Thailand

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ is super helpful, I was doing a four-weeks Childcare program in Thailand, and this was my first time volunteering abroad, I was nervous at first, but the IVHQ staff contacted me and gave me a lot of guide and useful information, so I can prepare well before I go.

I enjoyed my experience in Thailand so much, it was so rewarding. I made a lot of International friends, the food and accommodation were good, we got a lot of chance to interact with the local people and learn about their culture, we also travelled a lot and explored a lot.

The local staffs were super nice and helpful, they provided good food, they taught us Thai language, they translated for us all the time, they cared about our health. one day, one volunteer was sick, one staff drove her to the local clinic immediately, we were very impressed.

Overall, Thailand is a amazing place, people are so friendly, and IVHQ is definitely a good choice.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I spend one month (August 2016) in the Original Volunteers project set in Thailand. I volunteered as an English teacher in a primary school in Phang Nga, southern Thailand. During my stay there I also have the opportunity to collaborate at the Sena School English Camp for teens.

I would describe my stay as adventurous, enjoyable, rich and worthwhile experience. For this reason I truly recommend this rewarding experience with Original Volunteers. This company offers a good value for money; I can affirm the costs are reasonably priced. Also, provides you with advices and support before and during your stay there. The facilities for the volunteers are impressive good taking into account the poor place where the project takes place.

Teaching English to Thai children provides them a wide range of their opportunities to work and find a good job position in their adulthood. I wanted to help and give a better future for the children. As the same way I wanted to give the moral of the children a huge boost and present them enjoyable English activities. This was one of the main reasons which makes me took the decision of being a volunteer. Collaborate with this project let me met my expectations. It makes me feel really good to be able to collaborate in that local community to improve and increase their English level.

Volunteers went out to small town where little or no English is spoken. There we taught in local schools every day. The town I did my volunteer was called Khok Kloy. The weekdays all the volunteers slept in the same hostel pretty close to the different schools where we collaborate. Every morning a tuk-tuk taxi pick up us and drop of to the schools. There were two teacher volunteers per school (there were never a volunteer teaching alone in a school). I did class of English to children of different ages (from nursery to 12 years old) during all morning (5 hours per day). I must say I felt really comfortable teaching to that school. The teachers and the director of the school were really nice with the volunteers during all our stay there. We have lunch with the teacher staff who share us their food. They are really interested in meeting us and let us be part of the staff team. Students were really motivated for English classes and meet new volunteers from other countries.

Teachers follow the Thai Government curriculum which makes the lessons relevant to the children education. The classes we taught in the school where already programmed by Original Volunteers teachers team, but we also have the opportunity to create new activities at the end of the class or change the way to present (if we thought it could be easily learned by the students). To sum up, we follow the program but we were free to create new activities and English games to motivate them. Even thought they are already motivated for learning English. As teachers reported, children enjoy the volunteer’s activities and they are “hungry for English”.

I will appeal to the food. As I said before Thai teachers share their meal with the volunteers. It was a good excuse to eat and taste the real Thai food cooked by the teachers. Disappointingly, in the hostel the food service is limited. But there are a thai tesco, street markets, shops, and pharmacy in fifteen minutes walking from there.

During my stay there I felt well looked after by the coordinators and other teachers of the project. There was always somebody there able to help and assistance me. When it comes the communication with the company was excellent being always happy to answer all my queries and doubts.
Before I went to Thailand the company helped me get in touch with other futures volunteers who will share the same project during my stay there. I was able to meet and chat them before my arrival at the project. Despite I went there alone, I never felt as I was on my own. We created a really nice volunteer teachers team in the school where the project took place. We also have the opportunity to share trips around the country of Thailand when the project ends.

It was definitely a worthwhile experience that I will never forget. I came back to my country with my bag full of lovely and brilliant memories from Thailand. Thanks Original Volunteer for let me be part of your admirable, skilful and great team.
You will be always a part of me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Original Volunteers

Program:
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered for one week in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I went in a group of four people and IVHQ did an excellent job of preparing us and supporting us throughout the trip. We signed up together, and by doing so we were able to ensure that we would be together for every part of the volunteering process. At the airport we knew someone was there to pick us up, but we had a hard time finding that person. Once we found him it went smoothly enough. He loaded us into the back of a truck and took us directly to the mirror foundation. Once we arrived there we were given a tour of the property (granted we didn't quite understand everything and had to ask quite a few questions later). We had daily meeting explaining what each group was doing and the majority of information was given out there. I volunteered with the outdoor group and we worked in rice paddies. Because it was the hot season, we would only work for a few hours before taking a long break. I felt we could've done even more work, but I'm grateful they were so worried about our well being. The work for the volunteers depends on what the local tribes request, because of that I felt the relatively small amount of work we did was extremely worthwhile and would leave a lasting impact. The weekends allowed time to tour, which was wonderful and transportation was simple to organize. We also had the opportunity to spend a night with the hill tribes in a local village. We swam in a waterfall and got to eat and sleep in a local hut. We were warned it could be remote, but we were actually quite comfortable. IVHQ did a wonderful job of communicating and providing information that allowed the trip to proceed without any bumps. The facilities were comfortable, though we were sleeping on mats. The house we were in was cleaned by volunteers and the mosquito nets were provided. Showers were in a closed off bathroom. Food was cooked by the locals, which was great. They prepared it with less spice for those of us with weaker stomachs. Overall the trip was wonderful. I do recommend taking some extra time to stay places farther away from the foundation after your volunteer opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: May 26, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter traveled to Thailand this past summer with Global Leadership Adventures and absolutely loved it! This was a great experience for her because she learned a lot about independence and leadership while having fun in a safe environment. I was apprehensive to let my daughter go away for 2 weeks across the world but after talking with GLA alumni and staff I was reassured that this was a good, safe decision. This experience is one that can not be gained anywhere else and I would recommend that anyone interested takes the leap and do it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter traveled to Thailand this past summer with Global Leadership Adventures and absolutely loved it! This was a great experience for her because she learned a lot about independence and leadership while having fun in a safe environment. I was apprehensive to let my daughter go away for 2 weeks across the world but after talking with GLA alumni and staff I was reassured that this was a good, safe decision. This experience is one that can not be gained anywhere else and I would recommend that anyone interested takes the leap and do it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I have used Original Volunteers on two occasions now to book projects to Thailand and Ghana and I highly recommend this company if you would like to be involved in volunteer projects.

For those who have concerns about what company to choose when volunteering, my honest opinion is that Original Volunteers offer rewarding experiences and are very good value for money in comparison to other companies out there.

Original Volunteers were very supportive in their pre-travel advice, communication with them was excellent and they have always been happy to answer my queries. Everything ran very smoothly from beginning to end on both trips.

Thailand

Admittedly I was very nervous at first, I had never travelled alone before. Once out in Thailand an airport transfer was arranged and the accommodation hostel had a very friendly vibe. I was happy and settled from the very first evening, I met some wonderful people, both locals and other volunteers, and every day from then was a new adventure. The hostel helped to create a good rapport among the other like-minded volunteers. Meals at the accommodation cost from £1-4.

With regards to the teaching itself we had lots of resources to use, and as with any volunteer company you are expected to be able to think on your feet and use your initiative. After all, you are not there to be spoon fed, but to have a challenging experience. Throughout the trip our taxis to our volunteer placements were arranged for us, and we even had very affordable mini buses take us on weekends away and then drive us back! Generally we worked 4-5 days a week and then travelled on weekends.

The weekends included, boat trips, island hopping, a full moon party and plenty of time on the beach relaxing. My experience in Thailand was easily the best few weeks of my life and the following year I used the same company to volunteer in Ghana.

Ghana

I expected a similar experience here and in regards to the company’s organisation and efficiency I received exactly that.

I was late when I arrived and the other volunteers were sleeping so after a very warm welcome from 3 more staff members I called it a night. In the morning the other new volunteers and I were given all the information we needed and we were given answers to all our questions. We spent the rest of the day being shown around the local area and gathering supplies, which mainly consisted of drinking water and snacks.

The next day is when the volunteering began; the days usually began with a meeting where we all discussed what we will be doing and what we want to achieve. I taught in a school called Sunrise where I met so many lovely children and teachers, it was an amazing experience. If you plan on teaching for your whole trip I’d recommend thinking of some lesson plans before hand and take any equipment you might need. Most of the schools have little or no equipment so taking stationery is a good idea.

For a weekend trip a bus was organised for us and we arrived at a small beachfront community with a few hotels and a very nice atmosphere, this is the place to come to unwind. They organised beach parties to bars, live music, bonfires and nice food.

Another great place to visit is Cape Coast, we spent two days there and visited the old Slave Castle which was a very thought provoking and educational trip. The next day we visited Kakum National Park where we had a mini jungle trek followed by the Canopy walk, which was a 350m walkway suspended high in the trees.

In summary, I genuinely recommend Original Volunteers, they are affordable, supportive and very reliable. Working and traveling in a foreign country proves your ability to move out of your comfort zone, to take risks, and to adapt and confront new challenges. Thank you OV!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana, Thailand
Posted: Apr 4, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This trip was an u forgettable and AMAZING experience that I loved!! Very safe and fun I loved working with elephants. Global leadership adventures offers a unique oppertunutu

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This trip was an u forgettable and AMAZING experience that I loved!! Very safe and fun I loved working with elephants. Global leadership adventures offers a unique oppertunutu

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Discover Corps

My 23 year old daughter and I just returned from the Thailand Elephant Conservation Expedition. It was an amazing experience! Our guides, Mai and Joon, were wonderful! We visited several temples, conversed with a monk, sampled local culture and foods at the Market before heading to the Thai Elephant Home. I could have stayed here for the entire trip! The location was so peaceful and beautiful. Providing hands-on care for the elephants, working with the Mahouts, and even riding an elephant are activities I will never forget! Visits to a Long-Neck and Karin village topped off the trip. I would recommend this experience to everyone. I know it sounds trite, but it was life-changing.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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