Volunteer in Thailand
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!
Start & Duration
Programs in Chiang Mai begin on 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, however volunteers must arrive on the Friday before their start date.
Surin and Koh Samui programs start on the first and third Friday of each month, which allows for the optional Bangkok Arrival Weekend. Volunteers opting to make their own way to Koh Samui will not be met at the Bangkok Airport and must arrive on the Island on Saturday or Sunday in order to begin the volunteer placement on Monday.
Food and Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in a volunteer guest house, where rooms are separated by gender. Continental breakfast 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.
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.
Program fees are a necessary part of volunteering abroad. They help to cover costs associated with your stay, as well as supporting the local organization and projects. Below is an approximate cost breakdown to show you how your program fees are used when you choose to join a volunteer program in Thailand.
NOTE: The above graph is intended to be used as a guide only. Actual cost allocations may vary slightly depending on the program selected and the length of stay.
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. In general, Thailand is famous for its friendly people and its safe, yet exciting backpacking destinations.
We require volunteers to arrive in Chiang Mai 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.
Meet the Local Team
Gift - Program Manager (Bangkok & Surin), Thailand
“I come from Thailand and I will be in Bangkok to help you when you arrive in this big and crazy city! I can obviously speak the language so any questions that you have, even if I don’t know the answer, I can help you to find out. My role is to make your arrival as smooth as possible and give you everything you need to have the best time in Thailand.
Thailand needs you. Our projects need you. Come to volunteer in Thailand and you will leave with unforgettable memories from your project. You will make new friends for life, help thousands of individuals and leave a footprint here that you can be proud of. We will make sure that every moment you spend in this beautiful country is one that will stay with you forever.” ~ Gift
Lucy - Program Manager (Koh Samui Island), Thailand
“To volunteer in Thailand can be life-changing! Everything about this Kingdom is incredible; the people, the food, the weather, the beaches, nightlife and more. Everybody here is so friendly and welcoming and they will help to guarantee that you have the very best time possible. Thailand is a beautiful but poor country and there are so many communities and individuals that rely on international assistance from volunteers.
As the Project Manager on Koh Samui island, I will help to ensure that you have the most incredible time, your work helps hundreds, if not thousands of people, and that you understand every part of your stay, from start to finish. Come to Thailand and help us to make it even more amazing!” ~ Lucy