Is Childcare volunteering in Thailand right for me?
Volunteer work with children in Thailand is perfect for any person who enjoys working with kids, and wants to help those in need.
This project will suit you if you’re full of energy and excited to help where it’s needed. This project is also a good fit for you if you’re considering working with children professionally.
No experience? No problem! You’ll have an induction on arrival and we’ll teach you what you need to know. We also run regular workshops for all Childcare and Teaching volunteers where you can share ideas, and discuss challenges. You can also reach out to Projects Abroad staff for help and advice at any time.
You can join for a minimum of two weeks, but the longer you stay, the greater an impact you can have on the children. When deciding on your dates, keep in mind that the care centre closes mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to the end of October.
What will I do as a volunteer with children in Thailand?
All Childcare volunteers in Thailand will work in daycare centers or in kindergartens. During your time abroad, you will:
- Teach vital early childhood development skills
- Boost children’s English conversation skills and confidence in the language
- Make sure children practice good hygiene every day to keep them healthy
Your work will focus on the three following areas:
Help by teaching vital early childhood development skills
Early childhood development is crucial for children in their early years. The skills they learn will continue to shape their education for years to come.
You will help children:
- Recognize shapes
- Identify colors
- Put puzzles together
- Play ball games to improve their hand-eye coordination
There are so many things you can do, and we have a number of resources available for you! Speak to your Projects Abroad Childcare Coordinator, use our online database, or speak to other volunteers in Thailand for ideas.
Help boost children’s English conversation skills and confidence in the language
In Thailand, tourism is a large contributor to the economy. English is the common language used to buy and sell, or communicate. Use your volunteer opportunity with children in Thailand to help boost the children's English confidence, and get them talking!
You can do this by playing ABC matching games or English Bingo, or teaching them a simple nursery rhyme. The more energy you bring to your placement, the more engagement you’ll get from the kids and from the staff.
Make sure children practice good hygiene every day to keep them healthy
Volunteer work with children in Thailand will include teaching children how to wash their hands correctly, or how to brush their teeth effectively. You’ll help caregivers and teachers with activities, or you’ll be asked to come up with a fun song, game, or activity. Keep in mind the age of your children, and alter the activity to their age.
Where in Thailand will I be working?
You will work in care centers or kindergartens based in Krabi. The placements we work with have basic resources, like a simple blackboard and chalk. You’ll need to think outside the box to create fun and educational activities that don’t require too many resources.
Krabi is a small town, with an approximate population of 400 000. You will see many shops, local markets, and restaurants in and around town.
You will live with a host family for the duration of your project. Some host families live in traditional homes, while others live in town homes. You will also have the option of living in shared bungalows with other volunteers.
Free time in Thailand is exciting and different from anything you might have experienced before. Learn the true art of “chill” as you watch a beautiful sunset with friends from all over the globe. You’ll also see some of the most beautiful beaches and meet the friendliest people.
A typical day as a Childcare volunteer in Thailand
Each day, you’ll have breakfast in your host family's home before leaving for your placement. Make sure to pack formal and semi-formal clothing for your project. Your shoulders, chest, stomach, and ankles should be covered. You can wear closed shoes that can be easily removed.
A typical day on your project in Thailand will run from Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm. You will leave your host family home everyday at 7.30am to get to your placement on time. You will be picked up from a pre-arranged meeting point, and taken to your placement.
You’ll work in a care center or a kindergarten. Volunteer work with children in Thailand is busy, and will keep you on your toes! You will take part in morning exercises, and start with classes. These include arts and crafts sessions, English lessons, and hygiene lessons. You can also speak to staff to introduce new and exciting games and activities for the children.
You’ll eat a packed lunch at your placement.
In the afternoons, you’re more than welcome to stop by the Projects Abroad offices in town to prepare resources for the next day’s activities. Make paper plate animal masks, create flashcards, or chat with the Childcare Coordinator about some new ideas you have!
Weekends and free time in Thailand are yours. Catch a few rays of sunshine on Ao Nang’s beautiful beaches, plan a diving adventure, or take a long-tail boat ride out to a nearby island for a relaxing afternoon.
What are the aims of this Childcare Project?
The aim of this project is to promote early childhood development in the care centers and kindergartens that we work with. We also want to support the work of local teachers. They need extra pairs of helping hands to make sure that each child benefits from games, activities, and exercises.
We have a number of volunteering opportunities with children in Thailand for you to get involved in. In Krabi, we work with care centers and kindergartens that have children from different backgrounds. Many of them come from disadvantaged families.
English is an important skill for locals here, as tourism is a major economic booster in Krabi and in Thailand as a whole. You’ll work to help children feel comfortable with conversational English, and for them to be comfortable when engaging with tourists when they’re older.
As laid out in our Childcare Management Plan, we’ve identified four sustainable goals we hope to achieve with childcare volunteering in Thailand:
- Promote early childhood development
- Improve English
- Improve hygiene levels of the children
- Improve the level of stimulation of each child
Help us achieve these long-term goals by joining us as a Childcare volunteer in Thailand.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of Southeast Asia. Thailand is an unforgettable country with plenty of enticing things for you to get up to in your free time.
One of the highlights of volunteering in Thailand is the pristine beaches. With stunning snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, it’s a great destination to choose if you’re interested in marine life. For others, there’s always the chance to relax on the beach in the warm glow of the sun.
One must-see while you’re there is the Tiger Cave Temple. With its rich history and ornate statues, it’s an experience not to miss. Be prepared for a steep walk up 1,237 steps! But once you get to the top, the views make it all worth it.
Exploring the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, with its mysterious caves and sparkling waterfalls, is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.
We run many different projects in Thailand, so there will likely be other volunteers relishing in this experience with you. You can choose to travel alone or with other volunteers.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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