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Volunteering Childcare in Thailand(Surin)

Do you want to provide care and attention to children of poor families? Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime while also getting to give back to the local community and those most in need? Then keep reading about this great opportunity to volunteer in Thailand childcare center.

Thailand is a country filled with natural beauty and rich culture. Surin especially so, as this rural part of Thailand contains authentic culture and gorgeous natural scenery aplenty.

Unfortunately, rural areas such as Surin are heavily affected by poverty and as such the area struggles to provide adequate care and attention for the most vulnerable members of society. Additionally, locals are often forced to travel far for their work and have little money to spend on childcare services for their children when they are away. Local childcare workers do their best to help, but they are severely underfunded and undermanned, and as such are greatly reliant on volunteers.

By working in childcare volunteer projects in Thailand, you provide relief to these thinly spread workers. Additionally, the care, attention and love you’ll be providing the children is something they sorely need, and your contribution is sure to give them hope and motivation for the future.

If you want to make a visible positive impact in the lives of some amazing but disadvantaged children, while also experiencing authentic rural Thai life, contact IFRE about this opportunity in Thailand today!

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Skills and Qualifications:

The only thing you need to volunteer in the childcare program in Thailand is a deep love for children as well as a great passion for improving their lives and futures through daily attention and care. You should be kind and flexible as well as possess a great patience, especially for children.

Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

While participating in our volunteer in childcare project in Thailand you will be working from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Thursday. Primarily your work will involve interacting directly with the children through games, sports, and other creative activities. You will be spending time with the children educating them and teaching them valuable social and creative skills to benefit them later in life. You will also assist with their schoolwork and help with other projects related to upkeep, maintenance and renovation.

Through this work, you will provide vital attention and care to children who’s parents have to spend large amounts of time far away to provide for their family as well as underprivileged children with no one to take care of them at all. This will greatly improve the daily lives of the kids and give them a source of guidance and love that they are lacking in their daily lives as their parents have to travel to other parts of the country for work.


DAY 1 – Arrival in Bangkok

On your arrival in Bangkok, a local staff member will pick you up and take you to your accommodation on Khao San road. You can take the afternoon to rest or explore the city before going out on a great evening with your fellow volunteers for your first taste of Thailand.

DAY 2 – Tour of Bangkok

On the next day you’ll get a full tour of everything Bangkok has to offer from famous landmarks, temples and palaces to amazing Thai street food.

DAY 3 – Travel to Surin and Project Orientation

A fascinating train ride through rural Thailand will bring you to Surin, and after you settle in at the volunteer house, you’ll be given an orientation for the project by your local coordinator.

DAY 4 – Introduction to Students and Staff

The first proper day of your volunteering project will be spent getting to know the students and staff at the childcare center, as well as learning your duties in the coming days or weeks.

DAY 5-7 – Work time from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Thursday

Finally, you will get to begin your work with the kids in your care. You’ll be working with them from 8:30am to 3:30pm organizing fun activities, assisting with schoolwork and helping with various maintenance tasks. The rest of the day after 3:30pm is free for you to spend as you wish.

DAY 8-10 – Weekend or Onward Travel

This is your time to relax and explore, either in Surin and Eastern Thailand as a whole, or by popping across the border to nearby Cambodia. If you only signed up for one week, this will be your time to say farewell, but if not, you’ll have the 3-day weekend to relax and get ready for another exciting week the next Monday!

Volunteer Schedule

You will have plenty of fun and exciting new experiences each day as you volunteer with children in Thailand.

In this Thailand child care volunteer project, you will be working from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Thursday, with the exception of the first week where Monday will be spent making introductions and learning your work duties.

In the middle of the day you’ll be taken for lunch by your local coordinator together with your fellow volunteers, and once the day is finished around 3:30pm you will have the rest of the day as your free time to do anything you wish.

Local Team & Daily Support

Our projects in Surin are highly organized, and staff will stay with you and accompany you to the project every day you volunteer in order to ensure you have an amazing volunteer experience.

Every morning you will travel by pickup through gorgeous Thai villages together with a small group of fellow volunteers and the local staff member. You then work at the placement for about 4 hours before you’re taken out for lunch at a local restaurant. Following this, you return to your placement and work until 3:30pm.

Volunteering Childcare in Thailand: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

Click here to find the start date of surin - 2020

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The program fee needs to be paid in GBP to directly to the country coordinator before the project start date.

Volunteer Program Fee (in Pounds (GBP))

  Weeks   Surin Childcare
  1 Week   £448
  2 Weeks   £511
  3 Weeks   £574
  4 Weeks   £637
  5 Weeks   £699
  6 Weeks   £762
  7 Weeks   £825
  8 Weeks   £888

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • One day Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Train transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation in Surin shared house
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Food (food are cheap in Surin)
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Accommodation and Meal

When you join child care volunteer program, you will stay in our safe, comfortable and secure volunteer house in Surin City. You’ll be located 10-15 minutes from your work placement as well as have access to all necessary amenities nearby. The rooms come with comfortable beds and modern bathroom facilities and are shared with volunteers of the same gender. Cooked meals are not provided, but a kitchen is available for you to use and there are plenty of restaurants and street food vendors nearby.

Read more about our accommodation on offer in Surin.

Free Time and Weekends:

As a volunteer childcare, you’ll have a great chance to discover and explore rural Thai life during your afternoons and evenings after working. Additionally, you’ll have three full days each weekend to go on longer trips throughout Thailand or nearby Cambodia, as the border is located close to Surin itself.

Learn more about some fascinating destinations to see while volunteering.

Safety and in Country Support

We take great care to ensure the safety, security and comfort of our volunteers. With more than 22,000 happy volunteers, we have a great track record of keeping them safe and happy throughout their project. We provide extensive support prior to departure, and while on your project our local coordinator will be available to you 24/7 should you need anything.

Read more about our safety standards and in country support.

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Volunteering Childcare in Thailand: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You will be flying to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok for volunteering in in Thailand in a childcare project. It is always advisable to send in your flight details to us, so that we can make appropriate arrangements for your pick-up from the airport. In case you miss your scheduled flight or if your flights are delayed you should contact us at the earliest so that we can make new arrangements.

However, we don’t not provide any kind of airport drop offs, so this is something you’ll need to book for yourself.


You need to get a tourist visa for working in this Childcare volunteering project Thailand. You can apply for the tourist visa in a nearby Thai embassy or receive visa on arrival if you’re a citizen of one of the 21 countries accepted. For more details about visa on arrival

If you want to stay longer in Thailand, then you need to get your visa extended. To get such an extension your visa should have a validity of 60 days or more. The tourist visas can be extended at Thai immigration in Bangkok. Pattaya or Phuket.


You need to take the vaccinations recommended by CDC for volunteering in childcare volunteer project opportunities Thailand. The CDC list is as follows:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rubella
  • Influenza

Besides the list, you can visit the CDC’s website and consult your medical doctor back home regarding vaccinations that you need to take depending upon the various health hazards that persist in Thailand.

For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

How far is the Thailand childcare project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

Your volunteer work will take place in a rural village childcare center outside of Surin City. Each morning you will be transported by pickup together with your fellow volunteers and a local staff member. The ride takes roughly 15-20 minutes.

How many children are in the disadvantaged children project and what are their ages?

Roughly 50 children aged 2 to 5 attend the center.

How many hours a day do we work in the disadvantaged children volunteer project in Thailand?

Typically you will work from 8:30am to 3:30pm, with a break for lunch in the middle of the day.

Is there any other important information?

Working closely with children is a fun and rewarding experience. This childcare program in Surin works with local government childcare centers that support an underpriveliged community. Through taking care of the kids, they enable parents to work, often far away, during the day.

Your participation willgreatly increase the resources of the center, both in terms of taking care of the children as well as for the purposes of renovation and expansion of facilities. The support you provide the local Thai proffesionals and children will be greatly appreciated, and also spread awareness and understanding in the local community.

You will also get to participate in cultural exchange by experiencing local life in a rural Thai village, and your time spent volunteering at the childcare center will greatly contribute to the future of the community as a whole.

Why volunteer in Surin Childcare Volunteer Project?

Childcare volunteer program in Surin is an eye-opening and life-changing volunteer project that can truly change the present and future lives of countless deserving children. You will also positively influence their lives in ways you cannot imagine.

Dedicate your time to create a healthier and safer environment for kids to live in

Volunteers participating in this project get the opportunity to give children healthy, secure and constructive childhoods. All of this work has a long-term positive effect on the staff, children, families and local community.

Assist childcare centers in their struggle to look after needy children

As a volunteer at a childcare center, you will also get to help and assist the local childcare centers in taking care of the children. You can help in renovating and repairing facilities that lack proper maintenance and management.

Teach new skills and help change the lives of children from a poor background

You can conduct creative programs such as games, music, art, and painting as well as making sure that thse children eat well, sleep well and live well while you are there. By providing much-needed care and support to these children, you will positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.

Make a positive impact and provide a better future for children in need

Through the dedication and time you spend with the children during our childcare volunteer project, you will get to take care and educate them. Doing so will help you provide a better future for these destitute children who come from a very poor family backgrounds.

Give your time to a cause greater than yourself

Taking part in this project will allow you to fully dedicate your time and effort into improving the lives of poor children. You will not only be able to save these children from daily hardships and struggles but also give them a secure space to grow up and develop a healthy personality.

Support daily operations and activities in the local childcare center

Volunteers in childcare project get to interact with children from all backgrounds while volunteering in childcare centers located in Surin. However, each of our childcare center is in huge need of support and development. Thus, the extra help offered by volunteers to perform daily operations and tasks will be very much appreciated.

Develop real and lasting relationships with children

The love and the care that volunteers provide the children with will make them feel loved and help them enjoy their childhood without any emotional disturbance or pressure. This way volunteers will get the chance to develop real and lasting relationships with children staying at our childcare center.

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