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basic rulesAlthough there are many things to be aware of, which can be found in other parts of the information section on this website, if you can read, understand and abide by the following, we shouldn't have too many problems.

We want to make sure that volunteers are aware of the following points before they arrive:

  • Mirror is a long established, and well known, Thai Non-Governmental Organisation, which works very hard to help ethnic minorities in Thailand.
  • It is most definitely not a holiday destination - volunteers are here to work.
  • If you are with us for 45 days or more, we ask you to obtain a visa before you leave home - please note, we provide no assistance with this.
  • Work hours are 8.30am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. (New volunteers are picked up on a Monday)
  • The main gate is shut at 10pm, and everyone is expected to be in their dorms by this time - a rural community goes to bed early, and rises early.
  • Drinking alcohol is not permitted during the working week, on or offsite - only on Saturday or Sunday evenings, in moderation
  • Whatever you have come to do, be it teaching or construction, please realise that we will ask you to take on other tasks as well - volunteering is all about helping each other.
  • The way we would like you to dress begins from the moment we pick you up, to when we drop you off at the end of your stay. It is important that you are dressed suitably, so that you do not offend the local cultures.
    • For the girls, this means
      • shorts below the knee
      • skirts show be lower, preferably ankle length
      • no leggings
      • cover your shoulders
      • no cleavage shown
      • wear a bra at all times
      • tops must cover your belly
      • Boys: tops to be worn at all times, even on Outdoor work
    • Not only at Mirror, but during your entire time in Southeast Asia - it is not only offensive to dress inappropriately, and you will be looked down on, but it can also be potentially dangerous.
    • If we consider a volunteer to be inappropriately dressed, we will ask you to change. Repeat offenders may be asked to leave the programme.
  • We ask you to not take days off, apart from Sundays or Mondays, while you are with us. If you wish to have time to travel, then please do it before you arrive or after you leave - anyone that leaves during their programme without prior agreement will not be accepted back. For this reason, it is very important to factor time to travel into your arrangements.
  • Don't be late for appointments. We work to a timetable and with many volunteers, staff, schools, agencies etc. So, we cannot wait for someone who isn't ready when they should be.

We must organise and look after many volunteers - if you cannot agree to follow our rules, act in a way detrimental to our work, or disrupt the group harmony, then we may ask you to leave. The priority of the organisation, and your priority as well, is the wellbeing of the tribal people we are working with, and we can achieve this much better with your help and cooperation.

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