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Volunteer in Thailand Affordable & Meaningful Projects

Experience the real culture and lifestyle of Thailand with less tourists. Thailand has a great range of meaningful volunteer projects which will allow you to make a difference helping communities in need while living like a local with a great in country support network and like minded volunteers from all over the world to hang out with in Thailand.

we need Volunteers in Thailand

  • Although Thailand's economy is improving, there is still a wide gap between the rich and the poor.
  • The majority of Thailand's poor live in rural areas, with a lack of education being a main contributor to poverty.
  • Due to economical developments, environmental degradation is evident. The decline of biodiversity and deforestation is increasing.
  • The expliotation of animals in Thailand is a big problem. With many being beaten and held in small cages for the tourist trade.

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  • Non Profit Org & Charity with 30+ Years Experience
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Volunteer in Thailand

Thailand is an exciting country to travel too. Not only is is cheap, easy to get around, with friendly locals, it’s also an adventure lovers playground! Theres so much to do here, from exploring the capital city of Bangkok, trekking in the jungle, swimming in natural waterfalls, relaxing on the beach or any number of adreneline pumping activities. A lot of our projects are concentrated on conservation, as this is a big problem, now more than ever. You will get to experience the ‘real’ Thailand, for a true authenic travel experience, and with the knowledge that you are helping underprivilaged communites and the environment!

Volunteer with IVI for authentic, affordable and life changing projects in Vietnam. We have over 30 years of experience as a charity and non profit org and are passionate about helping those less fortuanate than ourselves. 

We have projects in 7 locations in Thailand, including Sing Buri, Ko Samet, Mae Sot, Wang Nam Khiao, Hua Hin, Kaeng Krachan and Umphang. Choose from teaching projects, sports coaching, wildlife and environmental conservation, orphanage care and more!

What's included

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  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Free coffee, tea & filtered water
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • Daily Transportation
  • In Country 24/7 Support
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Fundraising Support
  • University Credits Assistance

Volunteer Projects in Thailand

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ENGLISH TEACHING

Spend time in a rural Thai community setting teaching English to primary school students of various ages. Students may be between 4 and 18 years old.

Location: Sing Buri
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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ORPHANAGE CHILDCARE

The orphanages are in serious need of renovation work to improve the standard of living. You can also teach English and assist in gardening and various other highly valued roles.

Location: Thailand
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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FORESTRY CONSERVATION

Help to conserve the bio diversity in the scenic national parks in the Khao Yai region. These are off the beaten track locations with incredible waterfalls, mountains and beautiful scenery.

Location: Wang Nam Khiao
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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GIBBON REHABILITATION

Experience life in the jungles of Western Thailand providing care and assistance to Gibbons who have been rescued from neglectful owners or adopted from families who could no longer care for them.

Location: Near to Mae Sot
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Our aim of this responsible elephant project is to bring elephants back into their natural habitat by working with the local communities. Enjoy trekking to find food for the elephants, feed them and help with general duties.

Location: Umphang
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CLAY HOUSE & CONSTRUCTION

Test your teamwork and creativity in this rewarding, challenging and fun project building a clay house for the local Buddhist monks. Clay houses are made pf natural resources, clay bricks and wood and doesn't require skilled labour.

Location: Sing Buri
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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HILL TRIBE TEACHING

Set in the incredible scenery of the Kaen Krachan National Park close to the Myanmar border you will have the chance to experience the authentic Karen Hill tribe way of life while teaching English or providing community construction support.

Location: Kaeng Krachan (close to Hua Hin)
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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SPORTS COACHING

Got a love for sport? Why not combine your passion with teaching. Pass on your skills and knowledge, teaching rules and basic strategies of your chosen sport. This is a fun and rewarding project.

Location: Thailand
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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BEACH CONSERVATION

Visit buddhist temples and religious sites and assist in beach conservation activity and education for the locals. This is a relaxed beach week where you'll also explore local markets general beach sun and fun.

Location: Hua Hin
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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BUDDHIST MONASTERY EXPERIENCE

Experience life in a Buddhist monastery and participate in the Buddhist way of life guided by local monks. You will practice meditation, learn Buddhism, learn to chant in quiet and spiritual surrounding guided by monks.

Location: Wang Nam Khiao
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK

Enjoy a week to learn about the Thai culture and ease your way into your volunteering project. Get to know your fellow volunteers and understand the local culture and customs. Cooking lessons, language lessons, city & cultural sightseeing and much more!

Location: Sing Buri
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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30 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. 

Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.

We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.

November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!

Temperatures are around 30 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!

Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand boasts tens of thousands of beautiful temples. 

Another feature of Thai culture is in the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. The gesture in Thailand can be compared to the Indian namasté. The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.

We have programs in basically all regions of Thailand. From the islands in the south, to the cultural towns in the mid to the jungle and hill tribe areas in the North. A brief overview of the key destinations as follows:

Sing Buri Province is approx 142 km north of Bangkok and was founded in pre-historical period. In the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west of the Chao Phraya River named as Sing buri in 1895.

Hua Hin is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist spot these days offering all the standard beach stuff like snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing and with plenty of restaurants and tourist things like spas, water park, golf, shops and markets. There is a mountain at the end of the beach called Khoa Tekiab, with a temple that overlooks the beach. Surrounded by national parks, it’s a mountainous region where you can explore waterfalls and caves on various adventures. Buddhism is very prominent here and you will certainly get a good taste of the Buddhist way of life.

Ko Samet is near Bangkok, the island is ideal for those in the capital wanting to chill-out with their families for a couple of days, without having to travel down south to the islands of Phuket or Koh Samui. A more local Thai beach experience.

Mae Sot is near to the Myanmar boarder and is a mixture of Burmese, Thai, Karen and Chinese natives giving it a distinct culture located in one of the most sparse and relaxed areas, half-way between a wildlife sanctuary and Thailand’s jungles.

Wang Nam Khiao in the centre of Thailand and the ecological heart where an abundance of natural attractions in its forests, hills, wildlife and waterfalls that are easily accessible in locations such as Khao Yai National Park.

Umphang, an historic town in the north-west central region of Thailand has incredible and breathtaking mountain scenery, together with Thailand’s finest lakes and natural environment with Elephants and wildlife like no-where else in the world.

Kaeng Krachan is set in the incredible scenery of the Kaen Krachan National Park close to the Myanmar border you will have the chance to experience the authentic Karen Hill tribe way of life. This placement is off the beaten track and really allows you a deeper and more authenic travel and volunteering experience. 

All accommodation is included during your volunteer in Thailand program. Accommodation will be comfortable, clean and is generally single gender either twin or dorm style, with adequate bathroom and toilet facilities including running water, mosquito nets, fans and safe storage for valuables.

You’ll be housed in one of 3 large houses in central Thailand in a rural and very authentic Thai setting. Each house can sleep up to 30+ people! The houses are well equipped for volunteers and have been operational for over 10 years.  They are all located approx 10 km from Singburi (10 minutes by car), however there are restaurants and small local shops within walking distance of each of the accommodations.  

3 good meals are provided every day including filtered water, coffee and tea. Plenty of vegetarian options are served along with some meat dishes. You’ll eat authentic Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fragrant herbs and fruits.  Volunteers may be expected to assist in cleaning up after meals depending on the placement.  

Volunteers in Thailand are encouraged to take up the orientation week to help you ease into the lifestyle and pace of Thailand. You will get to know your town and it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen volunteer placement if desired or otherwise just enjoy the company of your new friends and extended family!

When confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October). During these times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local Thailand communities involved.

Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost. This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.

A transfer coordinator will meet you upon arrival into Bangkok airport and will arrange your transfer from the airport to the Mo Chit Northern Bangkok bus station and then further on to Singburi bus station, where you will be met by one of our local coordinators who will take you to the Volunteer Centre.

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our local team will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer in Thailand you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist in resorts. Some suggested activities may include;

Tuesday Evening – Visit the night market in Tha Kham Thailand. Taste all types of Thai food and enjoy inexpensive shopping

Wednesday Afternoon – Use the swimming pool, enjoy a Thai massage or take advantage of the great prices in a shopping center nearby.

Wednesday Evening – Attend optional Thai BBQ in a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening – Enjoy an organised excursion to a shopping mall in Thailand (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, and western fast food. 

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Primary School English Teaching Thailand

Hi Lauren,    Thankyou and yes I had the most amazing experience! I have attached a few photos we took in Sing Buri, I’ll send some photos of the kids once I get the photos on my phone onto my computer 🙂    Highlights of the trip:   -Interacting with the kids, who are so genuinely excited to see you. …

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English Teaching Thailand

Hello Lauren I’ve sent a few pics. Just the tip of the iceberg really. I have so many more. I just wanted to say a BIG thank you. I am leaving Thailand soon, and I am not the same person I was when I arrived. Just when I thought I gave enough of myself with the work that I do, …

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Feedback on Thailand Volunteering

Highlights of the trip: Being able to ride the bikes through to village to work each day, the flexibility of free time opportunities and the great opportunity to be able to help out through this amazing program.   Being able to see the village and being taken to various locations to visit temples or the markets or shopping centres. was a …

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  Some of the many highlights for me was partaking in the english camp which was a 2 day camp with5 different schools all participating. The kids and all the teachers and especially Kate made the whole trip so enjoyable. Meeting and living with all the other volunteers was also a big highlight. The food was great, especially having lots …

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Primary School English Teaching Thailand

Hey Lauren! I went to Thailand with a group of 5 girls from Australia in mid-July. I had such an amazing time in Thailand volunteering and teaching English. It furthered my desire to become a teacher in the future. My highlight of the trip was in the English Camp with the year fives from all different schools. I loved working …

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“The Switzerland of Thailand” Forestry Conservation Project

  And this week, I was up for the Forestry Conservation project in central Thailand, planting trees and digging holes. I was a bit scared. Forestry Conservation project means doing field work in a protected park, while surrounded by mountain views. The goal is to help conserve Khao Yai National park; a massive reserve covering part of four provinces in …

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