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  • Mundo/Lokgatat Volunteer Opportunities In and Around Ubon Ratchathani Province, Isaan Thailand
 
General Description of the Ubon Area
The Ubon Ratchathani province is famous across Thailand for its warm and welcoming people, multiple forest temples, and diverse, beautiful landscape.  It pushes down into the jungle-clad intersection of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.  Its southern reaches have been labeled the [...]

    Mundo Volunteer Placements Around Ubon Ratchathani, Isaan Thailand

    Mundo/Lokgatat Volunteer Opportunities In and Around Ubon Ratchathani Province, Isaan Thailand   General Description of the Ubon Area The Ubon Ratchathani province is famous across Thailand for its warm and welcoming people, multiple forest temples, and diverse, beautiful landscape.  It pushes down into the jungle-clad intersection of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.  Its southern reaches have been labeled the [...]

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Mundo volunteer Laura and her students
Hi all, volunteering with Lokgatat and Mundo was a very memorable 3 weeks for me.  Isaan is one of the marginalized areas of Thailand, and people in Bangkok sometimes have a pretty discriminatory attitude about people there.  But I found it to be wonderful, unique, and colourful. 

 As I write this, I [...]

    Isaan Villiage and Volunteer Home Stays with Laura

      Mundo volunteer Laura and her students Hi all, volunteering with Lokgatat and Mundo was a very memorable 3 weeks for me.  Isaan is one of the marginalized areas of Thailand, and people in Bangkok sometimes have a pretty discriminatory attitude about people there.  But I found it to be wonderful, unique, and colourful.   As I write this, I [...]

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  • Mundo/Lokgatat Volunteer / Intern Opportunities Around Ubon Ratchathani Province 
The communities in and around Ubon Ratchathani are looking for volunteers who would like to assist in the community’s endeavours to establish quality educational opportunities. For all new volunteers, Mundo will provide their cross cultural orientation program and help them prepare for their home stays and volunteer [...]

    Mundo Exchange Volunteer Opportunities in Ubon

    Mundo/Lokgatat Volunteer / Intern Opportunities Around Ubon Ratchathani Province The communities in and around Ubon Ratchathani are looking for volunteers who would like to assist in the community’s endeavours to establish quality educational opportunities. For all new volunteers, Mundo will provide their cross cultural orientation program and help them prepare for their home stays and volunteer [...]

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Special Intern for Special Needs Thai Kids:

Mundo Exchange Intern Jessica
Special needs is what we call children with developmental delay or physical challenges. The Thais have a way of saying something along the lines of brain and body don’t work normally, so I’m pleased to have instituted them using the words Special Needs Children. The teachers like [...]

    Thailand Special Needs Kids with Mundo Exchange Intern Jessica

    Special Intern for Special Needs Thai Kids: Mundo Exchange Intern Jessica Special needs is what we call children with developmental delay or physical challenges. The Thais have a way of saying something along the lines of brain and body don’t work normally, so I’m pleased to have instituted them using the words Special Needs Children. The teachers like [...]

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Volunteers stories
  • I spent two weeks of the month of January (a typically cold and uneventful time to be in Texas) volunteering with Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat. As I write this now, I am already back home in Austin, dealing with freezing temperatures and plain gray days. Perhaps it’s mostly the weather, but it surely does [...]

    Candace: Volunteering for Thai Children

    I spent two weeks of the month of January (a typically cold and uneventful time to be in Texas) volunteering with Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat. As I write this now, I am already back home in Austin, dealing with freezing temperatures and plain gray days. Perhaps it’s mostly the weather, but it surely does [...]

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Volunteering with Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat is a great experience for children who have the opportunity to work with retired volunteers. With age, often comes an increase of understanding and empathy based on past experiences and exchanges. People like Marta offer children and young volunteers knowledge and laughter that can only come when diversity [...]

    Field Notes from an exceptional retired traveler and volunteer, Marta Kogler

    Volunteering with Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat is a great experience for children who have the opportunity to work with retired volunteers. With age, often comes an increase of understanding and empathy based on past experiences and exchanges. People like Marta offer children and young volunteers knowledge and laughter that can only come when diversity [...]

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  • Din-Nong-Dan-Nue Community
Ban-Tard, Amphur Mueng, Udon Thani, 41000
Field Notes: Val, Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat
Alternative Eco Projects and Thai ways

The Friday of 14th of January 2011, Nalinrat our Thai host from Laekplian Lokgatat, Gyb who is currently another one of our volunteer Thai hosts and is learning about herbs with Nalinrat,  and I, Valérie, who [...]

    Valérie at Din-Nong-Dan-Nue Community

    Din-Nong-Dan-Nue Community Ban-Tard, Amphur Mueng, Udon Thani, 41000 Field Notes: Val, Mundo Exchange and Laekplian Lokgatat Alternative Eco Projects and Thai ways The Friday of 14th of January 2011, Nalinrat our Thai host from Laekplian Lokgatat, Gyb who is currently another one of our volunteer Thai hosts and is learning about herbs with Nalinrat, and I, Valérie, who [...]

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Songkran, Thai New Year
April 13th -15th, 2011.
 
Songkran is the traditional New Year of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Srilangka and the east of India. The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit meaning ‘the beginning of a new Solar Year’. It’s sometimes called ‘water war’ byforeigners.Thai people believe in this festival as the family day.The custom [...]

    Exploring the Songkran or Thai New Year’s Exchange

    Songkran, Thai New Year April 13th -15th, 2011.   Songkran is the traditional New Year of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Srilangka and the east of India. The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit meaning ‘the beginning of a new Solar Year’. It’s sometimes called ‘water war’ byforeigners.Thai people believe in this festival as the family day.The custom [...]

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  • It is the beginning of Buddhist Lent cerebration. Various institutions e.g. schools, colleges and universities including public and private organization will craft and organize a colorful candle procession, music and dancing,  leading to a temple where the offering of the candle will be made.

    Candle Festival

    It is the beginning of Buddhist Lent cerebration. Various institutions e.g. schools, colleges and universities including public and private organization will craft and organize a colorful candle procession, music and dancing, leading to a temple where the offering of the candle will be made.

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  • Hugh talking and volunteering with Thai Students
Some Thai Mores and Norms of the Social Rules of Thailand, Do’s and Don’ts’ 
(What to do and not do as a traveler, guest, volunteer or tourist in Thailand)


All cultures have their own perspective of what “good manners or cultural ways” entail. For Thais some of the acceptable cultural ways, [...]

    Cultural Ways and Do’s and Dont’s of Thailand

    Hugh talking and volunteering with Thai Students Some Thai Mores and Norms of the Social Rules of Thailand, Do’s and Don’ts’ (What to do and not do as a traveler, guest, volunteer or tourist in Thailand) All cultures have their own perspective of what “good manners or cultural ways” entail. For Thais some of the acceptable cultural ways, [...]

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  • Mundo Exchange volunteer Annie with host sister
When I volunteered in Thailand I was able to experience the wonderful life with my home stay family.  Every day I would wake up and get ready for school, and the mother of the house would say, “Good morning!” – one of the few English phrases she learned during [...]

    Annie Thai Volunteer Loving Home Stay Family

    Mundo Exchange volunteer Annie with host sister When I volunteered in Thailand I was able to experience the wonderful life with my home stay family.  Every day I would wake up and get ready for school, and the mother of the house would say, “Good morning!” – one of the few English phrases she learned during [...]

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  • Thailand Public Holidays and Festivals
General Information
Below is a list of celebrated Thai holidays, celebrations and festivals. If a Thailand Public Holiday falls on a weekend then the next working day is considered a holiday and banks and big businesses will probably be closed. The chart below offers volunteers and visitors a quick look at Thailand [...]

    Thailand Calendar Festivals, Holidays, Events

    Thailand Public Holidays and Festivals General Information Below is a list of celebrated Thai holidays, celebrations and festivals. If a Thailand Public Holiday falls on a weekend then the next working day is considered a holiday and banks and big businesses will probably be closed. The chart below offers volunteers and visitors a quick look at Thailand [...]

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  • Books and Information on All Things Thai
Mundo Exchange volunteers and interns in Thailand have created a list of books and reading about Thailand and Thai culture. Some of the works included are fiction, others are about history, the arts, and the cultural ways of this Thai society. Travelers, tourists and armchair anthropologists may enjoy some [...]

    Books and Readings for Mundo’s Thailand Interns, Friends, Visitors and Travelers

    Books and Information on All Things Thai Mundo Exchange volunteers and interns in Thailand have created a list of books and reading about Thailand and Thai culture. Some of the works included are fiction, others are about history, the arts, and the cultural ways of this Thai society. Travelers, tourists and armchair anthropologists may enjoy some [...]

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Volunteer Sandra learns some Buddhist ways.


Mundo Exchange volunteer, Sandra , from Australia returned to help us once again with our Thai Buddhist projects in Isan, Thailand. Sandra brought with her the joy of helping Thai people. She went to a forest wat and helped the monks learn a bit more English. Sandra finds this particular Buddhist temple a wonderful [...]

    Aussie Volunteer Sandra, Returns to Support Thailand

    Volunteer Sandra learns some Buddhist ways. Mundo Exchange volunteer, Sandra , from Australia returned to help us once again with our Thai Buddhist projects in Isan, Thailand. Sandra brought with her the joy of helping Thai people. She went to a forest wat and helped the monks learn a bit more English. Sandra finds this particular Buddhist temple a wonderful [...]

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Eco club_English class

Eco club_mud house



Mundo Exchange volunteers and interns are helping Thailand’s, Laekplian Lokgatat Association with environmental and community development aid projects. We began planning educational seminars for students of all ages that would be held at our Cultural and Learning Centre in Isan, Thailand. Mundo interns and volunteers had previously completed successful Culture Club [...]

    Eco Projects with Mundo Exchange and Lokgatat’s Interns and Volunteers

    Eco club_English class Eco club_mud house Mundo Exchange volunteers and interns are helping Thailand’s, Laekplian Lokgatat Association with environmental and community development aid projects. We began planning educational seminars for students of all ages that would be held at our Cultural and Learning Centre in Isan, Thailand. Mundo interns and volunteers had previously completed successful Culture Club [...]

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  • Lokgatat Mundo Stefan at Yoon's house
Stefan Amberger joined Mundo Exchange and the Thai association Laekplian Lokgatat as a volunteer in Thailand during July 2010. After completing his latest year of Austrian university studies in mathematics he jumped a plane and headed for Thailand to volunteer. During his orientation he visited sites in and around Isan, [...]

    Thai Village Life with Mundo Exchange Volunteer Stefan

    Lokgatat Mundo Stefan at Yoon's house Stefan Amberger joined Mundo Exchange and the Thai association Laekplian Lokgatat as a volunteer in Thailand during July 2010. After completing his latest year of Austrian university studies in mathematics he jumped a plane and headed for Thailand to volunteer. During his orientation he visited sites in and around Isan, [...]

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Vanida’s Story
In her seventy-eight years, Vanida has lived enough for several lifetimes. She was born in Beung Kan, Nong Kai Province, to a family that blended French, Laotian, and Thai cultural traditions. Most of Vanida’s life has focused on her love of handicrafts and her determination to make life better for people in need by [...]

    Volunteer Host: Vanida’s Story

    Vanida’s Story In her seventy-eight years, Vanida has lived enough for several lifetimes. She was born in Beung Kan, Nong Kai Province, to a family that blended French, Laotian, and Thai cultural traditions. Most of Vanida’s life has focused on her love of handicrafts and her determination to make life better for people in need by [...]

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  • Experience true Guatemala

    When you first see the Cuchumatanes Mountains in the Northern part of El Quiché you will understand why the Ixil people are so passionate about life and yet so calming and reassuring to be around.

    If you speak Spanish at a high level you will be ok, if not this is probably not the program for you. If you would like to learn more about Mundo Exchange's travels and volunteering in Guatemala, please contact us through out site. We will send you information on when the individual and small group explorations will be and what you will need to do to become part of our Guatemalan Exchange.

  • Enjoy the true Thai experience

    Life in Isaan is different from your usual trip to Thailand. There are no tourist traps, no fancy hotels or honking tuk tuks to distract you from the tranquil peace and serenity that the peaceful and polite people of Isaan hold as commonplace.

    Here when you volunteer or intern you will find the sound of nature, smiles and lots of friendship. The lifestyle may appear humble at first - but once you've heard some Luk Thong music and seen the community development projects such as the local schools, healthcare facilities, ecological projects, computing classes and English for speakers or other languages (ESOL) opportunities you will find that perhaps you too can find life out of the fast lane to be as appealing as the local people do.

    There are some cultural differences and things like pronunciation and English spelling which will need you to keep an open mind. Esarm, Eesan, Esan or Isan are all perfectly accepted for example. So with fire breathing snakes, kathoeys and insects for food prepare to see something you will never forget - the real Thai experience.