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Volunteering is charity work, not a business. After passing through the application process, volunteers receive an official invitation letter signed by Thai authority, to apply for a non-immigrant "O" Visa at the embassy in their home country (if needed, pending on the project)
At the moment, our focus is supporting schools by teaching English. There is an overwhelming need for English teaching. But we also need help in other areas, such as farming, gardening, carpentry, medical service, etc. We can assign and discuss different tasks for you according to your knowledge and interests.
You have to be a flexible and proactive person. It would definitely be a plus if you have education background or experience in teaching, medical service, agriculture, carpentry, but it is not a must. It will be an advantage for you if you can ride a bicycle, motor bike or drive a car, given that the public transport is not that convenient here. However, it is not a must either.
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Our project is located at 48/1 Moo 5, Ban Nong Phong, Tambon Ban Lao, Amphoe Phen, Udon Thani 41150, Thailand.
Ban Nong Phong is a 20 minute drive from Amphoe Phen, while Amphoe Phen is around an hour drive from Udon Thani.
Coming from Chiang Mai or Bangkok
Take a flight or bus to Udon Thani. From the airport or Bus Station 2, take a Tuk Tuk to Rangsina Market (outside Udon Thani town). When you are there you take the GREEN bus to Amphoe Phen. The green one takes you directly to Ban Nong Phong while the orange one stops in Amphoe Phen and you will need to take a Tuk Tuk.
Arriving at Amphoe Phen
When you are at the green bus you do not leave the bus at the bus stop. It will stop for 20 minutes and will bring you directly to us. If you took the orange bus then leave the bus in Amphoe Phen, most volunteers take the Tuk Tuk, (next to the bus station in Amphoe Phen). It is a nice ride and the price from Amphoe Phen to us is maybe 130- 160 baht for 17 km distance.
We can also pick you up from Udon Thani with our car if we are available. However, we need to charge you 1000 Baht for the fuel/car maintenance because it is a 150km drive (Taxi would be 1400 Baht)
We provide free accommodation, but charge 25€ per week for food.
You will have to pay for your own transport to Thailand and to Ban Nong Phong. Concerning the daily transportation to your project, you have the possibility to rent a motorcycle (4000THB per month/1000THB per week). We ask you to request this prior to your arrival since we only have a limited amount of motorcycles available.
A one-time non-refundable registration deposit of 150.00 Euro, is required. This is to show seriousness about being a part of V2T, to ensure that your spot is reserved, and someone else doesn't miss an opportunity. A portion of the registration fee also goes to maintaining our facilities. A volunteer’s placement in the program cannot be confirmed until the deposit has been paid in full.
V2T does not charge fees but need to maintain administrative overhead costs, transportation, communication, electricity, marketing and PR. Funds are necessary to keep the development and expansion of the organisation and projects ongoing as well as for legal processes, donations are appreciated. V2T is a “volunteers for volunteers” program each volunteer is required to contribute with a donation to the costs of the stay of the subsequent next volunteer.
Visa requirements vary depending on the following factors: your purpose of travel, length of stay, nationality and place of residence. All volunteers need to ensure they have a passport that is valid for 6 months from entry.
Purpose of Travel:
Your trip will fall under the category of volunteering and requires an invitation letter which we will provide. With this letter of invitation you can apply at any Thai embassy for a non immigrant O Visa, which allows you to stay for three months with the extension option up to one year (in combination with a work permit)
It is not necessary but pending on your assignment recommended. It can be helpful when working on things for the organisation and doing research for your projects. It might also be helpful for you to plan your trip if you have one. There is no computer provided in the village. You can decide whether to bring your own computer according to your needs.
There is no wifi provided in the village. To access internet and make phone calls, you can bring your own mobile phone but make sure your phone is “unlocked” and works with a Thai SIM card.
You can buy a calling and data package from one of the big three Mobile network operators which all have booths in the airport. Usually, after the card is put in the phone, you wait a very short time and you’ll get a welcome SMS telling you the service is activated. The staff will help you. You can also get them at places like convenience stores, shopping centers, supermarkets, and any phone sales booth. To get internet access for your computer, you can just create a hotspot from your mobile phone.
A Thai mobile number is very affordable and is great for keeping in touch with other volunteers as well as home. For international calls ask for a specific activation or prefix. Please note, the country code of Thailand is +66.
We have had the best connectivity with “True” SIM cards in this area.
Thai Baht (THB). We recommend checking out the most current exchange rate before your departure.
Manage your Money:
We recommend bringing no less than 200 USD or Euro to keep in case of emergencies, and a VISA or Mastercard credit/debit card to withdraw cash in the local currency at every ATM. The nearest ATM is in Amphoe Phen (17km). You can also exchange money at the airport. Cards are not accepted in the village, so make sure to get enough cash for your time at the village.
To withdraw or exchange your money:
It would be good to have some cash on you when you arrive at the airport and exchange it. However the rate is not that good so don’t change more than 100 euros. There are also various ATM machines at the airport where you can withdraw money if you have a credit card(Visa/Mastercard) or an Union Pay ATM card.
Be aware that there are NO ATM machines in the village where you will be staying. The closest one is a 30 minute drive away. When withdrawing money it would be advisable to get a larger sum since there is a service charge of 50 - 180 bahts for every withdrawal by your bank.
There is a modern washing machine here and we can wash your clothes, but we ask 100 Baht for detergent and softener contribution. Since the washing machine is big we will collect all the clothes and wash them together. Certainly, you can also hand wash your clothes if you like. There are hanging lines and bambooes under the roof. We also have hangers available. There is also an ironing press at your disposal.
V2T Village GuideHello!
and welcome to Volunt2Thai Project. As you may already now, our goal ”is to help farmers and families, particularly the children, of the villages to build a better future. To achieve this, we teach them foreign languages and general knowledge.” To make it even better we are now on the way to built a learning and recreational center for disadvantaged chlidren in the V2T village. This is where the real magic happens :).
We guess that you are tired from the travel and need to just rest and adjust yourself into the new place, but let this little guide book make things easier for you. So under is listed things that are good to keep in mind:
****** Big Thank's to Hanna from Finnland which wrote this manual for us ******
Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Mobile: +66 814 068 380