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Phrae Santi-Jintana School for the Blind
Phrae School for the blind opened in April of 2005 with 16 students. To this date they now have 51 students, all boarding, ranging from 3 years of age to 19 years. Students will attend the school until Grade 6 and then move onto public schools in the district, whilst they stay at the dormitory and extra support and resources where needed. Around 10 children at the school have multiple disabilities. The school have received funding from the Japanese Embassy and the Thai Association for the Blind. There are 8 teachers and 8 staff, some also partially sighted.
Phrae School for the Blind are looking for up to 3 volunteers to teach English (and other languages), Music and/or Art. There is no experience needed but a willingness to learn and support social change. The longer the stay the better!
Volunteers will work Tuesday to Saturday, so that they can work with the students who are in mainstream schools during the week. Hours will be 8am to 5pm every day. Work will be set out in a weekly timetable, where you will teach classes with the help of a Thai teacher. The lessons should teach basic English conversation, be fun and inspire the students to learn more. In addition to this, the school ask for help to create their website, which must be accessible for screen readers. If you do not have any experience here but think you can follow a template or learn on the job then we would like to hear from you. There is also good wi-fi at the school and access to different resources for your lessons.
Food and Accomodation
Accommodation is included in your cost to volunteer with us. You will either have your own room adjacent to the boy’s dormitory, with a shared bathroom for yourself and another member of staff, or the school will look into renting accommodation for you nearby. Get in contact with your preferences! Food is also included in the cost and will consist of 3 meals a day, every day, at the school. If you decide to go away for the weekend or eat out, then this is at your own cost.
There are no required skills for the volunteer as such, but you will be requested for an informal interview over Skype with a member of Move Lanna staff. Experience working with children with disabilities will be beneficial but is not essential. You do not need to be able to speak Thai, in fact the school would prefer you didn’t to encourage more use of English!
If you think this may be you, or maybe you want more information, then please get in contact! We look forward to hearing from you.
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