SOS Kindergarten

Activities with kids and English teaching

Hatyai ditrict, Songkhla province
DaLaa MTV project – code: 1801
Periods available: All year around (except March and April)
at least 2 months
Expected number of volunteers: 2-3

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Volunteers will support the teacher team of the kindergarten at SOS children village, an orphanage situated not far from Hat Yai city in South Thailand.  Volunteers will also join the activities with the older kids at SOS Children’s Village on weekend and holiday (October).

HISTORY and REASONS OF THE PROJECT

SOS kindergarten is a part of SOS Children’s village-Hatyai situated in Patong sub district, Tunglung village, Songkhla province, close to the border with Malaysia. The kindergarten is open for the kids aged between 3 – 6 years old from the area around. There are 60 children and 4 teachers, (only 10 kids from SOS Children’s village). It’s open Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 3 pm.

SOS Children’s village is an international independent non-governmental social organization that helps children without parental care and families living in difficult conditions. They believe that children can only develop to their full potential if they have a supportive and protective family environment. They work to make this a reality. In this village, about 10 children from different ages are living in the same house with a mother fully dedicated to them. There are 12 houses in this village. Children go to normal schools outside and later to universities and/or to find a job then they can come back for visit only and a new young kid can then be brought to the house they left.

DaLaa got to know this place from Pee Jaew, a woman working for SOS Children’s village for many years. She first invited our volunteers to join an English camp for the kids on school holiday in 2015 and we continue to organize regular activities with them since that time. We also host some older teenagers from SOS village to join DaLaa work camp when they have free time.

Pee Jaew and the director of SOS village would like to welcome international volunteers to join the SOS kindergarten, to support the team of the 4 teachers and also to do activities with older kids when possible on the week ends (after kindergarten, children will go to regular schools outside the Children’s village).

AIMS of the PROJECT

– To support SOS kindergarten and SOS children’s village.

– To let children be familiar with volunteers and learn from international/multi-culture atmosphere

– To improve the English skills of local kids

 

 

WORK AND ACTIVITIES

Volunteers will be arranging creative activities with kids at SOS kindergarten and SOS children’s village.  They will be supervised by the teachers. Depending of the volunteers skills, they will be proposed to organize activities with each class from age 3 – 6 years old about 3 or 4 hours a day. The volunteers can also help with other jobs such as cooking lunch for the kids and create the good atmosphere for everyone. The volunteers will also have a chance to do activities with bigger kids from SOS village on weekend and Holidays (October).

You will stay in P Jeaw host family, 15 km from SOS Children‘s village and will travel to the working place every day with her (She is working from  8 AM to 5 PM). The volunteers will have 2 days off per week.

 

 

FOOD and ACCOMODATION

Volunteers will stay in the P Jaew’s host family (staff of SOS Children’s village), the house is about 20 minutes by car to the working place.  The volunteers will stay in a wooden 2 floors house especially for volunteers.  There are 5 members of the family: Father, Mother with 2 girls (ages 5 and 9 years old) and grand Mom 80 years old.

You will share your meals (cooking and eating) with P Jeaw family. They are Buddhist. Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelets, meat, vegetables.

OTHER PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Water supply and electricity: available

Internet/phone access: possible on mobile reception. There is WIFI at the house.

Laundry: expect to hand-wash your clothes

Hat Yai, the main city of South Thailand is 30 minutes by local public transport from both the house and SOS children’s village

There is a small hospital 3 km from the house as well as ATM and grocery shops.

DaLaa office is situated only 10 minutes drive from the house so you could be able to join DaLaa member activities as well.

Clothes worn in the village: You will be living in an area with Thai people and children around so it is appropriate that you dress modestly, for example no short or skirt shorts too far above the knees especially during working time.  Also women should wear tops that cover your shoulders. Bikini is not appropriate to swim. Please wear a short and a top instead. You will learn more about Thai culture at the introduction day so please don’t worry too much. You will quickly learn when it best to dress more informally and when it is important to cover up

It usually rain stronger in November to January.

Language: only very few people around you can speak good English (but P Jaew does). We strongly advice the volunteers to learn at least basic Thai language before or during the start of your project. Non verbal communication will be as well essential.

Few things not to forget: mosquito repellent (nature friendly if possible), light long sleeves clothes, closed shoes and flip flops,  rain jacket, hat, something to show your culture, food, pictures…, games, music, your motivation and beautiful smiles.

REQUIREMENTS

The volunteers should be ready to work with small kids, to prepare ideas and material for teaching and games. They should also be prepared to stay in rural area (30 min from Hatyai city), to adapt to the basic local conditions. Very few people (outside P Jaew ) are able to speak in English.

**For ones who plan to travel in Thailand/Asia besides this voluntary work, having it done before or after the project would be advisable. We hope that volunteers will fully spend their stay in the project without asking for a long holiday break amid the project period. This would cause uncertainty in running activities.