Most government run schools in Thailand suffer massively from underfunding. Thailand simply doesn’t have the available money required to keep education as its priority. Teaching materials are poor, computers are few and far between, lesson plans and curriculum’s suffer but most importantly so do the students.
When it comes to spending money, the maintenance of the buildings, classrooms, tables, chairs, canteen, bathrooms, playgrounds and buildings are often overlooked simply because there just isn’t enough money to go around. Classrooms don’t have enough tables or chairs for the students. Blackboards are worn out and can’t be used. Windows, doors and mosquito screens are missing. Playgrounds are a health and safety nightmare. It doesn’t take much to brighten up a classroom, replace a broken door hinge, construct a new blackboard or remove rusty nails from a child’s swing but schools need to prioritise their spending. This is where your help is needed…
Locations – Bangkok & Koh Samui
Project Length – 1-12 weeks
Volunteer Work – Assisting with development projects at a poor, underfunded school
Arrival Airport – Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Qualifications/Experience – None required
Minimum Age – 18
The price above is the price for one week, but you can extend your trip for as long as you want for just $220 USD extra per week.
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We work with a number of communities and their schools on Koh Samui. They can’t afford the additional funding to brighten up a school or improve the health, safety and sanitation. They rely on hand-outs that just aren’t there. As a volunteer on this project you will be making a donation of not just your time but also money to purchase the necessary materials to fix that window, replace that sink, improve the running water and more. You don’t need to be a DIY expert either. Whatever your skill-set (even if you have none) we’ll find a project for you that will be safe, fun, improve health and safety and make the kids surroundings more conducive to learning.
Koh Samui is a beautiful island; stunning beaches, crystal clear seas, amazing food. But behind the glitz and glamour of the tourist industry lies communities that suffer from meager incomes. Our projects are located across the island and are developed to support such communities in need. As a foreigner you can expect a warm welcome and will soon become one of the locals. You will live in this community, just a 10 minute walk from one of Samui’s most beautiful beaches at Mae Nam. Our volunteer accommodation has everything you could possibly need in a location which caters for everyone. Close to the beach, close to the main party areas, close to the big shops and malls, you really are spoilt in this perfect location.
The Bamboo Project work and support locally operated NGOs on almost all of their projects. This ensures that the work you do is actually required, does help those it promises too and that your financial investment goes a very long way. Team Bamboo have a combined experience of over 20 years working with volunteers from around the globe so you can be assured that the service you receive is based on them knowing pretty much everything there is to know! If you have a question right now, contact us here and we’ll put you directly in touch with the team.
The Bamboo Project guarantee that you’re time with them will be us unforgettable for you as it is positive for those it impacts. Whether you’re looking to teach English, work with rescued animals, walk with elephants, or help the regeneration of the oceans coral reefs, you will become a member of the family, you will make a difference and you will have the very best service available.
It is our job to make sure you understand 100% what is happening, 100% of the time. Before you leave to come and join us, our team is available to answer any questions or worries (that includes mums & dads) you might have. Once we have received your booking and confirmed your placement you will receive an in-depth pre-departure pack that will help you to plan and prepare for your time as a volunteer with us here in Thailand.
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