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Become a Volunteer  please check FAQ below

Prime objectives
To provide care and support to children and young adults in professional learning and development environments, and love and compassion to the children and young adults with disabilities living in the government institutions

CCD accepts both professional and non-professional volunteers.  Minimum age requirement is 18. Person should be in good health, willing to adapt to a different culture and self-motivated. CCD is always interested in having professionally qualified therapists, medical staff and others, either living in Bangkok or from overseas, who are willing to donate their time and experience. Professionals will have the opportunity to work alongside Thai professionals (eg physical therapists, etc) to help disabled orphans in Thailand.

Please contact: 
อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้
CCD Thailand office tel: +66 (0) 2 854 6966  

If living in Europe please apply through:

For Life. Langdale House, 11 Marshalsea Road,  London, SE1 1EN,  United Kingdom
Contact person: Elizabeth Boyle
Email: อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้  
Tel: 020 3176 5254  
website: http://www.4lifethailand.org/

If living in North America please apply through: 

CCD-USA, Inc. 
Email: อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้
Michon Semon:  อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้
Volunteer CCD-USA: อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้
Yen Liao: อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้

If living in Australasia please apply through: 

Friends of Ziba 
Contact person: Jill Reitsema
Email: อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้
Website: www.foz.org.au

CCD asks that volunteers commit to working for a minimum of three-months.  Working hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm. Volunteers will be working in one of the 4 different CCD day-care centers. Volunteers are expected to participate and help in all areas of care, including personal hygiene needs of children and young adults. It is a tremendous experience that is rewarding in so many ways. This opportunity also allows the volunteer to experience real life in Thailand.

Volunteers must be self-funded. Information regarding the cost of living and administration costs will be provided in an information/application pack upon request.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities(CCD) Thailand 

 

1.     What is the minimum/maximum time commitment?

Minimum is three months.  For a more fulfilling volunteer experience 6-12 months is recommended.  There is no maximum.

2.     When should I apply?

6-12 months in advance of date you want to start at CCD in Thailand.

3.     What is the age requirement?

Minimum age requirement is 18.  There is no maximum age limit as long as person is in good health

.4.     Where do volunteers come from?

Volunteers come from all over the world.  One of the features of the CCD volunteer experience is having the opportunity to meet interesting and talented individuals from other cultures.

5.     Is Thailand safe?

Thailand is not a dangerous country.  Cities and towns are relatively safe assuming a person is using good sense.  Problems such as “purse snatching” have been reported in the past but are quite rare (again, when good sense is used). Recent political upheavals have not impacted CCD children, staff or volunteers.

6.     Does CCD provide any financial compensation?

No. Volunteers raise their own funds through their church communities, mission groups, savings, family and friends.   

7.     What are the approximate costs that volunteers need to prepare to pay?

Costs will vary according to the Thai Baht exchange rate.   Below as of Sept 2010 Please check airline websites for information about airfare costs, which can vary greatly.  Check the exchange rates available in Thailand click here http://www.bangkokbank.com/Bangkok%20Bank/Personal%20Banking/Foreign%20Exchange/FX%20Rates/Pages/Default.aspx  

Description

Thai Baht

CCD Administrative & Orientation Package (one time)

3,000

CCD Administrative & Orientation Package for returning volunteers (one time)

1,500

Work Permit

750

Transportation from airport upon arrival/trip

1,000

Accommodations/ month

2,500

Cost of living/month (food, transport, entertainment will vary by how you choose to live)

5,000 – 10,000

Sirin House  Communal Fees/month  (phone bill will vary)

400

Potential Extra Costs  
Visa extension (paid if visit exceeds three months)

1,900

Work permit extension  6 Months

1,500

Work permit extension  One Year

 3,000

 

 8.     Are there volunteer accommodations? 

CCD has volunteer accommodations at three locations:

a.       Sirin House: Sirin House is located in Pakkred near the Government Home for Disabled Children.

b.       Manarom: Located in Chai Nat Province, this two-story, traditional wooden Thai house is within a two minute walk to the CBR-3 clinic.

c.       Rainbow House: CCD’s purpose built rehabilitation center where some of the children live. There are four to five rooms available for short term stays (when other facilities are not available) and/or visitors.

All accommodations have running water, bathrooms and beds.  There are shopping areas nearby to purchase food and other basic necessities.

9.     Where will I work?

The kind of work the volunteer will do depends on experience, expertise, interest and length of stay.  Where a volunteer will work will be decided by CCD prior to the volunteer’s arrival. The possible locations are as follows:

- CCD has three daycare centers in the local government home in Pakkred.
- Rainbow Rehabilitation Center has one daycare center and a residence for up to 40 children. 

- There are three Community Based Rehabilitation Projects based in central Thailand provinces: Nakhom Pathom, Chai Nat and Nonthaburi/Pathum Thani.   

10. How else can the volunteer be involved in the life of CCD?

a.       Rainbow Bible Club

b.       Outings with the youths of Rainbow House

c.       Rainbow Camp which is held twice a year

Taking children out on special trips such as to an ice cream shop, to a restaurant, to the zoo, to church, to the park or to the cinema.

11. If I have no experience with working with disabled how will I know what to do?

CCD will provide basic training upon arrival.  There also is information in the Volunteer Orientation Handbook that will be sent to the prospective volunteer after the initial introduction.

12. What kind of local transportation is available?

There are so many transport options such as bus, train, taxi and mass transit among others. Transportation is very convenient and affordable.

13. Are there places to eat and shop?

There are a number of places to buy prepared food or groceries to cook near all of the volunteer accommodations. Malls and supermarkets are also conveniently located.

14. Are there places to go to church?

Thailand is a Buddhist country (Approx. 98%).  However there are many places to worship in other faiths nearby in Pakkred and in the greater Bangkok Metropolitan area. Please ask CCD staff for a list of nearby churches upon arrival.

15. What else is available to do besides work at CCD?

Thailand is a wonderful country to explore.  Places to visit and things to do are numerous.  Pakkred is full of interesting sites to explore and Bangkok is less than an hour away.  Volunteers often organize day or weekend trips to different parts of the country.

16. Health and wellbeing?I

t is advised but not a requirement that before coming to Thailand a prospective volunteer should have a complete physical and get all vaccinations recommended by their doctor for travel to Thailand.  A volunteer should also obtain travel health insurance.  Within the first few weeks of arrival a volunteer will be required to have a simple health check at a local clinic before a work permit can be processed.  Also important is to keep hydrated, protect against mosquitoes and use caution when eating.

17. Visa & Work permits?

Volunteers should apply and obtain a type ‘O’, non-immigrant visa prior to arrival in Thailand. Select one of the two types of non-immigrant visa which best meet your travel requirements:

·         Single entry, 3 month visa or

·         Multiple entry, 1 year visa, if you are staying longer  

 A tourist or travel visa will not be valid due to your work permit.   

18. Who can I contact if I have more questions or if I want to apply to volunteer?

Please contact volunteer coordinator for your region in the world

·         Asia: Bridget Blackburn  อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้

·         Australia:  Jill Reitsema  อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้

·         Europe: Elizabeth Boyle อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้  

 ·         North America:  Yen Liao  อีเมลนี้จะถูกป้องกันจากสแปมบอท แต่คุณต้องเปิดการใช้งานจาวาสคริปเพื่ออ่านมันได้   

19. What are the steps in the process of application?

Basic application process is as follows (actual process may vary slightly between regions):

a.       Contact volunteer coordinator of your region

b.      Volunteer coordinator will send you a volunteer package. The volunteer package includes

c.       Volunteer coordinator receives application and will contact prospective volunteer to set up phone or personal interview.

d.       Application sent to Thailand and reviewed by CCD Executive Director for approval

e.       Dates are confirmed and an official letter of invitation is sent to the prospective volunteer.  The letter of invitation is required as part of the application for a non-immigrant visa

f.       Volunteer makes arrangement for travel and notifies CCD Thailand & regional volunteer coordinator of arrival information (flight#, day, time)

 

 


Christian Care Foundation for Children
with Disabilities in Thailand


 18/1075 Moo 5 Sukhaprachasan 2 Road
(Soi Wat Koo)
Bangpood, Pakkred, Nonthaburi 11120
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 47, Pakkred
Nonthaburi 11120


email: ccdbkk@ccdthailand.org

tel: (+66 2) 584 6966
 (+66 2) 582 0620-3
fax: (+66 2) 584 6007








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