Hong Kong Volunteers with Friends for Asia
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Caregiving at a Home for Single Mothers – Volunteer Thailand

Sometimes, it can be difficult for volunteers to evaluate their own impact, but at the single mothers’ home, the equations are simple. Success is measured in diapers changed, infants comforted and toddlers coaxed into naptime. The stakes are high for these mothers, and your watchful eye frees them up to invest in education and skills that will better their family’s future.

Volunteering in Thailand – A Day in the Life

Volunteer and Intern in Thailand Everyone knows that when you’re raising children, days start early and don’t stop. At the single mother’s home, the older children go to school offsite, so they’re gone from about 7:30 am to 4:30 pm every day. As a volunteer, your workday starts at around 9:00 am, when you report for duty at the daycare center.

The children you’ll be minding may be as old as seven, but most are infants and toddlers. You’ll be changing diapers, holding babies and organizing simple games. Above all, you’ll be providing the single mothers with peace of mind so they can take part in classes held on the compound. Knowing that their baby is just around the corner in a safe and healthy environment is essential; otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to focus on their studies.

The single mothers’ home couldn’t be in a better location. This is the quintessential Southeast Asia setting – mountains in the background, rice paddies in the fore – free of the trappings of tourism. The daycare center itself is rustic, and built by a construction team and former volunteers. Here, cradling a newborn baby, the sentimental urges are irresistible, especially when you realize that you’re part of a continuum of likeminded, caring people. In short, you’re part of the solution.

Making a Difference by Volunteering in Thailand

Volunteer and Intern in ThailandSingle mothers face similar challenges all over the world. For this particular facility, these challenges can be overcome by equipping disadvantaged women in Northern Thailand with the skills and confidence they need to turn their lives around. The help of volunteers is essential in freeing the mothers to focus on this personal development.

Some of these women hail from ethnic minorities villages in the hinterland. Many grew up off the grid without access to education, vocational training or adequate medical facilities. Abuse is an all-too-common reality for these women, and the aftermath is devastating. That’s why this particular assignment is only open to female volunteers.

Volunteer Tasks

One of the most important resources for these mothers is unwavering support, and the single mothers’ home provides this in abundance. The realization that others genuinely care about your welfare and future is life-changing – especially for those who’ve been neglected for so long. The fact that you’ve flown in from overseas to donate your time and energy only increases the impact.

But your presence also fills a practical need. Free time is a precious commodity when you’re trying to bring up children on your own. Every hour a volunteer spends in daycare gives the mothers a chance to take classes on-site. They learn how to use computers, manage finances and sustainably grow produce. These skills foster self-sufficiency, which simply wouldn’t be possible without reliable workers to look after the children.

Volunteer Qualifications

Volunteer and Intern in Thailand This project is only available to women. Volunteers need to be over the age of 20, but do not need any specific qualifications, but should have a basic knowledge of child care. Volunteers should be able-bodied, flexible and enjoy working outside and with kids.

Friends for Asia requires all volunteers in this project (and all other projects where volunteers work directly with or near children) to submit a certified police background check before volunteer service begins.

Additional Information

For more information about this project, including stories by previous volunteers and fees, please click here.