About Community Development in Thailand
World Endeavors Community Development volunteers in Thailand work with centers that assist low-income and unemployed adults. These centers provide both job skills training and job placement. Volunteers help local residents gain employable skills by teaching English, computer and website skills, and occupational skills such as cooking and handicrafts. By volunteering at these centers, participants can lend their energy to a vital, ongoing local project, make a difference to disadvantaged families in Bangkok, and have an immediate and personal experience of Thailand that they will never forget.
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.
I feel I made a difference, but in all truth, this experience– the families I stayed with, the people I met, the friends I made– gave me more than I could ever give them.
-Tonia, Volunteer in Thailand
Mehrdad is a pharmacy technician from Toronto, Canada. He studied Biology and Middle Eastern Studies in college. Mehrdad participated in a healthcare volunteer program in Thailand through...