Curriculum Approach & Student Modules
This program has been carefully structured to include activities that enhance learning through inter-personal skill development, world experience and academic content. Throughout the program students complete a series of Module Presentations that aim to help them connect the practical aspects of service learning with program and national objectives. Data drawn from the UN Millennium Development Goal achievements and UNDP Southeat Asia reports are used to evaluated localized issues and how this volunteering invention helps work towards identified goals.
How do students value from this experience?
Service learning volunteering is an enriching experience in terms of academic and personal growth for students. With today’s highly competitive markets in higher education and post-graduate employment, opportunities that allow students to develop skills and define themselves from an ever younger age are in high demand. Volunteer work with community based projects have become a common attribute on college and scholarship applications and as a result more schools and teachers are acknowledging their role in ensuring such opportunities are available to students. Participation often allows students to put practice into play from what is learned inside the classroom to application in a real world setting with people and communities in need. Experiences help develop valuable life skills vital for the future and build connections which open doors.
The High School Volunteers Thailand Program provides a carefully structured learning experience that exposes students to culture and a range of service learning environments combined. The program uses these experiences as a stimulus for evaluating global issues needing unified attention, particularly from today’s youth. The UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are used as a navigation tool in this process so students can better understand how service learning skills and the self-efficacy they nurture in youth should be applied elsewhere.
Health & Safety
Although we want students to experience the most authentic take on Thai culture and community life during their placement, safety is our primary concern. We follow recommendations outlined in BS 8848:2014, the British Standard Specification for provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom.
Benefits for Schools and School Districts
Learning outside the classroom has long been a critical dimension of education often used to spark passion and bridge the gap towards vocational achievement in students. Today’s modern world with its increasing take on internationalism justifies the need for more schools and governing districts to actively promote institutional collaboration for learning partnerships abroad. Global issues common to all offer an underlying study canvas for institutes to explore and develop international programs by surpassing the limitation of contrasting curriculums, learning objectives and academic performance targets worldwide.
YESasia Academic Programs for International Youth draw on the important role private sector businesses will play in leading by example to achieve global sustainability. The High School Volunteers Thailand Program offers schools an innovative opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to change for the better and initiate localized awareness as a forefront institute in global issues.
Redefining field trips abroad
Field trips abroad, specifically to more distant regions like Southeast Asia require more planning and consideration of costs involved. For teachers and schools to justify the educational benefits of travelling so far it's become increasingly important to source field trips that meet a balance of curriculum needs and learning objectives. High School Volunteers Thailand has been carefully structured to include activities that enhance learning through inter-personal skill development, world experience and academic content.