Hostel Assistant – Thailand
Do you love to see kids grow spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally? Help with the running of the WEC's hostel in Chiang Mai, established in 1999 to provide a Christian home for our missionaries' children, so that they can attend Grace International School in the same city. The Hostel currently accommodates and is home to a dozen 'Third Culture Kids' aged between 12 and 18 years. Their parents live and work in other parts of Thailand and Southeast Asia where appropriate education may be unavailable. As a multi-cultural community, the hostel's staff aim to be sensitive to all cultures and value all nationalities equally.
As a hostel assistant you live within the community and are an essential part of the team. Consider this to be a year of investing time, energy and skills helping care for the students' spiritual, emotional, educational and physical needs. The academic year in Thailand runs from August to June each year.
The role is suitable for a young Christian individual, who has experience and is confident with teenagers, thrives with teamwork, and is able to live in a shared cross-cultural community. Assist the Hostel leaders in the care, supervision, welfare and security of all the students living within the Hostel. Support them in practical ways, eg. babysitting, cooking, grocery shopping. Help transport students locally. Assist with homework, provide good parenting skills by giving advice and answering questions. Encourage and model Bible study, worship and prayer. Lead discussions and share biblical knowledge. Attend students school events like sports and performances. Initiate and help organise social activities.
Spend lots of time talking, listening, encouraging and engaging with the students. Help with routines and schedules: dishes, afternoon tea, weekend activities and meals. Assist with administration reports, immigration paperwork, letters, sharing photos with families, etc. Organise birthday parties and other seasonal celebrations. Encourage the students with household chores, meal preparation, personal hygiene and tidyness.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Experience of working with teenagers valuable. Ideally you have experience of tertiary education in order to help the students prepare for their own future studies.
You show initiative, be self-managing, adaptable and flexible when necessary, as well as be respectful, reliable and friendly to a wide range of people with different cultures, ages and personalities.
An international drivers' license is useful but not essential. Thai language not required.
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Thailand (officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam), is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia.
It is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar.
The capital and largest city is Bangkok. With around 69 million people, Thailand is the 20th most-populous country in the world.
Thailand ranks midway in the wealth spread in Southeast Asia as it is the 4th richest nation according to GDP per capita, after Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia. Indonesia’s major exports include cars, computers, electrical appliances, rice, textiles and footwear, fishery products, rubber, and jewellery.
Thailand is one of the most visited country in Southeast Asia, and tourism accounts for 20% of Thailand’s GDP.
The Chao Phraya and the Mekong River are the indispensable water courses of rural Thailand. Industrial scale production of crops use both rivers and their tributaries.
The Andaman Sea is a precious natural resource as it hosts the most popular and luxurious resorts in Asia. Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga and Trang, and their islands, all lay along the coasts of the Andaman Sea and, despite the 2004 tsunami, they are a tourist magnet for visitors from around the world.
Thailand is divided into three seasons. The first is the rainy or southwest monsoon season (mid–May to mid–October). Winter or the northeast monsoon starts from mid–October until mid–February. Summer or the pre–monsoon season runs from mid–February until mid–May and is characterized by warmer weather.
The elephant is Thailand’s national symbol. In 1850 there were 100,000 domesticated elephants in Thailand - today only 2,000. Poachers hunt elephants for ivory and hides, and now increasingly for meat.
The Internet is censored by the Thai government, making some sites unreachable. In Bangkok, there are 23,000 free public Wi-Fi Internet hotspots.
49% of Thailand's labour force is employed in agriculture (down from 70% in 1980). Rice is the most important crop in the country and Thailand was the world’s leading exporter of rice, until recently falling behind both India and Vietnam. About 55% of Thailand’s arable land area is used for rice production.
[Source Wikipedia. Read more about Thailand here].
There are 114 people groups in Thailand and 82 (72%) are unreached by the hope of the gospel.
The largest religion is Buddhism at nearly 85%. Professing Christians are 1.3% and of those 0.5% are Evangelical. Islam is 8.5%.
[Source: Joshua Project]
WEC in Thailand
Our mission is to plant vibrant multiplying churches with empowered local believers and godly leaders implementing their own missional vision. We provide strategic support to promote national church leadership, and are intentional about forming interdependent teams and partnering with others. We also invest in ministries for missionary children’s education and care.
Currently WEC's teams are involved in the following projects:
• Establishing vibrant churches among the Thai indigenous population in rural and urban contexts;
• Training and empowering church leaders among the Thai people and the Karen hill tribes;
• Teaching children of missionaries attending Grace International School, and providing hostel accommodation for WEC's children attending this school;
• Orientation for new team members and administration support for our teams.
Visit our website for more about WEC in Thailand
Pray for Thailand
Pray with us for:
discipleship and trained leaders
a truly indigenous expression of Thai Christianity
mission and outreach
the challenges of the sex trade and people trafficking
particular needy groups: children in crisis, refugees and Buddhists monks
[Operation World, 2010 print edition]
You can also pray using Operation World’s online resources.