4 week volunteer football coaching program in Thailand...
Could I REALLY do this??
Anybody who has a passion of coaching football will have an amazing experience on this programme. As long as you have some understanding of the game you will be able to offer great assistance to the children that you will coach, whether you just play socially with friends, have represented your school, club or university team or even as far as holding a recognised coaching qualification like English F.A Coaching badge.
By coaching these children you will start to give enthusiastic players the chance to play the sport they love in an organised and fun environment.
What is Included?
Airport Transfers: We include a shuttle service between Bangkok airport hotel and Korat on a designated pick up date. If travelling at other times or different dates then we can advise you on the public transfer services available.
Welcome BBQ: A welcome BBQ and beverages will be organized upon your arrival at your designated accommodation giving you a chance to get to know your fellow volunteers and coaching assistants.
Transport to and from football ground: We will arrange transport to and from your coaching sessions.
24-hour staffing: A staff member will be on hand 24/7 for any required information or emergencies.
Accommodation: You will stay in a 3 bedroom house situated in the city close to all amenities with a maximum of 4 people house share. We have 1 bedroom with 2 single bed share and 2 bedrooms with double beds including 2 bathrooms.
Breakfast: Fresh bread will be delivered Monday to Friday with a selection of Jam & marmalade. Cereal, fresh milk and a selection of fresh fruit.
Lunch: Fresh bread and/or roles, selection of hams, tuna and salad are also provided daily Monday to Friday. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for upon request. Dinner:
Dinner will be both healthy and hearty to help you re-charge after a day of coaching. Local cuisine is the normally provided although we can cater to suit any special dietary requirements.
Thai Tuition: If you have an interest in learning the basics of the Thai language we can organise a Thai teacher 2 mornings a week upon your request.
Coaching: You will be expected to coach no more than 2 hours every evening Monday-Friday to a group of no more than 20 children.
Work experience in local school: If you have an interest in teaching English as a foreign language or just want an added experience to your trip, we can organise an morning in a local school. It’s a valuable experience where local teachers and students will give you a very warm welcome. Lessons are taught by a full-time non-Thai English teacher where you can get as involved in class activities as it suits you.
Weekend trips: Including overnight camping trips to Khoa Yai National Park visiting beautiful water falls surrounded by lushes green jungle, attend an evening local league football match, a night at Mua Thai Stadium and an excursion to Bangkok to visit the famous Kings Palace, surrounding temples and Khoa San Road for a shopping trip. We will also visit a fresh water lake on the outskirts of Khoa Yai where you can relax, fish, kayak or all of the above.
Farewell party: A final farewell party will be organised for volunteers and coaching staff.
What is Not Included?
Visa/Work Permit: We will help you with your volunteer visa application which is paramount in coaching with us. We use an agency here in Thailand who will issue you via FedEx with all the relevant documentation including application forms, recommended consulate for application and our personal business documentation requesting you as a volunteer to come join us in Thailand. You must apply for your visa in your country of residence at a Thai immigration either in person or via post, visas cannot be obtained once in Thailand. Although we pay for necessary documentation to be processed and forwarded to you this end a fee of around 45GBP together with your application will be required when applying at your local Thai consulate.
Flights: We can help you find the cheapest return flight upon your request although booking and payment will be down to you.
Travel Insurance: We can help you find suitable insurance/medical cover. Prices vary dependant on your needs although we recommend STA travel with reasonable prices starting from approx. £20.00.
Weekend Meals: During excursions a small kitty will be requested to cover food costs for example, at Khao Yai National Park we will organise a BBq and drinks prepared by our staff which will cost no more than £5.00 per person. Alternatively we can eat out at a traditional Thai restaurant for a similar price.
You can eat relatively cheaply if you stick to local food although western cuisine is also fairly reasonable at prices similar to the West.
Typical costs: Lunch: £0.60-£2:00 Dinner: £0.60-£2.00
Bottle of Beer: Small: £0.90 Large: £1.70
During your time on the programme there will be a number of social activities included—together with other volunteers:
• Welcome & Farewell party
• Chaiyaphum treck/overnight camping
• Khoa Yai National Park/waterfalls/jungle trek/taste of Thai
• Hua-Hin/jungle trek/monkey mountain/ATV biking/2 nights bungalow stay
• Bangkok/Kings palace/temples/overnight Khoa Sarn Road
• Local football match
• Mua Thai (Thai boxing) evening
• Optional pub crawl
Apart from the excursions mentioned above, other activities and trips are also organised as our in-country partner has links with places offering a weekend trip to Kho Chang Island, elephant back rides at Khoa Yai, white water rafting (seasons vary) and a trip to the tiger temple where you can hold cubs and walk alongside these magnificent beasts at a Buddhist temple. These are all available for an extra fee which can be discussed during your induction.
Week 1 - Bangkok - City Tour and overnight Stay
We will visit some of Bangkok’s most recognised attractions including The Grand Palace, surrounding Temples & have a memorable overnight stay in Khao San Road with its numerous bars and large market which explodes during the evening.
Week 2 - Koa Yai National Park - 2 days & 1 night
We will be camping in & exploring the jungle of Koa Yai where you will have the chance to see monkeys, elephants and many other mammals and reptiles as well as swim in magnificent waterfalls and go on an optional elephant trek.
Week 3 - Hua Hin - 2 days & 2 nights Stay
Staying in Tropical bungalows at Camp Palapon, you will go on a day’s jungle safari in a 4-wheel drive with your personal tour guide, visit Monkey Mountain and relax on the white sandy beaches of Hua Hin or go on an optional Quad Bike trek.
Week 4 - Chaiyaphum - 2 days & 1 night
Visiting the magnificent Mountain tops of Chaiyaphum you will be able to take some magnificent photo’s as well as taste local cuisine and swim in local waterfalls before heading to Korat to explore the zoo and/or the newly constructed water park for the afternoon.
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