Volunteering in Thailand is bound to leave lasting memories. The most satisfying experience for volunteers comes through interacting with the people of Thailand, learning something of the language, and throwing yourself into work designed to help the local community. Love Volunteers' partner have vast experience of guiding and overseeing volunteers during their placements. We do all we can to ensure that volunteers in Thailand derive real benefit from their stay in Thailand, while remaining safe and gaining the respect of the people with whom they come into contact.
To spend time in Thailand – not merely holiday there – is eye-opening for all concerned. Whether teaching English, working outdoors, or at the elephant camp, every volunteer in Thailand becomes deeply immersed in this Far Eastern culture and gains an otherwise unattainable insight into a fascinating and vastly different culture.
Thailand is known as one of the most popular South East Asian travel destinations. Its beauty and the innocent friendliness of the Thai people is legendary. For trekking, scuba-diving, beach fun and eating, Thailand offers unique experiences.
You can find more information about Thailand in Lonely Planet's Guide to the country.
Start and Duration
Programs in Thailand begin on 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The Orphanage Program is only available for the first two weeks of each month. Volunteers are welcome to stay after those two weeks and participate in another program – mixing and matching between the various programs in Thailand is encouraged.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of their placement and have completed a secondary school qualification. For English teaching a good level of English is required. Volunteers in Thailand should be able to devote themselves to a full working week. Contact us for more details or apply to volunteer in Thailand now!
Project Descriptions for Thailand
The program fees that Love Volunteers charges are on behalf of our local partners. These fees are used in the developing country to accommodate, feed and support volunteers, while running projects that directly benefit local communities. The program costs for Thailand are set out in the table below.
|Volunteer period [weeks]||1||2||3||4||6|
|Teaching English in Schools||-||US$500||US$600||US$700||US$900|
|Teaching English to Buddhist Monks||-||US$500||US$600||US$700||US$900|
|Volunteer period [weeks]||8||12||16||20||24|
|Teaching English in Schools||US$1100||US$1500||US$1900||-||-|
|Teaching English to Buddhist Monks||US$1100||US$1500||US$1900||-||-|
Other volunteers periods available. Please, contact LoveVolunteers for pricing of other periods.
A Love Volunteers registration fee of US$235 is charged in addition to the program fees and covers any placements you undertake for twelve months from the start of your first placement. The fee is refundable if you choose not to volunteer more than three months prior to the start of your initial placement. This fee ensures 24/7 pre- and post-placement support from Love Volunteers, checking and vetting of local organisations, a comprehensive information pack, as well as administration and marketing costs.
All transaction costs pertaining to online, bank or wire transfers are additional to the program fee and must be covered by the volunteer.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation is provided in a volunteer guest house, where rooms are separated by gender. Breakfast of toast, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, yoghurt and fruit is available each morning.
Elephant Camp volunteers spend Monday - Friday at the project site where they will either stay in guest rooms or in tree houses that overlook a river and forest. They will return to the guest house in Chiang Mai for the weekend.
We require volunteers to arrive in Chiang Mai or Surat Thani between the hours of 8am and 8pm on the Friday prior to their project start date. During orientation local staff will introduce you to the team with whom you will be working, and will explain how the program works and what you can expect. You'll also have a chance to meet other volunteers in Thailand.
A Typical Week
The structure of the week will vary dependent on the project. Volunteers’ roles fit into a larger scheme and are vital to ensure the smooth running of the program.
Weekdays: After rising and having breakfast between 7am and 8am, you can expect to attend a daily meeting of staff and volunteers in Thailand at 8.30am. Work commences by 9am, continuing until 5pm. After 5pm, outdoor work volunteers are free for the evening. Those teaching English share extra-curricular teaching in the evenings - but don't worry you'll still have plenty of free time.
Weekends: On Saturday evening you will be taken to a local supermarket to stock up for the following week. Otherwise, you may choose to tour parts of Chiang Rai province, or venture a little further. Without travelling far, you can catch a boat that sails down the Mekong or can take a raft tour on the Kok River. You will probably want to visit the so-called Golden Triangle where the countries of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Laos meet.
About the Country
Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand and is where most of the volunteer programs take place. Where the country borders Laos you'll find the Gate of Siam. This is a magnificent viewpoint where visitors go to perch on the mountain peak and gaze on Laos while standing above the Mekong River.
Chiang Mai's historical centre is the walled city, although only sections of the wall remain. Inside the remaining city walls are more than 30 temples in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.
Modern-day Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, most recently to Ping River (Mae Nam Ping) in the east, where the famous Night Bazaar and the bulk of Chiang Mai's hotels and guest houses are located. Loi Kroh Rd is the centre of the city's night life, and Ratchadamneon Rd hosts the main Sunday night walking street market from Tha Phae Gate to the popular Wat Phra Singh.
The town of Surat Thani, where we offer an English Education volunteer placement, is a small and quaint southern Thai city. It has very little western influence, making it a great place to volunteer, learn and gives a great perspective as to how southern Thais really live. Surat Thani is the largest city near the westernmost islands in the Gulf of Thailand. An hour bus ride and another hour on a ferry is the most direct route to the island of Samui.
In general, Thailand is famous for its friendly people and its safe, yet exciting backpacking destinations.
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