V2T Rural Development Center
Get off the usual tourist trails and experience authentic rural Thailand with Volunt2Thai
Whatever your age or experience we welcome people from all walks of life at V2T Campus & Cultural Centre. As a volunteer you will live independently in a commune and take responsibility for your own day to day life within the campus. 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) Your primary task as a V2T volunteer will be to provide support at the schools teaching basic English language skills through games and classroom work.
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 litt le 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 at the schools or at our language cafe.
We accept volunteers all year round for work in agriculture, construction, teaching English, music, art & crafts in addition to sports both during school term and at V2T summer school at the village temple. In addition, you may also be required to help organize events, seminars, and training days at the V2T campus. The program is led by V2T but is also supported by the local village mayors, school directors, teachers and district authority representatives.
Volunt2Thai Community and Social Development Project
V2T was started in 2014 with the aims of helping farmers and their families and to encourage the development of the region with particular emphasis on guiding the children of the villages to a better future. V2T has since grown and with the constant expansion of its network, it has become a Campus & Cultural Center and platform for all kinds of projects. Your job at V2T is to broaden the boundaries of the children and improve their understanding of the world with your influence and presence so that when they grown up they will be able to act in a wider intercultural dimension. With a better understanding of the world they occupy, they will be better equipped to determine their own destiny. In simplest terms "all project participants will have left behind knowledge and good memories".
Beeing Ambassadors to develop Yunus Social Business Centres (YSBC) globally
V2T has taken the responsibility to implement Dr Yunus 3 Zeros i.e. zero unemployment, zero net carbon, zero poverty in schools according to school curriculum priorities and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through a process of STEMSEL Invention for Social Good. This all is done with support from Dr Yunus Community Ambassadors (DYCA)
Adding a V2T reference to your CV is guaranteed to get you noticed
Volunt2Thai has collaborative partnerships with NGO’s and educational institutions and works with a wide range of partners in all of its fields of competence for the development of different projects taking place at our project sites. In contrast to the project Volunt2Thai which concentrates its efforts on the development of the community with particular focus on the children, the association's aim is to promote and support the volunteer engagement of youths and adults and in so doing, contribute to the development of international cooperation and understanding - download our statutes here
V2T, Volunt2Thai - Volunteer to Thailand is an Austrian association
and has its headquarters in Vienna (Volunt2Thai Austria – Association for the promotion of volunteer work). Among our partners is the state aided organization "Weltwegweiser" (“Jugend eine Welt"), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (Agentur der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit). Through our cooperation with "Worldwide Volunteers”, German volunteers can receive sponsorship from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), allowing them to work with us for a so called "social year" (Entwicklungspolitischer Freiwilligendienst weltwärts). Additionally students can apply for a scholarship in combination with internship at Volunt2Thai.
The association can provide the tools and challenges in a variety of spheres to aid and support students, apprenticeships and national and adult education programmes, allowing the potential of volunteer workers to be realised. Additionally, we hope to contribute to science and research in these areas.
To date, the project has been set up with the help of project participants (volunteers & interns) from the following countries: USA, France, Vietnam, Germany, Scotland, Australia, Israel, Switzerland, England, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, China, Netherlands, Brazil, Norway, Mexico, Faroe Islands, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore, Argentina, Canada, Malta and New Caledonia, with new countries frequently being added to the list.
VOLUNTEERING / INTERNSHIP / EDUCATIONAL AGREEMENT
Now to you:
You already made it to our site, showing that you are an extraordinary spirit. Exactly what we need. Contribute, everything you need is:
- open mind
- positive attitude
- compassionate heart
- knowledge, experience, practice
motivation to help in any way that you can!
You can't imagine what your knowledge and your mind can change here.
The presence of volunteers will drastically change the lives of the people in the villages over the next ten years and beyond. The current generation of six-year-olds will be educated in English, receive a general understanding of the world and acquire new insight into foreign cultures. This will positively influence and accompany them in their personal development.
The fundamental objective is to ensure that the children of the villagers have the same opportunities of career choice and international, transnational activities as their counterparts in the western world.
We also hope our project will attract attention for longterm economic growth in the village. The exchange of cultures to give the farmers and their families the opportunity to share their valuable knowledge is a plausible start.
Not only will a fair, additional income eventually be procured by farmers, but also negative developments such as the exodus of the younger generation to major cities will be stopped in this economically very poor region.
Your help would be greatly appreciated in the following areas
Volunt2Thai - a unique opportunity for you
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: Life here is not easy, neither for you nor for the people living here. Your life here will not be like a stay in a youth camp. 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
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 farm 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.
At the end of the stay, with volunt2thai you will receive references for your future employer outlining the challenges faced during your stay and the innovative ways you adapted your skills to deal with them. A powerful tool sure to make your application stand out from the crowd.