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Volunteering in Thailand: 5 types of projects where you can be useful

by Pierre To
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Do you want to make a trip rich in experience and useful to the people you visit? Here are 5 types of projects for volunteering in Thailand.

When someone wants to engage in a volunteering in AsiaThailand is a destination that comes up a lot.

And for good reason! There are many projects worth supporting in the land of smiless, in particular with disadvantaged populations or in the protection of fauna and flora of the country.

Volunteering in Thailand: supporting a humanitarian project

For travellers with the altruistic fibreIn Thailand, there are many projects for which it is possible to Commitment to disadvantaged populations.

On this type of mission, volunteers are usually integrated into the life of a community, and work in facilities such as crèches or day-care centres, where they organise activities for children.

These projects are found throughout the country, including in the province of Krabi.

In some Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, you will find a large number of projects in orphanages.

Although this may seem like a good idea at first glance, it is recommended to avoid this type of assignment at all costs, as the institution is more than likely to be involved in the child trafficking.

Worldwide, it is estimated that 80-90% of the children living in these countries are children with disabilities. pseudo-orphanates actually have a living relative.

Learn more about the dangers ofhumanitarian in orphanage.

Teaching English in schools

volunteering in Thailand: teachingIf you are fluent in English, it is possible to move on to a type of mission more specialised: the teaching projects.

In Thailand, there are great inequalities between private education, which can afford to hire native speakers, and public education, where some teachers speak very little English themselves.

However, learning the language of Shakespeare is a particularly important issue for Thai people wishing to find work, as the country is very dependent on tourism.

In most cases, the volunteers are placed in schools with limited resources in terms of equipment or personnel.

Pupils tend to come from working-class backgrounds, and the Western volunteers assist local teachers in learning English, particularly in relation to pronunciation.

In the case of Thailand, it is not only in the cities that this type of projects is offered, but also in more rural areas in the north (such as the province of Chiang Mai), or in areas usually more touristy in the south (such as the islands of Koh Phangan or Koh Samui).

Commitment to the protection of endangered species

volunteering in Thailand with elephantsThailand is home to a wildlife and a tropical flora particularly rich, with over 1000 species of birds, and about 260 species of mammals, some of which are unfortunately threatened to varying degrees.

The projects which is referred to as ecovolunteering "The purpose of the protection of this natural heritage.

The ecovolunteers in Thailand often have the opportunity to work in centres or reserves that deal with the country's iconic species such as elephants, primates (gibbonsorangutans, etc.) or sea turtles.

Most of the time, these are injured individuals that have been victims of cruel practices and need care before they can be reintroduced into their natural habitat.

Here again, there are abuses, and it is particularly inadvisable to trust projects that offer volunteers to ride elephants.

The animals found in such centres have undergone the phajaanThis is a ritual that consists of making them docile by means of cruel practices: confinement, corporal punishment and other ill-treatment.

Volunteering in Thailand: diving to protect the sea bed

volunteering in Thailand : eco-volunteerTo appreciate the diversity of Thailand's natural heritage, you also need to get wet!

With its 2,500 km of coastline and numerous islands, Thailand is a popular destination for divers from all over the world, who have the opportunity to admire a rich marine biodiversity in shallow waters.

It is therefore not surprising that marine ecovolunteer projectss, aimed at protecting this environment, have also been created.

To take part, you don't necessarily need to have any diving experience, as some projects offer to give you your Level 1 at the same time, which is often sufficient to carry out the mission.

During such projects, the volunteer divers generally assist local researchers and scientists in monitoring the evolution of fish and coral populations, in particular trying to quantify the impact of the fishing industry and of rising temperatures linked to global warming.

Assisting staff in a health care facility

Volunteering in Thailand in the hospital sectorFinally, you will also find missions in the field of healthThese are of particular interest to medical and nursing students.

Depending on their qualifications, the volunteers are assigned to different tasks in hospitals and clinics in cities such as Bangkok or Chumpon.

The facilities generally meet the same requirements for treatment and equipment as we are used to in the West, but are understaffed.

As a result, some are in request for volunteers to assist local doctors and nurses in their daily tasks such as blood pressure measurement.

The volunteers can also participate in hygiene or welfare awareness campaigns.

Formalities for volunteering in Thailand

To be able to do volunteering in ThailandA work permit is not required.

However, you need to obtain a Non-immigrant visa OThe duration of this period may not exceed 90 days, but it may be extended.

For more information on formalities to be carried out to go on mission in ThailandYou can ask directly at the organisation you are going with or go directly to the website of the Thai Embassy.

There are therefore many opportunities to make volunteering in ThailandWhatever your cause is.

As long as it is done in a way that useful and responsibleon volunteering abroad can be an opportunity to discover another side of the country, away from the tourist attractions and closer to the local population.

So, motivated to do some volunteering in Thailand ?

Guidisto-volontariat.fr is an independent French-speaking portal for volunteering abroad, which lists useful and responsible missions in more than 60 countries around the world, including Thailand.

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