The Mirror Foundation
Long established Thai grassroots NGO with new project - opening private school for stateless children
What We Need
Our volunteer programme is a liberal mix of teaching, childcare, and farming work. We also include work which continues to build and/or maintain the project. If you prefer to concentrate on one type of work over another, then just let us know in advance so we can adjust our schedule.
Our school runs classes from Childcare through Kindergarten, and onto Primary 1. As we move forward, the plan is to add a new grade each year - so by 2023 at the latest, we will have extended up to Primary 6. The total number of students will be approximately 300, and we already have 131 (May 2018) registered and attending school. English language is the main lesson taught by our volunteers.
Teaching volunteers are expected to plan and write their own lesson plans, input into a database, write evaluations after each class, and be proactive and open to other jobs.
The childcare students sleep after lunch, so volunteers have time in the afternoon to plan and prepare for the following day. However, if there is spare time, we are looking for volunteers who are also willing to get their hands dirty in the garden. Childcare classes run educational activities, improving physical and mental development, not teaching.
The onsite farm is designed to help support the school by supplying food (rice and vegetables, fruit), and financial aid from paying guests. The childrens' diet at home is generally poor and unhealthy. Lunches are their main meal of the day, and by growing and supplying fresh vegetables and fruit, we can help ensure a nutritious meal. Volunteers will help with all types of work, depending on the season and weather. It may include planting, weeding, harvesting, spraying (natural), and other jobs.
When & Who
What we Provide
Basic - communal bathroom, cold water shower, manual flush toilet. Mosquito net supplied, but volunteers must bring their own sleeping bag.
3 main meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We can cater for vegetarians and vegans, but other special or restrictive diets are not possible.
$230 is the fee for the first week. This covers the cost of making food, accommodation, transport, pre-arrival communication and arrival arrangements, staff and admin costs, and includes a donation to the school. After the first week, the fee is 4,000 THB per week - to be paid in the local currency (Thai Baht) on arrival.
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More Services we Offer
Staff onsite 24/7, who can help with issues, debrief work with volunteers, and explain work to be done.
Other Ways to Help
Teaching resources - stationery, notebooks, story books, stickers, etc.
Additional Info about Us
Pickup and drop off at start/end of programme, and drop off at weekends (volunteer must make their own way back at the end of the weekend).
Give orientation, and make sure volunteers are aware of daily duties.
Arrange for main meals to be ready in good time.
Help with work-related issues.
1. Check to see how many days you can stay in Thailand - a tourist visa from your country's Thai embassy/consulate is recommended. We CANNOT support visa applications for first-time volunteers
2. You need to be fairly fit, self-reliant, responsible, positive, friendly, flexible and understanding
3. You need to be selfless
4. Research us, the culture, the issues, our rules... before you come here
Farm work will vary according to the season. Teaching should remain consistent throughout the year (2018 is our first year, so this information may change).
Thai grassroots NGO, based in Chiang Rai province. Established in 1991, registered as a foundation in 2004. Working on projects directly or indirectly concerned with statelessness, and ethnic minorities across northern Thailand.
Rai Som school is our 2018 project - the building and running of a school for the stateless children of migrant workers in Fang district (Chiang Mai province).