volunteering

Information for volunteering at Rainbow School

We would always like to have you stay for volunteering at Rainbow School.
Some of works you could help are below;

Assisting lessons

Thai, English, Japanese, math, social study, PE, technology, etc

Some specialist sessions on biology and art

(Music, fine art and dance). We don’t have teachers who can teach these subjects yet.

Play with children

You are welcome to share plays and sports you know with us

Farming

Rice cultivation, land making and compost making

We appreciate your flexibility and responsibility. We ask you your special knowledge/hobbies/talent in advance. Please share with our children. We also interview and ask your childhood memories and future dreams for children’s learning and inspiration for their future.

On your visit, there are certain things that we ask you for understanding and keeping them in mind during your stay.

Firstly, Rainbow School is different from many schools in your country. When our children graduate from Rainbow School, they face tough reality of living in a society. They are not protected by their family nor the society. There is no choice to stay home not working and have no financial support from their parents, families, and the society. We believe Rainbow School supports each child to grow into an “independent individual”, which is fundamental among many educational aspirations. We can offer what we can in this extreme poverty area of Thailand, which is far different from that of developed countries.

Therefore, please read and understand our “Rainbow School core beliefs” below.

  • We foster bright children to have gratitude and be independent who create the future.
  • We are entitled to be happy by searching and practicing ways of living with the nature.
  • We provide a space where each individual can find own true and spiritual self.

For our volunteer guests.

  • Please take responsibility for yourself.
  • Please be positively and actively attentive so that each activity runs smoothly.

We ask to refrain from visiting to people like below;

  • Those who are parents who are overprotective of own children. Although we have had many young people who are strongly willing to visit our school, we may not be able to accept if the parents don’t show their understanding of our school values and become overprotective.
  • Rainbow School is not a hotel nor a school for visitors. We cannot accept those who have too many requests.
  • We cannot accept people who have rigid educational views based on own personal biases.
  • Rainbow School is approximately 8 hours away by car from Bangkok. You may have to take a few buses to get here. Some parts of the journey might not be ideal. The climate and environment could be challenging in comparison to other countries. We are afraid that we may not be able to accept those who are over 45 due to this extreme living condition. (Except for those who are given permissions by our trustees and advisors)

We strongly ask our volunteers to;

  • Spend and share most of the time with children.
  • Share what you enjoy and are good at doing with children. You may want to use some classroom time in addition to free time. Please inform us what you would like to offer to the school in advance, ex; skill sharing and teaching. Because the world they are experiencing is limited and small, meeting new people and experiencing something new that each visitor truly enjoys doing and can offer, are precious learning which opens up their horizon.
  • Please help cooking, washing, brushing teeth for young children, and cleaning etc.

We strongly ask to our volunteers NOT to;

  • Give money and gifts to children without our recognition.
  • Spoil children as they may use visitors as excuses to avoid daily tasks and study.
  • Ignore bad behaviours (Throwing stones at people and disrupting adults’ meeting). Please discipline children when necessary.

Our capacity

Staff can be very busy responding to children’s needs. So please be informed that we may not be able to give you satisfactory responses at times.

School daily schedule

Time schedule weekdays Mon-Fri

5:30

5:30

6:20

7:00

8:00

8:15

9:00

12:30

13:30

16:00

17:00

18:30

19:30

20:00

21:00

Wake up gong

Prayer, mediation and meeting/cooking

Cleaning

Breakfast

Morning briefing

School assembly (Daily news and reading)

Class begins

Lunch

Class begins

Cleaning and cooking

Free time(play, exercise, shower, etc)

Dinner

Chanting, Meditation

Free time

Light out

5:30 Wake up gong

5:30 Prayer, mediation and meeting/cooking

6:20​ Cleaning

7:00​ Breakfast

8:00​ Morning briefing

8:15​ School assembly (Daily news and reading)

9:00 Class begins

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Class begins

16:00​ Cleaning and cooking

17:00​ Free time(play, exercise, shower, etc)

18:30​ Dinner

19:30 Chanting, Meditation

20:00​ Free time

21:00​ Light out

Saturday

6:30

8:00

9:00

12:00

16:00

18:00

19:00

22:00

Wake up gong, cleaning and cooking

Breakfast

Laundry and cleaning

Lunch and free time

Cleaning

Dinner

Free time, TV

Light out

6:30​ Wake up gong, cleaning and cooking

8:00​ Breakfast

9:00​ Laundry and cleaning

12:00 Lunch and free time

16:00 Cleaning

18:00 Dinner

19:00​ Free time, TV

22:00​ Light out

Sunday

7:00

9:00

18:00

19:30

21:00

Wake up and cooking

Breakfast and free time

Dinner

Chanting and meeting

Light out

7:00​ Wake up and cooking

9:00​ Breakfast and free time

18:00​ Dinner

19:30​ Chanting and meeting

21:00​ Light out

Number of students and staff

0
children
0
staffs

3 female teachers, 2 male teachers and Mr. and Mrs. Kataoka

Recommended period for volunteering

Donation for staying

Feedback

We ask volunteers to stay for minimum one week.

On your departure, we appreciate if you could leave us some donation so that we can maintain our activities at Rainbow School. We don’t want to set a standard amount as we would like you to reflect on your learning at our place. We believe your stay will offer a deep and precious experience that many other seminars or workshops available in your area could not offer.

We ask our volunteer to write some reflective feedback. We would like to know your discovery and learning. This will help those who are interested in visiting Rainbow School in the future as well as for us to reflect and be encouraged.

Other notes

  • On donation, we appreciate cash donations as this contributes directly into managing the school and paying wages to the staff. We have already received clothes, medicine, toys, stationary and books enough to keep us going for now. We also appreciate any food ingredients for children to cook with and try something new and different from Thai food.
  • Classification of waste : Please separate your waste into categories; Burnable, recyclable (can, bottle, plastics, papers and metals) and non-burnable (glass, lightbulb and battery). Food waste. Recyclable waste will be purchased by some companies.
  • Insurance : Please make sure you have travel insurance before visiting the school.
  • Injury and illness : Please be informed about vaccination in order to prevent infections and injuries in advance. Please be responsible for yourself and any cost related to treatment and hospitalisation, unless it is due to our negligence.

Useful information

Language

  • Thai
  • Japanese
  • English
  • children’s own tribal languages (Karen and Hmong)

Lodge

  • Our current premises is not equipped with guestrooms. Therefore, visitors use classrooms and gym hall as bedrooms. We provide a mosquito net, futon and blanket.

Clothes/shoes

  • Long sleeves (Prevent insect bites and sun burn), trousers, shorts with leggins, hat, sunglasses, sandals (for daily use), flipflops.

Necessity

  • Torches (Sometimes we have no electricity. It is useful when we have black out in the night.)

Recommendation

  • S hook (In the shower room, you can hang your bag)
  • Portable washlet (We don’t use toilet rolls at the school. There is a water tank to clean in toilet)

Water

  • We use underground water for general use and for drinking and cooking.

Meals

  • Thai rice and two dishes. Some spices are used in the food, however we also cook with no chilli sometimes. Teachers and children cook together. Please join and help them cook.

Shower

  • Individual room with lock and water tank. Please be advised that you may use biodegradable soaps.

Toilet

  • Thai toilet with a water tank. No toilet rolls. If you prefer, please bring a portable washlet and reusable cloth hygiene products.

Washing clothes

  • There is a washing machine. We recommend to wash clothes by hand and use spinning to take excess water with the machine. Please bring small amount of clothes and wash them regularly in your free time as it reduces your belonging. We recommend washing clothes when taking shower as an efficient way.

Electricity

  • We have electricity but sometimes have shortage for a few hours. USA/Japan plug.

Internet

  • Wifi at the school. It could be inconsistent due to the weather.

Hospital

  • There is a public hospital within a 5 min bike ride. There is also a free clinic within a 10 min bike ride.

Food and shopping

  • A market opens nearby the school every Thursday. Other stuff can be purchased in Sangkhlaburi within a 30 min car drive. The market which opens every Thursday offers unusual experiences with mountain vegetables and other food that the villagers bring from the mountains. Although we grow vegetables at the school, we are not fully self-sufficient. Our staff and children sometimes fish and pick fresh mountain vegetables as well as cultivate rice. However, we largely rely on the market.

Communication in Thai

  • Some volunteers find it useful to bring a picture book to communicate with children. We also recommend you to learn basic Thai for better communication.

We appreciate if you could read and follow the rules written above to make your stay best experience for you and our children.

** Please do not hesitate to contact us any time.