents do try to go out to work to strengthen the family situation, but somehow it is very difficult if there are children involved. The childcare volunteer program in Thailand, Surin caters to this particular issue. To ease this burden, and to give a family a chance to earn as much income as possible, several childcare locations have been established within rural poor communities as well as the city of Surin itself. Volunteering work for children at these centers is a great learning experience in itself. Our volunteers help at these centers as they can often be full of children; sometimes as many as 60-70 with only a couple of untrained staff. All of our volunteers are accompanied by a member of our team who will help to organize the day and help with translation etc. This means that you as a volunteer can really get involved with the children, all of whom are really great fun and love to be around our volunteers. The projects are designed to help ensure the children are safer, more hygienic and are playing in a better environment.
The work our volunteers do is invaluable as it gives the children more human contact, helps the staff who are hugely overworked, and also give the children the opportunity to learn new songs, games, English language and more. The basic list of tasks to be done by the volunteers while volunteering for childcare program in Surin is;
These small projects usually happen after lunch once the children are taking a nap.
Volunteers joining the childcare program in Thailand, Surin are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. Under the childcare volunteering program, volunteers work from Monday to Thursday and have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday free to explore the city. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends : Free to explore the city. Alternatively, volunteers can visit Cambodia over the weekends as well, or head off to Khao Yai National Park.?
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
As a VolSol volunteer you are provided with best of living standards available in Thailand. Our dedicated coordinator and staff will assist you with your airport pick up, stay, meals and even weekend sightseeing and travel. Arrive in peace and have the best time of your life.
Volunteers are picked up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok by the local coordinator or representative on the program start date. Please note that airport pickup is only provided between 6am – 10pm at night. Those participants who are already in Bangkok will need to make their own way to the hotel/guest house accommodation details of which shall be provided.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation and 2 days city tour before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Bangkok.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a Guesthouse/ hotel for two nights in Khao San Road area in Bangkok on arrival. While in Surin, lodging will be provided in one of our three volunteer houses where accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The houses are centrally located and close to shopping, ATM’s, restaurants and more.
While at the Elephant Vil will be a beautiful experience as you'll get to enjoy the authentic rural lifestyle. You'll be staying close to the mahout family, who are the caretakers of the elephants. Shared toilet facilities are in each house with cold water showers and simple ‘Western’ style toilets (please be aware that in many parts of Thailand there isn’t handle flush system – instead you need to pour water from the bucket next to the toilet down the toilet to flush away your business! There is no Wifi in the village, so make sure you inform your family & friends back home about this! .
Daily transportation to and from the project placement to the volunteer house is provided to the volunteers.All intercity transfers are included in the program fee.
No meals are provided to the participants staying in Surin. Please allow $10 per day for meals. There are plenty of eating options and volunteers love to eat out and explore the taste of Authentic Thai food. While at the Elephant Village all meals are provided to the participants.
During your Free Time
In Surin there are many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town plus a night food market. The city is an extremely safe place to stay. Surin province once belonged to the Khmer empire (now Cambodia) so you’ll find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The land border crossing in to Cambodia is located just an hour from Surin and is easily accessible from the town’s bus station. This accessibility allow volunteers to travel to Cambodia during weekends
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