What is the Temple School Construction & Renovation in Thailand all about?
On this project, you will be volunteering your time to the temple schools in a rural community in Thailand. The temple schools provide food, housing and education to the local communities’ children that don’t have the resources necessary at home, are left with no parents or whose family are so impoverished that they can’t take care of them at home. It also welcomes children that live in remote areas and have no access to education. These temple schools also provide a home for children from hill tribes communities, allowing them to be considered for Thai Citizenship, which otherwise they wouldn’t, and therefore would have no access to healthcare. The schools welcome between 250 to 300 children and are controlled by the monks and the teachers. Most large temples schools in Thailand have integrated their own primary (and secondary) school onto their grounds and this project is no exception. The classrooms may seem old and a bit dirty. Which is why this project needs your help!
You will start your project with 1 week dedicated to learning about Thai Culture through cooking and language lessons, visits to the most famous sights around Central Thailand as well as meeting locals and bonding with fellow participants. This is a great way to get introduced to your new country, its culture, traditions, history and lifestyle before getting you started on your volunteer work.
Why choose this Temple School Construction & Renovation project in Thailand?
During your placement, your first week will be dedicated to learning about Thai culture and customs through a series of educational session, and site visits. Then, your efforts will be maximised to improve the structures and facilities of the temple school. The majority of the work is centered around building, sanitation, painting, renovation, as well as teaching assistance. In fact, you might be asked to provide supplemental assistance with cultural exchanges and English teaching or during the after school clubs.
Role of the Community Volunteer
As a volunteer, your work will consist of construction and renovation work that improves the facade and structures of the school and elevates the living standards for all the children who attend. Additionally, you might also get the chance to teach English on a non-formal basis, to help the children in their vegetable garden (for their studies and own consumption) or to create activities and arrange workshops for hygiene, cultural exchange, environmental and other important issues or anything else that might come to mind. Our main aim, however, is always to construct and renovate the temple school grounds. So, do expect to work long hours under the sun and to get your hands dirty, with the understanding that you are helping to bring smiles to the children along the way!
What skills do I need to be a Construction Volunteer?
No specific skills are required other than a “can do” attitude and a desire to beautify the children’s environment as well as learn from Thai culture and traditions.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Learn about Thai culture and customs
Help the local communities beautify their temple school
Make new friends for life
Where will I work in Thailand?
About the Location
You will be located on the outskirt of Singburi in the village of Tha Kham. Singburi is a very rural area of Central Thailand and there, you will experience the “traditional” Thailand that not many have explored. But don’t worry, you won’t be secluded as Singburi has a lot to offer and is only about 140 kilometres from Bangkok.
You will be sharing a room with 3 other volunteers of the same gender. We have 3 volunteers houses available in the village. All houses have a communal area where you will be able to eat, relax and interact with fellow participants or use the free wifi.
What to do in your spare time
Because the location is very rural, you will have the chance to experience Thai culture and customs as no one else. This is a true way to immerse yourself into Thai way of living. The town of Singburi has a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets to explore. You will also have a choice of visiting many Buddhist temples. During your free time on the weekends, you can always decide to go and visit the Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, as it only takes about 2.5 to 3 hours by mini-van or bus.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: Starting at £828 / £1293 for 2 weeks.
Additional weekly cost is £235 / $366
- Requirements: age 16+
- Location: Singburi, Thailand
- Project activities: construction, renovation, painting, gardening, teaching, organising children’s activities
- Working hours: 8.00 – 16.00
- Project availability: All year round (note that children won’t be in the school during the holidays Mid March til Mid May)
- Arrival day: Saturday all day or Sunday before noon
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room with up to 4 people in volunteer house
- Meals: 3 meals a day Mondays through Fridays, and 2 meals on Saturdays and Sundays
- Airport pick up from Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
- Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion Planning: staff helps organise weekend activities (activity prices may be extra)
- Fundraising Guide
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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