Sports and Management in Singburi, Thailand

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*Please note. Participation in this program is for a minimum of 4 weeks of which the first week is the introduction week (Siam Culture). The Siam Culture week will get you accustomed to the local Thai culture and customs and gives you the opportunity to settle into your new environment before starting with the Sports Program

Take charge of organising, overseeing, and running sports activities at schools in Singburi, Thailand. Your role will also include managing the program’s social media, getting promotional materials for marketing (like photos), arranging fundraising events, and enhancing the sports curriculum.

This program partners with a local organisation that provides valuable sports coaching and health care sessions for kids in Thailand.

We’re running a Multi-Sports Coaching project at schools, adding an important aspect to their current sports and health curriculum. This program gives kids more chances to engage in sports, as the existing curriculum only has one hour per week. It also introduces them to new sports they might not otherwise experience.

In our sports sessions, we aim to offer more than just sports training. We use coaching to improve the kids’ health, stamina, emotional well-being, and life skills like teamwork, leadership, decision making, and communication.

We also teach kids about personal health care and important topics like gender equality. All these activities happen on the sports field in a fun and interactive way!

Using sports can help any child’s personal development by promoting social interaction, knowledge, and passion – all crucial life skills leading to success. Physical exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle.

As an intern, you’ll play a key role in supporting the local team to develop, organise, supervise, and run the Multi-Sports Coaching Project. Here are some areas you may be involved in during this internship:

  • Team management
  • Training and guiding the sports coaching team
  • Upholding the program’s philosophy (healthcare & development)
  • Sports sessions
  • Organisational management
  • Sports curriculum development
  • Introducing new sports
  • Social Media (Facebook, etc.)
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing (creating local and global awareness, generating promotional materials like photos, etc.)


Nestled in the heart of Thailand, Singburi captivates with its charming blend of cultural richness and natural beauty. This picturesque province, located approximately 142km north of Bangkok, offers a serene escape from the bustling city life. Singburi is renowned for its lush landscapes, encompassing vibrant rice fields and meandering rivers that contribute to the region’s agricultural prosperity. The town itself exudes a relaxed atmosphere, where historic temples and traditional markets provide glimpses into the local way of life.

Project Tasks

  • Utilise sports as a tool for the social, physical, mental, and academic development of children.
  • Engage in all areas of a meaningful social sports program.
  • Gain valuable work experience by taking on significant responsibilities and handling a diverse range of tasks.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the sports program throughout the internship.

Food & Accommodation

You will be housed in one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car). The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people.

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. Rooms are single gender up to 4 people per room, and include a safety box (bring own padlock), hot shower, bed linen, mosquito protection, fan, and aircon from 20:00-08:00.  Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)

For participants desiring more comfort and/or privacy, families, couples, and more mature participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room. These rooms have more amenities and may be in a different location than the standard rooms, which means that it may be noticeably quieter.

Important: A security cash deposit of 500THB is required for the key to your room. It is payable upon arrival in cash and will be returned when the key is given back at the end of your stay.

3 meals a day are provided on weekdays and 2 on weekends.

Food will be provided with simple homestyle meals prepared by locals, which are typical to the region, based on whatever fresh fruits and vegetables are in season at the time. You can expect lots of rice and noodles, vegetables, and occasionally some meat will be provided as well.

While we do our best to accommodate you, 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. Weekly trips to the supermarket in Singburi are provided from our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores on other days.

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

What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion



Participation in this program is for a minimum of 4 weeks of which the first week is the introduction week (Siam Culture). The Siam Culture week will get you accustomed to the local Thai culture and customs and gives you the opportunity to settle into your new environment before starting with the Sports Program.

A high level of interest in sports, organisational skills and a positive attitude. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.


  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Tour around the compound and local area/village of Thachang; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Visit Wat Phikun Thong
  • Thai Do’s and Don’ts, Thai Culture Lessons and Thai Language Lessons.
  • Head to the centre of Singburi town for some essential shopping.
  • Participate in a Welcome dance performance 

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees. 

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Bangkok BKK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Level 2, Entrance 4. You must arrive between 06.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer and any extra nights accommodation for an extra fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this). 

From the airport to the accommodation in Hua Hin, it takes around 4 hours by public bus and then a shuttle bus.   

After breakfast the intern and the sport coaching team will go to the project site (school) On the monday morning the intern will give a short introduction to the sports coaching team onsite. Here the intern will give instructions regarding the sports curriculum and the sports/health lesson plan will be discussed. During this time you will have the chance to get acquainted with the other (new) participants.

After this introduction the participants will start by preparing and executing the Multi-Sports Coaching Project sessions.

Tuesday to Friday
After breakfast the intern will leave with the sports coaching team for the project location. During the daily school schedule the team will prepare and execute 1 or 2 training sessions. Every day at around 15:30 hour in the afternoon, we provide an extra 2 hour after-school training session for the children. The intern is responsible for organizing and supervising the training sessions.

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

Activities & Events

Tuesday Evening

Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!

Wednesday Afternoon

This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.

Wednesday Evening

You will have the option to attend a self-service BBQ for dinner (Thai style, of course!). This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening

There is a trip to a shopping mall, where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)

Sights & Surroundings

Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.

You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours either by minivan or bus from Singburi . We provide detailed information about this each week.

Sports clothing and shoes required, as well as a police check/ working with children check. 

With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. 

Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.

We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.

November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!

Temperatures are around 30 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!

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Vietnamese is the most widely spoken language, other languages include Chinese, Khmer, Cham and tribal dialects. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are the main religious beliefs in Vietnam, and you will find many temples dotted around the country. You will often see the local people giving fruits and burning incense to give as offerings.

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