Volunteer Trips to South-East Asia

POSTED IN Blog Tags volunteer, Thailand, Cambodia AUTHOR Lennart Goebel

IKPVA from Rio de Janeiro is organizing volunteer trips to Thailand and Cambodia. Within the favorite volunteer programs counts the elephant project in Surin, Thailand. There is also a combined trip, called Voluntour, where the volunteers will work with elephants, construction and enjoy their holidays on Koh Panghan.

Volunteer Trips to Thailand

In Thailand, Surin, one of the most popular programs is volunteering at a small community hospital, comparable in size to most western clinics. Since it is situated in one of Thailand’s poorest provinces, your work as a medical volunteer is vey important.

Find here the programs to volunteer in Thailand on IKPVA's Homepage.

Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand Surin
Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand Surin

The volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Find the Elephant volunteer program in Thailand on IKPVA's Homepage

Volunteering in Cambodia

Albane from France went to Cambodia, and has been volunteering with childcare at a day care centre:

Albane with the children
Albane with the children

I took care of a class of 7 children (5-6 years old) from 9:00 a.m to 4 p.m, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes I picked them up in their shanty towns at 8 a.m with the staff. It was very hard and sad to see where they live and in such poor conditions, but it was part of the experience and I simply loved their face, their excitation when the association bus (that we used to pick them up at Home) arrived in front of their living place ( we can’t call it “a house”).

When they arrive at the day Care center around 9 a.m, they sing and pray with a Kmer teacher. This was so cute to see them so happy to be there and to take pleasure to sing and pray (even if they lost sometimes their concentration rapidly when they saw the volunteers next to them and they guessed that they will play games after ahah).After that, it was “shower time” for all children. So we had to make them take a shower, put soap on their body, shampoo on their haïr, and dress them up with the association “uniform” (too cute).

Then, I taught them English until lunch time (around 11 a.m). As school facilities, I had a board, some books, pens, and thats it. I regretted not to have brought with me school support for the class when I see how much they were happy to learn. Some days, when they were very excited, I had time to do some games ( often drawings) after the lesson and before the lunch time. When they ate, I helped to clean the dishes, and other little tasks to help the staff. – Albane from France

Find here the projects to volunteer in Cambodia.


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