Volunteer in Thailand with Friends for Asia

Rewarding Thailand Volunteer Programs

Friends for Asia (FFA) offers a range of internships and volunteer programs in Thailand. These are divided between our two bases of operation – one in Bangkok and the other in Chiang Mai. Generally speaking, our Thailand volunteer and Intern Programs fall into one or more of the following categories:

Have a look over our volunteer projects Thailand wide to find out which areas you are most interested in, and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

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Volunteering and Paid Teaching in Thailand

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Kindergarten Volunteer Project

Bangkok Only

Based in an impoverished Bangkok slum, this project involves taking care of children aged three to five years of age. Volunteers assist full-time teachers and caregivers with daily tasks, and take the initiative to plan activities or English lessons for the young learners. With your help, these children may find the skills and ambition needed to one day graduate from the slum altogether.

Rural Schools Volunteer Project

Low Cost English Teaching Volunteer Project

Available in Chiang Mai

The Friends for Asia Low Cost English Teaching Volunteer Project offers a candid view of daily life in Thailand. Ideal candidates will be keen on getting an inside perspective on a side of the kingdom that tourists and volunteers in bigger cities rarely encounter. In the countryside surrounding Chiang Mai, government schools have little chance of attracting international teachers.

English Education

Thailand English Education Volunteer Project

Bangkok and Chiang Mai

The average Thai student studies English in school from an early age. However, these studies focus on grammar and rote memorization. In some cases, the chance to practice English with a fluent English speaker is all that it takes to inspire more progress. With that in mind, FFA volunteers who work on the English education project serve as catalysts for student development.

Teaching English to Novice Monks

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks Project

Bangkok and Chiang Mai

An amazing variation on the standard English education project, this assignment takes volunteers behind the scenes of a Buddhist temple in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Work with novice monks on daily English lessons and learn firsthand what life in a Buddhist temple is really like.

International University for Monks

Teacher’s Assistant at International University for Monks Project

Chiang Mai Only

The International University for Monks is located in Chiang Mai, and it receives young Buddhist monks from all over Asia (only half of the students come from Thailand). Volunteers assist full-time teachers with English instruction, lesson planning and grading.


Volunteering with Children

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Bangkok Orphanage Project

Bangkok Only

This orphanage is located in a prominent slum in Bangkok, and the children here are either true orphans or victims of neglect or abuse. Every moment that volunteers spend with these children is important, as these interactions help to shape these little ones’ worldview and to overcome the extreme challenges that life has already handed them.


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Chiang Mai Orphanage Project

Chiang Mai Only

The Chiang Mai orphanage is located in a more rural area outside of Chiang Mai city proper. One out of four children in the orphanage suffers from HIV, and specially trained staff are on site to administer the special care they require. Volunteers plan activities and games, help with homework, and lend a hand with household chores.


Children’s Home Project

Chiang Mai Only

This Chiang Mai children’s home is operated by an important child advocacy group for Northern Thailand. Children range from 4 to 18 years of age and come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are orphans; others are victims of abuse or neglect. Volunteers spend time with the children and assist around the compound with various daily duties.

Volunteering with Humanitarian Causes


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Women Empowerment Project

Bangkok Only

Join forces with a Bangkok foundation dedicated to eradicating the stigmas and challenges that young single mothers face in Bangkok. Volunteers may be asked to help with English instruction, childcare and a variety of other tasks. In some cases, those lending a hand to our volunteer projects in Thailand such as this one, may be asked to accompany expecting mothers to the hospital for check-ups.

Volunteering in the Outdoors or with Animals

Elephant Camp Volunteer Project

Elephant Camp Project

Chiang Mai Only

This elephant camp located in the Chiang Mai countryside receives a daily influx of tourists who arrive to watch elephant shows, enjoy brief rides and learn more about these enormous creatures. FFA volunteers enjoy much closer access to the elephants, assisting with their daily care and staying overnight in a rustic bamboo house.


Building and Gardening at a Home for Single Mothers in Crisis

Single Mother’s Home Building and Gardening Project

Chiang Mai Only

The Single Mother’s Home exists to help young mothers in Chiang Mai overcome the challenges that single motherhood poses. Volunteers from FFA can lend a hand in a couple of different ways. Specifically, they may assist with some daily gardening tasks and – when needed – some outdoor construction.


Internships in Thailand

Medical Internship

Medical Internship Project

Bangkok and Chiang Mai

This is one of our most unique volunteer projects in Thailand, and we have positions available in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Join the ranks of a private hospital and shadow a doctor as he or she makes the daily rounds, treats patients and, in some cases, performs operations.


Magazine and Mutli-Media Intern Project

Magazine and Multimedia Internship Project

Chiang Mai Only

Interns at this project help to produce one of Chiang Mai’s forerunning English-language magazines. You’ll see this magazine all over the north of Thailand, and it’s well-read by tourists, expats and those involved in the hospitality industry. Gain hands-on experience from local leaders in publication.


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