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.
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:
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.
There are normally 2-4 volunteers taking part in the children’s home project at any one time with a maximum of 5.
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.
This project is closed between the 3rd April - 1st May and 2nd October - 6th November 2017. In 2018 this project will be closed between 2nd - 30th April and 1st October - 5th November.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Children’s Home Volunteering reviews.
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
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.
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.
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.
|1 week||£565||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 www.xe.com
children supported by the project
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“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.”Read more volunteer reviews
“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.”Read more volunteer reviews
“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