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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International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is a grassroots, all­volunteer organization with no central office, so co-Directors complete 4 hours of international work daily that consists of various administrative tasks. All co-Directors manage one or more of our international task teams, such as University Relations, Fundraising, Teacher Training or Media. You will work closely with co-Directors at other centres to manage these teams and will receive unique training in a multi-level, multifaceted system. You will be assigned your teams according to your experience and skills. This work can be challenging, but you will hone your time management skills and learn intimately how an NGO functions at both the ground and administrative levels. Before arrival at the centre, you will already become a part of the team by completing pre-trip tasks with our international teams to gain an understanding of the kind of work you will be doing.

Location: Chiang Rai
Volunteer Work: Our Thailand centre is a home for seven older children from a nearby hill tribe. Teenagers from this marginalized community come to our centre for a stable home and the chance for an education. Your role would include fostering a familial environment for the children, overseeing their education and managing the various needs and activities of the centre.
Commitment: 1 year minimum
Cost: Basic accommodation and food is provided by IHF. You are a volunteer at the centre and all local tasks completed are done so without pay. As a co-Director, you will receive a small monthly stipend. This stipend results only from the international online work. After one year there is the opportunity to become a full Director.

 
 
   

Phana Monkey Project promotes the welfare of wild Long-Tailed Macaques in Phana, a village in Amnat Charoen province, northeast Thailand.

Location: Amphur Phana, Amnat Charoen Province; 66 kms from Ubon Ratchathani
Volunteer Work: The Phana Monkey Project aims to assist in maintaining the health and well-being of the Long-tailed macaques. Volunteers will be required to help us feed and water the monkeys as well as maintaining the cleanliness of the forest – by removing litter and food debris. We also encourage and facilitate research. Volunteers can assist with data collection on behalf of the project and also to assist qualified researchers. At present we are collecting data on the food provided for the monkeys by visitors and the way monkeys react to the provisioning. Identifying and tracking individual monkeys is also one of our current concerns. No particular qualifications are needed for the collection of this data other than patience, good observational skills and the ability to record data accurately. You will be required to spend several hours at a time in the forest, so an ability to withstand heat and lack of comfort is a prerequisite. Volunteers who are able and willing to do some teaching in local primary schools and / or the secondary school will be particularly welcome. Qualifications or previous teaching experience together with enthusiasm, patience, and an outgoing personality are required. A willingness to work with / befriend local people is essential. You must also understand that Phana is a small, somewhat remote village / town and you are likely to be with only a few other volunteers.
Commitment: For the forest work, 1 month minimum is required. But for teaching, 2-3 months is necessary for this to be a worthwhile experience for students and volunteers alike.
Cost: Accommodation will be provided in the Don Chao Poo Research Centre or nearby homestays at a cost of 5,200 Thai Baht per month. Volunteers can find cheap and delicious food at small restaurants and food stalls in the village.

 
 
   

New Life Foundation is a non-profit, mindfulness-based recovery and self-development community located in the mountains of northern Thailand, about 30 minutes outside the city of Chiang Rai. The organization has a beautiful clean facility, with a swimming pool and steam bath. We provide individual ensuite rooms and three healthy meals a day. As a volunteer, you can join in yoga, meditation, Tai Chi classes, and more.

Location: Near Chiang Rai, northern Thailand
Volunteer Work: We are always looking for help with ongoing projects, including: organic farming; earth building; event organizing; art and drama workshops; yoga and meditation instruction.
Commitment: 14 nights minimum
Cost: We ask volunteers to help contribute to the costs of accommodation, food, and for the teachings provided during the day. All meals, accommodation, and activities are included in the fee (except for the option Saturday and Sunday excursions). The amount is based on the length of time you stay with us: 600 THB per night for stays of 14 nights or longer, 750 THB per night for stays of 1-13 nights. Extra 200 THB per night for air conditioning (limited number of rooms)

 
 
   

The Rain Tree Foundation is a social welfare organization focusing on helping the poor in Thailand. Our main activities include children education, water projects and community development. Through education and self-sustainability we help those in need so that they can help themselves

Location: Remote villages in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Sorn Province
Volunteer Work: We have several projects in the north of Thailand where you can help. We need long term, mid-term and short term volunteers all year round to do: English teaching; farming; building; arts and crafts; music and drama; sports activities; workshops and seminars. Long and mid-term volunteers get a course in Thai language and culture.
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: The project costs 450 Euros for 3 months, 550 Euros for 4 months, 650 Euros for 5 months. The fee covers accommodation, food, training, debriefing and one weekend activity/month.

 
 
   

Step Ahead is a Christian based integrated community development organization, focused on partnering with the working poor to see comprehensive and sustainable transformation in their communities

Location: Bangkok, Khao Lak (Southern Thailand), and Northeast Thailand
Volunteer Work: Come and help bring hope to people in Khao Lak, Thailand, enabling teens and hospitality workers to develop their core employability skills, by learning English or German. Or come and bring impact for women and children at risk of sexual exploitation, through bringing growing English skills to young women in the Step Ahead Center in The Northeast of Thailand. Step Ahead has two pre-school/child development centres in Khao Lak, Thailand. Be a part of our integrated community development work, helping teach and care for the little ones. Your impact on young lives by giving them an amazing English developmental step ahead, in beautiful Khao Lak, Thailand, could prove unforgettable for you, and Thai children.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: Short term volunteer costs for Step Ahead Khao Lak start at 3500 Thai Baht (a little over US$100) per month which includes accommodation and free wireless internet.

 
 
   

New Land Project is a reforestation project located in a peaceful forest setting. We aim to live as sustainably as possible, growing our own food, living in simple bamboo huts and doing without electricity and modern conveniences. This is a great new project to learn about farming and Permaculture and if you have more experience to bring new ideas and help us develop the project further.

Location: Pai, MaeHongson, Thailand
Volunteer Work: We accept volunteers for a minimum of 1 week who work on a wide range of projects related to sustainable living and reforestation
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: 200 Thai Baht per night for the first week and 150 baht per night for the remainder of the first month, no cost after one month. This includes accommodation and vegetarian food.

 
 
   

Baan Dada Children's Home and Community Services is a project of the Neohumanist Foundation located near the Thailand/Burma (Myanmar) border. Founded in 1994, Baan Dada currently houses and supports 41 children providing a structured environment that stresses education and social service. Baan Dada also organizes many community outreach programs such as Malaria prevention, vaccination programs and eye care assistance in the surrounding villages and outlying areas.

Location: Huay Ma Lai, Sangkhlaburi, Western Thailand
Volunteer Work: We are especially in need of those with experience in teaching (English, music, art, and computers), engineering, metal work, and masonry to help with construction projects, and/or teach about mechanical things agricultural skills (if you have knowledge about grafting, seedlings, or general agriculture and would like to volunteer please specify in your email), Graphic design and office experience (to help with press releases, fliers and website maintenance, and fundraising) and medical fields. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help with some of our other community outreach and medical programs providing vaccinations, eye care, malaria prevention and food assistance in neighbouring areas in addition to assisting with the daily activities at Baan Dada.
Commitment: The minimum commitment required is 1 week, but the longer a volunteer can stay the more it will benefit the children as well as the volunteer.
Cost: The cost is 500 baht per night for less than two weeks stay and 400 baht per night for more than two weeks. The cost includes 3 vegetarian meals per day and basic housing. All transportation, visas and personal expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer.

 
 
   

Gecko Villa was established in 2002 with the aim of creating sustainable local employment in a region where, traditionally, migration to Bangkok or further afield had been the only feasible means of seeking work. This in turn involved the separation of families. The area in which the property is situated comprises traditional Thai rice farming smallholders, who eke out a living at the mercy of the weather in one of the driest regions of the nation. The property was built, and is operated by, local villagers, who in turn retain all funds generated by vacationers seeking out an authentic and responsible travel alternative in rural Thailand. Gecko Villa also aims to strengthen its wider community, with donations to the local village primary school, reforestation projects, the preservation of indigenous culture and traditions, recycling programmes and encouraging the maximization of the use of local sourcing and services. We farm our own organic rice, herbs, fruits and vegetables. By offering unusual, off the beaten path and experiential holidays to vacation makers, the villa has been able to make a small but consistent contribution to local education, employment, health care and development.

Location: Rural northeast Thailand, in Udon Thani province
Volunteer Work: We aim to match, as far as possible, your personal skills with the work offered, to leverage your contribution. This may be to the maintenance of the property, to the improvement of farming systems, or services to the wider community (for example teaching English in local village schools, specialist assistance in clinics, etc). As such, we do ask that any expression of interest include details of your experience and professional qualifications, if any. Please email us your CV, picture, current location, details of any special skills, and a covering letter. Please note we don't answer all applications or any questions unless shortlisted.
Commitment: 3 - 4 weeks (in May, June or November)
Cost: 500 Thai Baht per day which includes accommodation and 3 meals a day.

 
 
   

The Creating Balance Foundation works with families to ensure that the children are placed in nurturing and safe environments. Sometimes this means that the children must leave their homes to be placed under the care of family members (often grandparents). And unfortunately, other times there are no living relatives that are able to provide a safe environment for the children. This horrifying reality has led to the creation of "The Bird's Nest" where we provide children with no other options, a safe home, with food, education, love and emotional support around the clock. We offer hope to a seemingly hopeless situation and ensure they retain a strong connection to their culture, while focusing on their education so that they are able to create a hopeful future.

Location: Chiang Rai (mountains or city)
Volunteer Work: Website, outreach and fundraising. Occasional building projects, English teaching, and general support.
Commitment: Flexible
Cost: 450 Thai Baht per day which includes accommodation, food, and transportation in the foundation vehicle for work purposes.

 
 
   

DinDang Natural Building & Living Center aims to promote the natural and traditional techniques of clay house building in the area of Phato in southern Thailand. DinDang also promotes sustainable living practices.

Location: Paksong
Volunteer Work: The volunteers will work on a set construction schedule, which will be made by week by week (depending on the progress, work that needs to be done, weather conditions, etc). The project is available year around and is aimed at anybody who wants to learn how to build with clay with an interest in construction and gardening.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: 2,500 Thai Baht per week which includes accommodation, food, in-country transport to/from the project, guidance and mentoring by DinDang.

 
 
   

Volunthai: Volunteers For Thailand places volunteer teachers in homestay/teach programmes in rural Thailand

Location: Northeastern Thailand
Volunteer Work: Volunteers teach in rural high schools with 500-2000 students, from twelve to eighteen years old. Students already have basic English skills. Volunteers work with the schools' English teachers to develop lessons for the classroom (songs and games are preferred). These schools have agreed to provide food and accommodation to our volunteers in exchange for their teaching in the classroom 3-4 hours per day.
Commitment: 2 weeks minimum
Cost: The cost of a one-month (or less than one month) homestay, including all food and accommodation is US$375 (add US$200 for each additional month). Your payment goes directly to the administration of our project, and a portion also goes to your host school. All meals and accommodation while at your homestay are covered by your host school.

 
 
   

Lemongrass is a not for profit organisation that specialises in placing volunteers on English teaching projects to both children and adults in one of the poorest regions of Thailand

Location: Surin (450kms NE of Bangkok)
Volunteer Work: LemonGrass Volunteering is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to come to Thailand and teach English. No experience is necessary, just the determination to have fun and make a real difference to young people's lives.
Commitment: 1 or 2 weeks minimum (dependent on project)
Cost: £619 for 4 weeks which includes accommodation. £90 each additional week thereafter

 
 
   

The New Heaven Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP) was founded at our dive school in 2007 to teach divers about coral reef ecology, research, and restoration. We believe that the people most closely connected to the reef should be the ones that care for it, and so are trying to get more and more divers involved in marine education and conservation. The program is designed to give participants a hands-on approach to learning about the coral reef environment and a wide range of research and restoration techniques used by professionals around the world.

Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Training and experience helping with local coral reef management through on land and SCUBA diving activities, including reef surveys, artificial reef construction and maintenance, coral nursery maintenance, giant clam nurseries, sea turtle head-starting, coral predator removals, mooring line installations, underwater clean-ups, and much more.
Commitment: Anywhere from a 1 day introduction to a 3 month internship
Cost: Participants pay for diving, training, and material costs. Participants also cover their own accommodation, travel, and food. Benefits include training in many types of coral reef research, protection, and restoration methods, multiple eco-diving certifications, and career training/work experience. We also have a special program for university students and students conducting Master's Degree or PhD thesis projects.

 
 
   

Big Blue Conservation is dedicated to protecting the astonishing abundance of life on Koh Tao's reefs, as well as contributing to global research studying the impact of climate change on this beautiful environment. Through numerous projects and initiatives, we work closely with the local community to sustain our local economy and protect our island from the impact of tourism. By choosing Big Blue Conservation, you contribute to our ecological mission whilst enjoying the best diving on the island.

Location: Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand
Volunteer Work: Our expedition starts with an afternoon of buoyancy training to enhance your diving skills in preparation for the BSAC Marine Conservation specialty. You don’t need to have a background in biology as this course will give you all the skills and confidence that you need when undertaking the survey dives and working on our coral nursery afterwards. This includes various short lectures on four topics (Ocean Environment, Coral Biology, State of our reefs, Coral Conservation), followed by a 4 SCUBA practical sessions. After a day off you will then complete your Deep and Nitrox diver certification and continue working on various reef restoration and rehabilitation techniques. Upon completion of the BSAC specialty, you will begin to partake in survey dives, which involve collecting data on the current status of the reefs and assessing our reef communities. These data contribute to global marine biological research databases used to protect our oceans. During week four, you have the opportunity to complete a project of your choice with the support of our training staff - whether it is organising a fundraiser, an educational video, or simply a poster. This is your chance to show off your talents and apply them to marine conservation! Be the change you want to see.
Commitment: 4 weeks minimum
Cost: 28,500 Thai Baht (includes accommodation, dives and equipment rental). Includes 20% off food and drink in the resort restaurant and bar and 15% off in the dive shop.

 
 
   

Motherland Farmstay is a small organic farm, sustainable living and learning centre in Chun district, Phayao province. We plant and grow many kinds of vegetables and fruits, also going to build mud house and wooden houses also bamboo huts. Our aim is preserving northern culture by sharing knowledge and experience to everyone who opens to learn a root of northern Thai lifestyle. Currently, this organic farm is being run by a local Thai family, on their farmland. The farm and has been receiving international tourists/volunteers for over one year. Those who come there are participating in developing the farm while learning the culture at the same time.

Location: Chun District, Phayao Province, Northern Thailand
Volunteer Work: Building a mud house, bamboo hut, wood house, tree house, planting organic vegetables, making compost and fertilizer for plants and trees, participate in any local community ceremony and tradition, raise chickens, etc.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: 2,100 Thai Baht per week which includes accommodation lunch and transfer from/to a bus station.

 
 

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