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The Land of Smiles

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Child Education
Many students in the Nan Province are children of seasonal farm workers who live with relatives during the off-season, or belong to a nearby Hill Tribe. These students struggle with transportation to schools and as a result have poor attendance and high drop-out rates. The schools themselves struggle with providing enough teachers, especially those who can teach English, which provides a foundation for more employment opportunities within Thailand. In these under resourced schools, CCS volunteers provide valuable language lessons and engaging activities for young students that drive attendance while promoting the importance of education to the broader community.

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Child Health
Because of transportation challenges, children from Hill Tribe communities end up living at the schools in boarding residents. In these under resourced facilities young students live with poor sanitation facilities and with limited public health education to improve hygiene and sanitation practices. CCS volunteers improve school dorming facilities by constructing WASH stations, implementing hygiene workshops and conduct dental health campaigns, making a lasting difference in the health and safety of young Thai students.

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Known as The Land of Smiles, Thailand has become one of the world’s most visited destinations. A unique mix of advanced modernization and culture, Thailand is a fascinating contrast across big high rise buildings, ancient temples, beautiful nature, blend of multiple ethnicities and religions across the local people who all live in harmony together. The Nan Province is one of Thailand’s hidden gems: The Land of Love Whispering. A dream destinations for visitors, you'll find yourself in a quiet city full of history and surrounded by nature, mountains, lush green fields, streams, and filled with friendly local people who smile waiting volunteers to visit them.

FACT SHEET

Population Below Poverty Line
7.3 Million
Human Development Index Ranking
93 / 188 countries
Adolescent Birth Rate
41 / 1,000 teens ages 15-19
Voices from the Community
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"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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Your Nan Province Staff

JACK NITSIRI, COUNTRY PRESIDENT
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I draw my inspiration from his Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej who upholds the principle of giving the needy a tool to catch fish, rather than handing out fish as their food. This is exactly what CCS aims to do. Instead of simply giving away money, we provide volunteer services to the Thai communities who need it most.

After spending a summer abroad in Florida, I realized just how much knowing English can help open ones' world. I wanted to find a way to give this opportunity to others in Thailand. I joined CCS in 2008, after graduating from college. In 2015 I took an opportunity to work for the U.S. Embassy, but ultimately decided to return to my CCS family in 2018. I love working for CCS because I get to see just how much the volunteer work both impacts the volunteers' hearts and improves the education of the Thai children we serve. I am inspired by volunteers who chose to give up their time back home to come and support our communities in Thailand.

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