For more information, please follow this link: http://www.isara.org/community/pages/free-volunteer-thailand

Free Volunteering: Thailand

Making a difference should not be expensive. It should be free. With Isara there are NO fees or donations required for volunteer placement or training and dorms at our Learning Center are free to any one who wants to help. Below is more information about Isara, what volunteers can expect, and what we expect from Isara volunteers.

About Us
Isara is a registered non-profit charity foundation located in Nong Khai, Thailand with a focus in education, environmental awareness, and personal safety. Isara volunteers help create and implement our own projects in the local community, which are funded solely through our generous sponsors and supporters.

We do not feel that people willing to help should have to pay to do so. That is why Isara does not, and will never, charge volunteers to help others. Just get here and you can make a difference in the lives of many.

Volunteer Positions Available
We are currently looking for native/fluent English speakers to teach children and adults at our free Learning Center in Nong Khai (classes are Mon-Fri: 4pm-7pm). Isara also teaches at nearby government schools in the mornings and afternoons. If you are interested in helping outside of Nong Khai, we provide volunteer English teachers to government schools around Thailand where you can stay with a host family. If you're not interested in teaching, and don't mind getting your hands dirty, we also could use help developing our Learning Center and Recycling Center by making repairs, painting, and landscaping.
What Is Expected From Isara Volunteers
Volunteers must be prepared for their classes and on-time. When staying at the free dorms, volunteers must help keep the Learning Center and dorms clean (cleaning duties are given on arrival). Volunteers must wear appropriate clothes in the classroom (ex: cover shoulders and cleavage, no see-through materials or shorts, long skirts or pants are required). Smoking or drinking alcohol is not permitted on the Learning Center property or in the free dorms. Because volunteers are considered Isara Representatives we ask that, while out at night, volunteers please behave themselves in an appropriate manner (ex: no excessive drinking or foul language, no fighting, and no overtly sexual dancing or touching). Thai culture lessons will be given on arrival to help volunteers be respectful while in Thailand.
Isara Volunteer Comforts/Amenities
Volunteers can stay for free at the Isara Learning Center (ILC) in Nong Khai, which is located within two blocks of the local police station, hospital, the Red Cross, and two 7-11 stores. There are 4 dorm rooms upstairs with beds, a wardrobe, and fans to help keep you cool.

The dorm rooms are: one room with two beds (shared), one room with three beds (shared), and two small rooms with one bed each (not shared). Your room will be assigned upon arrival.

The ILC also has a large living area upstairs with cable television and tons of DVDs to watch. There is a shared western-style bathroom and hot-water shower upstairs and another half bath downstairs. The ILC kitchen is available for use and is equipped with refrigerator, microwave, hot-plate, and everything else needed to cook, though most volunteers prefer to sample the many delicious and extremely affordable foods available in Nong Khai. The ILC also has a full computer lab with free high-speed wi-fi internet access and a game room with a ping pong table and dart board. If you prefer being outside, Isara has a beautiful new pier where volunteers (and students) often relax and read a book or do yoga.

We also provide free bicycles for volunteers, 24/7 support, Thai language/culture lessons, and teacher training for volunteers who have never taught before.
Length of Stay
Volunteers who are accepted to stay at our free learning center are welcome to stay for 3-12 weeks, depending on availability. We recommend staying at least one month if you're really interested in making an impact and learn about Thailand. We do accept walk-ins for short-term volunteering (ex: backpackers looking to help for a few days) but they must provide their own housing. Guesthouses are usually $5-10/night. Couples are welcome to volunteer together but we prefer they provide their own housing for privacy reasons. Furnished apartments can be found in the area for around $150/month.

We will always do our best to accommodate anyone who wants to help others.
What Volunteers Must Pay For
Volunteers must pay their own way to get to Nong Khai and related expenses (visas, passports, any immunizations, etc). Once here, they must also pay for their personal living costs (food, laundry, personal effects, transportation, entertainment, etc). You should expect to pay about $5-7/day for food and other expenses. 

If off-site housing is preferred, we can help volunteers find an affordable apartment nearby ($150/mo - furnished).
Sound Too Good To Be True?
Feel free to chat with current (or previous) Isara volunteers in our active Online CommunitySignup now!

For more information, please follow this link: http://www.isara.org/community/pages/free-volunteer-thailand

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