Volunteaching Charity in Isan, Thailand
Do you have a desire to lend a helping hand in this world we share? Pack your bags for the countryside of Thailand! Education and entertainment can be fun and eye opening for all those involved. Join us today!
Dustin Watchman has helped teach, lead, and councel children to adults on how to proactively take control of their lives and make positive decisions in accomplishing their goals. He has worked with over 76 nationalities, in 35+ countries, including exotic locations such as Hawaii, Dubai, Bangkok, Saudi Arabia, and even North Korea! In 2008, Dustin was looking to volunteer overseas. He landed his eyes on a charity in Thailand and decided to volunteer with a local charity that placed him in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Since his first time volunteering, he decided to start his own charity in collaboration with his host from 2008, Joop. He is always ready to assist in helping others grow and develop through life changing volunteering experiences, and volunteering with Volunteaching is one way he gives back to his global community. If you are looking for a low cost volunteering experience where you will be stepping outside your comfort zone, then Volunteaching has made it possible for you to live out your dreams.
Volunteaching Charity Mission
Volunteaching is a grassroots charity aimed at providing low cost, genuine, volunteering experiences for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers in collaboration with the lovely Thai hostess, Joop, can be placed throughout the beautiful Northeast part of Thailand, known as Isan. Our mission is to strip away all the red tape and overhead costs of larger charities and to only ask for the appropriate amount of donation money to be mutually beneficial to everyone involved.
How to volunteer with Volunteaching
1. Read about Volunteaching Charity on this page.
2. Research Khon Kaen, Thailand, and the surrounding areas in Isan. Decide if this is truly a journey that you want to embark on. There are options of where you can be placed, but the first option is about 35 kilometers outside of Khon Kaen.
3. Understand the FAQ’s report listed below if you are interested in joining Volunteaching Charity.
4. Discuss an appropriate donation for the host to provide you meals and housing each day to make sure you are properly taken care of and motivated during your stay.
FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What will I be doing while I am there?
You will support Joop inside the classroom. If you are comfortable enough with teaching, she can give you an actual schedule of classes to teach by yourself, in which the Thai teacher would be present to assist you with any translation issues. The students have books that you can teach from, or if you are creative you can come up with games to help them teach and have fun. Education is very relaxed here and is very much about having fun. The kids will love you if you attempt to have fun with all your lessons. You can also play sports with the students after school and just have general fun and interactions with the students. They don’t meet a lot of foreigners so your presence is welcomed and appreciated.
2. What will my accommodations be like?
If you choose to stay with Joop, you will stay in a house, with your own private room and air conditioner. The shower may consist of a large bucket of water in which you use the smaller bucket to bath yourself with. This is common in the countryside of Thailand, and more often than not the cold water shower is quite refreshing in the warm Thailand weather. Most of your meals will be outside the home as food is quite inexpensive and very delicious from the market place. There is a kitchen if you need to store some snacks or bottled water for anytime you may find yourself hungry.
3. Does anybody speak English around there?
The school is located about 35 kilometers outside of the larger town of Khon Kaen. Few people speak English here, but Joop is always there if you need assistance. This is a great time to use that Lonely Planet phrasebook to learn some “Pasah Thai” ( Thai language). Locals can speak a few words here and there and half the fun in volunteering is piecing together conversations with others. Inside the city of Khon Kaen there are more English speakers. Some evenings or weekends you can go into the city to cut loose and enjoy some nightlife, night markets, and big malls if you want to.
4. If I have any problems, who can I talk to?
Your first option would be to try and fix it yourself. If something is dirty, clean it. If there is to much downtime in class, then start up an activity. If there are geckos or frogs in the house, well, it’s the country and Thai people are very close with nature. Your second option would be to speak to Joop about anything that maybe she can help fix. She knows sometimes being in a new country is more than you expected and she will do her best to accommodate you. Need a drink? She can take you to the bar. Need to speak more English? She can get you to Khon Kaen for your English fix. If you have any issues beyond this then you can contact Dustin.
5. Can I get a refund on my donation?
Fortunately, yes you can get a 50% refund if you have not yet arrived. This is due to the preparation that will have already occurred once you commit to Volunteaching Charity.
Unfortunately, once you have arrived the donation is non refundable. We expect you to take into all considerations and possibilities of volunteering in Thailand before coming. Once you arrive, if you feel that you can’t handle the environment, your donation will still be distributed to Joop, to Volunteaching Charity, and as scholarships for the students. In all honesty, most issues can be resolved for you to enjoy your entire stay and leave knowing you made a true difference in these kids lives.
6. Does the charity provide a visa for my stay?
We cannot provide an extended visa for the duration of your stay, but most visas are valid for 30 days. You can also file for a 60 day visa in advance of showing up to Thailand depending on your country of origin. If you decide that you want to stay longer you can cross the border and come back easily in one day.
*Sometimes the government prohibits this so please check the local laws prior to coming.
7. How much money will I need while I am there?
This highly depends on you and your spending habits and vices. You will need to buy your airfare to Thailand, and consider other expenses.
Hostel/Hotel in Bangkok before going to Volunteaching Charity: $10-$30/night
Taxi from hostel/hotel to the bus station: ~$10USD
Bus ticket to Khon Kaen from Bangkok: ~$20USD
Donation for food and housing under Joop’s care: Negotiable
Khon Kaen nightlife on weekends: ~$15-$50 depending on drink of choice
Thailand overall is not an expensive country. You can easily enjoy yourself on a shoestring budget all while taking in the sites and entertainment in Thailand on your off time from volunteering. Live like a local and get the true Thailand experience!