Duration & Fees
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This project is available all year round except for public holidays, and school holidays in April and September.
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Lunch on school days at the Centre
- Transfers from Phuket Airport or Kuraburi Town on arrival
- Donation to the project for ongoing work
- Orientation and support from bilingual Project Staff
- Visitor’s handbook and Thai phrasebook
- Pedal Bicycle for your durations as a volunteer
What's not included
- Flights to and from Phuket
- Return Airport Transfer (We can pre-arrrange this for you on request)
- Travel Insurance, including cover for repatriation
- Visas if required
- Vaccinations if required
- Breakfasts and dinners
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional Excursions and Activiities
- Interact and assist the children with learning difficulties, and make a real difference to their lives
- Develop and enhance professional skills
- Live and work and experience the 'real' Thailand away from the tourist hotspots
- Meet other like minded volunteers and make new friends for life
- Learn some basic Thai language
- Explore this beautiful area during your free time on cycle bikes provided to all volunteers
Special Care Centre
This Special Day Care Centre is located on the outskirts of Ranong Town in the Phang Nga Province of Southern Thailand and supports between 25 - 30 children, aged from 5 to 16 years. The children all have varying degrees of special needs - from autism, mental and physical handicaps and Downs Syndrome.
Why do they need volunteers?
These children generally do not get the opportunity to interact with many people other than their own families and the staff at the school. Therefore volunteers are invaluable and hugely welcome here; they provide further care and stimulation for the children, and help them to get used to and enjoy the company of others. This expands their social interaction skills enormously and will greatly improve their confidence and behavior, thus making their time at the school more rewarding, and productive and ultimately improving their quality of life and what they can get out of it.
Volunteers are also a necessary part of the essential running of care centre which often receive little funding. With the help of volunteers the Special Care Centre can run more effectively and children can be looked after on a daily basis in a safe and happy environment, and helped to reach their full potential.
Who can volunteer?
Volunteers with experience in this field are ideal and very welcome. However, any volunteers with enthusiasm and drive to work with and stimulate children with special needs, and interested in the teaching methods used in Thailand, are also welcome to apply. For anyone studying in the field of special needs education, psychology or nursing, this could be a great opportunity to use the multitude of transferrable skills.
Volunteers will be allocated to a specific teacher for their time at the project. Physiotherapy is a big part of the daily routine at the Care Centre and volunteers will be given guidance and handouts detailing the exercises to be used with the children. Volunteers will be shown how movement, touch and interaction fit into the lessons, and the best way to interact with the children and make the process fun and enjoyable too. Any volunteer who has special skills or knowledge in caring for special needs children should tell Amanzi Travel when making their booking, so that these skills can be incorporated into the daily schedule. These can also help plan lessons and give volunteers ideas for games and new ways to learn.
A typical day as a volunteer - Guide only
||Volunteers generally either walk or take the beautiful bike ride to the school
||The children start school at 8.30am and this generally begins with singing of the National Anthem and raising the flag. This is an important part of Thai culture and volunteers are encouraged to join in this custom. This is sometimes followed by morning exercises and a milk break for the children.
|9.15 am/9.30 am
||Chilren are put into small groups dependent on ability and given tasks such as arts and crafts, hand-eye co-ordination activities and English classes etc.
||Lunch - volunteers will help the children and then have lunch with the teachers. Then the younger children have a nap and the older children are entertained by playing games, building blocks or lego
||One final game together before finishing with a light snack
||School finishes for the children. Volunteers will look after them until they are picked up
||Return to volunteer accommodation for free time.
Volunteers may visit a child’s family or their home, depending on school funds at the time of their placement.
Essential skills of a volunteer
Volunteers will need to be open-minded, patient, creative, respectful of different cultures, flexible, enjoy working with children and teenagers – especially those with disabilities and special needs - and have the necessary proactive skills to help these children make a better life for themselves. Volunteers with appropriate skills can share their expertise and wisdom with the staff and children. Unskilled volunteers can provide the individual human contact that overworked staff may be unable to provide on a daily basis. It would also be useful to learn some Thai words and phrases, and a Thai phrasebook is provided to help here.
The children do have special needs and sometimes they may scratch or pull your hair unintentionally. Volunteers need to be mentally prepared for these incidents.
The furnished accommodation provided for volunteers is quite basic, but clean and comfortable, complete with a bed, pillow, blanket and fan. It is located near to the Care Centre in Ranong, and may be shared with other volunteers during busy periods. The school is within walking distance of the volunteer accommodation however a bicycle is provided for volunteers who would like to use them.
Lunch is provided at the school. There are local restaurants within walking distance for tasty breakfasts and dinners.
Volunteers will be provided with lunch at the Centre and eat with the staff. Volunteers will need to arrange their own breakfast and evening meals. There are plenty of nearby cheap restaurants within walking distance, where food can be purchased. The staple food of rice is the basis of all meals here, along with nutritious vegetables, fruit and meat.
At the centre of Indochina, is the Kingdom of Thailand – as it officially known. Thailand nestles between Burma, Laos and Cambodia above and Malaysia below, with the Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman Sea to the west.
Thailand’s second largest city of Chiang Mai is known as the Rose of the North and visitors can experience homestays in local villages, rural jungle treks and 13th century Buddhist temples. The islands on Thailand’s east coast consist of Koh Phangan, Koh Toa and Koh Samui, which are famous for Full Moon parties, diving and tourism respectively and of course white sandy beaches and coral reefs. While Koh Phi Phi was hit by the 2004 Tsunami, it is also the home of ‘The Beach’ and iconic limestone cliffs. Other synonymous activities with Thailand are Muay Thai boxing, Thai cooking courses, mountain climbing, elephant riding, river rafting, canopy walking, learning to dive and holistic retreats.
The capital city Bangkok is the country’s political, commercial and cultural hub, as well as being the gateway to Thailand for most travellers arriving by air. The city is a mixture of old and new, with high rise skyscrapers, old temples, the Royal palace, wide dominating motorways and little shops on street corners. The city is used as a hub to travel around the rest of the country and its many islands, as well as the surrounding countries. Thai people are, as throughout Asia, extremely warm and welcoming and cannot help but wear that huge Asian smile.
Highlights of country
- Includes jungles, mountains, islands and beaches
- Warm and friendly Thai people
- Learn to dive in Koh Tao
- Legendry Full Moon parties on Koh Phangan
- Easy access to other Asian countries for further travel
Thailand has a tropical climate almost all year round. Southern Thailand has two seasons; the wet season and the dry season, which are the different on the east and west coasts. The east coast has rain between September and December, while the west has heavy storms from April through until October. The south of Thailand receives the most rain, with around 2,400 mm falling each year, which is 1,000 mm more than central and northern Thailand.
Northern Thailand’s seasons are more defined. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry, except for expected rain between February and March. From November to March, there are cooling breezes in northern Thailand while the temperatures rise between March and May.
Population – 66.80 million
Capital - Bangkok
Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
Official languages – Thai
Time difference – GMT + 6
Telephone - +66
Our experience at the school went amazingly! The children at the center are fantastic and all the staff went out of their ways to make us feel at home.
Jennifer and Edward, Canada (West Coast Thailand Special Care Centre)