Most government run schools in Thailand suffer massively from underfunding. Thailand simply doesn't have the available money required to keep education as its priority. Teaching materials are poor, computers are few and far between, lesson plans and curriculums suffer but most importantly so do the students.
When it comes to spending money, the maintenance of the buildings, classrooms, tables, chairs, canteen, bathrooms, playgrounds and buildings are often overlooked simply because there just isn't enough money to go around. Classrooms don't have enough tables or chairs for the students. Blackboards are worn out and can't be used. Windows, doors and mosquito screens are missing. Playgrounds are a health and safety nightmare. It doesn't take much to brighten up a classroom, replace a broken door hinge, construct a new blackboard or remove rusty nails from a child's swing but schools need to prioritise their spending.
Our partner in Thailand works with a number of communities and their schools on Koh Samui. They can't afford the additional funding to brighten up a school or improve the health, safety and sanitation. They rely on hand-outs that just aren't there. As a volunteer on this project you will be making a donation of not just your time but also money to purchase the necessary materials to fix that window, replace that sink, improve the running water and more. You don't need to be a DIY expert either. Whatever your skill-set (even if you have none) our local team will find a project for you that will be safe, fun, improve health and safety and make the kids surroundings more conducive to learning.
Koh Samui is a beautiful island; stunning beaches, crystal clear seas, and amazing food. But behind the glitz and glamour of the tourist industry lies communities that suffer from meagre incomes. Our partner's projects are located across the island and are developed to support such communities in need. As a foreigner you can expect a warm welcome and will soon become one of the locals. You will live in this community, just a 10 minute walk from one of Samui's most beautiful beaches at Mae Nam. The volunteer accommodation has everything you could possibly need in a location which caters for everyone. Close to the beach, close to the nightlife areas, close to the big shops and malls, you really are spoilt in this perfect location.
Get your hands dirty, paint, hammer, saw, clean, build, demolish – it's all there waiting for you to help!
- Spend time helping kids from poor underdeveloped communities at a poor and underfunded school
- The children and the school are genuinely thankful of all of the support our volunteers can give them
- Giving these kids the tools from which they can gain genuine opportunities of employment in Thailand's booming tourism industry
- Living on one of Thailand's most stunning islands in the Gulf of Thailand
- Accommodation in a modern, well-equipped Volunteer House, located close to the beach
- 24/7 support and advice from our dedicated team of coordinators on the island
- Free weekends to explore, relax or travel
- A guided tour of bustling Bangkok (Optional Extra)
Bangkok Weekend (Optional Extra – US$100):
Volunteers can choose to be collected at Bangkok airport and spend the first night at the guesthouse located on amazing Khao San Road, in the heart of Bangkok. Here they will meet fellow volunteers, and be taken on a guided tour of the city, including a welcome lunch at a popular Thai restaurant. Volunteers are then assisted to the coach terminal where they board a comfortable coach and make their way to Koh Samui Island (including a ferry ride). This is a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement and is highly recommended.
NOTE: Arrival dates (when opting to include the Bangkok Arrival Weekend) are the first and third Friday of each month in order to start your placement on the following Monday. Volunteers opting to make their own way to Koh Samui will not be met at Bangkok airport and must arrive on the Island on a Saturday or Sunday morning in order to begin the volunteer placement on Monday.
For a list of fees for this program click here.
Areas of focus:
- Koh Samui, Changwat Surat Thani, Thailand
Extra details:Fee required
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome