Cerebral Palsy Assistance Program

Placement: Hope Home started as a Foster care home for children with disabilities. It was established in October 2007 by a nurse from the UK who directs the home today. Hope Home accommodates seven residential children, with physical and intellectual disabilities. It is staffed by a Thai Manager and six full time caretakers from the local area.  For this placement we are seeking volunteers whom have experience with or exposure to physical therapies related to cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities or otherwise extremely comfortable and passionate about these issues.

The home provides shelter, nurture, hygiene items, clothing, shoes, meals, ongoing daily therapy, and education in order to promote the full development and potential for each child.

At Hope Home Foundation, volunteers will have the opportunity to work with a small group of children who have various physical and intellectual disabilities, including cerebral palsy and blindness. Volunteers are expected to assist in the daily care of the children, including feeding, playing, cleaning and bathing, and other tasks.

Hope Home welcomes volunteers who are general caregivers, and physical or occupational therapists.

Minimum Duration: 3 weeks

The Program Fee Includes: Registration fees, donation to the host organization, pre-trip orientation materials, travel health insurance, in-country orientation and city tour, in-country transportation to and from placement, accommodation, food, Thai language training, in-country staff support, and 24-hour emergency assistance.

Donation to Host Organization:
If you are accepted as a volunteer by one of our partner organizations, $100 from the program fee is contributed toward your project.

Pre-trip Orientation:
Upon receiving your application and deposit, we will send to you the CCT Orientation Kit, containing all the necessary paperwork to entirely prepare you for your trip.
The orientation kit includes information on the issue pertaining to your project. It also includes a recommended reading list and information on Thailand , culture and customs.

In-country Orientation:
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, whether by bus, plane or train, a Cultural Canvas Thailand staff member will be waiting to transport you to the Cultural Canvas Thailand headquarters where you will have an orientation. This will prepare you further for your chosen project and give you a chance to meet our staff and other volunteers. Our In-Country Staff, will make sure that you have a grasp on Chiang Mai by taking you around the city and helping you to get acquainted with Thai culture and the Home-Base.

Thai Language Training:
Cultural Canvas Thailand provides three hours of Thai language training in the first week of your volunteer placement. If you would like to study further, you can arrange to do so with our Thai teacher. Additional hours are not covered the by CCT program fee.

Accommodation:
You will be housed in the Cultural Canvas Thailand home-base conveniently located near the old city center. Here all of your basic needs are taken care of, including lodging, meals and transportation. The home-base is located in a safe, conveniently situated neighborhood. It is a clean Thai-style accommodation with shared occupancy rooms.

Food:
Our in-house cook will provide two delicious, home-cooked Thai meals per day six days per week. A light breakfast is always available with cereal, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. On Sundays, volunteers can cook for themselves at the Home-Base or grab a bite to eat in one of the many near-by markets or restaurants. Please let us know any specific dietary restrictions in advance so that all of your needs can be taken care of.

Transportation:
Upon arrival and departure, Cultural Canvas Thailand will provide transportation between the CCT volunteer house and the airport, train station, bus station, etc. Cultural Canvas also provides daily transportation to and from your placement.

Support and Safety:
The Cultural Canvas Thailand home-base is in a secure location with staff available 24-hours a day. Here you can receive international calls and internet access is within walking distance.

In case of emergency, friends and family can call the home-base or use our convenient U.S. 24-hour hotline.

In case of injury you will be admitted to one of Chiang Mai’s high-quality, private hospitals.

We provide comprehensive medical insurance and emergency evacuation assistance.  Included in your program fees, Cultural Canvas Thailand will provide you with travel/health insurance which is activated on the day you arrive in Chiang Mai.  This coverage ends on the last day of your program. 

For example, if your program begins on Sunday, January 22ndand you arrive in Chiang Mai on Saturday, January21st, your coverage will begin on the 21st

The insurance provided by Cultural Canvas Thailand is exclusively for volunteers participating in the program and only during that period while volunteers are on the program. If you wish to continue travelling after your program, then it is your own responsibility to secure insurance.  However, if you wish to extend the insurance provided by Cultural Canvas Thailand before your volunteer placement or for your further travels, please contact admin@culturalcanvas.com and we can assist in this process.

Application Process:
Are you up to the task? Then complete the online application form. Use our secure online payment process to make your $300 deposit.

The application and deposit should be received 90 days prior to the commencement of your chosen project. For late applications, please inquire regarding availability, as exceptions can be made.
Full payment must be received 30 days prior to the commencement of your project in order to allow us enough time to provide you with the proper insurance and project placement.