"Go there if....
... you are really interested in doing something good for children
... if you like the jungle
Don't go there if...
... you see volunteering as "party abroad"
... you are afraid of spiders and other insects
Last year, from February to September I spent 7 months at Yaowawit to do an internship and it was an amazing experience. What Yaowawit is providing for the children is fantastic! Most of the information about the kids and the work you do you will find on the website. So I put my focus on some inside-knowledge
Work: To work with children, to teach them and to support them on their path of life is very fullfilling. If you have special interests or special skills like photography you can do your own little projects to help Yaowawit moving forward. The work you are doing is very varied and includes leisure activities as well as teaching. You also have 1000 opportunities to do sports, music etc.
The Region: If you are able to ride a scooter, the world is yours. There is a lot of beautiful nature, waterfalls and hills to explore. Also the beach in Khao Lak is not too far away (45min). I often went there to spend a weekend in a hostel.
In Kapong, the village nearby you have possibilities to get in touch with the local people. For example at the market or in the sports hall where they often play badmington. Just be aware that it will be very hot during "summer" and on the other hand there is quite a long rainy season. The school is situated in the jungle, so you will may get in touch with some spiders, scorpions but also huge butterflies etc.
The Staff: The staff members at Yaowawit are very lovely and they try their best to provide a real home to the kids. Therefore they are working very hard. Even if there is a language barrier you will also have a good time with the local staff members. Especially the farmers and the kitchenladies (i love the kitchenladies!!) are very openhearted if you show some interest in what they are doing. In the volunteer village you will have a nice time as well, watching movies, talking and playing cards etc. Also Yan, your volunteer coordinato, is amazing and extremely passionated about her work.
Conclusion: I can really recommend to volunteer at Yaowawit!
Photo: The kids also have their privacy, so I don-t post any pictures of them without permission. So just visit the Yaowawit website where you find plenty of impressions.
On my picture you can see the Waterfall 15 min from school, which was one of my favorite places."