Children's Kindergarten Project in Thailand

Volunteer at a school in Thailand

Help make a difference on the grounds of an eco-farm in Bang Phra and play a part in the children's first learning experiences. You'll integrate yourself into an existing creative supervisor team and become a valued support member. From playing, through to supervising or feeding, you'll be able to make a huge positive impact on these children, and bring some new entertainment to their day.

The Project

Your Support

In the kindergarten, the main priority is the children’s safety and wellbeing. As a volunteer in this privately run kindergarten, you can play with the group on the spacious indoor and outdoor grounds, help the carers organise performances or excursions, and take care of the children. During kindergarten, children also develop their first skills which helps prepare them for school. That is why it is important to support all children through answers and advice. For larger groups, this is not always possible for the teachers alone. That's why you can help the caregivers promote the children's skills to provide a solid foundation for their future education.

The Kindergarten

Your job site is a kindergarten on the grounds of an eco-farm in the south of Thailand. In the privately run facility, the children can play and develop their social skills in a fun environment. They get in touch with nature and the animals on the farm and learn how to handle both. In addition, they will go through tasks which prepare them for their future education. The concept of the kindergarten is based on an informal ‘learn-by-doing’ approach that encourages children according to their abilities and interests. This concept continues in the adjacent elementary school. The older children will then help the younger ones and thus learn responsibility. In this way, all children benefit from cooperation.

Your Tasks

During your volunteer work in the kindergarten, you can take on a variety of tasks. You support the professionals in the supervision of the children and make sure that all children get the appropriate level of attention. You also help them learn their first numbers and English words. The farm grounds are also open for children to play and learn. This encourages the children to take part in things that appeal to them, whether that be paddling outdoors, through to collecting flowers for arrangements. You could accompany them when they are dealing with the farm animals or playing ball games with them. On some days, there are special events where the caregivers set up inflatable slides for the children or have fun with face paints. Here you help with the construction and dismantling and take care of the children’s activities.

The Hours

The children are in the kindergarten from 8:00 until around 15:30 from Monday to Friday. Your working day starts at about 8:00 am and ends around 4:00 pm when all the children have left. At 12:00 there is lunch for all. You eat in the kindergarten with the caregivers and the children. Since the kindergarten is on the farm, you do not have to drive in the morning. During your down time, you can explore Bang Phra or take a trip to the nearest town, Sriracha (it’s always worth a visit to the night market as well). On weekends, you can drive to Bangsaen for either swimming or exploring the restaurants and bars. In the area, you can also book tours and see, for example, the surrounding islands and traditional temples. On the farm grounds, there are also several workshops to attend, such as massage or Thai cooking classes.

Accommodation
Volunteer Placement
Meals Included
Airport Pickup Included
Full Country Orientation
Assistance with Travel Preparation
Age

From 18 years.

Requirements

Enjoy teaching and interacting with children.

Language

English of a good level and Thai.

Location

Bang Phra, Thailand.

Duration

From 4 weeks to 6 months.

Accommodation

In Bang Phra, you will be staying in the dorm style shared volunteer house which is located on the kindergarten and farm grounds.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet style of local food.

Airport Transfer

Available on request (we're happy to give you a quote and arrange transfers).

Work Clothing

It is important to bring clothes that cover shoulders and knees.

What You Get

You will fly to one of the two international airports in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. You will then be picked up by a team member and together, you'll head straight to the site. The journey takes about an hour. On site, an employee will show you the volunteer house and entire grounds.

A note about Housing & Accommodation...

Your orientation in Thailand usually begins the day after your arrival. Over the course of about three days, you will be introduced to the different cultures, customs and traditions of Thailand. You will also get to know the more about your involvement in the project and what is expected of you. A team member will then take you for a ride through Bangh Phra and the beautiful surroundings. After the introduction, you will get to know your contact person on the project, with whom you will then cooperate with moving forwards.

Whilst volunteering, you live in a shared volunteer house on the farm grounds. You usually share a bedroom with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. The property has shared showers and toilets. There is also a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave. In your free time, you can access computers with internet access.

What's Included
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (5 days a week)
  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Volunteer Placement
  • RGV Orientation
  • Personal Contact Person in RGV
  • 24Hr Emergency Number
  • Assistance with Travel Preparation
  • RGV Family T Shirt
  • Participation Certificate
  • Extensive RGV Travel Documentation
Additional Fees
  • Flights (request a quote to include flights)
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Public Transport/Extra Transfers
  • Beverages
  • Tours/Accommodation (outside of stay)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Private Expenses 

Cost

Total Cost: £999 (4 weeks)

Additional Weeks: £135 per week (up to 24 weeks)

Initial payment consists of a £200 deposit, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before departure. There is also an option to pay the full amount up front at time of booking.

Additional weeks can be added on through the ‘profile’ area of each applicant, which is created upon initial booking.

Types of skills
  • Energetic
  • Friendly
  • Outgoing
  • Adaptable
  • Good with Children
  • Patient 
Types of Tasks
  • Creating & Leading Games
  • Monitoring
  • Food Prep
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Providing Support

Trust us - The Team

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The team leaders in Bang Phra is Neil and his wife Supranee. Together, the two have run the farm for over 10 years and thus have a lot of experience in looking after the volunteers. They are supported by Tulaya and Fang, who in addition to experience in hotel management also bring a lot of warmth and fun to the team. The team are all friendly, open-minded and eager to help you with any questions and support you in your volunteer work.

Welcome to Thailand, the Land of Smiles!

FAQ's

When should I register?

Ideally, you'll need to register at least 4-6 months before your desired departure date. Of course, short-term registrations of 1-2 months before departure are possible - but it may then be that your dream project is already full. In this case, we will try together to find a suitable alternative for you.

Important:

Lead time is especially important for the countries in which a visa has to be applied for in advance.

For medical projects as well as for internships, short term registrations are not possible.

What happens after I sign up?

Our UK team will send your registration through to the Germany headquarters as soon as possible, who will then confirm your booking as soon as possible, after liaising with the relevant in-country team. They will contact you to ensure you’re fully prepared for your stay abroad. Our headquarters in Germany has 20 years experience in organising successful stays in Africa and Asia and are more than happy to answer your questions.

What documents do I need to participate?

You'll need a few documents (which are listed below), but only once you've signed up. Our team will happily talk you through what is needed and when it is needed.

CV with photo, letter of motivation, copy of your passport (identity card is not enough), copy of your extended police certificate (no older than 3 months), simple proof of an existing health insurance abroad (name of insurance and insurance number are required), your signed code of conduct.

Is there an age limit?

You must be above 18 to make a booking through us, but there is no upper age limit set by RGV (however, you must check that you fit the required visa criteria for the country you wish to go to).

Who is my contact person at RGV?

Pre-booking, you have a customer service team in the UK. Once you have booked, you will have a dedicated contact within our RGV Head Office team in Munich.

Before you leave, you are in direct contact with one of our coordinators. You can find out about the program coordinators through our ‘The RGV Team’ page, and there is also a dedicated local team in each country.

Can I plan my volunteer work in a flexible way?

Our organisation works in the countries exclusively with our own RGV teams. That means maximum flexibility and planning freedom for you. You can choose a travel date to suit you, because we are not dependent on collection dates.

If you want to fly together with a further participant, you can inform us about this upon booking.

What is the minimum/maximum stay?

The minimum duration of volunteer work in Africa or Asia is 4 weeks for most projects (with a select few being 2 weeks) and can be extended weekly. This gives you the freedom to adjust your length of stay to what suits you.

Maximum duration of volunteer work is based on visa restrictions (Ghana: 12 months, South Africa: 6 months - up to 12 months through an extensive visa procedure, Thailand: 12 months).

Do I need a visa?

For all our destination countries, a visa is required. However, we distinguish between visas that must be issued before departure and visas that are issued automatically upon entry. Our Head Office team in Munich can guide you through every step of the way.

We have sorted our destination countries by visa type for you:

Apply for a visa before departure: • Ghana and South Africa (for over 90 days stay) • Thailand (for over 30 days stay)

Visa on entry: • South Africa (only up to 90 days) • Thailand (only up to 30 days)

What vaccinations do I need?

The required vaccinations vary widely from country to country. In the tropics, more vaccinations are needed than in the extra-tropical latitudes. In health care we recommend to use several information channels:

Consultation with the doctor, personal counseling of RGV (you benefit from our many years of practical experience in our target countries), forums and travel reports on the Internet

Attention: For the countries Ghana and Togo, you also need the yellow fever vaccination - this is obligatory upon arrival.

Do I need insurance?

The proof of a valid foreign insurance is a basic requirement for all volunteers and trainees abroad.

Can I choose my own project?

In volunteer work, you always have free choice and you can pick your dream project according to the job description - if there are still places available!

If you have signed up for a specific position and we can not offer you this position, then you can either take advantage of an alternative, or you can withdraw from your application absolutely free of charge.

Can I extend my stay when I'm there?

Yes you can, but there may be some additional costs that need to be covered. Our team in Germany can advise you of this in advance.

Can I choose my accommodation?

At locations where both options are available, you can choose whether you’d prefer to stay in a host family or in the shared volunteer house. For some places, however, only one or the other is appropriate due to the distance from the project. We will give you a recommendation as to what fits best in your case.

How are host families checked/selected?

The host families in our target countries are, in most cases, part of the family environment and circle of close friends of our local team leaders. Selection and review is regularly undertaken by our teams.

Can I share accommodation/project with a friend?

We are always happy to give our participants the opportunity to work together with friends in a project, and to also place them in the same shared accommodation. Shared occupancy requests for the project and accommodation must be indicated at the time of registration.

Since some of our countries are traditionally conservative, it is often not possible to accommodate male and female participants in the same room. However, this is country / site specific and our Head Office can talk you through the options.

When do I find out the exact project/accommodation I'm in?

No later than 4 weeks before departure, our Head Office will send you the specific location with description and associated accommodation, provided that we have your exact departure date and all necessary documents have been submitted by you in good time.

In exceptional cases, it may take a little longer to confirm your project and your accommodation - for example, if the internship placement is particularly complicated, for special project wishes or changed conditions on site. You can always ask us for the current status of your placement.

How will I prepare for my time abroad?

In addition to the extensive information material that you receive, our coordination team in Germany is always there to help you with advice and answers.

Do you have a packing list/info sheet?

You will receive a travel ABC (our complete travel guide) from us before your departure. It contains everything you need to know about your trip, specific to your destination country.

Why do I have to call RGV 3 days before departure?

This phone call is important to discuss last points and to coordinate the progress of your trip and arrival in your destination country. For example, it will explain where you will be picked up from your destination airport and brought into your project.

Will I meet other volunteers?

Yes you will! You will generally meet a range of volunteers who come from Europe at each project.

Can I travel on the weekends?

Almost all of our participants are very active in their free time and use the weekends to travel! Nobody should travel alone, there is no need, as at most locations there are always several participants on site, so you can go on tour together. Our local teams have plenty of insider tips for you and are happy to advise you on organisational issues, such as public transport.

Can I travel after my project?

Yes, you should always plan your travel for the time after your project work, so that you can concentrate fully on your work during the placement. You have to pay attention to the expiry date of your visa. This is the perfect time to enjoy breathtaking nature, diverse wildlife and unforgettable experiences.

Do I book additional activities in advance, or in country?

Most additional services can also be booked flexibly on site, as well as in advance.

Is there internet?

Often there is Wi-Fi in our accommodation, but might not be at the speeds you’re used to in western countries. If this is not available, the mobile network is developed enough in order to browse the internet. SIM cards can be bought very cheaply near all accommodations and come with some great data passes (your team leaders can give you tips here).

What happens if I have a problem when there?

In your destination country, our RGV teams will assist you with all your problems. If your problem can not be solved with the help of the team leaders on site, contact the RGV team in Munich.

How much money should I take?

We have already covered most of the costs with your contribution. Nevertheless, you should plan additional costs of an average of 75 to 125 pounds per week. The biggest additional costs usually arise from your own personal expenses, as well as your leisure time activities.

Here is a list of possible additional costs on site:

• Private expenses • Leisure activities • Use of public transport or rental vehicle (during the week to the project and back to the accommodation, or on weekends for travel) • Extension of your visa • Telephone costs (prepaid)

What rules are there?

With your RGV registration, you will receive important behavioral guidelines to follow. You should also adapt to country-specific practices so as not to appear rude. For example, in Africa and Asia, it is particularly important to treat older people with respect.

Will I receive a certificate of participation?

Yes, after your successful participation in an RGV project, you will receive a confirmation of participation.

Children's Kindergarten Project in Thailand
from £999 4 weeks

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