All of these Service Year opportunities have the potential to provide you with a life changing experience. They all involve living in the local communities and provide valuable insights into the life of the people we serve.
Availability of time periods are subject to change and placements will be slightly shorter than the time stipulated to ensure visa requirements for each country are met with some cautionary time to spare. Placements will also depend on border closures, travel restrictions, your safety and that of the overseas communities in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The application process
- Visa and Pre-departure information
- Travel Insurance
- Formation weekend
- Teacher training including classroom management and lesson planning
- Logistical training including risk management, culture and language
- In-country Transfers from airport to project
- Hotel accommodation on arrival for Chiang Mai
- Food and accommodation
- Motorbikes and fuel for travel to schools in Thailand
- Mid-year retreat
- 24-hour support and pastoral care from partners onsite
- 24-hour emergency support from TWA team in Australia
- Regular check ins from TWA team in Australia
- Debrief weekend on return
- Two Wolves Abroad t-shirt and hoodie and Cardoner Project polo shirt
- Travel on weekends and school holidays
- Local SIM card and credit
- Luxury items – sweets, alcohol, restaurant meals etc.
- Activities not linked to the program eg. safaris, rafting, scuba diving etc.
- Motorbike fuel for personal travel in Thailand
- Bed linen and mosquito nets in Tonga
Please note that visa costs change regularly so this advice is a guide only. Each country has the authority to change what visas are required, the process that must be undertaken and the costs incurred at any time.
3, 6 or 12 months
Ongoing since 2012, our work in Thailand seeks to provide aid and education to isolated communities in Northern Thailand.
Populated by ethnic minorities and underserved by the Thai government, our volunteers strive to develop relationships and bring joy to these people through their teaching of all ages.
“I have grown immensely in my ability to follow a way less travelled, doing my best at every turn, and adapting myself when faced with difficult circumstances. I learnt so much about the world and people different to myself, and grew further in my independence as we worked together as a community of equals. While I came here to give my time and efforts, I feel so humbled and indebted due to everything it has given me. I feel like I’ve been a part of something bigger than myself and that has been something truly special.”
James Mukheibir, Thailand
90 day visa at Thai Embassy in Australia AU$120
3 visa renewals in Thailand @ 1,900 baht each
One year work permit in Thailand 3,100 baht
Blood test for work permit in Thailand 800 baht
Chiang Mai placements only:
Thai lawyer’s fees to submit regular work reports for one year approximately 25,200 baht
Total approximately AU$570 for one year in Chiang Rai (XLC)
Total approximately AU$1,755 for one year in Chiang Mai
3, 6 or 12 months
Volunteers teach English at Sapuk School in Chuuk where students are aged between 10 - 16. Our volunteers live at the Jesuit Xavier Secondary College, which provides employment and education for many people on the island. Our volunteers also assist the staff at Xavier College.
“Experiences like these defy simple explanations, people so often ask me ‘So how was it?’ It’s a question I still haven’t found an adequate response to. It eclipses most adjectives our language possesses, and even with a novel’s worth of prose I would still struggle to do it justice. Everyone’s problems become one another’s here, selfishness is rare and stunning acts of kindness are standard practice. You become a better human just by existing in their company. I will leave this place a very different person than I was when I arrived. I see the world differently, I act differently and I think differently. From an entirely different perspective.”
Josh Conlon, Micronesia
Approximately US$25 for 12 month entry permit
3, 6 or 12 months
Volunteers teach at Takuilau College, a Catholic secondary school with students from year seven to 12, located in Mua on the island of Tongatapu. In addition to the high school syllabus, the college
provides vocational training in horticulture, hospitality, automotive and carpentry. Volunteers will have an opportunity to get involved in the strong sports and athletics program at the school if they are interested, and may also assist at the St Ignatius Parish pre-school.
"You'll find Tonga an easy place to settle into and teach out of. The people at Takuilau are exceptionally friendly and welcoming. I wish you the best of luck in your experience and I hope it is as fruitful and enjoyable as I found it to be."
Jack McLaren, Tonga
One year employment visa $250 Tongan Pa’anga
Total approximately AU$160 for up to one year
3 and 6 month places also available