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Global Health in Thailand and Nepal

Contribute to public health in both Thailand and Nepal.

Program Code: THAL0443M

Program Information

Contribute to United Nations Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-being, by volunteering on public health initiatives in Thailand and Nepal. Facilitate physical activity classes for children to promote good health and fitness, and preventative public health workshops at local schools. In your free time, explore the beaches and islands of Phang Nga or trek through the Himalayas.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

Travel to Southeast Asia to learn about how public health is conducted in unique local contexts on a global scale. First travel to Southern Thailand to the beautiful coastal province of Phang Nga and then on to Pokhara, a Nepalese town known to many as the gateway to the Himalayas. Your work will mostly consist of conducting workshops concerning sanitation and hygiene, to assist in preventing transferable diseases, and nutrition and exercise, to assist in preventing non-transferable diseases. Preventative health can help communities keep themselves healthier, requiring less medical attention, saving on household income funds and national budgets as well. In Phang Nga, volunteers will also assist in sports education for children, to facilitate fitness and physical health.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Contribute to United Nations Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-being.

  • Start learning the intercultural communication skills necessary for a career in global health.

  • Learn experience that is also suited to teaching children abroad.

  • Relax on the beaches of Southern Thailand in your free time.

  • View the snow-capped Himalaya mountain range.

Program Details

Program Type: Volunteering
Location: Asia - Nepal - Pokhara - Thailand - Phang Nga

Further Program Details

THAILAND

You will spend the first portion of this public health volunteer program in the picturesque province of Phang Nga. After undergoing training, you will assist specialised teachers with conducting lessons for children. This might include arts lessons to support fine motor development, sports lessons to support gross motor development, sensory games to support cognitive development, and social games to support social skill development. You will also assist our team with conducting WASH, water, sanitation, and hygiene workshops as well as presentations focused on the importance of nutrition and exercise.

During school holidays, from mid-March to the end of May, and in October, volunteers and interns take part in alternate teaching activities. This might include teaching adults or running summer camps that might have an English language learning focus. They also have the option of contributing to other ongoing sustainable development projects like cleaning tanks at sea turtle conservation facilities, carrying out biological surveys of local islands, and conducting preventative public health workshops in the local community. Thailand also has many national festivals, during which time government offices, banks, businesses, and therefore schools, are closed. One of these important festivals is Thai New Year which occurs around mid April. During this time, the GVI staff team will arrange for participants to experience the local festivities. Many people travel to Thailand to simply experience these festivities and this is an excellent opportunity for participants to fully immerse themselves in Thai culture.

During the weekends, you will be free to visit some of the many popular tourist sites nearby, including Phuket Island, Khao Sok National Park, Phang Nga Bay, or the Phi Phi Islands.

NEPAL

Then travel on to Nepal, to the town of Pokhara, known for its spectacular natural landscape including breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. In Pokhara, you will continuing your work of conducting preventative health workshops, including those concerned with preventing transferable and non-transferable diseases. Most of the workshops will be conducted at local schools for children at primary school or kindergarten age.

During Nepalese school holidays, volunteers may conduct similar workshops in other contexts in the local community, like women’s groups. They might also teach basic first aid. There are might also be opportunities to contribute to other sustainable development initiatives our team runs in Pokhara such as education, women’s empowerment, and conservation programs. Some of these activities might include creating educational resources for children, professional development resources for local women, or assist in plastic pollution cleanups in the local area. If you are lucky enough to have joined the program during a time when the Nepalese people celebrate a festival, there will also be a chance to participate in the festivities.

Weekends are yours to explore the surrounding region. Rent a kayak and go out on Phewa lake or visit the Hindu temple in the centre of the lake. You can also visit the World Peace Pagoda or the reputed birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini. There is, of course, also the option of completing a trek in the Himalayas after your volunteer program has been completed.

Please note travel between Nepal and Thailand is not included. Speak to your enrolment manager about travel options.

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  • 2019
  • 2020

Select a Duration

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Select Add-Ons

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What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Training

A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.


For All GVI Participants

Welcome Presentation

Introduction to GVI as a whole and the work in your specific location. Learn about the short, mid, and long-term objectives of the sustainable development projects at your base, which United Nations Development Goals they impact most directly, and which local partners we work with.


Health and Safety Training

Learn about the Emergency Action Plans in place at your base, the full Risk Assessment, and best practices for personal safety.


Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Training

Learn about the importance of child and vulnerable adult protection best practices and how to apply them while on project.


Your Program Specific Training

Health Projects Training

Participants are prepared for the work they will conduct in while working with our health project partners.


Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.


As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.


 
 
 
 

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


 


We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.


 

Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Safety

Upon arrival at the airport, participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. The minimum staff to participant ratio on GVI’s programs is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.


Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov

HOW GVI UPHOLDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.


1 Nov

GVI’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.


6 Nov

HOW GVI REMAINS PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.


5 Nov

HOW GVI MANAGES PARTICIPANTS EXPECTATIONS

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Airport transfer in Pokhara
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Transport to Project Sites
  • Travel advice
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)