V2T Culture Exchange Centre
Get off the usual tourist trails and experience authentic rural Thailand with Volunt2Thai
Volunt2Thai is an international NGO, it supports 650+ students to help them break the cycle of poverty through education. But it is also about • Isan • the Beauty of this Villages • to find the Strength in Villagers • Nature • Tradition • Religion • Meditation • Cooking • Traveling • Volunteering • Sports Teaching • Local Music • Cultural Show • Local Dance • Presentation about Thai Culture • Local History • Way of Life • Adventure • Local Movies • Exercise....and after all a place to relax.
At V2T Campus & Cultural Centre we welcome people from all walks of life whatever your age or experience. As a volunteer you will live independently in a commune surrounded by Thai villages we work with and take responsibility for your own day to day life within the campus. Your primary task as a V2T volunteer will be to interact with the locals and provide support at the schools teaching basic English language skills through games and classroom work. We provide bicycles and three wheeled 'taxis' (tuk tuks) which you will use to reach our various projects, including the 6 schools within our current area of responsibility (an area of approximately 10 square kilometres)
V2T Campus consists of a number of bungalows, a modern Communal Kitchen, a Language Cafe, an elevated Natural Life Resort building, a Seminar Corner and a Library. The complex is integrated within a traditional farm at the edge of a rice field and surrounded by similar farms and small villages.
You will have the unique opportunity of seeing village life at first hand and experience a culture that has little changed over time. In return for what must be an unparalleled volunteering experience in Thailand, you will have the chance to give something meaningful back to the community through your work teaching the children and adults English.
Whether you are interested in volunteering after college, just made your TEFL, TESOL & CELTA certificate, need practice to become a teacher or Interest in joint intercultural learning. You may think about sabbatical for local engagement or maybe you need some orientation for a new job or training for a Social job.
Students, Professionals, Retirees & Veterans, we accept volunteers all year round for teaching English, music, art & crafts in addition to sports both during school term and at V2T summer school at the village temple. In addition, we also offer participation in projects in agriculture & construction and you may also be required to help organize events, seminars, and training days at the V2T campus.
V2T is the project of the people in our area. The program is led by V2T but is also supported by the local village mayors, school directors, teachers and district authority representatives.
Volunt2Thai work with the villages
We devote our volunteer work as a thank you to the village community which, open-hearted and warmly, welcomed us and allowed us to integrate into the village life. We have a respectful partnership with the village and the villagers will show you special attention.
The number of voluntary helpers is being kept deliberately low so not to interfere with daily routines and the intimacy of the village.
As a volunteer you are given the chance to help build and become a team member of a quickly emerging Rural Development Project. You can apply your knowledge in various fields such as agriculture, medicine, sports, construction, education etc..
Through your input Volunt2Thai is growing and prospering continuously and developing into a sustainable organization. Your ideas concerning the project and its further development are always welcome.
The people in the communities, especially the children, benefit from the education and contact with you "Westerners". This creates an incomparable win-win situation for everybody involved.
One thing has to be said: You have to be aware that this is an Rural Development Project and that certain expectations have to be fulfilled by you.
You will have to cope with difficult situations and probably leave your comfort zone on various occasions. Through your volunteer work you will have unique experiences in the social field, as well as developing your own social skills. In the end you will be rewarded with an experience that will greatly influence you and your character.
After your stay you will be happy and grateful to have made the decision to contribute to this project. Not only have you evolved on a personal level but you have also drastically changed the lives of the local people for the better.
On top of that the money you spend here directly creates additional income for the local families.
Do I need a work permit?
What are the duties of volunteers?
What are the cost to participate as a volunteer/intern?
Questions and answers can be found on our FAQ page
All what we do and whatever we do it's all about the children. Many children in Isan living without their Parents for a variety of reasons, including: parental separation, domestic violence and neglect, disease - including, increasingly, AIDS. Individual, family members are often forced to leave their children and their elderly for longer periods of time, in order to travel to urban centers or abroad to work.
Many of the people who leave fall into a life of crime and prostitution. Our work here is supported and realized through the help of volunteers. Different to SOS Children's Villages model where children are grouped into a house with an SOS mother, the children get our care but sleep with the remaining family members in the villages around.
Volunt2Thai works as a center from whereof the carers/volunteers stay in touch with the children and families through the partner schools, join public activities, and educational activities on our campus.
With the presence of volunteers and through ongoing projects with the villagers, new structures are created which will allow further development of the area.
Volunteers get the opportunity to take part in interesting new experiences and new knowledge is acquired through cooperation and collaboration with the villagers. Volunteers get a practical introduction to everyday country life and help in the ongoing projects. They will learn and practice traditional crafts, gain knowledge about nature, culture, and will get an introduction to the Thai language.
Weekends at V2T
Working the whole week with the children is a very fulfilling task but also a challenge it can be tough and you need a break. As the working week runs from Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday is considered the weekend for volunteers. During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax in the village or take the opportunity to explore other parts of northeast of Thailand. Nevertheless, there are a lot of things to do in Udon Thani and some appealing tourist attractions to view, volunteers can book weekend trips for themselves.
Besides this being that you are in a rural village, which offers many special events and activities you never know what will pop-up. There is no set schedule here and the villagers do not have the same concept of a weekend here as in the West. There may be nothing to do Saturday morning, but by the afternoon your day may fill up.
A small selection of Places to Discover
The Red Lotus Sea (Talay Bua Dang) at Nong Han Kum Pavapi, a fresh water lake in Thailand's Northeastern province. It is about 45km south east from the Udon Thani ring road and it's now one of Isan's top attractions, but few Westerners make it there. It is a unique natural attraction that it is home to millions of lotus flowers and only a boat ride away.
Short Trip to Laos - Pha That Luang
Volunt2thai Campus is only 50 kilometers from Laos. On your journey you will cross the Mekong River. Vientiane, is Laos' national capital, mixes French-colonial architecture with Buddhist temples such as the golden, 16th-century Pha That Luang, which is a national symbol. Along broad boulevards and tree-lined streets are many notable shrines including Wat Si Saket, which features thousands of Buddha images, and Wat Si Muang, built atop a Hindu shrine.
Wat Pa Phukon
You can pay a visit to Wat Pa Phukon. This temple circumscribes nearly 400 acres of lush forest, and as a result, is a tranquil locale for Buddhist meditation practice. Wat Pa Pukhon was built recently and is already famous for its breathtaking location and its majestic reclining Buddha statue. It is an impressive location with an amazing building structure. The statue was carven out of 43 blocks of gleaming white Italian Carrara marble and weighs between 15 and 30 tons. The temple is situated in Na Yung District, 120km from Udon Thani.
Wat Phu Thok
Phu Thok, meaning "Lonely Mountain" in the Isan language, is a 359 m high isolated hill in the northeastern end of Isan, Thailand. It is located in Na Sabaeng Subdistrict, Si Wilai District, at the centre of Bueng Kan Province.
Kham Chanot Forest
It is located in Kham Chanot a haunted forest on a lake, believed to be the border between the human world and the netherworld. Thais come to this place to pray to buddhas, nagas and spirits and ask them for good luck and prosperity. Real ghost or just a hoax? Find it out during a visit.
Phu Phra Bat Historical Park
Phu Phra Bat is a historical park in Ban Phue District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. The park's distinguishing feature is its unusual rock formations around which religious shrines have been constructed. Thousands of years ago, prehistoric man wandered around in this area. They left behind rock paintings made in red color depicting various animals and people. A number of very old Buddha images placed in the caves shows the caves were used as ancient temples. Phu Phra Bat Park is nominated for Unesco Heritage Site list.
The listed tours are only a small selection of possible destinations, there is much more to see. V2T is not a tour company, we do not offer tours but if all volunteers agree and if there is time we can use our fleet to take a trip every now and then. The costs for the transport must then be shared among the participants.