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Volunteer in Thailand
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Capital:  Bangkok

Population: 66.79 million

Official language: Thai

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Time zone: UTC+07:00

About  Thailand Program 

Location: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai 

 

Duration: 1 week +

 

Accommodation: Volunteer Guesthouse, homestays

 

Meals: 3 meals each day spent volunteering

 

Projects:

  • Teaching English

  • Outdoors (Construction)

  • NGO Support

  • Elephant Caring

Program Description 

Teaching English

Location: Chiang Rai 

Duration: 2 weeks +

In the northern areas of Thailand, where Chiang Rai is located, many of the local people, especially those without Thai citizenship, are not able to access any formal education. Some children are required to work in the fields with their families while others are too poor to be able to afford the travel costs, school resources or uniforms. Free education is not automatic for stateless children. We run lessons for students at local government schools in the area, which mainly cater for hill tribe children. We also run activities at childcare centres in local hill tribe villages, play games with the child patients at the main hospital in Chiang Rai and teach monks at an important Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai.

 

Volunteer Responsibilities

The volunteer work schedule can vary from year to year and term to term as villages become accessible after the rains have finished, or a new school needs volunteers to come to teach. Currently, the schedule includes helping at four different childcare centres, three schools, a hospital, a Buddhist temple, as well as lessons for local hill tribe tour guides and local children each week.

Outdoors

Location: Chiang Rai 

Duration: 1 week+

A number of the local communities in north Thailand live without the basics that most of us take for granted – clean running water and electricity. As such, health issues are constantly a worry. Building water tanks which bring clean water to the village, instead of women trekking for miles to the nearest clean source, improves lives greatly. Building a childcare centre, or classroom, gives children the opportunity to learn, and improves their future chances in life. Planting banana trees reduces hill erosion, thus reducing the risk of landslides. Making 4,000 bricks at our site gives us the means to build a childcare centre. The Outdoor programme is a myriad of tasks, some of which directly benefit the local communities and others that indirectly benefit them. The Outdoor Work placement is for those who are happy to get their hands dirty, who like physical labour and are reasonably fit.

 

Volunteer responsibilities

  • Building water tanks

  • Extending water pipe systems

  • Building check dams

  • Building school classrooms

  • Painting school classrooms

  • Developing the agricultural project

  • Helping in the vegetable garden

  • Working on developing a plantation

  • Road repairs

  • Repair and maintenance of homes of elderly villagers

  • Building new houses or toilets for elderly villagers

  • Building the new staff office

  • Making bricks

 

The above only be considered as examples, and are no guarantee of what you will be doing when you are here.

 

NGO Support 

Location: Chiang Mai

Duraton: 8 weeks +

Volunteering with our partner NGOs in Chiang Mai is a very rewarding experience. Volunteers teach English to and care for children and teenagers who have been affected by drug abuse. Giving the young people a stable upbringing will be a stark contrast to their earlier lives, and vitally important for their futures. The work is in direct contact with vulnerable young people who will inevitably look up to western volunteers as role models. It is therefore vital that your conduct is exemplary at all times. This includes social interactions, dress code, cleanliness, politeness, flexibility and a willingness to listen, learn and help.

 

Program Fees (Chiang Rai Programs)

1 week (outdoor program only)

$650

2 weeks

$695

3 weeks

$794

4 weeks

$894

5 weeks

$1,043

6 weeks

$1,192

7 weeks

$1,341

8 weeks

$1,490

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Included:

  • Pre-departure Information & Visa Guidance

  • Pick up from Chiang Rai city (airport or bus station)

  • Work-related transportation during the programme

  • Basic meals and accommodation at the foundation (Monday lunchtime-Saturday lunchtime)

  • Drop off in Chiang Rai at the end of the programme (Saturday afternoon at 5pm)

  • Onsite support from our local team

  • Completion Certificate

  • Free registration of another Asia Internship program within 2 years

Not Included 

  • Flights, insurance, visa

  • Non-work related transportation

  • Snacks, beverages, or other personal purchases

If you are staying more than 8 weeks, please let us know.

Note: All programs require a Registration Fee of $200 USD on top of the Program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added to each payment.

 

This registration fee allows you to participate in any of our other program  without paying another registration fee within a period of 2 years. 

WHAT'S MORE

 

  • 2 years' free of registration fee to participate in any of our other programs

  • Job opportunity/recommendations across Asia

  • 10% Discount on our other programs

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Elephant Caring 

Location:Chiang Mai

Duration: 1 week +

Humans have used elephants to perform a variety of tasks for 5000 years. While we have consistently profited, this relationship has not always been so beneficial to the elephants. Revered throughout Thailand, elephants have greatly influenced Thai culture, myth and religion, though the deep respect held for the species is unfortunately not often reflected in their individual treatment. Widespread abuse, poaching, deforestation, increased tourism, farming, and a vast reduction in habitat have all contributed to a rapid decline in elephant numbers, and Asian elephants are now officially an endangered species.

 

We work with a sanctuary near Chiang Mai that runs ethical and sustainable eco-tourism projects. Founded in July 2014, it is a joint initiative between members of the Karen hill tribes and Chiang Mai locals, both of whom are concerned about the welfare of elephants in Thailand.

 

Currently comprising three spacious locations (Mountain Village, Tranquil Valley, & Waterfall Grove sanctuaries), the sanctuary is home to almost twenty formerly mistreated elephants, who are now free to enjoy their lives.  

 

Depending on the time of year, your personal interests and the current needs of the sanctuary, you may participate in some or all of the following activities:

  • Preparation of food and feeding the elephants

  • Site building, maintenance, and enrichment

  • Daily cleaning of the elephants’ environment

  • Collection of ingredients for, and preparation of, herbal remedies for the elephants

  • Walking through the jungle to find the elephants, and walking with them for the purposes of veterinary care and visitor tours, as well as to and from the mud spa and waterfall

  • Assisting the caretakers with daily elephant-care tasks

  • Planting trees or food for the elephants

  • Domestic tasks

  • Further volunteer opportunities (such as teaching English, marketing, web page development and artistic projects) may also be available, depending on your skills and the current needs of the sanctuary

Program Fees (Chiang Mai Elephant Caring)

1 week

$420

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Included:

 

  • Pre-departure Information & Visa Guidance

  • Accommodation (at the sanctuary)

  • 3 meals per day (All meals can be prepared to suit vegetarians or vegans, or to accommodate any special dietary requirements)

  • Fresh seasonal fruit, tea, coffee, and drinking water will also be provided

  • Transport to and from your volunteer location/s

  • An immersive cultural experience, as you learn about the local tribal lifestyle

  • A project T-shirt

  • Onsite support from our local team

  • Completion Certificate

  • Free registration of another Asia Internship program within 2 years

 

Note: All programs require a Registration Fee of $200 USD on top of the Program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added to eachpayment.

 

This registration fee is refundable if you choose not to go, giving a 30 day notice. The refund will be deducted all invloved bank transfer fees.

 

 

WHAT'S MORE

 

  • 2 years' free of registration fee to participate in any of our other programs

  • Job opportunity/recommendations across Asia

  • 10% Discount on our other programs

  • Reference Letter from us