Tips and tricks of Safe Volunteering in Thailand

3 Sep

Though volunteering doesn’t pay monetarily, it pays back in more different ways than possible to think of. You make new friends, meet people from different cultures, interact and understand about the sociological setups. While volunteering abroad, you  often stay with local host families which help you get a first hand experience and a totally different understanding of local culture and customs. Learning a language in the native land is a different learning experience than a rehearsed lesson in classroom. Volunteering can be done in any area – wildlife preservation, ecological conservation, orphanages, school teaching programs. Volunteering is much better than just contributing money to a cause since you not only contribute your time but also expend your feelings and emotions.

Journeying abroad on a gap year trip is standard for sophomores right after completing high school. Often they opt to volunteer abroad after  While volunteering is a noble cause, sometimes in a foreign countries, incidents might happen that leave behind a bad taste. Thailand is a friendly country with beautiful people and culture. Some might argue that safety while travelling is totally due to one’s own conduct in a foreign nation, we believe while there are chances of untoward incidents occurring, still we can lower the chances of incidents happening with a few cautious measure.

At home: Before embarking on Thai odyssey, arrange all the requisite papers like work permits, visa, passport etc. Delegate all the work that need to be attended to. You can opt to lease out your house along with furniture and appliances for the period you are not there. As a precautionary measure, leave your itinerary and contact details with your family members and friends.

Travelling: Keep in touch with your contacts back home and update them with your whereabouts and any unscheduled change of plans. While travelling between your placement and volunteer house or anywhere else in the city, prefer to travel with fellow volunteers or with someone from the local family you are staying with.

Money and valuables: It is important not to leave your belongings unattended though you do not have to carry you valuables on your person all the time. Make sure you store them in a safe place and not attract too much attention to the fact that you have valuables with you.

Local Culture and customs: Remember that you are on opposite side of the globe in a country with vastly different culture and lifestyle. Respect the local customs and rules. Thai people revere their King like a God. Though this might puzzle you a little but make sure not to hurt local sentiments by speaking anything contrary. 

Health: Thai food is famous for it’s spiciness. For untrained foodie, it might wreck havoc on gastronomical system and might cause you to end your trip prematurely. There are also chances of contracting water borne diseases like Dengue, Diarrhea etc. Drink only bottled water. Keep emergency contact numbers close by and carry medicines like with you. Thailand has an amazing and thriving wildlife. Beware of where you step while exploring forests,

Talk to past volunteers:  You can like our Facebook page to get in touch with fellow volunteers who would love to share their own past volunteering experience and anecdotes. Ruby Holt, our volunteer from Australia rates high the volunteering Thailand experience. She adds, “It is as safe as it can be. Important thing is to practice common sense and move about in groups. Thailand is amazing place to be. Friendly people with awesome beaches. Deciding to volunteer in Thailand was one of the best decisions that I took. And Volunteering Solutions took great care to make my trip memorable.”

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