Reviews and Testimonials since 2015
I have been volunteering with Volunt2Thai for the past 3 weeks (February 2016). I am mainly helping out in 2 different areas. 1) Teaching English to the children at school - There are many children who are really willing to learn here in the village, but there aren't enough teachers to support them, sometimes the children just sit and play all day. Also, their level of English is very low. 2) Since I am a physiotherapist, I can also offer my help to some of the old people in the village, particularly stroke patients. They do not have access to any physiotherapy treatment here and so following a stroke they seem to just accept their new disabilities and spend the rest of their lives lying or sitting around (with the consequence of developing many pressure sores). Nobody is there to give them advice or help them regain some of their previous function. I have also been helping out in improving the learning and recreational center (building fences etc.) as a lot of work still needs to be done to make the centre more attractive for the children. I am a volunteer who came here to support in the best way I could. The people here are genuinely in need of support, not only financially but in education both to the children at school and to the elderly when it comes to healthcare. They all deserve the chance to have equal opportunities as many other people around the world already have.
Raimund has a very good thing going here, and a very good connection with the village. All he needs now is more volunteers and the founds to realise the rest of the project. The school still needs english books and just as much, teachers who are willing to teach only to get a thank you and a good feeling that you'r helping someone who needs it. The villagers here work hard to get by and can't afford to pay for school besides paying off debt, and putting food on the table. Most children here are raised by their grandparents, since the young and more able goes to bigger cities to make money they can send back to their family. So give a little to this project and be reassured that every penny goes towards giving the children of Ban Nong Phong a choice.
Ich war mit einer Freundin für 3,5 Monate vor Ort um das Projekt aufzubauen, den Bauern bei ihrer täglichen und harten Arbeit zu helfen und mit den Kindern in der Schule Englisch zu lernen. Wir haben das Projekt durch eine deutsche Organisation kennengelernt, waren begeistert von der Idee und der Motivation des Projektgründers! Das Projekt befindet sich in einer der ärmsten Regionen Thailands, deshalb ist es besonders wichtig die Menschen dort zu unterstützen. Eines der größten Probleme ist die fehlende Bildung, da es so gut wie keine gut ausgebildeten Lehrer gibt, die den Kindern etwas beibringen können. Die fehlenden Englischlehrer werden durch die motivierten Freiwilligen vom Projekt ersetzt. Wir finden das Projekt auf jeden Fall unterstützenswert, da wir persönlich miterlebt haben, wie alles abläuft und dass die Spenden wirklich direkt in das Projekt und zu den Kindern kommen.
I am currently on site and I will be staying until the end of november. I am here to primarily teach young children english and try to give them further general knowledge. I found this project by chance and am currently volunteering. The Volunt2thai project is located in the extremely poor north-eastern region of Thailand. Most of the families live in small, minimally furnished huts that can't really be described as house anymore. They make their living through planting rice and selling anything they can make by themselves. Usually this provides them with just enough money to buy food for the family and other absolutely necessary items. The villagers are living in a constant state of destitution, that has been present for generations.
The largest and also most severe effect of this poverty is a continuous lack of education. Not only with the children of this generation, but with their parents, grand-parents and great- grandparents. This is due to the fact that none of these generations had enough money to provide a proper education for themselves or their children. Breaking out of this never ending cycle is extremely difficult and requires a lot of hard work.
Most villages around Ban Nong Phong have a running school. However the quality of the education that is being offered to the children is far below western standards. The school only goes until the age of 14 and most families can't afford to send their children to a secondary school in the city. The education that the children do receive is limited and does not teach them anything about the possibilities that exist outside of their small, rural village lives. This is where the essential role of the volunteers comes in.
The volunteers come to this small traditional Thai village and bring their capability to teach English and their knowledge of the world outside of Thailand. Most of the people living in the village have never left Thailand and hardly know anything about the world and all its endless opportunities. Through Volunt2thai and the volunteers that come to take part in this project, the adults but most importantly the children come in contact with this unfamiliar world. The knowledge that the volunteers posses is transferred to the children of the village, who then in return can pass this knowledge on to their own children. Through this the following generations are all much more educated and open-minded.
This project is only just in its early stages and still needs to develop greatly. However with enough support it is possible to provide the children of today with a much brighter future than their parents and grand- parents could have ever hoped for.
I'm here from 9th September to 9th October 2015. I'm volunteering with the organisation to help with teaching, developing the volunteer village and the organization and planning. It is the first experience of Asia for me, and such an authentic one at that. In Ban Nong Phong and the surrounding village, you see only kids and the old generation going after their daily tasks. This is because the economy and the opportunities here are too weak for the working-age people to stay and earn a living for their families. It forces them to go to more touristic places or foreign countries to support their families. Because the teenagers finish school at 14 or 15 years with no proper education, the only jobs they can do are often illegal or inhumane. Most of the kids grow up only with their grandparents, while their parents are away sending them money earned by the ways mentioned above.
The project tries to attack the problem at the root cause. By educating the children, first of all in English, they will have better chances in succeeding in their working life and securing a honorable and safe life for themselves and their families. As the project is still very young, it needs a lot of support in order to develop the village which can accommodate more volunteers and also serve as an interaction and meeting place between the locals and the international volunteers. This kind of cultural exchange is extremely beneficial for both sides, as many locals still know very little about the "outside world".
The experience is also very unique for the volunteers, because they get to see and live the "Thai" life with all its flaws and charm. We are sitting on the floor eating, fighting with the heat and the mosquitoes, but the kindness and warmness of the place, with the amazing food, the lovely nature and the simple architecture of the area is well worth the efforts. I think that this is a great project for everybody involved, the locals as well as the international volunteers, and I hope it will receive the necessary funding to succeed even further.
I volunteered from May 23 - June 6 2015. I mostly taught english in the school, but also helped with babysitting, some farm work, administrative work, at the local temple and other various village tasks. Since volunteering on-site I am continuing to assist with the project from my home town in America by editing, publishing and writing documents for Volunt2Thai as well as fund raising.
Because this project is working to give to children of the village a brighter, more self-determined life. Volunt2Thai is working to give the children a skill set in english fluency and computer skills so that when they leave the village for the big city they don't have to enter lives of crime. By starting english lessons in pre-school and kindergarten, and continuing them through high school, the young men and women will have more opportunities available to them when they leave home. Volunt2Thai is a movement working to give people more control of their own lives through the power of international contact and education. V2T is teamed up with support groups in Austria, Germany, America and other places, and will soon have the support of various universities from around the globe.
I visit the project regularly (last on 13.06.2015) and I support the project as a volunteer whenever I find time besides my studies in Bangkok. When I am there, I help to further develop the project itself - e.g. with the construction of accommodation - and of course as an English teacher.
By now I know everyone involved on site personally through my frequent visits and because I am in regular contact with the team there. The project deserves support because it really has an impact and the potential to make a great difference for the locals in the future!!! Each visit I see how the kids that I and others teach make progress with their English skills. The project has developed further everytime I get there and it seemingly grows. The locals i talked to have trust and hope for a sustainable improvement of their living conditions through the project and they too are getting involved - this is so great. Money and resources are extremely scarce and are urgently required, especially for the ongoing construction of shelters for volunteers!
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