Volunteer Thailand

Find volunteer opportunities in Thailand and Thai organizations that can be contacted directly. Whether you want to volunteer with wildlife, work with children or teach English, there is no need to pay middle-man or agency fees. The principle goal of this website is to provide opportunities to volunteer in Asia for free.

If you have questions about volunteering in Thailand or want to apply click on the logo of the project that interests you. This will take you to the website of the Thai organization (via the launch of a new web browser) where you can find out more about the volunteer opportunities and the application procedure.

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Phayalaw Wittayakhom is a public school catering to students between the ages of 12 to 18. The school strives to give its students the best possible education, teaching them a variety of subjects such as English and Art

Location: Chun district, Phayao Province
Volunteer Work: Currently the easiest way of contributing to Phayalaw Wittayakhom School is by applying to be a volunteer teacher at the school. This is what all our volunteers currently do as their main purpose of stay. Outside of teaching there are a number of activities that volunteers may join in if they would like to contribute more. Volunteers will be assigned class schedules of between 1 - 5 periods per day from Monday to Friday. Volunteers will teach with a qualified English teacher and have the opportunity to either follow class plans from the text book, or make their own lesson plans. Many students are very willing to participate in activities outside of class. This could be either sport related activities or arts and crafts. Volunteers have the opportunity to suggest new activities and clubs and lead them. Certain activities may need prior acknowledgement by a teacher in charge, however all new ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: Admin fee: US$50-100. Our admin fee is optional for all volunteers. We are attempting to make our small organization more sustainable by rewarding those that do the tedious work (e.g. replying to 10 emails a day and answering all questions in a timely manner). Therefore, volunteers who pay this fee will know they are supporting us in expanding our organization and offering the same experience to others. Weekly fees of US$35 are requested in order to cover accommodation and food for volunteers.

 
 
   

Baan Unrak Children's Village is dedicated to providing shelter and opportunity to marginalized and displaced children and single mothers in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand. We also aim to reduce the immediate suffering and achieve lasting improvements in the local community through our food, medical, educational and sustainable livelihoods relief projects.

Location: Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi Province
Volunteer Work: Every volunteer brings a unique set of skills, experiences and expectations to Baan Unrak. We will try to utilize these skills to meet the needs of the home. It is helpful for volunteers to remain flexible, as some roles will need to be filled more urgently than others and assignments will depend on a variety of factors including the presence of other volunteers and the best distribution of available skill sets. At some points you may feel overloaded and others underutilized. You will be expected to ask for help when overloaded and find more duties for yourself when underutilized. You are expected to be independent, and to be able to work unsupervised. Some examples of what volunteers do: teaching English to housemothers, home schooled kids and other staff; teaching basic Computer P.C. skills to staff; organize weekend games/activities with the children; relief work with the teenagers; driving the school bus and assisting with weekend field trips; supervising children and managing our library; conducting tours for guests/visitors; fundraising; website maintenance; office/administrative tasks as required; maintenance; painting and decorating; agriculture/gardening. Volunteers can also teach English at the local government High School (part time or full time) through a new partnership with Baan Unrak.
Commitment: 1 week minimum, 6 months or more preferred
Cost: Food and accommodation are provided free of charge to full-time volunteers who stay for 6 months or longer. Volunteers who stay for shorter periods are charged US$150 per week, with a maximum of US$900 as a donation to help cover the expenses of the project.

 
 
   

Foundation for Education and Development (FED) works to promote and improve the recognition of the rights of Burmese Migrant workers and their families living and working in Thailand. FED operates 4 main programs: Migrant Children Education, Health, Human Rights, and Women Empowerment. Each program works to meet the needs of the migrant community at the grassroots level.

Location: Khao Lak in Phang Nga Province and Mae Sot District in Tak Province
Volunteer Work: FED is looking for volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience including: Healthcare, Education, Human Rights, Women Empowerment, grant writing, project planning, training facilitation, and IT expertise. Volunteers will have the opportunity work alongside our Burmese and Thai staff; learning about the migrant situation as well as experiencing the local cultures.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Lanna Dog Welfare is a non-profit volunteer organisation that aims to promote the understanding of animal welfare in Chiang Mai, in order to improve the quality of life for both owned and stray cats and dogs within our city. Lanna Dog Welfare does not rescue animals, nor run a shelter. We operate a capture, neuter and release policy, returning strays to their normal environment.

Location: Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: Volunteers are welcome to attend field sterilisations. Dog lovers with any background are welcome.
Commitment: Flexible
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. We provide food during work hours.

 
 
   

Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities (DEPDC) in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (DEPDC/GMS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. The organization works to prevent young girls and boys from being trafficked into exploitative working conditions such as commercial sex work and forced labour. DEPDC/GMS does this by providing education, protection, community outreach, and youth leadership development to at-risk individuals.

Location: Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Since its inception in 1989, DEPDC/GMS have welcomed volunteers from all over the world. Volunteers are essential to the organization as they share their experiences, expertise, skills and culture to help run the projects and contribute to the organization's growth. Here is a list of the most common areas in which volunteers participate: teach English to various levels, in various formats; produce DEPDC/GMS quarterly newsletter; coordinate visitors and giving presentations; write grant proposals and reports; write blog posts and other forms of social media; attend events and meetings; assist in other areas based on skill set. Please note that DEPDC/GMS requires a volunteer commitment of at least 6 months in addition to a 30 to 40-hour Thai language course prior to arrival if applicants do not already speak basic Thai. DEPDC/GMS also offer volunteer opportunities in Chiang Khong and Mae Chan districts.
Commitment: 6 months minimum (plus 1 month if Thai lessons are necessary beforehand)
Cost: There is no cost to participate, but volunteers must cover their own travel, visa(s), and living expenses.

 
 
   

The Fellowship Foundation for Child and Youth Development (FCYD) is an officially registered organization with a mission to assist children in difficult circumstances, child protection, promotion of child's right and right to education (RTE), English teachers for underserved Thai schools and inclusive development for under-privileged children. We are working with all relevant stakeholders including local authorities, private and non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to ensure mutual collaboration for the benefit of child development.

Location: Nong Khai (bordering Laos) and neighbouring provinces in the upper north-east of Thailand
Volunteer Work: As a team member of child and youth development, the volunteer(s) will be responsible for a study of 'child and youth situation in the upper north-east of Thailand'. This is quite challenge for volunteers to do the study in collaboration with local authorities and educational institutes. Report and findings of the study will be used as evidence and presented to relevant local government authorities, in order to seek for appropriate measures and strategy. Other assignments are all about field work, home visits, and child activities with the team. Except for the position of English teacher, it is optional to be intensively trained and taught how to be a teacher for a Thai school and to teach English to Thai students in different classes from primary to secondary education, and other aspects on how to stay and live in school and community. This is good opportunity for volunteers to acquire work experience and to find good teaching job in Thailand.
Commitment: 2-3 months for general volunteers, 1 year minimum for English teachers.
Cost: General volunteers will be provided accommodation and a food allowance for 3 meals a day. If the period of stay is longer than a tourist visa (3 months), we will provide the visa extension. English teachers receive a monthly allowance in a range of 15,000 Thai Baht (expense for accommodation is about 2-3,000-Thai Baht per month). We will provide work permit and a year-long visa extension as required by the regulations of Thai government.

 
 
   

Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation works to improve the economic and life opportunities of young people, by funding and implementing high quality, practical English language education in government schools on Phuket Island.

Location: Phuket
Volunteer Work: The volunteers who work with our foundation provide a wide variety of assistance for our organization. They come from all walks of life, bringing an incredible amount of experience and heart to our program. Long-term, full-time volunteers (called 'Fellows') work in either the administrative office or in one of the schools with the teaching staff. Office Fellows assist with operations, special events and fundraising, volunteer coordination, and general administrative tasks. Teaching Fellows support the education curriculum by assisting in teaching, working in the afterschool and weekend programme, and occasionally assisting with special events. Short-term or occasional volunteers spend time in our afterschool programme, provide one-on-one tutoring, assist in the classroom and reading groups, or provide office support.
Commitment: 3-6 months for long-term volunteers
Cost: There is no programme fee. Fellows are provided with accommodation, local transport, visa and work permit. Other volunteers are responsible for their own living costs.

 
 
   

Child's Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalised children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situation for their children and youth.

Location: Chiang Mai, Siem Reap and Yangon
Volunteer Work: Child's Dream is looking for volunteers who would like to work in our Chiang Mai or Siem Reap offices (six month minimum stay) or on site in a project supported by us (length of stay varies). Please visit our website for a list of current volunteer openings and permanent staff openings (paid positions).
Commitment: 6 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

PhaNgan Animal Care for Strays is primarily a nursing clinic, providing nursing care for the island's stray, temple and unwanted animals. We have a dedicated neutering and vaccination programme, aided by volunteer vets, which has made an enormous difference to population control on the island, as well as the health of the individual animals. Until the founding of PAC in September 2001, there was no veterinary care or advice on the island, no vaccination, and no population control measures except for yearly poisoning by dart or bait. Baiting usually targets the well-fed animals as they can keep the weaker strays away, resulting in a great many yearly tragedies with pets. Our mission is to create a healthy, non-breeding stray animal population but we need the help of volunteers.

Location: Koh Phangan
Volunteer Work: Volunteers will be asked to assist with clinic duties including; treatment of the animals (training will be provided), catching dogs and cats, feeding, cleaning out kennels, laundry, bathing, dog walking and anything else that the clinic needs to stay functioning on a day to day basis.
Commitment: Volunteer vets can come for any amount of time and will be helping mainly with our sterilisation program. We ask for fully competent surgeons as you will be most likely the only vet at PACS, therefore, 2-3 years surgical experience is a must. Veterinary nurses are asked to dedicate a minimum of 1 month of their time. All non-medical volunteers will also be asked to commit to a minimum of 1 month (for training) and work 3 days minimum per week.
Cost: Accommodation will be provided on a first come, first serve basis for a cost of just 2500 Thai Baht per month. For veterinary nurses who work full time (5 days per week) this is offered for free. If the accommodation is full, or you wish to live offsite, PACS can recommend some places to stay to suit all budgets. Volunteers are responsible for covering their living expenses, however, drinking water, rice, tea and coffee are provided for all volunteers whilst working. The centre's motorbikes can be used for all PACS work but volunteers will need to hire their own bike out of work hours.

 
 
   

Asia Centre Foundation (ACF) is a registered Christian, charitable NGO, focused on providing disadvantaged and at-risk Thai and Burmese children with education, sport, life skill and health care opportunities and support.

Location: Phuket
Volunteer Work:ACF is looking for volunteers to teach English, dance, drama, art, computer or sports activities. Volunteers may also be placed at the ACF head office to use their skills and experience to benefit the management, marketing and general requirements of ACF.
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. ACF does provide a standard Thai lunch for volunteers.

 
 
   

Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities (CCD) provides help to some of the many thousands of children in Thailand who have been abandoned or have been given into government care by families unable to support them.

Location: Pakkred, Nonthaburi
Volunteer Work: CCD welcomes international and local volunteers (both professional and non-professional) to work with disabled children alongside CCD staff. CCD is always interested in having professionally qualified therapists, medical staff and others, either living in Bangkok or from overseas, who are willing to donate their time and experience. Professionals will have the opportunity to work alongside Thai professionals (eg physical therapists, etc) to help disabled orphans in Thailand. Volunteers will be working in one of the four different CCD day-care centers (Rainbow House Daycare, Fuang Fah Daycare, Rachawadee Girls or Rachawadee Boys).
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Learn2Give is a non-profit teaching project which welcomes volunteers from all over the world to teach English at rural schools in Northeastern Thailand. The project has been carefully designed by English Crazy Club staff who has worked closely with children and international volunteers at previous English camps. What we do is contact host schools for Learn2Give volunteers. The host school will be willing to provide accommodation and food for volunteers in return. Before teaching at school, our volunteer will be given an introduction activity run by English Crazy Club staff for five days.

Location: Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Basically, the volunteer will teach English in the school. (1) Teach or assist teachers in English classes 3-4 hours a day from Monday to Friday at primary school or high school; (2) Teach with emphasis on communication skill; (3) Create fun and practical method games and songs; (4) Help our club run English camps on some weekends. Teaching hours can be flexible when needed.
Commitment: 2 weeks minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Volunteer Teacher Thailand came out of the magnificent work of the Tsunami Volunteer Centre. The TVC went out into the communities and asked the people what they wanted most and English teachers for their schools were a high priority. Our volunteers go into schools and provide English teaching at no cost to the schools or the children. We follow the Thai Government curriculum so the teaching is relevant to the children's education. To meet the curriculum we have a developing library of 200 lessons ready to go. A Lesson Plan explains how to use the pack which contains laminated pictures, flashcards with Velcro boards to provide flexible and stimulating teaching materials.

Location: Khao Lak, southern Thailand
Volunteer Work: You will teach in Government schools around Khao Lak for four days each week, with half a day for preparation. You will go into each class knowing you have the materials and confident that you will deliver a meaningful and relevant lesson.
Commitment: 2 weeks minimum
Cost: A one off registration fee no matter how long you volunteer for: 4,000 Thai Baht. Transport is provided every day to the schools. Volunteers choose their own accommodation from the many guesthouses in the village, and pay their own expenses such as food and board. We can advise on accommodation and airport transfer.

 
 
   

Tacomepai is run as an organic farm with guesthouse accommodation. We offer a farm stay where you can learn to live with nature.

Location: Pai, Mae hong son, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Volunteers get involved in our daily work which includes planting, watering, harvesting, maintenance of the house, etc.
Commitment: Flexible
Cost: 200 Thai Baht per day if you stay less than 3 nights and 150 Thai Baht per day if you stay more than 3 nights.

 
 
   

For Life simply exists to bring life to the hundreds of disabled children living in Thailand. These children are abandoned, living in poverty, malnourished and uncared for. With your help, we seek to change their situation, for life. Our primary focus is to raise funds for the Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities (CCD), and to act as a base to co-ordinate supporters, adoption families and ex-volunteers.

Location: Pakkred
Volunteer Work: We are always interested to hear from people who would like to volunteer with CCD in Thailand. Once at CCD, you will be working in one of the four daycare centres - Rainbow House Daycare, Fuang Fah Daycare, Rachawadee Girls or Rachawadee Boys (for more details, see CCD page) - and possibly even in the wards themselves if you have physiotherapy or nursing skills. CCD will allocate which daycare centre you will be working at before your arrival. Volunteers are expected to participate and help in all areas of care in order to provide for the needs of children and young people. If you are professionally-trained, you can use your skills to help the work of CCD. Although the primary aim of all volunteers is to support the CCD staff in caring for the children, training such as physiotherapy, nursing and occupational therapy is an additional tool you can use whilst at CCD.
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: There is no fee to volunteer but you must cover the cost of your trip. Rent in the volunteer house is £50 per month. You will need to consider the cost of your visa (approximately £100), flights and spending money.

 
 

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