Thailand

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer, I went on the 21 day flagship program to Thailand with Global Leadership Adventures, and it was the best experience of my life. I grew so much as a person from group discussions and seeing all different walks of life in another culture. I never once felt unsafe, which was very nice. It was definitely clear that safety was the number one priority. The support we received from our mentors was amazing; they were always there for us to talk about missing family, to being scared of an activity, to personal struggles affecting you on the trip. The mentors really help to make you feel welcomed. We got to see every aspect of Thailand, from the nightlife of the markets to the daily lives of rice paddy farmers. The activities were all so much fun and had something to learn from them. The mentors are always making sure we're aware of what's going on. My favorite part about the trip, besides teaching Thai children, would be the last night of the program when we all laid out on the floor to write our bag notes and stayed up late to finish them after our final dinner. We had all grown so close throughout our 21 days and we just talked about our favorite parts of the trip and it felt like everything came full circle.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Vision International (GVI)

I was recently involved with GVI on their under 18s program in Thailand. During my time there, we held a fun fair at the nearby Ban Nam Khem school. It was great to see all of the small Thai kids running around and having a ball. I reminded me that happiness can be so simple, even something as small as a bit of face paint can make a child’s day. Our stall, called ‘Splat the rat’ was almost impossible! Essentially, we had a few decorated PVC pipes which we would hold vertically and put a ball in the top end for the children to hit with a plastic bat when it came out of the bottom. We saw child after child after child fail to hit the ball! In well over 200 attempts I reckon only 4 or 5 children actually managed to hit the ball in one swing! One of the funniest moments was when a small girl took a huge swing with the bat and ended up smacking a massive teenage boy between his legs! He doubled over in pain and she just laughed hysterically with everyone else! This experience was one of many which I enjoyed over the course of my two weeks in Thailand. I would highly recommend GVI itself as a company to volunteer abroad with, as well as this program specifically, which I believe has enriched me and furthered my understanding of foreign cultures.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I spent everyday working with elephants, something I thought I would never get the chance to. After interacting with such amazing and smart animals I truly gained an appreciation for the wild animals that roam the earth. Their personalities were incredible as they represented aspects that one would only expect to see in a human. The country itself is beautifully decorated with sacred temples at each corner of the road. Being able to immerse into Thai culture by visiting such temples was a great honor. Thailand was an incredible experience that left me to return home with all my expectations met. Thank you, GLA!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter went to Thailand with Global Leadership Adventures and loved it! We were hesitant to let her travel alone, but she proved to be capable, and the support GLA provided was fantastic. We felt comfortable with her safety and wellbeing, and she came home with new stories and a new excitement about the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I loved traveling with Global Leadership Adventures! My service was so rewarding, and I loved working with the kids in Thailand. The country itself is so amazing, and kept me in awe the whole time. I felt safe and secure throughout my trip, and never had a worrying time, even during my travel to and from the country. The trip was life-changing, and I miss waking up in Thailand!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had such an amazing experience through the Global Leadership Adventures' program Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope! I traveled to Thailand not knowing anyone, yet I felt at home. Each student was so welcoming and eager to make new friends. My favorite part of the two weeks was definitely teaching English to the children. They were so engaged in the lessons and tried to understand, although the language barrier was a challenge. The kids were so thankful that we taught at their school and crying as they said goodbye. I also loved immersing myself in Thai culture visiting many different temples, and also volunteering at an elephant conservation. We also had a Thai cooking lesson. It was so much fun learning about new foods that are different than ones I usually eat. Besides the many different activities, the Global Leadership Adventure mentors were always so nice and helpful. They were always there for us and were willing to talk about anything. This was an unforgettable experience that I would love to repeat hopefully next summer!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Oct 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In May 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at a Day Care Center in Krabi, Thailand through the Projects Abroad Organization. My time in Thailand was such an eye opening and humbling experience. I decided to embark on this journey because I needed a break from my work/studies and I can honestly say that I had the time of my life. Teaching the kids was incredibly rewarding. In the end, I realized that the kids taught me more than I could every teach them. They taught me things about myself that I was never in touch with. It is also incredible how many great people I met along the way that shared common values and interests.This trip challenged me in so many ways and pushed me many times beyond my comfort level.

The accommodation was comfortable and the food well, I couldn't complain... (as I can eat pad Thai and fried rice every day). One of the things that I liked the most about Projects abroad is that I always felt like I had their team's support 24/7. The Projects Abroad staff and other volunteers instantly made me feel welcomed and like family. I have no regrets in choosing this organization and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an enriching experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ is super helpful, I was doing a four-weeks Childcare program in Thailand, and this was my first time volunteering abroad, I was nervous at first, but the IVHQ staff contacted me and gave me a lot of guide and useful information, so I can prepare well before I go.

I enjoyed my experience in Thailand so much, it was so rewarding. I made a lot of International friends, the food and accommodation were good, we got a lot of chance to interact with the local people and learn about their culture, we also travelled a lot and explored a lot.

The local staffs were super nice and helpful, they provided good food, they taught us Thai language, they translated for us all the time, they cared about our health. one day, one volunteer was sick, one staff drove her to the local clinic immediately, we were very impressed.

Overall, Thailand is a amazing place, people are so friendly, and IVHQ is definitely a good choice.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

I spend one month (August 2016) in the Original Volunteers project set in Thailand. I volunteered as an English teacher in a primary school in Phang Nga, southern Thailand. During my stay there I also have the opportunity to collaborate at the Sena School English Camp for teens.

I would describe my stay as adventurous, enjoyable, rich and worthwhile experience. For this reason I truly recommend this rewarding experience with Original Volunteers. This company offers a good value for money; I can affirm the costs are reasonably priced. Also, provides you with advices and support before and during your stay there. The facilities for the volunteers are impressive good taking into account the poor place where the project takes place.

Teaching English to Thai children provides them a wide range of their opportunities to work and find a good job position in their adulthood. I wanted to help and give a better future for the children. As the same way I wanted to give the moral of the children a huge boost and present them enjoyable English activities. This was one of the main reasons which makes me took the decision of being a volunteer. Collaborate with this project let me met my expectations. It makes me feel really good to be able to collaborate in that local community to improve and increase their English level.

Volunteers went out to small town where little or no English is spoken. There we taught in local schools every day. The town I did my volunteer was called Khok Kloy. The weekdays all the volunteers slept in the same hostel pretty close to the different schools where we collaborate. Every morning a tuk-tuk taxi pick up us and drop of to the schools. There were two teacher volunteers per school (there were never a volunteer teaching alone in a school). I did class of English to children of different ages (from nursery to 12 years old) during all morning (5 hours per day). I must say I felt really comfortable teaching to that school. The teachers and the director of the school were really nice with the volunteers during all our stay there. We have lunch with the teacher staff who share us their food. They are really interested in meeting us and let us be part of the staff team. Students were really motivated for English classes and meet new volunteers from other countries.

Teachers follow the Thai Government curriculum which makes the lessons relevant to the children education. The classes we taught in the school where already programmed by Original Volunteers teachers team, but we also have the opportunity to create new activities at the end of the class or change the way to present (if we thought it could be easily learned by the students). To sum up, we follow the program but we were free to create new activities and English games to motivate them. Even thought they are already motivated for learning English. As teachers reported, children enjoy the volunteer’s activities and they are “hungry for English”.

I will appeal to the food. As I said before Thai teachers share their meal with the volunteers. It was a good excuse to eat and taste the real Thai food cooked by the teachers. Disappointingly, in the hostel the food service is limited. But there are a thai tesco, street markets, shops, and pharmacy in fifteen minutes walking from there.

During my stay there I felt well looked after by the coordinators and other teachers of the project. There was always somebody there able to help and assistance me. When it comes the communication with the company was excellent being always happy to answer all my queries and doubts.
Before I went to Thailand the company helped me get in touch with other futures volunteers who will share the same project during my stay there. I was able to meet and chat them before my arrival at the project. Despite I went there alone, I never felt as I was on my own. We created a really nice volunteer teachers team in the school where the project took place. We also have the opportunity to share trips around the country of Thailand when the project ends.

It was definitely a worthwhile experience that I will never forget. I came back to my country with my bag full of lovely and brilliant memories from Thailand. Thanks Original Volunteer for let me be part of your admirable, skilful and great team.
You will be always a part of me.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Original Volunteers

Program:
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jun 6, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

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