Children’s Home

Thailand

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.

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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 / €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 home 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, read 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.

In your free time, you can visit Phuket, a popular tourist destination, and explore the beautiful local beach and waterfall.

Other volunteers

There are usually 1-3 volunteers with a maximum of 6 volunteers, 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 Volunteering 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 the 2nd Oct - 6th Nov 2017. In 2018 this project will be closed between 2nd - 30th Apr and 1st Oct - 5th Nov.

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.

Location, free time and accommodation

Thailand

Thailand is often referred to as the ‘land of smiles’, is a huge attraction for travellers from around the world due to its glorious beaches, tropical climate, great food and fascinating culture. The country is so diverse: from the tranquil mountains in the North and the idyllic beaches in the South as well as the bustling modern city of Bangkok, Thailand has something to offer everyone.

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 children’s home is off the tourist path, in a rural setting. The home 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, this is usually taken during the week so that you can make the most of the time when the children are at home. 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!

You could spend your day off visiting Phuket, or exploring the local beach and waterfall.

Accommodation

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 basic but comfortable, each room has a fridge, fan and en-suite bathroom.

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.

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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children supported by the project

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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