Most Affordable & Best Rated Volunteer Programs in Thailand from $320 with IVHQ

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Volunteers' handprints
Volunteers' handprints
My friend, TIGER, hardest working , most appreciative man on the earth!!
Another sand bag dam, 200 x 30kg bags but what a great day we shared as a team
Placing sandbags in dam to stop erosion of the adjacent road

About

Trusted by 100,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Thailand and 50+ other destinations around the world.

Volunteer in the beautiful mountainous province of Chiang Rai and choose from one of the following projects:
- Teaching English
- Childcare
- Outdoor Work

Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in dormitory-style volunteer houses, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

If you’re all about authentic cultural experiences, supporting community-driven projects, giving back and making real connections, volunteering in Thailand is for you!

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Thailand program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month and you can choose to volunteer for 1 to 12 weeks
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $320 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 15 and 30 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Chiang Rai each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 100,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart - we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

Popular Programs

English Teaching Projects

As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you’ll be supporting a project that aims to promote better access to education. The focus is on providing assistance to teaching English initiatives in the local villages and hill tribes. In northern areas of Thailand, local people have very limited access to formal education and there is a real need for volunteers to assist in teaching, not only young children, but also adults from surrounding hill tribes and local villages.

Childcare Volunteering Projects

As a volunteer on the Childcare project in Thailand, you will work in childcare centers in the local villages of Chiang Rai and surrounding hill tribes. Children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old come to the centers during the day.

This project is well suited to volunteers who have a passion for education and enjoy working with young children.

Outdoor Volunteer Projects

Volunteers who enjoy manual labor and the sense of achievement felt after completing a job will be well suited to our Outdoor Work project in Thailand. Thailand volunteers on​ ​the Outdoor Work project will work with the hill tribes on the​ ​second and fourth weeks.

Questions & Answers

Hi, thanks for stopping by! Traveling with a friend is one of our favorite things to do too :) For more details on traveling with friends we recommend reaching out to the program provider directly, which you can do here: https://www.volunteerhq.org/contact-us/ .
Hi Tyana, Yes, this program is suitable for vegans along with other dietary requirements. We would recommend that you supplement the meals we offer with your own food, as there wouldn't be a huge amount of choice/variation. Jordan McFadyen IVHQ Community Manager

Reviews

96%
based on 20 reviews
  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

1 week at Thailand with IVHQ

During my 1 week duration with the Mirror Foundation in Thailand with IVHQ, I learned a lot about myself, the culture and grew out of my comfort zone. Traveling alone especially to a unfamiliar country is not easy, nobody said it was going to be easy. Everyone that volunteers are most likely it in the same boat as you are. It's okay to be sacred, anxious, nervous, or even overwhelmed. However, I met some of the most nicest people in my program. People from all over the world hat are different than I am yet similar in so many ways. It help me transition and feel much more comfortable volunteering. I will never forget our outdoor project of picking and planting rice. It was not easy at all especially in the humid hot day in Thailand. But it made me appreciate those around me and what I have. Everyone worked so hard for something that we usually take for granted such as buying rice from a grocery store. Without knowing how much effort it is to grow rice. I appreciated everyone involved in this project because no matter what challenges came up (dehydration, tired, hot) we all overcomes it together!

What would you improve about this program?
More activities with the volunteers in the beginning of the week so it won't be so awkward. It will help everyone to break out of their shell.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing your thoughts from your experience on our Thailand program in Chiang Rai. It's great that you were able to take so much from the experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon.

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Catherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Indoor Work for 8 Weeks

What a wonderful experience! Through volunteering with IVHQ I have made lifelong friends from Thailand and around the world. Volunteers are often sent on home-stays to teach or do outdoor work (whichever program you choose) and those were my favorite part. The schools I would teach at on home-stays were extremely thankful, eager to learn, and rarely have access to English speaking teachers.

The foundation where volunteers stay is nice, although don't expect luxury (i.e. squat toilets, bucket showers, no A/C). But that's all part of the experience! It helps volunteers fully submerge into the culture and live like the surrounding hill tribes do. The wifi doesn't work well, which made us volunteers become close very quickly, but it did make it hard to plan teaching lessons.

What would you improve about this program?
The wifi barely works, which makes it hard to plan lessons and input lesson feedback. Also, the teaching materials should be updated.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Catherine, thanks for the review! We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience volunteering in Thailand and that you fully submerged yourself into the culture! We hope that you can join us on another IVHQ program.

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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand Hill Tribe Community Experience

Through IVHQ I found the confidence to travel on my own for the first time to a rural community in Thailand as a volunteer. I had such a profound and genuine experience there that I recommended your organisation to friends and decided to do it again in Kenya the following year.

I was officially apart of the 'Constuction/Outdoor' program but once I arrived there I quickly realised that I was instantly apart of a local community and could help out in other ways too.

The local foundation made us volunteers feel very much at home and ensured that our skills and resources were put to good use.

Our team spent most of our days making bricks, constructing fences and building structures for various community bodies. As I am a trained Secondary School Teacher I also spent some time teaching english and entertaining the children who had family members working within the partner foundation.

The partner foundation was set up in a way that allowed all the local and international volunteers to live, eat, work and play together. We slept in gender seperated dorm-style rooms and ate our meals communally with the staff and had a volunteer room where we could email friends and family back home and relax after a day of volunteer work. It is very well set up to accomodate everyone's needs.

My fondest memory was our Christmas eve outting. This involved going bamboo door-to-door and singing our christmas carols to the local community families. This was positively received and the locals returned the favour by singing for us with instruments and 4 part harmonies (somewhat superior to our out-of-tune rendition of 'Jingle Bells').

The security that IVHQ offered me (and my family) during my trip was invaluable. My parents had the reassurance of a NZ contact if they could not contact me and I knew what to expect in terms of being collected at the airport and being placed in a relevant role within a reputable organisation.

IVHQ offer programs that are a fantastic introduction to the developing world to any nervous-first-time traveler.

I would highly recommend this IVHQ program.

What would you improve about this program?
I think that this program is very wel organised in terms of type of volunteer work, transport to and from placement, accomodation, meals and local interaction. I felt very much apart of the community and can not think of any changes I would have made to my experience.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tina, Thanks for sharing a little about your experience volunteering with IVHQ in Thailand. It’s great to hear that you felt well looked after by IVHQ and our partner team in Thailand. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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Stan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand Outdoor Work Placement (Mirror Foundation)

Great interaction and cultural excahnge with opportuning to have a postive impact in upgrading the condition of building imprlovements in two northern Thailand hill tribe locations. Small sized work teams (4 to 6 volunteers) + 2 Mirror Foundation staff coordinators allowed for very good work flow, cooperation and transport logistics. All work is intensive manual labor, and can be a bit challenging in the hotter summer months, particularly for the more seasoned (older aged) volunteer.

What would you improve about this program?
Initial arrival and orientation (provided by the Foundation staff) caused a certian level of anxiety and concern. However, after a few days most volunteers are pretty well acclimated and other other volunteers are more than helpful.
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skygazing
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Get ready to have your life changed

I only had the time off work to volunteer for a week, but it was so worthwhile. Doing the outdoor program for such a short period usually means you won't have an opportunity to do a homestay, but somehow the week I was there we not only went out for a 5 night homestay with a local hill tribe, we were there for the beginning of their traditional New Year celebrations. I had the opportunity to get to know some wonderful volunteers from around the world, dig rice fields, live without the internet or phones much less electricity for a week. It was hard, yes. But it was also one of the best weeks of my life. I can't wait to go back to Thailand.