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THIS PROJECT IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS AND MUST BE ENQUIRED ABOUT DIRECTLY WITH IVHQ (There is no option for this on the application form). Volunteer groups that enquire will need to fundraise extra money above and beyond the IVHQ fees listed on the website to fund the building projects. This is not generally a large amount and projects can be designed to fit different budgets, time frames and group sizes. Group sizes should be 5 people minimum. In addition to the placements listed above, it is also expected that volunteers will assist with other general chores and activities such as cleaning and cooking occasionally. Dependent on the time of the year and the skills of the volunteers, there may also be other jobs and activities, volunteers can assist our Thailand partner organization with such as; website development, translating Thai into English, assisting local NGOS in their activities, fund raising and participation in development projects (Examples Include: Anti Child Begging Campaign, HIV Awareness Project and Youth Development Projects).
Major Job Responsibilities:
The Community Development project in Thailand can encompass a wide range of work. While the work is varied, most tasks are focused on basic construction work (for example, painting and building of infrastructure such as roads, bridges and housing - this is also largely dependent on funds). Volunteer groups that enquire will need to fundraise extra money above and beyond the IVHQ fees listed on the website to fund the building projects.
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.
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.