Volunteer in Thailand | Most Affordable Volunteer & Intern Projects

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Walking the Elephants
Walking the Elephants
Spending a week with the elephants
Weekend trip to Cambodia
Day trip through Angkor Wat

About

Volunteering Solutions provides a wide range of volunteering programs across 3 different cities in Thailand - Bangkok, Surin & Chiang Mai. And all the programs have been designed amazingly so that volunteers can not only be a part of meaningful work but also get to travel extensively while in the country. There's no doubt of the fact that Thailand is one of the most popular volunteering destinations of the world. Whether you wish to volunteer with little children in Bangkok or teach the monks in Chiang Mai or work at an elephant village in Surin - we have the best of all for you! You can also choose to be a part of the Thailand Summer Volunteering program or Thailand Special Voluntour - which accommodates the best of volunteering & traveling. Explore the pristine beaches of the country, dive into the turquoise water, binge on delicious Thai cuisine and make a difference while volunteering. Medical students and practitioners can also join medical volunteering or internships in Thailand.

Highlights
  • Experience the hustle & bustle of Bangkok, mellow and serenity of Surin and the breathtaking beauty of Chiang Mai.
  • Interact with the natives to learn about the age-old traditions and typical Thai cultural nuances.
  • Volunteer for a meaningful project and gain first-hand international work experience.
  • Enjoy some of the best local Thai delicacies, all the way from a native's kitchen.
  • Meet some amazing travelers from other parts of the world.

Questions & Answers

For my particular program it was a mix! In Bangkok, meals weren't provided (BUT VERY CHEAP); in the elephant camp all of our meals were provided and they were delicious! During our second volunteer project, breakfast and lunch were provided, and on the island no meals were provided.

Yes, there are opportunities in Bangkok.

Hi! All the places I stayed were included in the price. I believe the total amount I paid Volunteering Solutions was around $1000 (US), and another $1000 for a round-trip flight. Food is so cheap in Thailand. Someone could budget $10-$15 per week for food and be totally fine. Street food is around $2. I remember someone telling me I could buy a new outfit, a hot meal, and taxi cab ride all for $20...

Reviews

94%
based on 36 reviews
  • Impact 8.7
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.3
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Devon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thai Summer Volunteer Adventure

The unique thing about this program was that my day to day experiences were all so different. Every day we did something new. One day we were cutting sugar canes down with machetes for elephants the next day we were pouring cement down to build a porch for a school house. The language barrier was not the biggest difficulty, but I saw a lot of people lose their patience with this challenge.

What would you improve about this program?
The schedule of day to day events could have used more specific details.
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Sharon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thee MOST MEMORABLE volunteer experience I've had so far.

I've volunteer with VS at three different countries and so far, this one was my favorite experience for so many reasons.

The accommodations were simple but it was located right smack in the middle of the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. It was walking distance to all the great restaurants, shopping, and sites. The orientation was thorough and very helpful. The administration was helpful and I could tell that they had a passion for working with a volunteering company.

The volunteer location I was placed at was an orphanage that really needed the help of volunteers. I fell in love with the children who had taught me the value of focusing on a person's potential, and not on what they had lost and gone through. They all came from extremely adverse pasts but they were all very happy, loving, and in love with life.

While at Thailand, I was fortunate enough to have had some incredible experiences. I, along with a few other volunteers, were invited to a Hmong Wedding. It was beautiful. I was able to ride an elephant on its bare back up a mountain, and then had a water fight with it at the river before returning. We went river rafting and then had a picnic at the river bank before returning home. We did so many incredible things. I would not exchange this experience for anything.

What would you improve about this program?
I would not change anything about this experience.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Chiang Mai

I had a fantastic experience volunteering in the Elephant Camp project in Chiang Mai. I decided to join the project as I love working with animals and heard some great reviews about Volunteering Solutions from my friends.

While staying at the camp, I worked along with the local Thai staff and the elephant trainers as well as volunteers from around the world. I had great time in Thailand and would recommend everyone to come to this beautiful country.

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Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Girls Orphanage Chiang Mai!!

It was a great experience to work with these beautiful girls at the orphanage in Chiang Mai. I used to work for around 4-5 hours a day Monday to Friday and was free to travel on weekends which were a great relief after 5 days of work.

Overall Chiang Mai is a very beautiful and calm city and people are very friendly and helpful. Om our coordinator was awesome and it was a delight to stay with other volunteers at the amazing volunteer home. The home was really close to the center of Chiang Mai so volunteers could easily go around anywhere they wish to.

I am already missing Thailand very much and hope to be back soon by next summer.

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DK
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Better Balance of Work and Fun

I would have actually preferred to be given more volunteering hours as our working time seem quite minimal and not as impactful as I thought it would be. For instance, in the Surin Childcare Centre, it didn't seem like they needed much help at all as all we did was spending time playing with the children. We didn't organise games for them, but only watch the full-time caretakers conducting their daily activities. Tha Thum was a more meaningful endeavour where we helped plant trees and pick out weeds outside their temple, but we were relieved off our duties much earlier than I personally anticipated, having not completely clearing the weed area. Nevertheless, the leisure part of the program is commendable, particularly the Khao Yai National Park.

On another note, there has been much confusion about the program's start & end date due to the discrepant details seen on the website and our personal volunteer page. More than just a few of us have submitted enquiries about this and urged for the quick amendment on the websites to prevent further confusion, but no action was taken. Many of us also asked when we are meant to fly back upon the end of the program, being unsure of the official ending time of the program. I was personally informed to only leave a day after the aforementioned final day, but was then told that I would have to bear additional cost for staying another day.

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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing three weeks!

Summer in Thailand was truly one of the most rewarding experiences I've had. You get to work with elephants and with children, and really get to be immersed in the Thai culture. I highly recommend it!