Volunteer in Thailand
There are currently no openings for short-term projects in Thailand. New volunteer projects will be announced here when available. To get an idea of what kind of programs are expected, you can check some of the past projects below.

Teaching English and cultural exchange with rural people in Songkhla province
Songkhla

Volunteer project: The project takes place in the rural area of Songkhla province, Southern Thailand in the small village called Ban Ton San (Ban in Thai means “village”). The main occupation of the locals is rubber plantation and most of the villagers are Buddhists. The life in the village revolves around Community Living, Learning by Doing and Cultural Diversity.

The volunteers will be involved in different activities supporting the community:
• English teaching – Creative teaching through games, songs, storytelling, art or performance, to encourage local people to speak English and get a feel of different cultures.
• Renovation – The Community and learning center in the village needs some renovation and maintenance. The volunteers will clean the rooms and meeting area, and will continue the construction and painting work started by previous groups. Local villagers will teach the volunteers and will help with the construction. This is a good opportunity to learn the Thai way of building. Also, the volunteers can make chairs for the center.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, an important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local people. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Kitchen garden – The volunteers will work in the small kitchen garden, doing some renovation and planting vegetables.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Songkhla province. Volunteers can visit the Hat Yai Municipal Park, Samila Beach and Songkhla Old Town. Hat Yai Municipal Park is the biggest public park in Hat Yai city where local people come to relax. There is a majestic statue of Standing Buddha on the top of the Ko Hong hill from where you can see the beautiful view of the entire Hat Yai city. Samila Beach is the main beach of Songkhla province. There you can see the Golden Mermaid which has been the symbol of Songkhla for over 50 years, the Cat and Mouse, and hear the wonderful stories about the beach and the statues. Songkhla Old Town consists of nicely preserved architecture of various styles, old temples, beautifully decorated walls, and great places to eat.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at the learning center in a Thai style dormitory (natural environment, basic and simple).

Location: Ban Ton San, Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla Province

Terminal: Hat Yai International Airport, Hat Yai Train Station, Hat Yai Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $300 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.


Renovating a clay house and teaching art to children
Ratchaburi

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is based in a green homestay/art center in Ratchaburi Province where a local freelance artist teaches Art to students from the school and the community for free and helps them to learn various forms of art, such as painting, music, clay house building, as well as supports them in using art for their occupation. There is a music festival which is organized every year on the site. The center is open for anyone who is keen to learn new skills and be an entrepreneur.

The volunteers will support the work of the art center with:
• Renovating the clay house – Volunteers will learn and help the local host to repair and renovate the clay house which is home to the art center.
• Teaching art as an assistant – Volunteers will be assisting the art teacher in the schools and the community. They will also organize recreation activities such as games, singing, intercultural exchange together with the art club.
• Farming work – Volunteers will learn and help growing their own clean and organic food.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: Visiting Pong Krating reservoir, Khao Krajom (Krajom Mountain), waterfall and hot springs.

Language: English

Accommodation: The participants will stay in the clay house and in tents. Conditions are basic and simple.

Location: Ban Poo Can Ban Leng, Suan Phung District, Ratchaburi Province

Terminal: Suvarnnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang Airport, Suan Phung Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $300 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.


Celebrating Thai New Year and promoting organic farming
Songkhla

Volunteer project: The Songkran festival marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year, celebrated April 13-15. This project is organized in cooperation with the local temple and community. International volunteers are invited to support the festival and celebrate the traditional Thai New Year.
Songkran is a very important holiday for Thai people, and also very popular with visitors. There are many activities taking place during the festival including water splashing, bathing rite for Buddha images and monks, and performances for all three days.

Volunteer activities:
• Joining the festival - The volunteers will help the local people with the preparations and setup, and will take part in the festival. You can prepare a performance from your own country to perform during the festival. Volunteers are also expected to create a performance for the festival together with the villagers.
• Center renovation – The local learning center needs some renovation and maintenance. The volunteers will clean the rooms and meeting area, and will continue the construction and painting work started by previous groups. Local villagers will teach the volunteers and will help with the construction. This is a good opportunity to learn the Thai way of building.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, an important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local people. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Kitchen garden – The volunteers will work on a small farm, doing some renovation and planting vegetables.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: Visiting Pho Temple, Khok Ko Temple, Klongla Reservoir.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at the learning center in a Thai style dormitory.

Location: Khlong La Sub-District, Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla Province

Terminal: Hat Yai International Airport, Hat Yai Train Station, Hat Yai Bus Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $300 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.


Support local community development in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Volunteer project: Participants in this project can learn about the daily life of local people, their food, clothing, agriculture, and about Thai massage. The project is located in Chang Keung village, Mae Chaem district, 2,5 hours from Chiang Mai city. The main occupation of the village is agriculture, rice terraces, fruit farms, and livestock. Some villagers are still making their own textile, and the volunteers will be able to learn about the craft.

Volunteer activities:
• Organic farming - The volunteers will help with organic farming in rice terraces and fruit farms (there are pineapple, corn).
• Crafts - Besides the main tasks, important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local villagers. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all. There are many traditional local crafts still practiced in the village such as pillow making, clothes making, basket weaving, etc. Participants will learn and will support the community in practicing the traditional crafts.
• Ecotourism – There are many interesting places to visit in the community such as a Buddhist temple, a waterfall, a national park, etc. The volunteers will visit these places and will help keep them clean by collecting garbage and promoting recycling.
• Creative English teaching – The aim is to enable local people to communicate in another language and get to know a different culture. The volunteers will visit a primary school and practice English with the students.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: There are many beautiful tourist attractions in Chiang Mai province. Volunteers can visit local temples, the walking street market and Doi Inthanon National Park. There are over 300 temples in Chiang Mai, of which the most popular is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. There is a night market where you can enjoy the atmosphere and buy handmade souvenirs. Moreover, there is a night Bazaar Market in the center of Chiang Mai city with shops stretching over 2 kilometers. Doi Inthanon National Park is located in Mae Chaem district and is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand.

Language: English

Accommodation: Homestay in the village, in shared rooms.

Location: Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province

Terminal: Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai Bus Terminal, Chiang Mai Train Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $300 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.


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