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Safe Child Thailand will always welcome help in our office in London. Voluntary work can be very rewarding and is often a great way to gain new skills, gain experience and make a difference. Whatever your skills or interests, if you feel you can help contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about opportunities.
Volunteer in Thailand
We appreciate that you are willing and enthusiastic to volunteer your time, eﬀort, skills to help Children in Thailand. Many volunteer projects directly or indirectly contribute to improving the lives of children and young people overseas and are often popular among travellers.
Voluntary work can be very rewarding and is often a great way to gain new skills, gain experience and make a difference to local communities. However, to work well, a successful volunteering project requires careful structuring, planning and support, and volunteers will get more benefit the longer the project and the closer it matches their skills.
If you have specialist skills, such as physiotherapy, and can commit to several months Safe Child Thailand may be able to provide further advice and guidance on volunteering in Thailand and finding the right project for you. Contact us at email@example.com
It is possible to volunteer in or visit orphanages in Thailand, but to do so can have serious unintended consequences for vulnerable children and communities. A regular turnover of volunteers without relevant training and experience can be harmful to children’s development and emotional wellbeing.
Safe Child Thailand work with outstanding organisations, but some organisations that invite volunteers are profit-oriented rather than charitable, and there is evidence of some unscrupulous organisations deliberately housing children in poor conditions to attract ongoing financial support from visitors. Poor safeguarding practices also increase the risk of abuse. By volunteering in or visiting such organisations, you may unknowingly contribute towards child exploitation.
If you don’t have the right skills for SCT, but still want to volunteer, we recommend you consider: –
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development is developing a Global Standard for Volunteering in Development that aims to help volunteer organisations deliver responsible and impactful volunteering and ensure that community needs are prioritised. Organisations adopting the Global Standard will commit to promoting child-safe volunteering in all environments, which includes not facilitating visits to orphanages or other residential care facilities for children.
The UK government has a flagship offer for young people age 18 – 35 to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. This scheme supports young people to complete 12-week sustainable and locally-owned volunteering placements that directly work towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
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