Volunteer for Healthcare in Phang Nga, Thailand

Phang Nga, Thailand Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

Discover the stunning Thai province on Phang Nga when you volunteer providing stimulation and learning activities for mentally and physically disabled children. Provide further assistance with health and hygiene education in schools, care centers and community centers. Explore the picturesque island oases of southern Thailand in your free time.

You will find yourself struggling to avert your gaze from this program located in Phang Nga, a province recognised for its stunning picturesque beaches and island oasis in the southern region of Thailand.

You will work with children and potentially some adults that are physically or mentally disabled or suffering from other illness or injury in the provision of arts and craft, exercise and basic English teaching in order to stimulate body and mind. You will also assist in other areas such as health and hygiene education where required in schools, care centres, and community centres.

In Thailand resources for disabled and debilitated people are either extremely limited or non-existent, but you will be able to fill a crucial void in the provision of these simple activities and exercises to provide these people with opportunities for stimulation and learning.

Volunteer in Phang Nga

Phang Nga province is located on the Andaman Sea and is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, numerous national parks and stunning scenery with a wide range of attractions. Phang Nga is made up of white sandy beaches, tropical islands, amazing limestone rock formations and a rich culture. Our project base gives volunteers the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture with chances to explore local attractions on your project downtime.

Impact

How this project makes a difference:

In Thailand the infrastructure, support and resources for the disabled is extremely limited. The added support to the families of these individuals helps reduce their burden and provide them with tools they can use at home.

Leading simple health related exercises in local schools and communities can be used for exercise, relaxation and focusing the mind as well as providing basic stimulation. Basic health and hygiene education and support will make the difference in the overall quality of the community’s lives.

Phang Nga short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Phang Nga:

1. To provide equal, quality education to children of all backgrounds.

2. To Promote Good Health and Wellbeing through education to all children.

3. Increase skills for local people to assist with equal employment opportunities in our communities within Takuapa and Ban Nham Khem.

4. Increase awareness of local populations to environmental issues and facilitate change towards sustainability through scientific studies.

5. Increase our in-country capacity by providing environmental and conservation education and training.

6. To assist and develop local coastal conservation efforts through providing practical support to project partners, data collection, awareness raising and habitat restoration.

Field conditions

Monday through Friday, you will be working in a social center for disabled children leading simple games, exercises, play or art therapy and learning activities with children based there. At other times you will be teaching and leading health and hygiene education and sports programs at the local school and care centre. Other opportunities for teaching and support in other sectors of the community may be available during your stay and is subject to demand by the community and our local partners.

Arrival and orientation

Information about arrival and orientation will be provided after your application is accepted by the program.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

The work you will contribute to will be rewarding and although not strenuous, you should keep in mind that Thailand is a tropical country and so days can be tiring.

You will live with other volunteers in basic dormitory style accommodation electricity and cold running water. The area itself is extremely diverse with access to a great number of various activities and amenities.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Mention it to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

Location

Volunteers are provided with dormitory-style accommodations.

Cost

from $1045 USDper week

from $1045 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Welcome meeting

  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)

  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)

  • Long term experienced staff

  • Location orientation

  • All necessary project training by experienced staff

  • All necessary project equipment and materials

  • All meals (on project)

  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)

  • Access to alumni services and discounts

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • 24-hour emergency phone

What’s not included

  • Weekend meals off-site

  • Visa costs

  • Police or background check (where necessary)

  • Personal kit

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • International and domestic airport taxes

  • Flights

  • Extra local excursions

  • Additional drinks and gratuities

Start dates

Select Saturdays Year Round

Founded in 1997, Global Vision International (GVI) is an award-winning organization that provides volunteer and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. GVI has sent more than 25,000 volunteers overseas on programs ranging from construction, to animal care, to education, and beyond with 95% of past volunteers stating they would want to travel again with them again.

GVI has been featured by National Geographic, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, and the BBC. Their university partners include Duke University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and Ohio State University.

Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is of our team of passionate individuals.

We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI volunteers themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.

Partners

All our projects are directed by our local partners and we ensure all rights and credits stay in the country.

Through our various partnerships with prolific organisations such as Save the Children, The Red Cross, WWF, SANParks and The Jane Goodall Institute, to smaller community based organisations on the ground, we are able to provide quality programs that provide aid when and where it is needed the most. So you can be assured that our projects are legitimate and are making a difference.

Impact

GVI supplies funding and manpower to multiple grassroots initiatives in developing countries all over the world.

Some of our biggest achievements to date have been awarding over 3,865 education scholarships; providing support to over 380 organizations worldwide; investing over 35,000,000 USD in our projects and running over 900 environmental sustainability initiatives in over 350 locations, including over 100 protected areas covering more than 12 million hectares.

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