Volunteering at Camillian Home

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“We like to volunteer at Camillian Home because we like to play with the kids and put big smiles on their faces. If we can make the children happy, that means the world to us. We would feel really proud of ourselves and the children.” -Alysha and Kiara G5, KIS International School

We welcome two kinds of volunteers at Camillian Home:

  • those who are Bangkok-based, who can commit to visiting at least once a week for three months
  • those who want to live onsite at Camillian Home for a minimum of three to six months

We ask for this level of commitment in order to establish a good rapport with the children, enabling interaction with them on a more personal level. This regularity better aids their development as it helps to stabilise the relationships between volunteers and children, as you become a familiar face to them. It is very disrupting for our children when volunteers come once only, or suddenly stop coming. Similarly, it takes time to make sure that volunteers are properly introduced to our way of working, and we need to ensure that our staff time is used efficiently. Volunteering in an environment like Camillian Home can be emotionally draining and physically tiring; therefore, volunteers must show a level of emotional stability and maturity. The role also requires much patience, enthusiasm, creativity and energy. Volunteers with the following skills will be given special consideration: speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, music teacher, art teacher, early years teacher, nurse, nutritionist, and cook.

Activities

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  • Support the staff in caring for the children, i.e. bathing, changing diapers and feeding
  • Help the staff wash dishes and clean the eating area after meals
  • Help the staff maintain a clean and hygienic environment, general daily cleaning, laundry
  • Constructive playing with the children, especially in ways that make them smile
  • Stimulating the children through a wide variety of personal interactions
  • Teaching them to independently look after themselves
  • Constantly encouraging movement to increase mobility
  • Helping their speech and other communication skills
  • Playing sports, music, art activities
  • Most importantly, just showing them love