International Volunteer Opportunities Details

Details for Western Thailand, Thailand

August 16 - September 8; September 9 - October 9; October 9 - November 9 (volunters may participate in more than 1 session)

The Unite For Sight Volunteer Team, including an optometrist, provides optometric and primary eye care in rural villages. The program involves screening for operable cataracts and coordinating diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for patients at Kwai River Christian Hospital.

The team also implements eye health education programs for children and adults in Western Thailand.

The Unite For Sight program is coordinated with Ananda Vidyadharma Community Centre andKwai River Christian Hospital.

The staff of the partner organizations and hospital speaks English, among other languages.

Meals are vegetarian, and they practice yoga and meditation daily.

Volunteers travel in a van from the airport in Bangkok to the Program Site in Sangklaburi. The transportation expenses are $20 each way ($40 round trip). Once in Sangklaburi, lodging and food costs are approximately $5/day, and transportation expenses are approximately $4/day to the daily screening sites.

Optometrist volunteers receive free airplane tickets if they commit to participate for at least 3 weeks.

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Thailand

  • There are an estimated 45 million blind people and 135 million visually impaired people worldwide.
  • 80% of blindness is preventable or curable.
  • There are 648 ophthalmologists in Thailand, and no permanent ophthalmologist in the Sangklaburi region.
  • Unite For Sight's volunteer optometrists are the only eye care professionals in the Sangklaburi region.
  • 57% of blindness is due to cataracts.