English Teaching Cultural Excange with Volunt2thai

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Volunt2thai
Volunt2thai
Volunt2thai
Volunt2thai
Students, Professionals, Retirees & Veterans
Students, Professionals, Retirees & Veterans

About

Volunt2Thai Community and Social Development Project started in 2014 in the north-eastern region of Thailand (Isan) with the aims of helping farmers and their families and to encourage the development of the region on guiding the children of the villages to a better future. V2T has since grown and with the constant expansion of its network, is on its way to becoming a platform for all kinds of projects.

Volunt2Thai has collaborative partnerships with NGO’s and educational institutions and works with a wide range of partners in all of its fields of competence for the development of different projects taking place at our project sites. In contrast to the project Volunt2Thai which concentrates its efforts on the development of the community with particular focus on the children, the association's aim is to promote and support the volunteer engagement of youths and adults and in so doing, contribute to the development of international cooperation and understanding.

Highlights
  • We work within a area of 4 square miles with 7 villages, you drive your own Tuck Tuck to 7 schools and temples.
  • You have the unique opportunity of real daily life, seeing village life at first hand and experience a culture that has little changed over time.
  • We evaluatuate your competences before project placement in the V2T project (Internship, volunteer work from 2 weeks up to one year).

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Corina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunt2Thai - How was it back then? How is it today?

When I first came to Ban Nong Phong two years ago everything was different! Many things have changed and developed both visually in the village, at school or in the temple, and structurally of the whole project. The following text is a report of the things that have changed.

The volunteer village:
The first thing that caught my attention was all the new houses that have been built in the village .It was very simple back then: The old wooden house, in which grandma and grandpa normally slept, and another house for the volunteers were the only buildings that existed. Every morning and evening we cycled to Raimund and Linly to have breakfast and dinner. So we mainly stayed at the village to sleep and construct things inside and outside the houses.
We had four bikes for all the volunteers, but today there are eight bikes and two tuk tuks.It is now easier for the volunteers to reach places further away, especially with the two tuk tuks.
There used to be only 2 pigs in the barn, but now there are about 10 to 15 pigs and two water buffaloes.
A third house for sleeping was built and there is a kitchen for preparing and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Furthermore there is a storage room, a library with many books, teaching materials and music instruments. At the language cafe volunteers can store their food in a fridge, but the main purpose of the language cafe is the cultural exchange between volunteers and kids from the village. During the holiday season the kids can play, learn English or take part in other activities at the cafe. The "book club" at the library will be opened two afternoons per week for the kids.
Right at the entrance of the village a big photo wall welcomes you. Here you can see all the steps of the development of the project.
If you stay in the colourful houses of Volunt2Thai you will very quickly become a part of a big family! It is just like a huge outdoor flat-sharing community! The volunteers are very friendly, helpful and are well organized - which makes it easy to settle down in this 'family'. Everyone has to do something to keep the village clean and in a good condition - if everyone is doing that reliably, then it is great place to live together.
Another new house with two floors is in the building phase right now. On the upper floor there is space for some tents, and on the ground floor there will be a cultural centre for english lessons, seminars and speeches. You can already see the cooperations with some universities on posters on the outside of this building.
The volunteers:
Since the project already has a wide reach across the globe, a lot has changed with all the volunteers.
Two years ago the people stayed for only a couple of weeks and mainly did some construction work in the village and not very much teaching. Nowadays this has changed completely - all of the volunteers teach at different schools. After school they do some construction work, paint the houses or cut grass or trees. Everything is structured very well, and every Monday there is a meeting whereby everything that has to be done during the following week is discussed.
Another difference is, that most of the volunteers stay for a long time, at least a month, some of them even a whole year. That's a very positive thing, because the children at school can get used to one person for a longer amount of time, and they can improve their English a lot. But if all the volunteers leave after just one month, the kids have to start new with every new teacher.
It's also quite good, that there is not too much coming and going at the village.
The capacity of the beds for the volunteers is getting bigger and bigger, so more and more schools can be supplied with English teachers.

The schools:
When I first came to Volunt2Thai there were only two schools (Ban Nong Phong and Ban Nong Khung), that could get teachers on an irregular schedule. Sometimes volunteers went to the kindergarten in Ban Lao to look after the kids.
It was very hard to teach English back then, because the kids could only say and understand 'hello' and nothing else. We couldn't speak Thai, so we were not able to explain anything to them. You see - it was very complicated and sometimes impossible to teach anything. But we tried it and most of the time we played some educational games with them.
Today, two years later it is so unbelievably wonderful to see and listen to how much their English has improved. Nearly every student comes to you and starts talking and asking you stuff, so you can chitchat with them about simple topics. I am really amazed and excited by the improvement that all the volunteers have achieved in just two years!
Right now it’s not only possible to teach in the same two schools as before, but also at Ban Nong Si Samran, Ban Lao and Ban Nong Hung. That's really awesome and great for all the kids who get the chance to learn English.
With the the new director and new teachers at Ban Nong Khung school they experience a significant upturn. The new director is very interested, motivated and very involved in developing more and more English lessons.
You can really feel and see the progress of the project in each school! Many of the kids seem much more interested in learning a new language than two years ago.

The surrounding villages:
Because of the project, many people in the surrounding villages are changing their minds about 'farangs' (European people). The presence of the volunteers is an enrichment for everyone! The cultural exchange between local and foreign people is huge.
In some villages there are new shops being built because the need for it is rising. One family in Ban Nong Phong is offering a laundry service for the volunteers, so they don't have to drive 40 minutes to Amphoe Phen anymore.
Two years ago it was kind of a sensation, when you cycled along the village's streets but now it is already normal - the openness towards foreign people is increasing.

At the temple:
The biggest development at Mae Chi's temple in Ban Moo is that there are some new buildings made out of old wood. The „Chedi“ is also growing, and the dangerous bamboo framework got exchanged for plastered walls. Very detailed handwork is behind all of that. There are some art projects like modelling sculptures taking place at the temple.
Mae Chi is like Volunt2Thai - you have to work hard and with all of you heart for something, even if there are occasionally very hard moments. But you always have to be sure that you are doing something amazing!

In other countries:
The presentation of Volunt2Thai in countries other than Thailand happened mainly via Facebook back then. But nowadays there is a huge network of volunteers all around the world who stay in contact and represent the project. The members come from Hong Kong, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Scotland and soon from Switzerland too.
In Austria 'Volunt2Thai Österreich - Verein zur Förderung von Freiwillgenarbeit' was founded and has already been at some volunteer fairs.
The Website www.volunt2thai.com has a completely new design and is very detailed, informative and continuously updated.
The cooperation with universities in Belgium, Germany, France and Canada is great to spread the idea of the project!

All in all I can tell you that Volunt2Thai has developed a lot since I first volunteered there. So many hard-working and kind-hearted humans helped to push the project forward. After two years I am very happy to see what has changed in such a short time!
I wish Raimund, his relatives, all the wonderful people in the villages and the whole Volunt2Thai family all the best for the future, and that the project continues to grow ike that!
This project is something very special and important!

What would you improve about this program?
There is hardly anything to improve - everything is there. The volunteers themselves determine the quality of the project with the help of the project manager and the school directors. The project and the scope of the project is very large, new volunteers are constantly needed to carry out all the tasks.
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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Heart Warming Experience

Wow! If you only ever do one volunteering project in your life it must be this one. You will live in simple but adequate accommodation with other volunteers, taking care and supporting each other, cooking, cleaning and maintaining the V2T Village. See real Thai life in the small villages of Issan. No two volunteers will have quite the same experience, from teaching the lovely children English in the school to cutting the rice crop or helping the rice miller on his daily rounds of the farms your experience will be unique. Most of all, the happy smiling faces of children who have so little will touch a special place in your heart and they will remember forever your part in their development. And how many other job applicants on your future career path will be able to compete with such a powerful tool on your CV?

What would you improve about this program?
More sponsorship, more donations and more volunteers