Children’s Home


Help with the daily running of a Children’s Home in rural Southern Thailand. Provide an additional pair of hands for local staff, doing games, activities and crafts with the children whilst helping around the home. Live off the beaten track and become part of the family.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: Phang Nga Province
  • Start dates: Every Monday
  • Duration: 1 - 4 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available. Limited until September.
  • Cost: From £595 / €715 / $805 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

The Children’s Home is currently home to 26 children aged from 5 – 17 years old. The children are at school during the day volunteers assist staff in the day to day running of the home and then in the evening and weekends volunteers have the opportunity to help the children to learn new skills and develop their conversational English. Each day will differ but may include:

  • Assisting staff with cooking and mealtimes
  • Helping to grow and harvest fruit and vegetables
  • Care for the chickens
  • Cleaning, maintenance and building
  • Teaching arts and crafts or music
  • Helping with homework
  • Assisting with daily chores
  • Playing sports and games

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 6 days a week with 1 day off. A typical day starts around 6:30am and volunteers work on and off throughout the day until around 7pm.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-4 volunteers taking part in the children’s home project at any one time with a maximum of 6.

Child Protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Closure dates

This project is closed between the 2nd October - 6th November 2017. In 2018 this project will be closed between 2nd - 30th April and 1st October - 5th November.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Children’s Home Volunteering reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

The children’s home does not receive any government support and so volunteers provide essential assistance to the underfunded and understaffed home. Volunteers work with the local team to care for the children and help set up long term initiatives to make the home self-sufficient. So far these initiatives have included a coffee shop and a home farm, but the home is always open to new ideas.

"We have a very good relationship with Pod. Volunteers bring knowledge, interesting activities, care and support to the children's home." Root, Children’s Home director

How is the project making a difference?

The children’s home was originally set up to care for those affected by the 2004 tsunami. As time has past and these children have grown older, the home has also opened its doors to children who are vulnerable and whose families are in need of support. Not all of the children are without parents, but for reasons of unemployment, remarriage or neglect the family is unable to care for the child. The children’s home provides these children with a safe place to live in a small, secure, family-orientated environment.

The ultimate goal of the home is to teach children to be active members of society and equip them with skills for independent living. As well as providing a safe, loving home and a caring family for the children, there is a big focus on education and learning new skills.

Where will I be living?

The children’s home is located between Phuket and Kuraburi in the Phang Nga province. Despite the close proximity to Phuket, the children’s home is off the tourist path, giving you a unique insight into the Thai way of life.

Volunteers live on site in a shared room, generally with 2 volunteers per room. Rooms are allocated on a single-sex basis. The accommodation is simple but clean and each room has an en-suite bathroom.

Nearby there are many captivating places that you can visit in your free time. these include the Similan Islands, Koh Ra Ecolodge, Koh Surin National Park and Khao Sok National Park.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Lucy is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online teaching course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Phuket) and transfer
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
1 week £595 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £100 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see


children supported by the project

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

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We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.



  • Thailand Children’s Home Patae volunteer - Jamie

    “This was definitely the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It's not about changing their lives or changing how they do things, it’s about experiencing and embracing their cultures and being a part of their family.”

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  • Thailand Children’s Home Patae volunteer – Amy

    “We were given Thai names on arrival and I was honoured to be welcomed into their family. Despite the language barrier with some of the children and adults there, we could have a laugh with each other.”

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  • Thailand Children’s Home Patae volunteer – Elin

    “Do it. Really. You will not regret it. It was an amazing experience to see how the home is run and to be able to help out. The children are so happy and joyful, and the language barrier is not a problem at all.”

    Read more volunteer reviews


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