• Thailand
    • Chiang Rai
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Childcare Education Teaching Indigenous Rights Summer Winter

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You will complete four hours of at-center work a day. These tasks vary from day to day. In our children’s home in Thailand, daily tasks will include assisting with homework and organizing projects and activities for the children. You will also provide the co-Directors with needs-based assistance in the daily maintenance of the center, becoming a part of the IHF family and integral to the work we do.

This is an ideal opportunity to gain firsthand experience in international development, but still have time to explore a new place and culture. Our Thailand center is in the vicinity of incredible temples, waterfalls and scenery. You will have plenty of time to visit these incredible settings, but work must remain a priority. By both volunteering and sightseeing, you will have a unique experience, and hopefully you will leave our center with a better understanding of your surroundings and IHF as an organization.

Candidate Qualifications: You must be fluent in written and spoken English. We value volunteers who­ are creative and innovative, willing to take responsibility and easily adapt to new conditions and unexpected situations. ­ Each IHF center is a product of its environment and follows the cultural code and norms of its host country. So must our staff. Our volunteers must have high inter­cultural sensitivity and be tolerant to different views and ways of life.

Voluntourists stay at least 2 weeks. We provide basic accommodation and food at our centers, where you will live with your co-workers. Unfortunately, as a nonprofit, we are unable to provide these amenities freely and we charge a minimal cost of $150 per week. We are not able to cover travel or insurance expenses or any other related costs, but we will help you with your travel and visa planning.

Please familiarize yourself further with our organization on our website www.ihfonline.org and our blog http://ihfblog.wordpress.com/home/.

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If you have any questions at this time, feel free to e-mail one of our helpful volunteers at volunteering@ihfonline.org. If you’re ready to apply, send your CV to applications@ihfonline.org.
Dec 12, 2018
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About Program

The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic individuals of all ages/backgrounds to contribute to our children’s home in Chiang Rai, Thailand as part of our Voluntourist program. As a Voluntourist, you would gain hands-on experience with an international not-for-profit NGO at the ground level and contribute your time and talents to substantially helping provide better opportunities for young students.

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My experience at IHF Chiang Rai

My name is Emmaline Stotter. I'm nineteen years old and currently on a gap year before starting at Edinburgh University in September 2013. I've always wanted to go abroad and volunteer, but never understood why I would have to pay thousands of pounds to help build a community or bond with children. I wanted it to be personal, I wanted to see for myself that I was making a difference or doing at least something to put a smile on someone else's face.
I chose to come to the IHF centre in Chiang Rai Thailand, as my mother is originally Thai and I was born here, but was brought up in Europe forgetting most of my Thai. I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about my other culture and language, as well as bond with the real Thai children and learn deeply about their world I wish I was more bonded to. The centre is located in Chiang Rai - its beautiful here! I could imagine living here and that thought doesn't come around often! This centre is a home to 12 children from the Lahu Hilltribe. They live here in order to gain a proper education. All of them attend a Thai school nearby.
We wake up around six in the morning to wake up the kids for school. We prepare their breakfast and see them off on the school bus around seven. At 4 we pick up the primary school kids and walk them home. Shortly after, the high school kids return home by bus. We have snacks and relax. After washing school uniforms we get busy with activities, whether its completing sponsor letters, doing origami or one of our frequent AMAZING dance battles led by the great Jiraporn! We help each other to prepare dinner for everyone and we make sure the place is clean before lights out.
My time at the centre is coming to an end and to my amazement, I have learnt so much more then I ever expected. As well as me reminding the children to say 'thank you' and 'please', they have reminded me to keep calm, be patient and to enjoy the moments. I've also learnt a lot of cooking from these amazing chefs! This is one big reason I traveled abroad - to work on my bad aspects i.e. to become more patient and calm, to be able to discuss things with others and not argue and to never waste the time you have. These kids have really put huge smiles on my face everyday I've been here and after leaving this centre I will not forget them and will try my hardest to stay in contact often. I hope to sponsor one of the new comers who shares an interest - photography! I am very grateful to every one here for their kindness and for letting me get to know them and spend time with them. I will miss them dearly and wish them all the success in their futures.

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