Volunteers for Sarnelli House
Sarnelli House is made up of 6 homes for children in three different hamlets in the Nongkhai province of Northeast Thailand.
Volunteers are accepted for work at Sarnelli House only. Since the children infected with HIV/AIDS are now taking the Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) drugs, they are healthy enough to go to school.
IT IS FOR THIS REASON WE ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS DURING SCHOOL VACATION PERIODS ONLY.
March 15 – May 1
October 1 – October 21
Once school opens, volunteers are not needed.
If you are interested in being a volunteer during these times please send the following:
Responsibilities of Sarnelli House:
Charlene House is a 6 room facility for volunteers. It has 2 beds /room and share bathroom. One room is wheelchair accessible.
Notice: Accommodation at Charlene House
As Charlene House is part of the Catholic Redemptorists Fathers of Thailand, accommodation in Charlene house caters for families and individuals and couples who are married. Couples who are not married and have been approved for volunteering will need to find accommodation in Nongkhai (Mutmee guest house in Nongkhai is a popular option www.mutmee.com) and transport can be arranged to be picked up and dropped off in Nongkhai on a daily basis.
Lunch and dinner are provided by Charlene House, and breakfast food is available. However Sunday is the cook’s day off, but the kitchen is well stocked with food.
We are unable to accommodate volunteers who have special diets such as strict vegetarians or peanut allergies, etc. Our cook does not have the time or resources to accommodate these special needs
Charlene House is a 6 room facility for volunteers. It has 2 beds /room and share bathroom. One room is wheelchair accessible.
Responsibilities of the Volunteer:
Organize and pay for travel to Udon Thani (closest airport to Sarnelli House. It is a 40 minute flight from Bangkok Don Meung Airport). There is an overnight train from Bangkok to Nongkhai as well
Our van will pick you up and drop you off at the airport or train station.
If you are staying in Thailand for less than 30 days you do not need to apply for a visa. You can leave and re-enter the country to get another 30 days over and over again over a period of 6 months. Most countries are included in this deal. Check the website if you are unsure.
If you intend to stay for longer than 30 days, you need to apply for a Tourist Visa. This allows you to stay in the country for 60 days.
You can also apply for a Visa-on-arrival which gives you 15 days in the country.
The Thai government wants all visitors to possess means of living expenses at the amount of 10,000 Baht per person.
Visit http://www.mfa.go.th The Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ensure that you have adequate travel or health insurance; if you should require hospitalization it would be necessary to transfer you to Bangkok.
Nature of Work:
Playing with the children and keeping them company is one of the main roles of the volunteers at Sarnelli House. Other ways of assisting the staff include
There are also orphans at St Patrick’s Home for Boys, The House of Hope (children under 5 years) and Our Lady of Refuge Home for Girls at Vienghuk. They don’t get as many visitors as Sarnelli Kids so they would appreciate a visit. You can cycle to these houses.
Please contact Kate Introna for further information:
Email: Kate Introna
Visitors to Sarnelli House
Visitors staying at Charlene House
Charlene House has been blessed by faithful donors, like Father Dan, Mike Mouton and Reggie Bollich of Lafayette. But the price of electricity food and fuel makes it imperative that we post a daily US$20 charge for anyone staying at Charlene House. However we don't expect students and local Thai people to pay this cost as we understand the cost of living is not so easy for these groups, and we appreciate their time and efforts to travel here.
This money will help defray the expenses of electricity, TV (UBC/CABLE TV is 1,600 baht a month), fuel, beverages and food. The charge covers breakfast, plus two cooked Thai meals a day, and the use of laundry machines, TV, and helps with the upkeep of the gardens. We are hard put to keep our 130 children adequately fed, and Charlene House bills were being paid by SARNELLI HOUSE funds that supplies all the children’s needs. We reluctantly decided to take this path. Thank you for your understanding.
Information for Visitors Visiting Any of the Sarnelli House Projects
You should dress for a tropical climate: cotton, silk or linen clothes are most comfortable. Exposing too much of your skin will not only earn you sunburn, but is also frowned at by the locals and is not culturally appropriate. No matter how hot it is, gentlemen should wear knee length to long pants, for ladies, pants are also o.k., or you can wear a skirt or a dress that covers the knees. Sleeveless shirts or singlet tops should be avoided. Beach wear is only acceptable on the beach!
The tap water in Thailand is not for drinking. Bottled water is supplied at Charlene House, and Sarnelli House has a water purifying system and all the water in the water dispensers is safe to drink.
Try and familiarize yourself with some basic greetings in Thai before you arrive. It will be much appreciated by staff and children.
There is internet access in the office, but this is used by staff. There are internet cafes in Nongkhai. There is no phone land line at Sarnelli House.
The King and Queen of Thailand are much loved and respected by all Thais, and you see their portraits in every Thai home. No disrespect or dishonor should be given them and will not be tolerated at Sarnelli House
If you are looking for something to bring over for the children here are some ideas:
- Teaching English resources
- Basic ABC books for toddlers learning English
- Colouring books and pencils/crayons
- DVDs in Thai for the kids to watch - great for the rainy season
- You can buy toys and clothes for children in Nongkhai at a cheaper cost than at home.
Security and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
Please downloand and read
Sarnelli HouseSecurity & Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
download (pdf format)
In accordance with our Child Protection and Security Policy, if volunteers or visitors are behaving in such a way as contravenes this policy they will be removed from Sarnelli House and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Direction to Sarnelli House from Nongkhai
(approximately 20 kms from Nongkhai)
From Nongkhai follow the signs to the highway to Udon Thani. This is straight 2 laned highway. After about 15 km you will pass the town of Nong Song Hong on your right on the other side of the divided highway. Follow the signs that say Thabo and make a Right U turn to Thabo. When you are facing towards Nongkhai turn Left at Nong Song Hong (road number 211) and follow the road heading towards Thabo, Sri Chiang Mai. After about 7 km you will see a small service station on the right side, and then a sign for Sarnelli House, turn right here, and follow the unpaved road for about 2 kilometers, then turn Right at another sign for Sarnelli House.
If you have any further questions, please contact us. Thank you for your interest!
Barb from the USA came for a 2 week stay. She had heard about Sarnelli House from Fr Chuck and wanted to visit and assist in any way she could. Thank you Barb.
Tina and Dirk Thoma from Germany stopped in on their Asian tour and played and helped out with the children for a week. We hope they can visit again.
Gareth Vorely and Louise Hickmott from the Thai Children’s Trust in the UK, long time supporters of Sarnelli House came for their first visit to Sarnelli House. They were great fun and we hope to see them again.
Debbie Willis from the UK returned to Sarnelli House after a 3 year absence, Debbie returned with her usual generosity and enthusiasm and she was welcomed back with much love by all the staff and children.
Thor Waassen from Australia came again for his visit and got involved in all the activities – running the art and craft program which the kids loved and being a “big brother “to all the children at Sarnelli House.
Wang Chamchoy from Chiang Mai came for his second visit and continues to inspire the children with his talents and good humour.
Bonnie Masland from the USA visited and bought with her bags of gifts and games, as well as sponsoring nurmerous trips to Tesco.
Sian Brace from the UK visited again and she was warmly welcomed back by all. She was involved in all the activities and was great fun as usual.
Miranda from China, Thanh from Vietnam and Maria and Eustace from Russia came over as a learning English group and taught English and Chinese to the kids in their time here.
Stephanie Hartigan now relocated to Singapore came for her regular visit and dealt out her usual enthusiasm and sense of fun in everything she did with the kids.
Camron Mills back living and teaching in Thailand visited again and reconnected with the kids as only he can do.
Brian O’Riordan from Ireland visited again and taught English and along with all the other volunteers and supervised many a trip to Tesco for the kids.
Thanks to Rebecca Robyns from the UK, visiting Thailand to do some photography for Thai Children's Trust. She took some gorgeous shots of the kids and the work of Sarnelli House and we hope she comes and visits again.
Stuart and Carol Constable from the UK who are sponsors of two children at Sarnelli House came for a visit and enjoyed the kids and their time here.
Guillaume Nivet and Melchior Knellwolf (known as Will and Mel to the kids ) students from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland came in their holidays to help out. They painted playground equipment at Sarnelli House and joined in the afternoon football matches before heading off on their vacation.
Emmy Sukchaiwan from The Netherlands came for her first time to volunteer at Sarnelli House. She was great and enthusiastic and the kids loved her – come back again Emmy.
Thanks to Chanya Jarurat and Thomas Christiansen from Bangkok who bought Jannik Olander to visit Sarnelli House from LA, USA. It was a great visit – lots of activities and fun and thanks for all the sport supplies, toiletries and snacks and donation you bought with you, it was really appreciated.
RIS students visited our children for five days. They came every afternoon to spend time with them playing soccer, badminton and pingpong, and brought a lot of gifts and snacks for our children as well. These students have graduated from RIS recently and will continue their university. We wish them all the best and thank all of you!
Peter Reeves from the UK but living in Thailand came to visit the kids and plans on some regular visits for teaching English – welcome!
Bob Van Es from Bangkok by way of Belgium visited with his wife. They have generously donated funds for medicines and milk for the kids in the past and came for their first visit. The donated 100baht for each child which equaled a trip to the cinema in Nongkhai to watch the latest Transformers movie.
Br Niel from the Philippines and Br Paul from Vietnam both Redemptorist seminarians spent one month at Sarnelli House for the beginning of their immersion year in Thailand. They studied Thai at Rosario School and taught English and accompanied Fr Ole on parish work as well as playing sports with the kids and getting to know them.
Charle Drury, from Thai Childrens Trust UK newly appointed Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser came to visit Sarnelli House as one of the projects TCT supports in Thailand.
Our regular friends from The Netherlands and new neighbours Ben and Angelique and Leon and Henriette came for 1 month. They are always welcomed back like family and it is sad to say goodbye to them.
Sam Hodge, sponsor from Australia visited again and enjoyed his weekly hospital trips to Khon Kaen with the staff and kids.
Katie English from Australia came with Sam for her first visit to Sarnelli House and Thailand , and experienced the madness of Songkran as well as a visit to Laos
Herbert Tumpach and Annette Berg Vogt from Eltern Fur Kinder e.V. from Germany and Khun Nuttasorn Sirikhanth volunteer social worker of Friends for All Children Thailand visited with a donation in memory of Dr Margot Weyer who was one of the first donors to Sarnelli House. Thank you!
Irene Hiralal, sponsor and a regular Swiss visitor came for a visit and among other things did her usual round of donut and donated clothes deliveries. We hope Manu gets well again soon.
Three teachers and eight students from Ruamrudee International School (RIS) in Bangkok spent a week running a Thai Reading camp for the children of Sarnelli House. It was a great learning experience for the kids where they also developed mentor relationships with the students and teachers – this was their third visit.
Natalie Summers from the USA came for her second visit to Sarnelli after volunteering here seven years ago.
Cat and her boyfriend who work at the Mutmee guest house in Nongkhai spent a day with the kids
Rhian and her Mum Diane from the UK visited – Rhian volunteers with Thai Children’s Trust while working full time as a teacher. They also experienced a Sarnelli Songkran .
Colleen and Byron Noble, sponsors from Canada with 4 of their friends spent an action packed visit at the tail end of Songkran
Maggie Narenpithak who is studying in the UK was home in Thailand from her university holidays. She was a great help with the kids and an inspiration for many of the girls. Come back and visit us again Maggie!
Ed Schlachter from the USA came to visit Fr Mike, he used to work and live in Thailand back in the days before Fr Mik started Sarnelli House.
Luana Riedi a sponsor from the UK came and joined the last leg of the Hua Hin holidays and then helped with some serious cleaning before the girls moved into St Patrick’s Home.