The chance to volunteer abroad could completely transform your next experience in Thailand. There’s so much to see and do in this Southeast Asian country, and as a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to go beyond the usual touristy attractions – forging meaningful connections with others and experience the culture like a local person would.
Friends for Asia (FFA) has developed a variety of Thailand volunteer opportunities, including the chance to teach Buddhist monks, work with orphans, volunteer with elephants and even scrub-up for a medical internship. Not only that – our project fees are among the cheapest available. Explore this website to learn more about our exciting opportunities to volunteer overseas, and find out how you can make a difference during your next visit to Thailand.
Volunteer in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Our volunteer Thailand work projects will see you going to work in a range of settings. Thailand is a multifaceted country, and we have set up two bases from which to coordinate service projects in the kingdom. One of these bases is in cosmopolitan Bangkok, a world-class metropolis that attracts upwards of 16 million international visitors each year.
Bangkok has all the modern services expected of an international capital city. While on assignment in this city, you’ll encounter all of the following:
- Ornate Buddhist temples
- Vast open-air markets
- Gleaming high-rise shopping malls
- International entertainment options
- Cheap, made-to-order Thai food
- Backpacker haunts of Khao San Road
- The Grand Palace
But that’s just the beginning. Scratch that shimmering veneer and you’ll find communities in need, under-staffed orphanages and political refugees in transition. Our Thailand volunteer internship staff members are here to help you liaise with organizations and NGOs that are desperately in need of willing workers. We provide you with the support, facilities and connections you’ll need to make a meaningful contribution in this Southeast Asian capital.
Our other volunteering base is in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s laid-back northern capital. Gateway to jungle-clad mountains and host to some of the most exciting festivals in the country, Chiang Mai is also a magnet for digital nomads, NGO workers and other expats. Some of our longest-running projects are located here in the north, and our volunteers in Chiang Mai teach English to novice monks in authentic Buddhist temples, help care for elephants in the mountains and even intern with doctors at local private hospitals.
Whether based in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you’ll find that FFA’s projects place you in direct contact with Thai people and the local culture. You’ll learn to navigate the open-air markets, have the opportunity to make merit during the monks’ morning alms round or even enroll in a Thai kickboxing or massage course.
Best of all, our cheap and flexible programs make it possible for you to spend time volunteering in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Maximize your experience and explore all that Thailand has to offer.
Looking for a Volunteer Program Abroad? Make a Difference in Thailand
We have worked with more than 1,500 volunteers over the past few years. Each person that accepts an assignment at one of our project sites is debriefed once their tenure is complete. We’ve listen carefully in order to better understand why our participants seek volunteer opportunities abroad and to learn more about the positive impact they were able to achieve on assignment. The information we learn from these close-of-project interviews helps us refine each project and maximize its benefit.
We understand that human connection is a critical part of any volunteer project. Whether you’re in service at a local orphanage, teaching English at a rural school or promoting women’s empowerment with an NGO in Bangkok, you’ll be spending time in direct contact with the people you’re serving. The relationships developed while involved in volunteer work overseas serve to enrich your volunteering experience while making your contribution all the more meaningful to those whose lives you’re helping to change.
A Day in the Life of Volunteers in our Projects
Why Volunteer Overseas?
Those who volunteer overseas see a side of Bangkok that the average tourists miss altogether. While regular visitors spend much of their time interacting with tour guides, fending off touts and haggling profusely at local markets, FFA volunteers are engaging the local Thai people in much more profound ways.
Friends for Asia may be one of the cheapest volunteer organizations in Thailand, but our participants still also enjoy several extra services that those with other organizations miss out on. Here are four core benefits that set FFA apart:
- We operate in country and are well-acquainted with the staff at each project site.
- Our Thai staff members are highly qualified, expertly trained and proficient in English, which makes them uniquely equipped to liaise with you and the project site where you serve.
- We equip each of our volunteers with extensive information about Thailand and then follow up with a two-day orientation and ongoing in-country support.
- Each of our project sites is carefully vetted and well-organized to ensure maximum benefit for everyone involved.
When you volunteer in Thailand with Friends for Asia, prepare to make a real and meaningful difference. Something as short as a two-week project has the power to change lives – and not just those of the people you’re serving. It could change your life as well.
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.