Thailand – Culture Week in Singburi

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Join a week-long cultural experience in Thailand. This program is the perfect way to begin your volunteer abroad experience! Meet fellow participants and future volunteers, learn about traditional customs and go sightseeing.

 

Program Highlights:

 

Itinerary:

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Participants will be picked up from the airport and taken to their accommodation. Settle into your new home for the week and get to know your fellow participants.

Day 1, Monday: Following breakfast, participants will receive an introduction to the week’s schedule, followed by a walking tour of the Tha Kham village. Participants will be taken to downtown Singburi to do some shopping before visiting the Wat Phikun Thong temple and getting an introduction to Buddhist rituals. Participants will visit the Banbang Sadet Court Doll Center, famous for its miniature dolls, and even get to make their own. The afternoon concludes with a basic Thai language lesson. Following dinner, participants will join a welcome party and get to watch and join in traditional dancing.

Day 2, Tuesday: In the morning participants will visit Wat Muang in Ang Thong, which is home to the tallest Buddha statue in Thailand, followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya Historical Park. Next up are visits to two more temples: Wat Mahathat and Wat Sri Sanphet and a trip to the local outdoor market. The last afternoon activity will be a visit to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, where participants can throw coins for blessings and see the Reclining Buddha statue.

Day 3, Wednesday: Participants will begin the morning with a drive to Wat Phra Non Chaksi to meet the local monks for a walking village tour. Participants will prepare a meal for the monks and have breakfast before participating in a meditation class. Following the meditation will be a visit to the giant, sleeping Buddha statue. Lunch will be served back at the accommodation, followed by free time in Sing Buri. The evening brings dinner at a Thai barbeque restaurant.

Day 4, Thursday: This morning and afternoon will be spent sightseeing temples in Lopburi. You can walk around and enjoy seeing all of the wild monkeys here! Once back at the accommodation, participants will assist with after-school activities for local children. Activities may include providing assistance with homework in English or math. A visit to the mall will take place after dinner, where everyone will have some free time or group activities to choose from.

Day 5, Friday: Participants will start the day with a visit to a local handicrafts workshop which makes jewelry from coconut shells. Following the workshop will be traditional Thai cooking lessons! Participants will be eating their own cooked meals for lunch on this day. After lunch, participants will tour a local farm and get to see rice fields, fish farms and water buffalo roaming about. The day will conclude with a visit to one of Thailand’s most historical sites: the Khai Bang Rachan Memorial Park.

Day 6, Saturday: Departure day or transfer to your next program.

 

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change.

 

Location icon Location of the Project: Sing Buri, Thailand

Project length Project length: One week

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Arrive at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) or Don Mueang (DMK) Airports

Age Age: Minimum age of 18. Age exceptions: Participants aged 16-17 may apply with parental consent.

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 20 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: Combine this Culture Week with select volunteer programs and receive a 50% discount in this Culture Week! See ” Program Highlights” above or contact us for details.

 

What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared, single-gender rooms

Food Food: Three meals during the week, two meals on weekends

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pickup is provided upon arrival

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

 

What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunches on weekends, airport drop off, personal expenses.

Singburi is a beautiful Thai town located 142 kilometers north of Bangkok. It was founded during the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of three small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River, north of Ang Thong. The town boasts an impressive collection of temples and colorful architecture that create the perfect backdrop for the numerous festivals held during the year.

 

Internet icon Internet: WiFi is available in public areas.

Laundry icon Laundry: There are laundry facilities offered by local community members for a small fee.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: Volunteers will share rooms in local “eco-houses” near Sing Buri. Bedrooms are single-gender and shared between two-four people. Each room has a fan and mosquito nets are available for use. All standard rooms have an en suite bathroom with western toilet and cold-water showers. You may be able to upgrade to a private room for an additional fee, depending on availability. The campus accommodates 30-72 people. The houses are walking distance or a very short bike ride to the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang. There, you can find ATMs, pharmacies, doctors, convenience stores and local food markets. These houses are situated about 8-15 km from the town of Sing Buri. In Sing Buri you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants.

Food icon Food: During the week, participants will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Saturday, volunteers will receive brunch, and then dinner if staying for a volunteer program in Sing Buri. Typical dishes include vegetables with fried rice or noodles. Some Western-style dishes may also be available. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast, etc. Tea, coffee and purified water are available at the house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.

 

Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 (16-17 with parental consent)
  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance

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