• Thailand
    • Chiang Rai
25 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Summer Winter Year Round


Price Details
We do not charge you any money to volunteer. You can volunteer or intern with us for free. You do need to take care of your own food and daily living expenses.
What's Included
Some Meals
What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 15, 2017
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About Program

DEPDC is a non-profit community-based NGO working in Thailand to prevent the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry or other exploitative child labour situations. We offer free education, vocational training, child rights training, and accommodation for at-risk young girls and boys. We also run several other projects and activities, including an agriculture development project, emergency shelter for abused or abandoned children, care and repatriation for girls who have left commercial sex work, youth leadership education programs, and vocational and human rights training for undocumented migrants and indigenous peoples. Since its inception in 1989, DEPDC has helped prevent thousands of children from the Greater Mekong Subregion from succumbing to the sex industry or other exploitative child labour situations.

Program Reviews

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  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

One Volunteer's Experience

It's difficult to describe my time here at DEPDC. It's not easy to justly write about 6 months that literally changed my life. From the first day I arrived I knew I had made the right decision to volunteer at DEPDC. The staff and kids became like a family and one that I looked forward to seeing everyday. The days can be busy during the school year but it was a welcomed busy because I knew I was working for a cause worth every minute of my time. There is an integrity to the mission and staff at DEPDC that made me feel so confident in the work they are doing. When you volunteer at DEPDC you actually feel like you are making a difference, and the experiences are invaluable. During my time I had opportunities to help write to members of UNESCO and attend meetings with UNESCO speakers. I had the opportunity to assist a film crew make a short documentary about DEPDC and welcome volunteer University students on a 2 week journey to assist DEPDC staff with various projects. It can get crazy! A good crazy full of life and excitement! I thought leaving my life in America for 1/2 year would be hard but turns out leaving DEPDC was MUCH harder. I have done a lot of traveling and living overseas in my life and returning home has never been an issue. Sure, a little culture shock and adjustment to time change but nothing dramatic. That was, until my return from DEPDC. I had come to love my life at the center and it was heartbreaking to leave. It took me a while to feel whole again. I dreamt of the kids for months after leaving! It's way too easy to get attached to them! Again, they are all like family. I had the privilege to return again this year for a visit and it was like I never left. My time there made such an impression, impacted me in such a way that I know I will continue to go back when I can and help where I can. If you have ever considered being a volunteer, please don't hesitate. Message them now! This is an organization worth your time! Who doesn't need more family, love and purpose in their life?!

32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

amazing place to volunteer

the volunteer coordinator is very helpful as is the volunteer handbook. Knowledge from volunteers from each year is passed on which helps guarantee a a wonderful time volunteering at such an important NGO

What would you improve about this program?
Mae Sai, where the NGO is located, can be a bit lacking in the social life scene, but we had fun at the bars there and anyway Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are never to far if you crave the nightlife experience. Despite this, it is Mae Sai's traditional way of living and being untainted by commercialisation that makes it such an experience
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Questions & Answers

The age limitation of volunteers is from 21 to 60 years old. This volunteer works at a children’s shelter, often alone or with little supervision. Please Check out more information via Our Website : https://depdcblog.wordpress.com/volunteer/mae-chan/