Volunteer Abroad in Thailand
83% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Volunteer Abroad in Thailand

Volunteer in Thailand for 2 weeks up to 1 year! Projects focus on education, environmental work, agricultural work, and social work and are deeply rooted in community development and local community organizations.

Volunteers For Peace is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, that offers placement in over 3000 voluntary service projects in more than 100 countries. Each year we provide almost 1,000 volunteers with invaluable opportunities to strengthen their ability to communicate in diverse groups, explore grassroots leadership opportunities, and build cultural understanding and connections around the world.

Locations
Asia » Thailand
Length
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Language
English
Housing
Host Family
Hostel
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
VFP's placement fee is always $500 ($650 for teens) and must be paid at the time of registration. (If we can’t place you we refund the full fee!) Your registration covers placement, food, accommodation and work materials for your program. Volunteers arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from the project. Projects taking place in the developing world often require an additional fee in the range of $50-$500 payable to our partners upon arrival.

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Program Reviews

  • Impact
    77%
  • Support
    80%
  • Fun
    83%
  • Value
    83%
  • Safety
    87%

Program Reviews (3)

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Meg
Female
42 years old
Vermont
University of Vermont

Thailand: Kindness, Sustainability, Community

9/10

I spent 2 weeks at Peace Village in Thailand in February. I was struck by the juxtaposition of old and new in Thailand; a cell phone tower next to a temple for example. I have to say the Thai people have an energy and way that exudes kindness.

The project was a really nice balance of work, culture, relaxation, cultural exchange and fun. We were a group of 8 from 4 countries and I was the only one from the USA. The project was focused on sustainable gardening so at times the work was hard. We planted and cared for vegetables, moved compost piles, planted herbs and did general renovation and improvements on Peace Village. We also had the opportunity to visit the Ministry of Sustainability where we saw all different types of energy projects.

I loved the whole experience, the balance, the people, visiting markets, traveling by train, visiting temples, the food, new friends and everyone at Peace Village.

How can this program be improved?

The work we did was great but I really hope they are able to manage the systems we put in place. In reality two weeks is a very short time to change habits but the good news is they have programs running all year so hopefully the next group will build on what we did.

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TravelSara
Female
42 years old
Chiang Mai, Thailand
University of Utah

The newest members of the village

10/10

I attended a VFP cultural exchange workcamp in January of 2007. The project was in a small village in the most rural, and poor part of Thailand (Issan), where no foreigners had ever visited before. We stayed with a family, and from the first day, were welcomed as members of the village. During our time there, we learned Thai language, taught our language to students at the local elementary and high school, met with members of the nearby police department to teach them some useful English phrases (“Please slow down.” “May I see your license.”), visited a monastery, helped on a farm, learned traditional Thai dance, and much, much more. At the end of our two week stay, the entire village threw a party with everyone dressed in traditional costume, giving dance performances, and sending us off with a very moving goodbye/thank you ritual. I will always feel that we are family.

There is no way that I could have gained such incredible cultural insight, developed such strong relationships, or had as many “real world” experiences as a tourist. This volunteer camp absolutely exceeded my expectations.

How can this program be improved?

I wouldn't change anything. As a volunteer, I felt that I was there to serve in whatever capacity I was needed. But I think it's important to stay flexible and open to changes as they arise.
Because this was a "cultural exchange" project, there was a lot of socializing and interaction, but not much in the way of physical work (like cleaning, or restoration), which I think some of the other volunteers would have preferred.
I absolutely loved this workcamp.

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aimee
Female
32 years old
Canada
Canadian Mennonite University

Good tourist experience, poor meaningfulness

6/10

The program I participated in was focused on cultural exchange and that is probably what it did best. In terms of volunteering and the work camp that was set up, it felt like we were only involved in unnecessary make-work projects. It felt like the organization hosted us more for the financial contribution than anything else. That being said, they did trek us around to a number of places in the back of a truck to try out hot springs, see waterfalls, climb a hill and go ride elephants that looked very sad. If you are happy to be a tourist and have lots of time sitting around visiting in a foreign language, this may be a good fit for you.

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Volunteers For Peace (VFP) is a U.S. based non-profit organization that operates within the global networks of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), Service Civil International (SCI) and the Alliance of European Voluntary Service to provide meaningful cross-cultural engagement opportunities to thousands of

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