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THAILAND

SIAM CULTURAL IMMERSION AND TEACHING CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Start your volunteering adventure with a fun-filled week of Siam cultural activities that will immerse you in the Thai culture and give you an in-depth insight into this fascinating country. Then follow this with some much-needed assistance teaching in rural schools in the local community.

The "Siam Cultural Week" is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and the culture of the country. This amazing week will give you a taste of why Thai cooking is world renowned and why Thailand is so fascinating and often described as addictive. This is a fun introduction to life in Thailand and the perfect way to prepare for your volunteering project!

Your second and subsequent weeks will focus on your volunteering programme of teaching in one of the many rural schools in Sungburi. You'll teach either Primary or Secondary schools, or both. Ages range between 4 and 18 years old. Subjects can include English, Physical Education, Environmental Issues, and more.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price: £795 per person for 2 weeks. £300 for each additional week. Excludes flights.
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  • Duration: 2 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Start Dates: Every Monday, all year round – you choose your start and finish dates
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    Daily transport to and from your project
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Return transfer to the airport
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
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INTRODUCTION: CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES WEEK:

“Sa-wat-dee” - Hello and welcome to Thailand. Travel with us to the Land of Smiles and become immersed in this wonderful culture and magnificent land. This amazing Siam Culture week will give you a taste of why Thai cooking is world renowned and why Thailand is so fascinating, while giving you a glance into the Thai culture and language, often described as addictive.

This is a fun introduction to life in Thailand and the perfect way to prepare for your volunteering project!

AN EXAMPLE OF A CULTURE WEEK:

Monday: Start your day with a Thai breakfast before discovering the village of Tha Kham and Wat Phikun Thong. In the afternoon you will visit Singburi Town, to buy anything you require, and then off to a local handicraft shop.

Tonight you are the special guests of a welcome party where the local school children will perform a traditional Thai dance for you, but be warned, they will expect you to join in with the dancing!

Tuesday: A day in the Historic City of Ayutthaya (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya), with its many ancient ruins and works of art that can be seen across the city. The Ayutthaya historical park is the ruins of this former capital of the Kingdom of Siam (Movie: Anna and the King for a look into the past), which is also recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then onto a special visit of the "Elephant village" followed by a wonderful riverside dinner.

Wednesday: Your day begins with Thai lessons and follows on to a cooking lesson where you'll learn to make your own lunch and understand why Thai cooking is famous.
In the afternoon a trip to town, where you can relax in the swimming pool, check your emails at the many internet cafes or even try out your new Thai language skills with some shopping at the market stalls.
Tonight you experience a Thai Style BBQ restaurant, a unique experience.

Thursday: In the morning, you’ll visit one of the local schools, where you will meet the children and even try your hand at teaching or playing a few games.
*During school holidays (from mid-March till mid-May and the month of October), when the schools are closed we may visit an English camp or the Queens Project located in the many nearby rice fields.
You’ll then journey to some of the beautiful monuments and famous Buddhist temples like Wat Phra Non Jaksi Woravihan (A huge reclining Buddha image) and the Khai Bang Rachan a hero monument.

Friday: Today is an exciting and action packed day of visiting several sightseeing locations within the Saraburi and Lopburi provinces. Some of the highlights are: The famous Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Phra Ram (Monkey temple) and Wat Phra Phutthabat Temple (Buddha's footprint).

Weekends are always free after the Siam Culture program to use as a time of relaxation or to expand your sightseeing within the central province or even a trip to Bangkok city.

*** Note: Thailand is a tropical country with occasional violent storms, heavy rains and floods. During such times, the above schedule may be subject to change.

Laaeo Phohp gan mai - See you later!

TEACHING CHILDREN IN SINGBURI PROGRAMME:

During your second and subsequent weeks, you'll focus on teaching. You'll teach in both primary and secondary schools, where the age of the students can range between 4 to 18 years old. With certain schools your schedule can be flexible and you may have some say in what classes and age groups you prefer to teach.

Subjects that you'll teach may alter, depending on the current activities in the schools. These may include English, Environmental Issues, Current Festivals, or even Physical Education. Your teaching schedule will vary between 3 to 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday; allowing for plenty of time to immerse yourself in teaching but also giving you time for exploration and sightseeing.

The Teaching program serves a dual purpose:

  • You'll help children in rural Thailand learn to speak English and gain confidence. Often many of the local teachers are not up to standard themselves in their use of English, so exposure to your pronunciation and use of the language is excellent for the children and very beneficial for them.
  • It enables you to gain an insight into the Thai education system while giving you a chance to make lifelong friends with your fellow students and teachers.

Thai schools start off each day by showing respect to the King of Thailand in a morning ceremony. You may be asked to join the 8 o'clock ceremony and also the Thai exercises that are done at the start of each day.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND ... Thai Cultural Festivals!
Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the school holidays into account when choosing your dates. Holidays are as follows:

  • Mid March to Mid May
  • The Month of October

Public holidays are taken at the Schools' discretion. During such times, there is the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community. If you are unsure about how seasonal breaks may affect your placement, please ask us.

The Songkran Festival (Thai New Year, mid-April) is a particularly an eye opening and fun experience!

CULTURAL IMMERSION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Please see the "Programme Content" tab above. The work content includes the list of adventure and cultural activities you'll do each day andf the entertainment that will be provided in the evenings.

TEACHING PROGRAMME: SAMPLE WEEKLY ITINERARY

  • Monday and Friday:
    Your day will be spent on a tour of the schools and all their facilities, while organizing the range of classes you will be teaching for the duration of your placement.
  • Tuesday & Thursday:
    In the evenings after classes you’ll have the opportunity to explore Singburi town and the local shopping mall.
  • Wednesday:
    You will only teach in the morning - after lunch you will be rewarded with an excursion to the local swimming pool and a special Thai dinner afterwards!
  • Weekends are always free to relax at the Eco-House, or to take a local taxi into town. You can also extend your sightseeing to include visiting the many famous sites in central provinces. You could even take a bus to Bangkok City for the weekend.
  • *Note: Thailand is a tropical country with occasional storms and heavy rains. This means that the above schedule may be subject to change.

ACCOMMODATION

Your home will be one of three 'Eco Houses' located approx 8-15km from the town of Singburi in central Thailand and walking distance from the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang.

The houses are designed to sleep 30 – 70 people at a time, allowing for single gender shared rooms with private Western style bathrooms, where the water is always cool, perfect for Thailand.

*If you prefer, upgrade options are available (please contact us for further details).

All houses have a communal area for eating, relaxation and free WiFi. You will be encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

FOOD:
Food is included during your stay. The meals will be of typical Thai origin, including plenty of rice dishes.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Asia and the wonderful Thai culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping the local community in many ways and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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