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Appreciate this stunning country while you engage with local individuals as a volunteer in Thailand. From pristine beaches and remote mountain communities, to floating markets and bustling cities, Thailand will take your breath away. As a CCS Thailand volunteer in Bangkok, you'll be able to experience the fascinating juxtaposition of centuries old Buddhist tradition and a Southeast Asian metropolis.
Volunteering in Thailand, you'll soak up the cultural influences of India, China and Cambodia and the strong presence of Buddhism, all of which meld together to create the unique richness of Thailand. You'll also see that over the years, many young Thai people have relocated to Bangkok in search of economic opportunity. This migration, however, has resulted in overcrowding and has put a serious strain on social resources, creating the context for your volunteer experience. As a volunteer in Thailand, you'll work side by side with local people to address these issues as you embark on an unforgettable journey deep into one of the world’s most beautiful places and fascinating cultures.
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Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
In schools with enormous class sizes and inadequately equipped classrooms, Thai students often don’t receive the individual attention they need to thrive. With international corporations flocking to Thailand, English is becoming an essential skill for the workplace, yet with no historical roots in the English language, the Thai education system is often unequipped to effectively teach English skills to students. The CCS Education & Literacy Project works to make learning fun and rewarding and helps to bring individualized attention to each classroom. By sharing your skills, you’ll bestow confidence on students and teachers alike and have a long-lasting impact on the future employment opportunities of these eager students.
In Thai culture, showing respect for your elders is extremely important and typically, the elderly are cared for within their family’s home. Unfortunately, with increased migration and changes to economic opportunity, many of these revered members of society have become the most vulnerable. Through sharing a story, holding a hand, and providing companionship, you'll support The CCS Aging with Dignity Project. Work alongside dedicated Thai staff members to provide learning opportunities, music and dance, and information on social welfare services so each elderly person can achieve the self-reliance, support, and respect they deserve.
In Thailand, where Buddhist teachings of reincarnation abound, disability is often viewed as a failure from a past life. Sadly, many children with disabilities are orphaned due to family shame, and placed in centers with limited staff support. The CCS Support for People with Disabilities Project works to meet the individualized needs of children with disabilities by teaching basic life skills and providing physical therapy. In centers where these abandoned children have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities, your love and compassion can help them to grow and develop, thereby inspiring a brighter future.
Early childhood and the formative years are a time for exploration, discovery, and developing educational building blocks. In Thailand, community groups often help to financially support care centers for young children whose parents cannot otherwise provide a safe space for them during the workday. By leading enriching activities, you’ll support The CCS Child Development Project. You’ll also teach children creative expression when you share new ideas and techniques for free form play with Thai caregivers.
"By teaching English to our children, volunteers have helped us reach our educational goals for our students. They always have fun new ideas to share."
"Since the volunteers have become the center of attention in the local community, they also draw positive attention to our center and have helped our community to become more aware of the work that we do with local children."
"Being taught by English speaking volunteers has helped our students easily absorb proper pronunciation. This increases their chances of moving on to a good primary school to continue their education."
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