Culture Orientation Week Thailand

Enjoy a week to learn about the Thai culture and ease your way into your volunteering placement. You'll get to know your fellow volunteers and understand the local culture and customs to provide a better overall experience. Cooking lessons, language lessons, City & cultural sight touring and much more!

Culture Orientation Week Thailand

Project Type

Standard Placement | Volunteer Center shared rooms, orientation for volunteering program

Duration

1 week

Start Dates

All year round on Monday (Sunday arrivals)

Location

Sing Buri Province

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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Overview

The cultural orientation week is designed to ease you into your new surroundings and provide a quality introduction to rural Thailand including local sightseeting, language & cooking lessons and a chance to bond with your fellow volunteers.   It’s an optional week which greatly improves your understanding of the local customs so you can get the most out of your volunteer experience.

Location

Sing Buri Province is approx 142 km north of Bangkok and was founded in pre-historical period. In the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west of the Chao Phraya River named as Sing buri in 1895.

Indicative Schedule

  • Sunday – Arrive in Bangkok and receive your complimentary transfer to Sing Buri Province (approx 2.5 hours trip)
  • Monday – After breakfast, group meeting, registration, program overviews, logistics, health and safety.  Village tour than head into town center for overview of shopping district.  Here you can purchase a sim card and any other essentials you may need.   Lunch is at a local restaurant.  Later you’ll visit buddhist temple where you will get a short introduction to Buddhist rituals.   In the afternoon back at the volunteer center, you’ll receive a Thai language lesson and also learn the do’s and don’ts of Thai culture to ensure you have an amazing experience.  Dinner is at the center where you may see some special guests and enjoy a welcome party with local children performing a Thai traditional dance and hopefully you will join in!
  • Tuesday – After breakfast, visit the tallest Buddha statue in Thailand and the 9th in the world. Afterwards, head to the Historic City of Ayutthaya, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and explore Ayutthaya Historical Park, which contains the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site follwed by dinner at beside one of the many canals. 
  • Wednesday – After breakfast, head to the handicraft shop to create your own bracelet and send souvenirs back home or other creative pursuits.   An authentic Thai cooking lesson is next which will end up being your lunch!   The afternoon is free time with a dinner BBQ at a local restaurant in the evening Thai style.
  • Thursday – After breakfast, visit a local school and get a feel for teaching or just meet the children!   (Note: During school holidays (from mid-March to mid-May and in October), we may visit an English Camp set up for the children). After this, we’ll visit some of the beautiful and famous monuments and Buddhist temples near our centre.   Later you’ll visit the shopping mall for some western food if desired 🙂
  • Friday – Visit several sightseeing locations such as Wat Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Thailand as well as a Monkey Temple before heading back to the volunteer center for and dinner late on.  
  • Sat/Sun – Free time to explore, relax and enjoy the company of your new friends.

Volunteer Accommodation

Volunteer Centers

The volunteer centers are well established, clean and comfortable.  Free WiFi is included in the large communal areas where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers from all over the globe.  Safety deposit boxes are available with volunteers encouraged to bring their own padlock.  Showers are cold water only, however it’s very hot so this can be nice and refreshing!  Bed linen, fans & mosquito protection are all included. Laundry facilities are available nearby for a small cost.  

Volunteers should bring their own towel.  Rooms have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room. All rooms have a private western style toilet and cold showers. Air-con is not included, but we can offer upgraded rooms at an additional cost if required.  A security cash deposit of 500TBH is required for the key to your room.  This is refunded to you upon departure.   No alcohol is permitted in the accommodation, however local bars and shops are within walking distance. 

 

 

Private accommodations

For couples, families or anyone seeking upgraded accommodation, private rooms are available at an extra charge of US $150 p/room p/week.  This must be booked in advance to guarantee availability.   You will enjoy spacious, nice and private accommodation located close to the volunteer house stays so you still fee apart of the action.  You’ll have single or double room, air-con, hot water showers, private bathroom, bed linen, towels, lockable rooms, and communal areas where you have meals and relax with other volunteers.  You must request the private rooms well in advance when booking.  

Meals

3 good meals are provided every day including filtered water, coffee and tea.   Plenty of vegetarian options are served along with some meat dishes.   You’ll eat authentic Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fragrant herbs and fruits.  Volunteers may be expected to assist in cleaning up after meals depending on the placement.  

Transportation

Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost.  This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary.  These details will be finalized with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.

A transfer coordinator will meet you upon arrival into Bangkok airport and will arrange your transfer from the airport to the Mo Chit Northern Bangkok bus station and then further on to Singburi bus station, where you will be met by one of our local coordinators who will take you to the Volunteer Centre.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.

 

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