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Elephant Camp

Location: Chiang Mai

                            

The elephant camp project site is roughly 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the center of Chiang Mai. Volunteers stay onsite during the week and travel back to Chiang Mai for the weekend. The camp is home to about 70 elephants and has been operating for over 20 years. Tourists visit on a daily basis to interact with the elephants, and the revenue funds the care of the elephants and upkeep of the facilities.

Part of the duties of volunteers is to fed and bath the animals each morning. In the afternoon you may have the chance to work with the trainers. Beyond this, the nearby village is home to the staff and their families, most of whom are from the countryside. There are all kinds of ways you can help but teaching English in the local school in your free time will be great appreciated. Volunteers should be able-bodied, enjoy working outside and with animals.

NOTE: This program will be closed throughout the entire month of April 2017. All placements will need to be completed on or before the 2nd April '17. Applications can then be accepted for programs commencing 1st May '17. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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Women's Empowerment (4 week minimum)

Location: Bangkok

                            

This amazing but challenging program, set in a Women’s Refuge Centre in Bangkok City, is aimed at helping young Thai’s who have been sexually or physically abused, and young pregnant women or new mothers who are in crisis and have taken shelter at the centre. Some of these young women are Thai’s, who made mistakes and sadly have been shunned by their families and communities by becoming mothers out of marriage. Others are women of varying ethnic backgrounds who have suffered abuse.

In this program our volunteers assist with teaching English (in both a classroom setting, and in more informal ways), help teach arts and crafts, arrange activities that improve self-confidence and educational development, and just spend time with the girls letting them know that they are loved and have worth – especially as many of the girls have recently gone through, or are working through the emotional effects of a severely traumatic experience.

Volunteers also help out by looking after the children and escorting the women for doctor’s appointments for themselves and their children. Visiting a hospital in Bangkok can be a very difficult and stressful situation for a young mother of Burmese or Cambodian decent. Unfortunately, sometimes during these visits, women and their children become victims of prey for groups looking to take advantage of them. Therefore, volunteers escorting mothers and their babies to the hospitals for check-ups are of great assistance to the women and the centre. Volunteers with experience in handling babies and childcare can also assist the women and young mothers with tips and techniques of taking care of a new-born baby.

Volunteers on this program are accommodated at the comfortable Bangkok volunteer house, where they are provided breakfast. Lunch is also provided on week days whilst at the Refuge Center. Volunteers will also have evenings and weekends free to explore the wonders of this amazing city!

NOTE:

Start days are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive/be picked up between the hours of 8am and 8pm on the Friday prior to their project start date. Orientation will occur on Saturday and Sunday. 

This program will be closed throughout the entire month of April 2017. All placements will need to be completed on or before the 2nd April '17. Applications can then be accepted for programs commencing 1st May '17. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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Education Program

Location: Bangkok or Chiang Mai

                            

Our teaching volunteers have the choice of placements in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai which is famous as Thailand's Northern retreat. In both locations the schools are always thrilled at the opportunity to welcome native English speakers. Regardless of whether you have a teaching background, your presence alone gives students and faculty the chance to practise their English skills as they would in the real world. The role of a teaching English volunteer can be varied as it takes into account the needs of the school, the time of year, as well as the volunteers comfort level.

On day one each volunteer will be paired with a Thai teacher. They can simply help out with daily lessons or if they have the confidence and the drive to do their own lesson planning, they can lead their own class. The students love it, and it gives Thai teachers the chance to catch up on projects and paperwork. Please note, all volunteers who will be working directly with children must file a certified police background check before their start date.

Want to know what to expect on this program?
Check out this video by past Love Volunteer, Elior Amar!

Volunteers must arrive on the Friday prior to their placement start date, between the hours of 8am and 8pm. It is required that all volunteers submit a police background check prior to arrival. Please indicate your choice of location on your application.

NOTE: Due to school holidays in Thailand, this program will be closed from the 5th March till the 15th May '17, then from the 30th September to the 6th November '17. Applications for placements that overlap these dates cannot be accepted.  

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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Outdoor Work

Location: Chiang Mai

                                

Volunteers will help with gardening and construction at a home for single mothers. The tasks vary accordingly to the volunteers skill set, the needs of the compound, the number of volunteers on hand, as well as the season and weather conditions.

The work can involve bamboo construction, laying cement foundations, painting, digging and maintaining gardens and harvesting the organically grown produce. Volunteers will mostly work outside in the heat, they therefore need to be in good physical condition.  Working with the single mothers to help them gain new skills and improve their quality of life is the number-one objective. As well as construction and gardening volunteers should be willing to share their skills and knowledge.

This might include teaching English, computer training, or handicraft demonstrations.While you will be supervised by our local team, it is expected that volunteers will exercise responsibility and use initiative while working on projects. Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of building and tools, be between the ages of 20-40 and enjoy working outside.

NOTE: This program will be closed throughout the entire month of April 2017. All placements will need to be completed on or before the 2nd April '17. Applications can then be accepted for programs commencing 1st May '17. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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Teaching English to Buddhist Monks

Location: Bangkok or Chiang Mai

                            

This program is available in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand. Volunteers will be placed in a temple school where they will be teaching novice Buddhist monks. The volunteers’ role in the classroom depends on the school as well as their own comfort level. Volunteers are paired with a Thai teacher and have the option of simply helping out with daily lessons, or if confident they can jump straight in and start taking your own lessons.

It's important to be flexible as there are a number of other things that volunteers can help with, like helping children with their homework, arranging games and activities, cleaning the classroom and assisting teachers with day to day administrative duties. 

The time you will spend in class depends on the schools needs as well as the time of year. Generally, you’ll be in front of students anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week. Volunteers with plenty of ambition can donate more time planning and possibly helping out with projects at school.

Want to know what to expect on this program?
Check out this video by past Love Volunteer, Elior Amar!

Volunteers must arrive on the Friday prior to their placement start date, between the hours of 8am and 8pm. It is required that all volunteers submit a police background check prior to arrival.  Please indicate which location you would like on your application. 

NOTE: Due to school holidays in Thailand, this program will be closed from the 5th March till the 15th May '17, then from the 30th September to the 6th November '17. Applications for placements that overlap these dates cannot be accepted.  

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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Teaching English in Koh Samui

Location: Koh Samui Island

                              

Koh Samui is a stunning tourist island situated in the Gulf of Thailand. A playground for holidaymakers; beautiful beaches, a myriad of seafood restaurants, and a buzzing nightlife, it is not hard to see why the Island is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. However, what a lot of people do not realise is that there is another side to the island. Behind the bright lights and shiny resorts there is poverty and destitution.

Most government-run schools in Thailand suffer greatly from underfunding. Thailand simply doesn’t have the available money required to keep education as its priority. Teaching materials are severely lacking and antiquated. Computers are few and far between, if any at all! Lesson plans and curriculum’s suffer immensely, but most importantly so do the students. In places like Koh Samui, where tourism is the number one industry, to find a job of any kind, English is a prerequisite, and any Thai with an ability to speak even the most Basic English stands a better chance of breaking free from poverty. With just a Basic English ability, prospects are improved considerably. That where volunteers come in!

Volunteers joining this project do not necessarily need experience in teaching (although experience and qualifications will help volunteers to feel more comfortable, more quickly), just a good knowledge of the English language. Volunteers will be guided through the teaching process by the local team of trained, English speaking staff who have several years of experience teaching English to Thai school children. Lesson plans, teaching materials, guidance and confidence will be there waiting for them when they arrive.

Program Highlights:

  • 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 a dedicated team of coordinators on the island
  • Free weekends to explore, relax or travel
  • A guided tour of bustling Bangkok city (Optional Extra)
     

While it is not a pre-requisite to joining this program, we highly recommend all Teaching and Education volunteers complete the 120 hour TEFL course prior to volunteering.

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 Sunday (before midday) in order to begin the volunteer placement on Monday. 

Program Availability 2017

Due to school exams and school holidays, English teaching and childcare is not available from March 17th to May 8th and from September 29th to October 30th.

For a list of fees for this program click here.

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School Renovation in Koh Samui

Location: Koh Samui Island

                              

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!

Program Highlights:

  • 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 Sunday (before midday) in order to begin the volunteer placement on Monday. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.

Apply now for this program

Elephant Village Program

Location: Surin

                              

THIS PROGRAM IS FILLING UP FAST AND IS NOW FULLY BOOKED FROM 3 FEBRUARY - 17 FEBRUARY AND 19 MAY - 2 JUNE 2017.

Located approximately 60kms north of Surin city lies a very rural and very traditional Thai farming community. Houses made of wood, roads made of dirt, rice and sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see. This is one of the most beautiful and genuine areas of Thailand. For centuries, the locals here have used the indigenous Elephants as beast of burden, and up until the mid-1980’s local elephants here were still used for logging. Now however logging is an illegal process. This means that the elephants have literally been made redundant. Treated by their owners just like your ordinary household pets, these elephants can consume upwards of 300kgs of food daily and require constant health checks – this is extremely expensive for an ordinary farming family whose income maybe less than $5 per day.

In order to pay for an elephants care, many of their owners (known as ‘Mahouts’) began to walk their elephants through the streets of the big cities, selling photo opportunities to tourists. This is obviously a hugely dangerous activity, plus an elephant is built to live in a rural setting, not to walk hot, dusty roads and breathe poisoned air.

Our partners in Thailand have promised to support them and the elephants by supplying physical labour and finance if they promise not to tout their elephants to tourists. In addition to covering the costs of accommodation and food, program fees on this project are used to ensure the elephants remain in a healthy, natural environment. That they receive the right healthcare and a regular healthy diet. This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live as and work with real Thai Mahouts. Spend 3 nights and 4 days each week learning how to work with, train, feed and wash the elephants.

In addition, volunteers on this program will experience ‘real’ Thai community life first-hand; help with cooking the meals, farming the land, getting their hands dirty on small micro-development projects, make paper from elephant poo, help with farming tasks, go kayaking and Thai fishing on the local river, learn the Thai language and Thai cooking skills, interact with the community kids and heaps more. This really is something very special!

Program Highlights:

  • Getting up close and personal with natures biggest land animals
  • Living in and amongst a genuine Thai farming community
  • Assisting with micro-development projects in the village
  • Playing with and entertaining the local village kids, who will demand your attention!
  • Guided tour of some of Bangkok’s most incredible landmarks
  • Learning to cook a few favourite Thai meals
  • A guided tour of bustling Bangkok city

Volunteers on this program will 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 Surin. This is a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement!

NOTE: Arrival dates are the first and third Friday of each month in order to start your placement on the following Monday. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.

Apply now for this program

Medical Internship

Location: Bangkok or Chiang Mai

                            

Thailand is fast gaining a reputation in the west for its prowess in the field of medicine. In fact the country attracts more ‘medical tourists’ than any other country in Asia with hundreds of thousands travelling to seek cost effective medical treatments every year.

Through our local partners, Love Volunteers offers Medical Internships in a number of notable private and public full-service hospitals in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. In all cases, volunteers/interns are able to work closely with a supervising physician, and are paired with a full-time doctor who they will shadow on daily rounds. Interns are only placed with doctors with an exceptional command of English. These are highly qualified professionals, many of whom have been educated in the US or UK.

Intern responsibilities vary according to their own qualifications, experience and/or comfort level. Participants with a full medical degree will often enjoy far more access when it comes to administering care and interacting with patients, but it is important to note that most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks. Every aspect of the internship is carefully monitored by the supervising staff, but you’d never get this far behind the scenes in a Western hospital, so it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical students.

Depending on current needs, interns may be able to choose which department they work in and in most cases it’s possible to spend supplemental time in a second department as well. These are just a few of the main healthcare departments in the hospitals:

  • Ophthalmology (must study in this field) 
  • Otolaryngology (must study in this field) 
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology (must study in this field) 
  • Family Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Emergency Room
  • Paediatrics (OPD/Ward)
  • Anatomy
  • Nursing (follow the nurses most of the time)
  • Dental
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

The basic project calls for interns to work from 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. Depending upon the working schedule of the paired doctor and area of the hospital an intern is placed, the times and days of work may fluctuate. As with all Medical placements, patience and flexibility with work schedules is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers on this program are accommodated at one of the comfortable volunteer houses in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai, where they are provided breakfast. Lunch is also usually provided on week days at the hospital where they are interning. Volunteers will also have evenings and weekends free to explore the wonders of this amazing country, to hang out with fellow interns, or to simply relax!

NOTE:

Start days are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive/be picked up between the hours of 8am and 8pm on the Friday prior to their project start date. Orientation will occur on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers on this program are required to stay for at least 2 weeks. 

This program will be closed throughout the entire month of April 2017. All placements will need to be completed on or before the 2nd April '17. Applications can then be accepted for programs commencing 1st May '17. 

For a list of fees for this program click here.