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Overview

There are around 90+ children under the Kindergarten Program in Thailand, Bangkok who come from underprivileged families (slums) of the nearby areas. This project is located at the back of the Bangkok Center (Good Shepherd Sister). With the ongoing urbanization, a lot has changed in Bangkok. This city is crossing the divide between extreme poverty and a comfortable standard of living. Naturally, the slums have increased in number. Unemployment, poor health conditions and lack of administrative infrastructure to provide proper education has forced people to abandon their children and their needs. As an international volunteer working for children in Bangkok, you would add value to their lives by not only providing them global education but also a snapshot of the world we live in.

Travel stories and information about new places provide knowledge of other places on the world map. Our volunteers provide international exposure to the less privileged children. The love and warmth that the children receive from different people from around the world, make them feel more wanted.
 
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Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with children. You should also be proactive and have an ability to take initiative  All volunteers must provide additional documents such as a clean criminal background check report, Resume/CV and passport copy prior to joining the program.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities

Responsibilities of VolSol volunteers in this project would include, but is not limited to:

  • Teaching English to the children
  • Assisting the teaching staff
  • Taking care of the children
  • Cleaning/bathing the children
  • Feeding the children
  • Assist with running fun activities and games for the children.
  • Create self-made educational games and recreational activities for children.

Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteers joining the kindergarten program in Thailand, Bangkok is required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;

  • Friday: Arrival in Bangkok
  • Saturday: Orientation + neighborhood familiarization tour. The orientation session will
  • be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Bangkok.
  • Sunday: City tour of Bangkok + Language classes
  • Mon to Fri: Volunteer work
    • Breakfast - To be self-cooked (ration is provided at the accommodation)
    • Working hours at the placement - 08:30 am to 11:00 am and 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
    • Lunch and playtime - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Provided at the placement)
    • Naptime for kids - 1:00 pm
    • Dinner - To be managed by volunteers on their own outside

The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends: Free to explore the city and indulge in some great weekend activities in Bangkok

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in

Living

VolSol ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the same comfort as they get at their homes. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.

Airport Transfer

All international volunteers are required to arrive on Friday in Bangkok. Pick up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport is available between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers are requested to wait at the airport if there is a time difference between the pick-up hours and arrival of flights. Also, volunteers who are already in Bangkok or arriving at Don Mueang Airport will be picked from the airport, their local stay, hostel or hotel. Make sure you inform us in advance. 

Orientation

During the weekend an extensive orientation session is held. Volunteers are taken for the tour of the local area and visits to Victory Monument and Chatuchak Market. Detailed information about the activities would be provided after the enrolment in your respective programs. During this session, volunteers would be familiarized with local transportation, currency, culture and utility shops in the area. After their sessions, volunteers are again free to get their personal belongings and work done. 

Accommodation

Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at a backpackers' hostel (The Yard Hostel), which is very close to our office in Bangkok. The closest BTS Sky Train Station is just about 8 minutes walk, and it's the most convenient means of transport while in the city. Volunteers will be accommodated in 4 bedroom dorms, where they'll have to share with other travelers. The hostel has a very happy vibe and it'll be a good place to connect with other travelers.

In case someone wants to upgrade to a private room, they'll have to pay roughly $30 extra per night. So, this may work well for couples, but be too expensive for individuals.

Meals

Volunteers are provided breakfast at the hostel accommodation and lunch is at the project site. For dinner, participants can explore the endless food joints in Bangkok, or just walk around Khao San Road, savoring whatever they would like to try!

During your Free Time

All the volunteers and interns in Bangkok have weekends free as well as evenings are free during the weekdays. You can head out to the beach destinations of Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui on the weekends and during the weekdays explore Bangkok city. Bangkok has a lot to offer for everyone and there are plenty of options to explore.

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% banking fee is charged at the time of payment)

What are you Paying for?

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup 
  • Food - 2 meals a day
  • Accommodation 
  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost) 

What's NOT included?

  • Airfare
  • Visa Fee
  • Return Airport Drop
  • Local Transportation
  • Vaccinations

Program Dates

Months 2021
January 011529
May 14
June 0418
July 021630
August 13
September 03
October 29
November 12
December 0317

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FAQ's

FAQ's Application and Program Details

As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $250. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However,  the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting of the program.  If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.

After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Minimum age requirement to participate in any of the programs in Bangkok is 18 years and above.

For medical and healthcare interns, the following requirements are there:
Age limit is 20 years and above.
Statement of motivation is required.
Interns have to submit a CV/Resume.
Letter of recommendation from medical professional/doctor you’ve worked with is also needed
Interns are required to give a list of their preferred departments where they would like to work in the hospital.

Other Projects:
For Volunteers working at the kindergarten project, orphanage project as well as women empowerment project, mandatory criminal background check needs to be provided.

We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
 
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.

All volunteers and interns need to arrive in Bangkok on Friday. Airport pick-up is provided by us from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Pick up timings are fixed between 8 AM to 8 PM.

If you are already in Bangkok, we can arrange for a pickup from your local address/lodging/hotel. However, you will need to inform your in-country coordinator well in advance of the same. 
Early arrivers can check for the local services, sim cards, from the airport itself. Telco sales counter is at the arrivals area (on exiting the customs).
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee will be valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.

For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program. 
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekends off to explore this bustling city.
Flights and Visa
Most volunteers participating in a short-term volunteer travel experience in Thailand can enter the country on a 30 days tourist visa which is available to the majority of nationalities on arrival at the airport itself. It is also possible to attain a 60 days tourist visa prior to the arrival in Thailand.

We can also help you attain 90 days Non-Immigrant Visa as well. However, this takes a longer time to apply for and requires a lot of paperwork. Please contact us for further information on the same.

Please Note: During your time of volunteering, if you leave Thailand (for example: to spend a weekend in Cambodia and Laos), it will be your responsibility to re-enter Thailand and get the relevant Visa at the border. 
Also, note that the maximum duration of visa at the Surin - Cambodia border is 15 days.

 
Although all major airlines fly to Thailand, we recommend the following: 
Etihad
EVA Air
China Airlines
Jet Airways
Thai Airways
Virgin Australia
Air Asia
Health and Safety
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and attracts liable travelers all around the year. The locals are friendly and helpful as well; however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other location in Bangkok. Also, we would recommend you to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night.
Carry general medicines along with you on your travel. Further, we also recommend you to consult your doctor before flying. We recommend the following basic vaccinations for your safety:
Hepatitis A and B
Typhoid
Yes, it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance while traveling. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage at a nominal price, in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 

If you already have an insurance, you do not need to buy it from us. However, it is recommended to carry your insurance documents with you while you are traveling.
Accommodation and Living
Our in-country coordinator will meet you at the airport for the transfers. The program coordinator will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to our team and other volunteers.A basic orientation about the program, city, culture is provided. You are also briefed about the local transportation and directions to your project every day from the accommodation.
Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended for the day and warmer clothing for the evening (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

Sandals or flip flops are a comfortable option and will come in handy as well.
For those traveling between November and February, please note, that the evenings can get cool, so a sweater/light jacket will be required.

Medical Interns need to carry their scrub, lab coats and professional clothing as the program requirement. More details will be provided to enrolled participants in their pre-departure booklets.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in the volunteer’s house in Bangkok. The accommodation is shared on the same gender basis. The house is well furnished and equipped with all the modern facilities. All rooms are air conditioned and the house is wifi enabled.

The house has a good road connectivity via BTS Skytrain system. A ride to Sky Train station would cost you around 20 Thai Bahts (80 US cents).

Breakfast is to be prepared by the participants on their own. The cooking supplies will be provided to the volunteers in the house. Lunch is usually provided at the project site and for dinner, you can go out with other participants and enjoy the Thai cuisine at any of the restaurants in the bustling city. 
Depending on your project, VolSol volunteers are required to put around 5-6 hours of volunteering work for 5 days in a week. Evenings and weekends are free for you to explore in and around the city.

We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. The in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you reach Thailand. 
There are unlimited opportunities in Bangkok to explore.

There are several temples (known as Wat) – Wat Arun, Wat Saket, Suthat and more. Wildlife enthusiasts can also go to Safari World, Bangkok National Museum, Crocodile zoo, Memorial Parks and a lot more.
A walking tour of the city is recommended as it allows you to explore the Thai culture in a fantastic manner.

Also, you can explore the popular floating markets of Bangkok and savor the tastes of the delicious local food that’s available there.
 
Your program fee covers your accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, pre-departure booklet and 24x7 in country staff support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, the internet, shopping, sightseeing, return airport drop, weekend tours etc. However, you should carry around $50 - $60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
There are several money exchange counters at the airport with almost the same exchange rates being offered at each counter. Your best bet is Thai Military Bank (TMB), Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and Kasikorn Bank. You can get currency exchanged from local shops in Thailand as well; however, keep a tab on official rates.
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage our volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with our team and our participants.

To read alumni interviews, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.

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