Children’s Home

Thailand

The Children’s Home provides a supportive and loving environment for orphans of the 2004 tsunami and vulnerable children from the local community.

Volunteers help with the daily running of the home and provide an additional pair of hands in daily chores, gardening and cooking. The home seeks to teach children to live independently, focusing on education and learning new skills. Volunteers support the efforts of the home by leading activities with the children that help them learn new skills, such as games and arts and crafts, or assisting them with their homework.

Experience life off the beaten track in rural Thailand and explore the beautiful natural sights in the local area or the popular tourist destination of Phuket.

Join this project and become part of the family at the home.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Phang Nga Province
  • Start dates: Every Monday
  • Duration: 1 - 4 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (5+ for families)
  • Availability: Spaces available, limited until May
  • Cost: From £595 / €695 / $760 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

The children’s home was set up to provide a supportive and loving environment for orphans of the 2004 tsunami and it now cares for vulnerable children from the local community. The home is very much focused on providing a caring environment and equipping the children with the skills they will need in adulthood.

Each day will differ depending on the needs at the home. Whilst the children are at school, volunteer tasks may include:

  • Teaching in local community schools
  • Assisting with daily chores
  • Gardening
  • Helping to grow and harvest fruit and vegetables
  • Cooking
  • Visiting the local market to purchase supplies
  • Helping out with general maintenance around the home

In the afternoon, once the children have returned from school, volunteers can help with homework and then organise games and sports (football and netball are always popular)! The children also love learning new skills and arts and crafts, so in the evenings volunteers often run small group sessions to give the children the opportunity to learn new things. The home provides group activities such as meditation, band practice, Thai dancing, reading and arts and crafts and volunteers are welcome to get involved in this.

The children attend school Monday to Friday from about 8am to 3pm, except during the holidays which run from March to mid-May and from mid-September to late October.

Working days and hours

Volunteers generally work six days per week with one day off. The daily pattern will depend on what is happening at the children’s home during your stay. There are lots of activities you can do locally in your free time.

Other volunteers

There are usually 1-3 volunteers with a maximum of 6, but this varies considerably throughout the year.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

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.

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide essential assistance to the running of the home; the children’s home does not receive any government support and is underfunded and understaffed. Volunteers work with the local team to care for the children and help them to make the home self-sufficient, through initiatives such as the coffee shop and a home farm. The support the home receives enables them to provide a caring family for the children in a safe, secure environment.

“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

Closure dates

This project is closed between 2 - 29 Apr 2018 and 1 Oct - 4 Nov 2018.

Location, free time and accommodation

Thailand

Thailand is often referred to as the ‘land of smiles’ and is a huge attraction for travellers from around the world due to its glorious beaches, tropical climate, great food and fascinating culture. Thailand has something to offer everyone and popular activities include:

  • Visiting the tranquil mountains in the North
  • Idyllic beaches on the Southern islands
  • The bustling modern city of Bangkok

To find out more, see the Lonely Planet Thailand

Local area and free time

The Children’s Home is located between Phuket and Kuraburi in the Phang Nga province. Despite the close proximity to the popular tourist destinations of Phuket and Kho Lak, the home is off the tourist path, in a rural setting. It is situated next to a river and is surrounded by land which the home uses to grow fruits and vegetables.

Volunteers have one day off per week which you could spend visiting Phuket, or exploring the local beach and waterfall. The Children’s Home often organises trips for the children at the weekends and, as part of the family, you are invited to join with them. This is a very unique and fun way to explore the local area!

Accommodation

Volunteers live on site in a shared ensuite room, generally sharing with other 2 volunteers on a single-sex basis. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and each room has a fridge and a fan and there is WIFI.

Read volunteer reviews from the Children's Home project

Amy Jane

“The children were all fantastic and it was really sad when leaving them. It was a pleasure helping out with chores knowing that we were helping the children and the workers at the home in some way. The children are so happy there and they enjoy going to school and helping out with their chores. It really was a real pleasure being a part of their family.

I loved delivering a lesson to the children and reading to them, playing games with them. It was amazing to teach them new words in English and watch them learning how to write them down in English. It is an extremely rewarding experience and it is a real good way to experience other cultures. The children love meeting new volunteers so anything new and exciting you can bring to the children’s lives is worth it!”

Kallie

“I would definitely recommend this project to anyone thinking about taking part. I loved every minute and it is a fantastic and loving place. Do it! There is nothing about this placement that could be improved, I thought everything about the project was perfect. As long as you’re ready to adapt to Thai lifestyle and just get stuck in with whatever needs doing then you’ll have a great experience.

Volunteering abroad is a fantastic opportunity to do something wonderful whilst experiencing a different culture and learning about a different way of life. It also is a great way to have some independence. For me it was the first time I had been abroad on my own and doing something like this to me felt like a huge achievement because I had done it alone.”

Kaitlyn

“It was an outstanding experience. I had a great time with the kids. Everyone was very warm, welcoming, and engaging. They welcomed you as part of the family the moment you step onto the place. It was a great experience to learn how to be self-sufficient and care for one another. The children all performed chores without complaining which was lovely to see.

I found it most rewarding to play with the children. Swimming and playing badminton and volleyball showed me that even though we come from different places, we can come together and play a simple game. Volunteering here is a great experience to become worldly and discover the lifestyle of those in Thailand and other countries. It is truly life changing.”

Jocelyn

“I had a brilliant time at the Children’s Home, the staff and children are the friendliest, most welcoming people you’ll meet. Make the most of every opportunity, jump in at the deep end and try everything, the children and staff will love you for it and you’ll have a much better experience! And take games, colouring books, toys with you as the children appreciate everything! Most of all enjoy it!

I found it most rewarding helping the children learn English and forming a close bond with them where they are happy to tell you about their lives. I would advise everyone to jump in, get your hands dirty, don’t be afraid to try things out and if they don’t work try something different! I loved volunteering abroad because you get to see a not-so-touristy side to the country and a totally different way of life!”

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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 Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth guide and planning your trip guides
  • 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 Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • 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.

FEES

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

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • 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.”

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal