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Volunthai: Volunteers For Thailand Charity Profile
Our work centers on rural homestays. We have selected twenty target schools in rural provinces to work with. These schools have agreed to provide food and accommodation to our volunteers in exchange for their teaching in the classroom 3-4 hours per day.
Though we teach very poor students in the most remote provinces of Thailand, our homestays are quite comfortable. Volunteers get a Western style house, a proper bed, bathroom, and three fine Thai meals a day. You will either live with a Thai family or have your own house in the community. Indeed, one reason Volunthai has been so successful is because the Thais take such good care of their guests.
Unlike other volunteer programs, Volunthai does not pay the schools or host families to take care of you. They’re doing it to help their students and because they trust us to choose attractive and likeable volunteers for them. It is important to understand that Volunthai isn’t a sophisticated international organization, but simply a close network of schools that we know personally and wish to help.
Volunthai: Volunteers For Thailand Volunteer Information
You may apply if you meet at least six of these seven requirements:
• Have a college degree
• At least twenty years old
• Have some teaching or volunteer experience
• Don’t drink or smoke every day
• Likeable personality and tidy appearance
• Outgoing, creative, and independent
• Willing to adapt to another culture
Background: Teaching in rural Thailand does not require any special training. I learned all I needed to know from waiting tables in college! You need to look good, dress well, smile, make jokes, and constantly adapt yourself to new situations.
Volunthai: Volunteers For Thailand Donation Information
The cost of a one-month homestay, including all food and accommodation, is $275 (add $100 for each additional month). Your donation goes directly to the administration of our project. All meals and accommodation while at your homestay are covered by your host school.