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In the Northern areas of Thailand such as Chiang Rai many of the local people have not been fortunate enough to have access to any type of formal education. Therefore there is a real need for volunteers to assist in the education of not only young children but also adults from surrounding hill tribes and local villages. Volunteers will be based at IVHQ's partner organization with other volunteers and staff, but may be able to do extra homestays when the opportunities arise. This program has a minimum stay of two weeks. Anything less than that and you will automatically be placed in the outdoor work program.
IVHQ PLACEMENT: Houe Khom School
Located just of Chiang Rai in a rural village, this school caters for over 300 Thai children from local villages ranging in age from 7 to 12 . (Please Note - This is just one of many schools on our program and not necessarily the one you will be teaching at).
Major Job Responsibilities:
Program fee covers:
Program fee does not cover:
Skills or Qualifications:
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program and have at least a high school education. Volunteers DO NOT need to be a qualified or experienced teacher, but we recommend that they study the available teaching information and resources in preparation for their arrival.
Food and Accommodation:
Volunteers are housed onsite at our partner organization’s headquarters in Chiang Rai. Volunteers live in a communal environment (males and females have separate lodgings) with other staff and volunteers. The accommodation is well integrated into the environment as the buildings are made of wood and soil. There are three dormitories for female volunteers and interns. You may find yourself sharing with quite a few people, depending on the period. The cob style dorms are for male volunteers, and made of soil, chaff and straw. A feature of the houses are that they are cool in summer and warm in winter. Also, they are environmentally friendly as the design minimizes tree logging. Bedding is provided, and mosquito nets are available if necessary.
Meals are cooked and eaten in a common kitchen which is also located onsite. The menu mainly consists of Thai dishes however, occasionally, western style food is served. Volunteers can assist our cook if they wish in the afternoons. At weekends, no food is provided so volunteers have to cook for themselves, buy at local shops, or go into town. If you have special eating needs, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.
In order to keep costs as low as possible for the volunteer we do not include travel insurance in our fees as we have found that generally volunteers can acquire it cheaper by getting it privately. While travel insurance is not compulsory to volunteer on our programs, we do recommend it. From a survey of IVHQ volunteers in 2009, over 98% had purchased travel insurance. It is inevitable that things will not go to plan when you are travelling and while IVHQ does everything it can to ensure your trip abroad goes smoothly and is a fantastic, memorable experience, it is very wise to ensure you have adequate travel insurance should you fall sick, bags go missing or something is stolen.