Yes to Change practices ethical volunteering - a concept focused on promoting socioeconomic development of needy communities through an established culture of cooperation and team work. At YtC, you are not only a builder or a teacher, you are a friend, a mentor, an ideas-bringer. Volunteers arrive with more than just time-committed and a pair of hands, they help build the spirit of our organization.
Volunteering with us can be a life changing experience. Our village is remote but there is so much to learn. You will get the opportunity to be part of a new culture, experience old traditions, and lead a different lifestyle, while making new friends across the globe.
Whether you are an expert in a field or a hardworking general volunteer we have placements for you according to your interest and potential. If you think you can provide another valuable skill crucial to our project, but the position is not listed below, please let us know. We love hearing new ideas and discussing them.
General / need-base position
Typically, volunteers apply as "general / unspecialized" and we place them according to what we need help with the most.
Specialized labor positions available
- Community construction (building, labor work)
- Ages like 4-16
- Subjects like English, mathematics, science, arts, sports, music
- Other life styles like personal hygiene, manners
- Agriculture (systems redesign [i.e. drainage, improving output])
- Earth bag
- Waste management
The facilities at project site are basic. You should not expect any luxury.
You will be sharing accommodation with other volunteers. This will usually be with a native family until we complete the construction of the volunteer house.
There is a hot shower (subject to electricity and running water). Bathrooms are shared.
You will be provided with 2 full meals a day (lunch and breakfast) and food for breakfast. Meals are typically vegetarian (fresh from the fields!).
We drink water from the natural spring. You can choose to boil your water, bring water purification tablets (recommended), or bring water. There is no water available for purchase in Bangthali.
Our program is donation-based. There is no fee but volunteers may donate or raise funds to support the project. The funds are essential to buy required materials, food and to operate the project.
Suggested amount is $5 USD per day to cover electricity, gas, meals, accommodation and sustain the project.
Volunteers are expected to be in Bangthali for a minimum of 5 days. They are expected to work for 6 hours a day (including breaks and lunch)
Code of conduct
Please review full list here.
Treat all individuals with a sense of dignity, respect, and worth. Make a personal commitment to be nonjudgmental about cultural differences, living conditions and the life-style of each person to be interacted with. Be courteous and polite in all of actions.
Not use, possess, or be under the influence of heavy alcohol or illegal drugs at any time.
Be a team player. Keep an open mind and value the input and suggestions of my fellow volunteers, hosts, co-workers, and colleagues. Come to decisions democratically. Seek consensus.
Be patient when working on group projects. React with grace when your idea is not the one chosen. Support your project to the best of your ability
Be dependable, recognizing the commitment and responsibility to the program and volunteer assignment.