Hua Hin Explore

Hua Hin - Thailand

Only 360€ per week!

So you’ve decided to go abroad and take on a meaningful project that is convenient and flexible but are not quite sure where to begin? Say no more!

Based in the seaside town of Hua Hin, our highly customizable Hua Hin Explore program is uniquely designed for participants that want the freedom to choose between several projects during their stay while at the same time being loyal to a single project.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

This program is intended for participants that are interested in joining fun and meaningful projects with the aim of creating a valuable social impact to the community while also deepening your work experience and cultural interactions.

Participants will have the freedom to select a designated project for the entire week during the morning session and choose from an array of options that are available to them during their afternoons and evenings.

Teaching

After breakfast, you will leave our center between 8-9 in the morning. You'll get a chance to work as a teacher's assistant and engage in creative learning activities with children for 2-3 hours before leaving for lunch at 11:30.

Childcare

You will prepare teaching lessons for children, help them with their daily activities and chores and put them down for a nap. During your time at this childcare program, you will be working with children from age 2.5 to 6 years old at a local children's development centre/kindergarten located in Hua Hin. in the morning, which you will be expected to work there for 2-3 hours from 09:00 – 11:30 AM.

Mangrove Conservation

If you choose this project, you will work at a local mangrove nursery for 2 hours starting from 9:30 to 11:30. This placement is the main nursery that produces young mangrove plants for the local community. Your responsibilities may involve preparing the seed and soil, watering the plant, nursing the plant and planting the mangroves. A local farmer and coordinator will be there to provide knowledge and show participants step by step from how/where to collect and sort mangrove pods to all the tips that they need to know about how to plant and nurse mangrove adequately.

Community Construction / Clay House Project

Everybody enjoys the beautiful and tropical beaches that Thailand has to offer. Local people will educate you about the flora and fauna surrounding the beaches in Hua Hin, and what the people undertake to protect and conserve them. You will be expected to play your part in helping with the conservation of Hua Hin’s natural surroundings.

Beach

Every day, we will take you to a different beach in Hua Hin where you will be able to sit back, relax and unwind amidst white sand and crystal-clear blue waters.

Yoga and Mind

This program will take through Yoga’s physical and internal components with the guidance of a professional instructor. After a week of relaxing Yoga and deep meditation exercises, you are guaranteed to come out of this program with mind and body recharged. It is open to all levels of Yoga practitioners, whether beginner or advanced. Our Yoga instructor will adapt to your level.

Plastic Recycling

In addition to meaningful hands-on work to improve the sustainability of the community, such as cleaning up beaches or local communities, creating garbage bins, washing and sorting garbage, you will also be heavily engaged in the learning aspect of researching, planning and educating the local community members and children with regards to the importance of sustainable environmental practices. In order to create awareness and encourage environmental conservation among local people and students, you will be presenting them lectures and training sessions on practical topics such as recycling in the home, reducing one’s carbon footprint, how to separate waste properly, broader topics like the effects of climate change and the need for environmental concern. An English-speaking coordinator will be there to support and help you out with any language barriers.

Cooking Classes

Join a fun and interactive cooking class that promises to not only meet wonderful people but to also exchange cooking tips and learn traditional Thai foods from an experienced local culinary instructor A perfect chance to gain practical experience in the art of making traditional thai-style dishes!

Weekend Excursions

In addition to their chosen project(s), our weekend excursions can be selected as an upgraded add-on. Please keep in mind that this upgrade needs to be paid on-site directly to the local provider and can not be booked in advance.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you familiarise yourself with the local surroundings
  • Provide you with flexible daily projects and activities
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Early morning

If you are a morning person, you may join the daily Yoga/Mediation before breakfast at 7.00 AM and make a routine out of it.

Morning

During the mornings participants will choose one of the following 4 projects for the entire week (to guarantee quality of the programs for participants as well as receivers).

  • Teaching
  • Childcare
  • Mangrove Conservation
  • Community Construction/ Clay House.

Afternoon

For the afternoon sessions, we will offer a variety of projects and activities per day out of the list below. Each option below will at least be offered twice a week (during the weekdays).

  • Free time
  • Relax by the pool
  • Beach
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Construction
  • Sightseeing activity
  • Yoga and Mind
  • Cooking Classes.

Evening

During the evening we provide daily activities that all participants can join. Participants may choose between two of the following:

  • Market
  • Shopping Center
  • Games Night
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • BBQ

Saturday to Sunday

We offer plenty of nearby attractions and excursions in Hua Hin for perfect day trips or getaways for a surcharge (which can be booked onsite). Here are some of the different options you can choose from:

  • 1-Day Saturday Excursion
  • 3-Day Padi Diving (already starts Friday afternoon)
  • 1-Day Snorkeling
  • 1-Day Cycling Tour
  • 1-Day Photography Tour
  • 2-Day Elephant Project
  • 1-Day Mangrove visit
  • 1-Day Train Trip
  • 1-Day Stray Dog program

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

Required

  • Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.

Optional

  • Ball
  • You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class such as:
  • Interesting board games
  • Books/Comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Worksheets
  • Cultural items of interest
  • And anything else you think will help!

Location

Located just 280 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations for locals and Expats alike. It is convenient and ever developing because it is where the city meets the sea. Here you will find scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches, and palm tree-decorated landscapes which have turned this former fishing enclave into a what is now a bustling town, brimming with anything and everything a visitor, tourist, or traveler could ever want!

About the Accommodation

Our center is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

Food Arrangements

All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.

Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.

Facilities

Most of your day will be spent in Hua Hin city center, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events

Tuesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Friday Evening

You will go to the Cicada Market, a colorful night market offering freshly cooked food from different shopkeepers. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs which are very attractive and listen to live music featuring local artists.

Sights & Surroundings

Hua Hin is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach.

Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • All around Thailand
  • Around Thailand
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Udon Thani
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Quick Facts

Name: Kingdom of Thailand

Population: 67 million

Capital: Bangkok

Language: Thai

Currency: Baht (THB)

Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and  experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Climate

The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

  • Dry season: November – end of February. During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.
  • Hot: March to June. During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 50°C).
  • Rainy: July – October. This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly, but when it does rain, heavy flooding is not rare.

Culture

A significant feature of Thai culture is its primary religion: Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand not only boasts tens of thousands of beautiful temples, but you will notice that a lot of Thai people have miniature Spirit Houses on their front yards because they believe that the household spirits live in them and they make offerings to them to keep the spirits happy.

Another feature of Thai culture is the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. This can be compared to the Indian namasté. Things to know about this:

  • The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.
  • It is made before formally entering/leaving a house
  • It can also be made as a sign of gratitude or apology
  • You do not make the greeting to those who are younger than you unless you are returning the wai.
  • The gesture is normally accompanied with the phrase “sawadee (krap/ka)” (“krap” if you are  male and “ka” if you are female)
  • A corporate wai (made by cashiers etc) can be returned with a smile or a nod

The major festival in Thailand is Thai New Year, known as Songkran. It is celebrated on the 13th-14th April of every year. It is a festival that concludes the dry season and involves a lot of water throwing!

Gastronomy

Thai cuisine is very nutritious and alongside its plentiful use of rice, it generally contains fresh vegetables and white meats like chicken and fish. Thai people love spicy food but do not fear if you do not, just say ‘mai pet’ when you order. However, the flavors are not only about the spice, as many people believe. Thai food can be slightly salty, sour and/or sweet, so there really is something to suit everyone’s palate.

Transportation

Transport in Thailand is very varied and there isn’t one ‘main way’ to travel. Buses dominate long distance journeys. Travel in thailand is cheap and even domestic flights are a worthwhile consideration for long distance journeys, especially with the expansion of low-cost airlines.

Taxis, tuk-tuks and vans are also common modes of transport, but tourists must be wary about being overcharged. If in doubt, always ask that the taximeter be switched on to avoid overcharging.

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