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.

Please contact Volunteer Work Thailand if you find a broken web link or want to suggest a Thai organization for the Volunteer Thailand web pages.

   

Samma Karuna is a brand new, just set up Anahata School of awakening and mindful community for people who want to learn to live a happier more fulfilled life based on self-improvement, acceptance and celebration. Our unique program offers yoga, dynamic meditation, ecstatic presence, life coaching, mindfulness practice, tantra, bhajans, compassionate sharing, retreats, workshops, and much more. With support from the community and guidance from the staff, each individual develops their own action plan that enables them to discover their true potential and enjoy a more fulfilled life.

Location: Koh Phangan
Volunteer Work: Our community program is for people that feel like helping others by bringing their positive energy and attitude to the school whilst being part of the mindful community team that sustains the energy that heals and supports the growth of students. Community work is divided into three main areas, work done at the school, helping the local Thai community, or the environment. For example, we have programs to teach English for free to a Thai community, animal care, working on an organic farm, and helping at the school with activities such as assisting in classes, helping at the reception, giving out flyers, etc.
Commitment: 4 weeks minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. Community volunteers are entitled to participate in our awakening and healing program for free.

 
 
   

Headrock Dogs evolved from Hua Hin Dog Rescue Centre which was formed in 2001. Our sites in Hua Hin and Pranburi have closed and we are now based in Bang Saphan 190 kilometres south of these Thai towns. Much of our work is carried out outside of our small centre, in temple grounds and on the streets. We help by neutering the dogs, vaccinating, treating skin disorders and getting dogs that need it, medical or surgical help, and of course feeding them.

Location: Bang Saphan
Volunteer Work: We are always grateful for dog loving volunteers who are willing to give up their time, especially those who are travelling around Asia. If you would like to come and volunteer with us we will help you organise your trip. We have contacts with local guest houses, we can arrange transportation to the area, advise you on flights, supply information about all these things when your here as well as where to eat and where's good for trips, etc.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Asylum Access is an innovative, US-based international non-profit organization dedicated to making refugee rights a reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Volunteer Work: In our Bangkok office, Volunteer Legal Advocates (VLAs) have the opportunity to make an impact directly advocating for refugee rights in Asia. VLAs are lawyers and highly-qualified law students, who commit to spending at least 6 months or more with our Asylum Access Thailand office. They provide direct legal advice and representation to refugees seeking asylum or other legal status. VLAs receive intensive training in international refugee law, and practice before local offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy at a national or international level.
Commitment: 6 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Amnesty International Thailand is a part of Amnesty International global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations.

Location: Bangkok
Volunteer Work: We are looking for committed volunteers who are interested in contributing meaningful work to human rights. Desirable qualities: good at languages skills for publication works and translation (prefer English and Thai); or equipped with creativities for presentations, media work or activism planning; or ready to engage in activism around Bangkok.
Commitment: 4 hours per week for minimum period of 6 weeks or until the project assigned is done. Volunteers can work from home.
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. The office will cover travel expenses that are related to special assignment given by the office.

 
 
   

The Koh Tao Animal Clinic is a not-for-profit veterinary clinic run by the Noistar Thai Animal Rescue Foundation, a UK registered charity and a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The clinic's mission is to improve the general welfare of all animals on the island, whether stray or owned.

Location: Koh Tao, Suratthani
Volunteer Work: Volunteer duties include: looking after post operative animals; generally caring for sick animals; bringing dogs and cats to the clinic that need medical assistance; assisting the vet on their rounds; general administration; helping to keep records of medical attention given generally promoting the work of the clinic on the island
Commitment: Flexible
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is an independent, non-government, non-profit organization, committed to enabling women to use law as an instrument of social change for equality, justice and development

Location: Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: The internship programme is for women activists/students who have background of, and/or interest to work with, and be involved in, women's human rights issues on a regional level. Interns work closely with APWLD secretariat to implement its four broad programs: Women in Power; Breaking out of Marginalisation; Grounding the Global; Feminist Law and Practice. Work plan may include legal and social research, assistance in developing and writing position papers and generally supporting staff on other projects needs. Interested candidates need to be able to work within a team, work well under pressure and be able to handle multiple tasks. Desired qualities include written and oral communication skills in English, while knowledge of other language from the Asia Pacific region is an advantage. It is preferred that they have excellent knowledge of their field of study or the sector they work with, and a working understanding of the issues APWLD deals with. APWLD endeavours to provide the experience that is relevant to the needs and interest of the interns. For interested students, a degree in social science or in law is an advantage. For activists/NGO workers, a strong background and involvement in human rights and/or women's movement is an advantage.
Commitment: 6 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Atma Seva is an NGO and non-profit organization working in Thailand, supplying volunteer teachers to work in Buddhist temples and government schools (Thai public schools)

Location: Northern Thailand
Volunteer Work:We are looking for volunteers to teach English to Buddhist monks in Northern Thailand. We will set you up with a teaching schedule at either a Buddhist Temple (Wat) or a Government School (your choice), and provide teaching materials and ongoing support at the school.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Room to Grow Foundation works to alleviate poverty among children without Parents from Burma who have sought refuge in Thailand.

Location: Mae Sot
Volunteer Work: We accept a limited number of volunteers each year who work on projects of their own design
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Goodwill Group is a registered charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life of young Thai women via skills training and career services. Most of the women who study at Goodwill are high school drop-outs or never attended university and migrated to Bangkok from the rural provinces in search of employment in order to support their families. However, because of their background, they end up working in factories and other forms of informal employment with unstable income and/or unfair employment terms. All of the women are motivated to learn English and new skills in order to improve their quality of life.

Location: Bangkok
Volunteer Work: Goodwill Group is nearly always in need of reliable, dedicated volunteers. We generally seek commitments of at least 4 months. We're always looking for motivated individuals who want to become part of our English teaching team. Generally, we try to place native English speakers into our intermediate conversation classes while Thai speakers are asked to teach our basic conversation classes. Prior experience teaching English is preferred, but not required. Teaching a class usually requires a six-month commitment of three hours a week. We need Thai-speaking female volunteers to teach our students about basic computer nomenclature, email, the internet and Microsoft desktop applications. Prior teaching experience is not required, but strong communications skills are very important. These positions involve a time commitment of about 2-3 hours/week for 6 weeks.
Commitment: 4 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

Camillian Social Centre of Rayong offers assistance at people and children with the HIV/AIDS virus

Location: Rayong
Volunteer Work: There are two types of volunteer experience available here at the Camillian Social Center Rayong. The first being the opportunity to work in the open air at our Garden of Eden. The second being the opportunity to work with the terminally ill patients in our Palliative Care Unit. At our Garden of Eden volunteers assist patients that have recovered from our Palliative Care Unit to grow crops to support themselves. The role of the volunteer at the PCU consists of basic nursing care, including but not limited to - assisting with meals, bed making, massaging and wound care. You are also welcome to discuss the use of any other skills you may have, such as art therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, occupational therapy or physiotherapy. You will be expected to accompany the patients on various weekly activities. In the past these have varied from beach excursions to karaoke. You will also be expected to welcome any visitors to the centre, and assist with tours given especially if you share a common language. Volunteering at the Palliative Care Unit is not a holiday, but an opportunity to gain hands on experience in caring for people with HIV/AIDS, as well as forming valuable relationships with the people themselves. You're contribution will be valued by the Camillian community and you will leave knowing you have made a difference in the lives of those who live here.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

EarthRights International (ERI) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of earth rights. They specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns

Location: Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: ERI offers internship opportunities to law students and university graduate or undergraduate students in our offices in Thailand. Legal interns provide legal research, writing, and program support for ERI activities to the legal program in the southeast Asia office.
Commitment: 8-10 weeks
Cost: ERI is unable to provide a salary, stipend or housing assistance, we are, however, able to arrange for credit with your law school as needed.

 
 
   

English Crazy Club is a down-to-earth grassroots, local volunteer group, based in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Location: Ubon Ratchathani
Volunteer Work: We welcome volunteers from all over the world to teach English at rural schools in northeastern Thailand. 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 volunteers will be given an introduction activity run by English Crazy Club staff for five days.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: Volunteers receive free accommodation and food.

 
 
   

Camillian Home is a care and treatment for children living with HIV/AIDS and disabilities

Location: Lat Krabang, Bangkok
Volunteer Work: Volunteering in an environment like Camillian Home can be emotionally draining and physically tiring; therefore, volunteers must show a level of emotional stability and maturity. The role also requires a lot of patience, enthusiasm, creativity and energy. Activities: support the staff in caring for the children (e.g. bathing, changing diapers and feeding); help the staff wash dishes and clean the dining area after meals; help the staff maintain a clean and hygienic environment; play with the children; stimulate the children through a wide variety of personal interactions; teach the children to independently look after themselves; constantly encourage movement in the children; help the children with their speech and other communication skills; play sports; provide music and art activities. Specialist skills: speech therapist; physical therapist; occupational therapist; music teacher; art teacher; English teacher; early years teacher; nurse; nutritionist and cook.
Commitment: 3 months minimum, preferably six months
Cost: Volunteers are provided with free accommodation, meals, laundry facilities and internet access. Volunteers do not stay at Camillian Home. Volunteers stay at a separate house a short 15 minute walk from Camillian Home. We are unable to accommodate volunteers who have special dietary requirements such as strict vegetarians or those with peanut allergies, etc.

 
 
   

The Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) was set up in 2006 in response to the increasing number of children presenting on the Thai-Burma border who required surgery that could not be provided locally. Often, the only chance these children have to undergo surgery is to be referred to Chiang Mai Hospital or another major hospital. BCMF provides comprehensive medical, logistical and social support to patients and their families to ensure the best possible outcome for treatment.

Location: Mae Sot, Mae Sot, Changwat Tak, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) sometimes recruits short-term volunteers to help conduct patient interviews onsite at the Mae Tao Clinic and to provide support for other aspects of our work.
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.

 
 
   

TCDF Eco-Logic is a registered Thai company with the aim to support the Thai Child Development Foundation.

Location: 45 km south-east of the city of Ranong in Pak Song area, southern Thailand
Volunteer Work: Garden coordinator (3 months) and Yoga Teacher (2-3 months). We need someone who is willing to work in our gardens, help us with the maintenance of our premises, help with recycling and coordinate the work for a group of voluntourists. You need to be more a people person than a garden person, but all knowledge of tropical gardening and Permaculture is highly appreciated. We also need people who are willing to work as a yoga teacher for the visitors of the foundation and the guests who stay in our guesthouse. You are responsible for 2 daily walk-in group lessons, a lesson with local kids on Saturday, and maintenance of the yoga sala. We give you the opportunity to do your own workshops on yoga and mindfulness. Yoga teachers need to be fully qualified and certified.
Commitment: 3 months for the garden coordinator, 2-3 months for the yoga teacher
Cost: The garden coordinator and yoga teacher receive free accommodation, meals and coffee/tea/water. You are responsible for the expense of other daily costs, drinks in our restaurant and participation in activities and transport.

 
 

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