Thailand’s tourist appeal is no secret, but there’s an important element missing from the average visitor’s itinerary – meaningful human contact. Transform your next Far-East adventure into a meaningful, cross-cultural experience by volunteering with Friends for Asia in Thailand.
Volunteer in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Friends for Asia has two locations for volunteer projects and internships in Thailand: The capital of Bangkok, a world class city ranked as the top destination in Asia; and laid back Chiang Mai, an ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom, with forested mountains and dynamic festivals.
Both Bangkok and Chiang Mai offer excellent contact with the Thai people and culture. Many of our volunteers choose to book volunteer projects and internships at both locations, experiencing both big city and town and country.
In both places, travelers can explore temples, enroll in cooking or massage courses, and explore the many markets and places to eat. In Bangkok there are big city attractions including Khao San Road, and the city landscape as well as the Chao Praya river and beaches in the Gulf of Thailand 90 minutes away. In Chiang Mai there is mountain treking to visit remote hill tribe villages.
Making a Difference in Thailand
In both places our volunteers see a side of Thailand that the average visitor misses altogether. Better yet, our volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of changing lives in small but significant ways via their Thailand volunteer project and internships
By joining the volunteer Thailand ranks with Friends for Asia, you may find yourself taking lunch with a Buddhist monk in a Bangkok temple or bathing an elephant in a rustic river in Chiang Mai. Wherever your project takes you, you’ll be meeting needs and making connections through your volunteer experience.
Our volunteers here in Thailand are involved in a dynamic range of volunteer projects, from building homes for single mothers in crisis to working with refugees. In between are volunteer projects in orphanages, at private hospitals, elephant camps and kindergartens for underprivileged children. In every case, Friends for Asia Thailand Volunteers and Interns are going beyond the routine holiday and traveling with a difference.
A Day in the Life of Volunteers in our Projects
Why Volunteer with Friends for Asia
Friends for Asia has placed over 1,500 volunteers and interns in short- and long-term projects across Thailand. We are a well-networked volunteer organization without any government or religious affiliations, wholly focused on helping our participants connect with and help others. There are five things that make us different:
- We are the in-country coordinators of the volunteer projects and internships.
- We provide extensive information, orientation and support in-country.
- Our Thai staff are experts in what we do, most have advanced training and degrees and extensive experience.
- Our projects are organized and ongoing, and we focus on ensuring that the volunteer and internship experience is positive.
- Our volunteers and interns get involved and make a difference.
Volunteer Projects and Internships in Thailand
Thailand Volunteer Teaching Projects
Teach Buddhist Monks Volunteer – Bangkok and Chiang Mai
International University for Monks Volunteer – Chiang Mai
Thailand Volunteering with Children Projects
Children’s Home Volunteer – Chiang Mai
Bangkok Orphanage Volunteer – Bangkok
Chiang Mai Orphanage Volunteer – Chiang Mai
Thailand People to People Volunteer Projects
Refugee Support Volunteer – Bangkok
Women Empowerment Volunteer – Bangkok
Thailand Animals and Outdoors Volunteer Projects
Elephant Camp Volunteer – Chiang Mai
Thailand Internship Projects
Medical Internship – Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Magazine and Multimedia Internship – Chiang Mai
Comprehensive Volunteer + Tour Package – Chiang Mai
Friends for Asia offers comprehensive two-week volunteer projects/tour packages in Chiang Mai, Thailand during summer 2015. Don’t miss this chance to make your summer unforgettable.
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Volunteer StoriesAlex Jacobson, California, USA - Teaching Monks and Caregiving at Single Mother's Home, March, 2009
“The Land of Smiles” is the perfect phrase coined for Thailand. Love radiates from this country through the smiles and warm greetings from the local people. Whether it was during my trip in Pai, the Friends for Asia home, or at either of my volunteer projects, I feel that I made many unexpected friendships!
James Kneafsey, Dublin, Ireland - Elephant Camp March, 2009
"It was a joy working at the Elephant Camp: waking up to elephants passing by my balcony in the morning, swimming with the elephants, eating like a king, pitching in with the work, building relationships with the staff and having a well earned beer at the roadside bar in the evening."
Anke Anemaet – Lelystad, The Netherlands – Teaching Monks July, 2010
“ENJOY YOUR STAY HERE! You will be sad to leave, as I am now. It’s hard to explain to the boys that you won’t be coming back next week and you have to go home. They have all been such lovely students. Each one of them has their own personality and you’ll love them all. Take pictures so that you can remember them forever. They have become so important to me, which is unexplainable. I will truly miss them a lot. ”
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