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Everything in the required list is, strangely enough, required - you MUST supply a criminal record check; you MUST have medical insurance cover; you WILL need a sleeping bag whether you are here for a couple of weeks or up to 3 months; You DO need smart clothes for teaching, and modest clothes for general wear... I won't go on about it further, but just trust us to know what we are telling you.

We are limited with our resources, which includes an intermittently working printer, so the photocopies should be organised before you arrive. If you are landing on the day this is difficult, but for those arriving prior to the Monday start date, there should be no reason this cannot be achieved. We may have to charge a fee to cover copying if it is left until you get to our foundation.

The criminal record check needs to be emailed to us before you arrive - obviously if there is something on there that is going to compromise your joining our programme, then it should be disclosed as soon as possible, rather than wasting time and money getting here only to find you are not allowed to join.

All of the items listed below, obviously except the photocopies and Criminal Record check, are readily available to buy in Chiang Rai, so if you have enough time before starting, you can spend a couple of hours shopping in town - it will save on the weight you have to carry here... But remember that if we pick you up from the airport, we will be heading straight to the foundation, so there will be no chance to buy for possibly up to 5 days.

Required

  • Criminal Record check document - a copy to be emailed before you arrive
  • Photocopy of your insurance details
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Photocopy of your visa page: either the one obtained before you left, or the one stamped on arrival
  • Photocopy of the TM6: this is the arrival/departure card stapled into your passport on arrival into the country
  • Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner: we do not rent them out, and you will need one for homestay (and winter, which gets pretty cold)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Work gloves: all volunteers get involved in manual work
  • Smart clothes: (culturally appropriate: see dress code) - for teaching, especially at temple and hospital
  • Working clothes: (culturally appropriate: see dress code) - for outdoor work, some jobs are dirtier than others
  • Wet weather clothes: for rainy season - approx May-October
  • Warm clothes: November-February is pretty cold at night, and can drop down to 5°C
  • Sturdy shoes and flip flops
  • Towel
  • Toiletry items
  • Underwear
  • Flashlight/Torch
  • Small padlock for locker

Optional

  • Laptops are also good to bring if they do not weigh you down too much - we have secure wifi internet access. It also takes some of the strain off the existing volunteer computers.
  • Hat: to prevent sunstroke or sunburn
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medicines
  • First Aid kit

Donations

We would be very appreciative if you can donate any goods such as non-used stationery, toys, instruments, old clothes, sleeping bags, digital cameras and laptops (if you have any of them). Either new, or in good condition and clean, which are used in projects or passed on to villagers. First Aid Kits, or unused medical utensils and items (not including personal medicines) are also gratefully accepted.

One more thing, is that our working week officially ends on Saturday at 3pm, so you should take this into account when booking your departure flight. We will not guarantee lifts to town or airport for any other leaving time.

Thailand Volunteer! - by The Mirror Foundation