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Join one of GoEco's most-loved programs with your family! Explore the Singburi region on Thailand and lend a hand at your choice of community development programs. This program welcomes families with children who are five years of age and older.


Program Highlights:
  • A family-friendly version of one of GoEco's top ten most-loved programs
  • Experience authentic Thai culture with an orientation, tour and evening activities
  • Volunteer in meaningful projects, either in community construction or teaching
  • Enjoy free weekends by exploring the various cultural regions of Thailand
  • Private, upgraded accommodations for families
  • You can enhance your Thai experience by adding our Thai "Culture Week in Singburi" for an additional cost. If you book together with this program, you will receive a 50% discount off the culture week's full price! *Discount will be applied to your final balance.

Family Price Details: 
  • The Total Project Cost is per person 12 and above
  • Children 11 and under recieve 50% off the Total Project Cost
  • Each child 11 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult, and one adult can supervise a maximum of three children under the age of 18.
 
Program Schedule (minimum 1 week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday:
Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). The local field team will be waiting to pick up volunteers for transfer to the private family accommodations. 

Day 1, Monday: Volunteers will receive an introduction to the program following breakfast. Participants will then walk around Tha Kham village and head to Singburi for essential shopping. Following lunch, volunteers will visit Wat Phikun Thong for an introduction to Buddhism. Upon return to the accommodations, volunteers will receive a Thai language and cultural lessons before attending a welcome party with dancing. 

Days 2-5, Tuesday-Friday: Rewarding volunteer work. Participants will choose between teaching at local schools and participating in construction/renovation projects at one of two schools that were designed for children of poor families. For younger children, we recommend the renovation placement. Young children will be able to fully participate in activities such as painting and meeting the local schoolchildren at the school in renovation. Older children will be able to participate fully in the teaching placement. On Tuesday evening, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the night market in Tha Kham. On Wednesday afternoon, participants can join a trip to the downtown area of Singburi. Wednesday evening brings the opportunity to enjoy a self-service, Thai-style barbecue. Thursday evening's activity includes a trip to the local shopping mall.

Days 6-7, Saturday and Sunday: For volunteers only staying one week, departure is on Saturday morning. Volunteers who are extending will have the weekend free for rest and exploration. See "Travel Highlights" below for travel recommendations!

Remaining Weeks: The remaining weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on a Saturday.
 
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Location of the Project:  Singburi, Thailand
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 4 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Bangkok Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK)
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching and renovation
Age:  Families with children as young as five years old are welcome.
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Please note that the prices displayed are for one adult. For younger children, we recommend the renovation placement. Young children will be able to fully participate in activities such as painting and meeting the local schoolchildren at the school in renovation. Older children will be able to participate fully in the teaching placement.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Private family room
Food:  Three vegetarian meals a day, two meals per day during the weekend
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is included on arrival day
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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, personal expenses.
The Kingdom of Thailand sits somewhere between becoming developed and being completely wild. As a volunteer, you could enjoy a faster pace of life in a coastal city or base yourself in a tribal village. Wherever you are in the country, as a volunteer you’ll be able to contribute to projects that make a real difference in local communities. 

Singburi is a beautiful town located 142 km 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. work
You will have the option to choose between teaching at local schools and participating in construction projects at one of two schools for designed for the children of poor families.

Teaching: At this placement you will teach English to students aged 4-21 in one of many rural schools in Sing Buri. The schools accept an informal teaching approach, meaning that you are able to use your own methods or style to educate the students. When volunteering, your duties may include:
  • Informally teaching and assisting with school work
  • Creating activities for the students
  • Arranging workshops for cultural exchange, environmental awareness, and other important issues
Thai schools show respect each day to the King of Thailand and may ask participants to join the 8 o'clock morning ceremony and be part of the morning exercises that are common in Thai schools. Please note that the subjects taught are subject to change depending on current activities in the schools, which might include, for example, environmental issues or current festivals.

Construction and Renovation: There is a wide array of primary and secondary schools in Thailand for poor children in remote areas of the country. The children have limited access to education so they travel to the school for lessons and return home during certain periods of the year. The children remain in the school year-round where they can enjoy a safe and secure environment with food and housing. There are also opportunities to engage with the schoolchildren via informal teaching and games. Your duties may include:
  • Maintaining the buildings and grounds.
  • Renovating and light construction projects
  • Teaching the children
  • Playing games with the children

A typical day: At the school placement your schedule can be flexible, but you should be prepared to volunteer 3-6 hours a day beginning at 8:30am, Monday to Friday.  At the schools, you will also volunteer around 3-6 hours a day, but will begin working after 9am, Monday to Friday.

Holidays: When confirming your dates, please take note of the long holidays (which are from mid-March until mid-May and during all of October). During such times the kids leave the schools and go back to their families or their villages, and special classes and English camps are arranged, as well as renovation projects. Additionally, when relevant, volunteers are able to take part in the cultural festivities occurring in the area. 
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Internet:  WiFi is available.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry can be done by hand, or at a local laundromat (walking distance) for a fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Families will stay in a private family room. These rooms are located apart from the regular volunteer residences, to allow for more quiet and privacy. All rooms have air conditioning, mosquito protection and a private bathroom with hot water showers. There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.
Food:  Three meals during the week and brunch & dinner on the weekends. Meals are typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes. The project can easily cater for vegetarians.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Good level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
  • Able to work in hot and humid climate
  • Children must be at least 5 years old
Thailand’s central province of Singburi is home to a handful of temples and historical sites; and of course there is a nearby market waiting to be discovered! A few places for volunteers to explore on weekends include:

Wat Pikun Thong
Wait Pikun Thong  is an ancient temple that is home to one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand. This large golden figure is a famous symbol and a commonly sought-after destination for tourists.

Pak Bang Market
Over 150 years old, the Pak Bang Market is an essential go-to for those who wish to have a taste of Thai market food and desserts. 

Mae La Maharacha Nusorn Park
This national park is an excellent option for volunteers who are looking to relax in nature by the Mae La River. There is a fish breeding and conservation project that is located in the park as well.

In Buri National Museum
The In Buri National Museum is located near to the Wat Bot Temple, and contains ancient artifacts from various historical areas of Thailand as well as Chinese ceramics. 
 
Travel Extras (Not Included):
You can extend your stay with one or more great program add-ons for an additional fee. Here are the opportunities we recommend:

Culture Week (highly recommended): This seven-day jam-packed week is a great opportunity to learn about Thailand and meet other international volunteers. It offers tours around historical areas (Ayutthaya historical park), Thai language lessons, cooking lessons, taste-testing (Thai BBQ), school visits, sightseeing (Wat Phra Phutthabat Temple - Buddha's footprint) and so much more! This week will ease you into your volunteering experience by providing you with a better understanding of the history, culture and customs. Please note that the schedule can change at any time based on the weather conditions.

Thai Boxing: Sign up for authentic and traditional Thai boxing classes under the provincial champion of the Sing Buri district. Learn the basic principles and foundations of the exquisite art form, Muay Thai. 

Hua Hin Beach & Volunteer Week: This jam-packed week will help you make the most of your experience in Thailand. You will have the chance to go on cultural excursions to learn about Thai Buddhism and assist monks with daily chores. You will also have the opportunity to teach local children with some time dedicated to beach conservation. In a few afternoons, you will have free time to relax at the beaches of Hua Hin! 

Jungle Trek: Get ready for adventure as you trek through the tropical forests west of Sing Buri. You'll have the opportunity to sleep under the stars, trek to spectacular waterfalls and caves hidden in the jungle and more!

Thai Buddhism Immersion in Wang Nam Khiao: During this week-long program you will be introduced to Buddhism.  You will have the chance to discuss Buddhism with a local monk and enjoy a two-day stay at the Wat Suptawee Temple to learn walking and sitting meditation forms as well as experience the daily life of monks.
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