playing with the children at the lake.
If you’re interested in getting directly involved with Childlife you may like to consider applying for our Volunteer Program. As a volunteer you are a fully integrated member of our staff. This gives you a unique insight into our project. Please note that the program is only open to volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of three months.
For short term volunteers interesting in volunteering for one to three months please visit the Karma Projects website at www.karmaprojects.org.
In particular we are often in need of the following skills and expertise:
Translation from Thai to English and English to Thai
Experienced teachers: English as a second language, Burmese, Cultural Educators
Social work and/or research skills
As you would appreciate, due to the nature of our work, all volunteers who are selected will be required to undergo a police check.
There is no application deadline. Childlife accepts volunteers
year-round. It is best to apply as early as possible, at
least 3 months before you would like to begin.
To become a Childlife Volunteer, an applicant must meet certain
education and work experience requirements. When evaluating
an applicant, Childlife considers the "whole person"
including your life experiences, community involvement, volunteer
work, motivations and even your hobbies. In most cases, applicants
with strong motivation and a commitment to Childlife will
be competitive to become Childlife volunteers.
Volunteers must be at least 21-years-old. There is no upper
Communication between the children and staff is in Thai. Good
English is required to communicate with the staff. As an English
speaker your duties would also consist of assisting staff
with the English correspondence (mainly e-mails, project proposals,
etc). Volunteers should try to learn as much Thai as possible
before coming. It will make your stay a lot more memorable
and it will be easier for you to communicate with both staff
and Jeab discuss some issues while Ton takes a nap.
There is no exact job description. Your duties will very much
depend on your skills, our needs and your command of English
and Thai. Possible duties could include:
Teaching the children subjects such as English, maths, art,
Development and life skills
Taking care of the children and doing activities such as
- drawing and painting
you are also invited to include you own ideas and personal
- your own ideas
- writing articles, reports, news for the website
- checking e-mails
- transmitting information between the supporting organization
- informing and taking care of new volunteers
- English language correspondence
- helping the staff to write various reports and proposals
- creating photographic documentation
- helping to create brochures and other PR material for Childlife
- assisting the Thai staff with English
- taking care of international visitors
- helping to cook for the children
- accompanying Ngaow to visit other organisations
are also required to write a report about your stay with Childlife
after the first month. This report is mandatory and is part
of being a Childlife volunteer.
Volunteers and Staff.
Every volunteer's experience is unique. Our staff
mainly consists of Thai volunteers who serve for a
longer period of time. There may be other foreign
volunteers present, but maybe not. Serving at Childlife
requires flexibility and independence. So be prepared
that you may be the only volunteer or be among other
As a Childlife Volunteer, you are not paid a salary. You are
responsible for your own visa, health insurance, transportation
to and from Mae Sai, transportation within Mae Sai and personal
You won't need much money while serving at Childlife. Food,
local transport, internet, accommodation, etc is all relatively
inexpensive. When deciding on how much money to bring you
should consider your personal spending habits and things you
plan to do.
and Ton, playing soccer at the Childlife First House.
Volunteers, according to Thai law, are required to obtain
a non-immigrant visa. If you can only get a three month visa
then you can get it renewed while you are in Thailand. Contact
your local Thai Embassy for more details.
Volunteers may be able to stay at the Childlife Centre or at Nana Buffet Guesthouse. This however depends on whether rooms are available at the time. Childlife will have a look at the situation closer to your arrival. If there is no room available at the centre there are a few cheap guesthouses in town.
The Childlife centre is located about 7 kms out of the town
of Mae Sai. Mae Sai is about 60kms from the closest major
town of Chiang Rai in North Thailand. You can fly to Chiang
Rai or take a bus to Mae Sai. The Childlife team should be
able to pick you up from the airport or bus terminal if you
notify Childlife via e-mail or post of your intended arrival
dates as soon as you have them.
hanging out with the kids.
Dress is conservative in Thailand. Smart casual is fine.
Long cotton pants, jeans, t-shirts and so on are all
acceptable. No short shorts, skirts, singlets etc. Childlife
volunteers need to pay respect to Thai culture, provide
a good example for the children and provide a professional
appearance for visitors. From late October to January
the temperature can get as low as 2 or 3 degrees, so
it is suggested to bring a warm jumper, raincoat/jacket,
warm socks and so on.
Difference and Sensitivity.
Volunteers, as representatives of Childlife, are expected
to be culturally sensitive and to attempt to learn as much
as possible before and during their visit, about the local
cultures of Mae Sai. It is important that volunteers are aware
that local people may not understand or accept ways of behaviour
that in other cultures would be considered normal. This includes
the manner in which people communicate, dress-code and day-to-day
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for
childlife please contact
us via e-mail for an application form.
teaching about computers.