About Childcare and Orphanage Assistance in Thailand
World Endeavors’ Childcare and Orphanage Assistance program in Thailand helps underprivileged children empower themselves to challenge a life of poverty and exploitation. Volunteers help impart education and positive life skills to these underprivileged children while engaging them in health education, English language lessons, occupational skill training, homework assistance, games, drawing, painting, and other positive and life-affirming activities. Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteers also provide support for local staff at the orphanages and children’s centers where they volunteer, assisting with meals, cleaning, or laundry. World Endeavors Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteers in Thailand have the opportunity to make a direct difference in the lives of vulnerable children, supporting them in their journey of building a more stable and productive future.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Thailand
World Endeavors volunteers in Thailand can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Thailand. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast with your host family. Breakfast in Thailand consists of porridge or boiled rice, local dumplings or fried flour, rice with curry, or bread with jam and tea or coffee.
8:00 am: Travel to your volunteer placement.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Grab lunch at one of the affordable restaurants in the volunteer project area.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Thai language course.
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Enjoy free time by hanging out with new friends, visiting the internet café, riding a bike around the city, taking a Thai cooking class, or exploring Bangkok’s beautiful temples, museums, parks, flower markets, or Yaowarat (Chinatown).
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners in Bangkok often include rice, curry, and a fried vegetable.
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, practice your Thai with your host family, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to visit some of Thailand’s many palaces, temples, floating markets, beaches, and national parks.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Thai culture.
Emily is from Vancouver, Canada. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. Emily and three friends volunteered at a hospital and an orphanage in Bangkok, Thailand...