Internships in ThailandInternship with Volunteering Solutions in Thailand will give you valuable work experience in the areas of Healthcare and Journalism. Volunteering Solutions offers two internship programs, both in Chiang Mai - largest city in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is a very popular tourist destination and is surrounded by mountains and lush countryside.
Under the Medical Internship Program , interns work in private and public hospitals in Chiang Mai. Depending on the needs and skill level, interns may be able to choose which department to work in. The hospitals have different departments including General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Dentistry.
The Medical Internship program is highly recommended for Pre medical students and Medical/ Nursing students.
Under the Journalism Internship Program, interns get the opportunity to work in one of Northern Thailand's most successful magazines. The project is recommended for students currently studying journalism or looking to secure a place in a journalism course. Roles and responsibilities of the interns may vary but generally include tasks in these areas: editorial, multimedia,content writing, web designing and marketing.
Working overseas in Thailand as an intern would be a very rewarding and challenging experience wherein you will work along with the local Thai people. In both the projects you will get an opportunity to get hands on work experience which is very valuable and would add meaning and value to your Resume. You will also get an internship certificate that can give you a breakthrough in career.
Thailand - Chiang Mai Facts
- Location Chiang Mai
- Arrival airport Chiang Mai Airport (CNX)
- Currency Thai Baht
- Population 1.6 Million
- Language Thai
- Time Zone UTC + 07:00
What our Volunteers Say
The pre-departure booklet was nice and the staff was really very helpful. The highlight of my experience was working at the operations.
I greatly enjoyed my time at McCormick hospital. The doctors and the staff members were really friendly. I learned a lot about healthcare in Thailand both for the patients and care provider.
Man Chuen (Tommy) Choy
The pre departure booklet was amazing it contained all the information I wanted to know. I did not need to contact the staff prior to my travel. The accommodation was good and clean.
Hatem Ghorab 2
Internship Programs in Thailand
Volunteering Solutions has multiple internship opportunities in Thailand. Our internship programs are comprehensive and do more than just add value to the resume. They give you a practical and hands on experience at everything you learn.
Medical Interns in this project will be paired with a full-time Thai doctor and work five days a week (Mon – Fri) 8:00am – 4:00pm. In special cases interns may work on weekends and evenings. Interns will shadow the Thai doctor in their normal, daily routines and assist with professional responsibilities.
No more than two interns at any one time will be paired with each full-time doctor. The amount of “hands on” involvement while interning will depend upon the intern’s experience, education, comfort level, the length of the internship and the consent of both the attending doctor and the hospital administration. Interns who have completed course study and received their medical degree will be able to execute a more active role during their internships.
All of the doctors participating in the internship program have a strong command of English, having not only studied it throughout their educations, but many also having attended multiple conferences and seminars in English. Numerous doctors have also had supplemental training within the United States and other western countries.
The hospital has a wide variety of departments and services. Interns may be able to pick different centers and clinical areas of the hospital to focus their work on or to spend supplemental time in.
The hospital offers the following health care departments and services:
5. Pathology (must study in this field)
6. Pharmacology (must study in this field)
7. Family Medicine
8. Obstetrics & Gynecology (only females can participate)
10. Emergency Room
11. Neonatal (only females can participate)
12. Pediatrics (HIV+ Care)
16. Physical Therapy
Interns are allocated different tasks depending on the needs at the office. You can be assigned roles in any of the following areas -
--Print and design
The internship project requires a minimum time commitment of four weeks. The staff at the magazine consists of both Thai nationals as well as westerners.Most of the Thai staff is also able to communicate in English pretty well.
The focus in this project is not only to gain experience, but also to contribute to the magazine. A brief orientation and tour of the magazine will be given to new interns, along with helping hands with any new area in which an intern finds themselves, however it’s important for interns to be independent and self-motivated.
Interns usually work from Monday to Friday and an average workday lasts for around 7-8 hours.However, on some occasions interns will be required to work on the weekends as well.
Start / Arrival Dates
Volunteers need to arrive in Chiang Mai on the below mentioned dates.
Medical & Journalism Internship Program Dates
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Chiang Mai - Thailand Internship Costs
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.
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What are you Paying For?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Airport Pickup in Chiang Mai
- 2 Day Orientation and Half day city tour
- Cultural dinner and show
- Food - 2 meals a day
- Certificate of completing the internship
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
What's NOT Included?
- Return Airport Drop
- Visa Fee
- Local Transportation
Living and Other Arrangements
Living in Thailand is one of its kind experience. Our interns get best of the living amenities here, our intern house is welcoming abode for scrumptious Thai food and comfort sleep.
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai by the coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who will be already in Chiang Mai will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand. Please note that volunteers are provided pickup from the airport between 8am and 8pm only.
OrientationAll volunteers are provided with a two day orientation before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Chiang Mai.
AccommodationVolunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer’s home in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The volunteer house accommodations are located in safe and secure neighborhoods within the Chiang Mai city. We have 3 volunteers home in Chiang Mai and you would be staying in one of them. All three are very close to each other and have same facilities and are located in the heart of the city.
MealsAll ingredients for breakfast are provided and volunteers can cook their own breakfast. Lunch is provided at the hospital & magazine office on all working days.
During your Free TimeVolunteers can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which are available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai , Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok.
Frequently asked questions
Application and Program Details
Volunteering Solutions advises all its international volunteers to book your program much in advance. Your application is valid for a year so it is always a good idea to book your spot much ahead of time. The summer months of May -August are the busiest and participants looking to come during these times must apply well in advance. Also, if you are looking to join the Medical Internship or Magazine Internship Project, please note that you must apply well in advance as the projects require a longer notice period.
How long does it take to process my a pplication? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Thailand-based volunteer programs?
Minimum age requirement to participate in any of the programs in Chiang Mai is 18 years and above.
For medical and healthcare interns:
- Age limit is 20 years and above
- Statement of motivation is required
- Interns have to submit a CV/Resume
- Letter of recommendation from medical professional/doctor worked with is also needed
- Interns are required to give a list of their preferred department they would like to work in the hospital
For Magazine Internship:
- Minimum span for internship is 4 weeks
- Interns have to submit their CVs/Resumes
- Interns should also submit any of their editorial work or published work related journalism (Articles, news story, news photos)
For Volunteers at the Children’s Home
- Criminal background check is mandatory
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the volunteering projects in Chiang Mai. In fact, volunteers are encouraged to participate in groups with batch mates, colleagues and families. Also, individuals who want to volunteer with a group can inform us and we would allot the dates accordingly.
When do I need to arrive in Chiang Mai for my program? What will happen once I arrive here?
All volunteers and interns need to arrive on Friday, pick up is provided by VolSol from Chiang Mai international airport. Vie your arrival dates here. Pick up timings are fixed between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., volunteers are requested to stick to these timings, or wait in the airport area for their pickups. If you are already in Chiang Mai, we can arrange pick up for you from your local address/lodging/hotel.
Flights and Visa
Most people participating in a short term volunteer travel experience in Thailand enter the country on a 30 day tourist visa which is available to most nationalities on arrival at the airport. It’s also possible to obtain a 60 day tourist visa prior to arrival in Thailand.
We can also help you obtain a 90 day Non Immigrant Visa. – this takes much longer to apply for and requires more paperwork so please contact us for further information.
Please do note that if you leave Thailand during you time volunteering (for example to spend a weekend in Cambodia or Laos) it is your responsibility to ensure that you will be able to re-enter Thailand and can get the relevant visa at the border and note that the maximum duration of visa at the local Surin / Cambodia border is 15 days.
What are the recommended inexpensive airline options to fly to Chiang Mai in?
Although all major carriers fly to Thailand, we recommend Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Tigerair flights, Dragonair flights, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Air China flights, Thai AirAsia, SilkAir
Health & Safety
Entire Thailand is a tourist friendly place and each destination including Chiang Mai is full of discerning travelers. The locals are friendly and helpful; however, consult your incountry coordinators before you dwell out alone or go to any other location outside Chiang Mai. Also, try to be with your group whenever you want to venture out or stay out late in the night.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
Carry general medicines with you, other than that consult your doctor before flying. We recommend these basic vaccinations for your safety:
Hepatitis A and B
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.You will also be told about the local transportation and how to get to your project everyday from the accommodation.
What sorts of clothes are required for Chiang Mai?
Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.
At the elephant project you need old clothes – jeans / t-shirts / shorts – that you don’t mind getting dirty / torn and an old pair of trainers / sneakers.
Don’t forget ‘flip flops’ / sandals – much cooler on your feet in the evenings
For those travelling between November and February please note that the evenings can get quite cool so a sweater / light jacket will come in very handy.
Medical Interns need to carry scrubs and lab coats and professional clothing as the program requires. More details will be provided to enrolled participants.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers are provided accommodation in Volunteer’s house in Chiang Mai.
Located in a convenient area in the middle of Chiang Mai city, our volunteer houses are only minutes apart and accommodate up to 35 people in air-conditioned bedrooms that provide respite from the hot, sunny days of northern Thailand. Both the volunteer houses have wireless internet, fully equipped kitchens as well as washing machines for volunteers use. Breakfast is self made and participants are provided with all the resources to cook your own breakfast. Lunch is usually at the project and for dinner you can go out with other participants and enjoy the Thai cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.
Would I have free time during my program? Can I do sightseeing during my program?
Depending on your project VolSol volunteers are required to put around 5-6 hours of volunteer work for 5 days in a week. Evenings and Weekends are free for you to roam around and indulge in your personal work or activity. Some of the places you can visit include Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai Cabaret show, 3D art Museum, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, Catmosphere Cat Cafe Chiang Mai, Wattana Art Gallery, Wat Phra Singh and more. If you are planning to head out of the city, you can go to Pai or Lampang or even head out to Bangkok for a short 2 day trip.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Chiang Mai?
Your program fee covers you for accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing, return airport drop, weekend tours etc. However you should carry around $50 - $60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.
Where can I change my money in Chiang Mai? Are there ATMs in Chiang Mai?
There are ample money exchange counters at the Chiang Mai international airport. You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATMs located all around the city. You will not face any problems in regards to changing money while in Chiang Mai.
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Community Page as well as Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page to meet other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
I had the time of my life at my placement. I couldn't have asked for anything better. The highlight of my volunteering trip was seeing the children respond to me and become less shy, me feeling comfortable to stay at the school.
Stephanie Glover (United Kingdom)
I very much enjoyed working at my program placement. It was a very enjoyable two weeks. Really enjoyed spending time with the children. Also Chiang Mai is a lovely city to spend time in. Taking the children from the orphanage swimming was definitely a highlight of the trip.
Sophie Ekberg (United Kingdom)
The program was amazing. The children were happy and take well care of. The staff was helpful and passionate about their work. The highlight of my trip was those amazing children, they helped me to have a greater appreciation for life. I have definitely re-prioritized my life.
Sharon Umayam (USA)
The program placement exceeded my expectation in many ways, it was wonderful. So much was gained and will impact me for a long time. All aspects were great, safe, well organized, well looked after. The highlight of my volunteering experience and trip was the real cultural insight into the country a
Ruby Holt (Australia)
I enjoyed working at my placement. I learnt a lot from the elephants. I enjoyed living a bit the life of the mahout as we also spent time with their wives and children. Knowing Thai people and their culture is also one of my highlight from the program in Chiang Mai.
Lucia Bosch (Mexico)
I loved the program placement very much. The placement was very organized. We had a program manager who was bilingual and was a former orphan, they used to treat him as elder brother. it was a great placement to get your hands dirty.
Leah Cadiz (USA)
I enjoyed working at the children home and definitely loved the kids. In the beginning they were very shy but after a while everyone started opening up to me which was an amazing experience.
Julia Pehl (Germany)
I loved my program placement and very much satisfied with the program and it meets my requirements. Additionally, Thailand is really very amazing. The children highlights my volunteering experience. What I learned from them is that there is no excuse to be unhappy.
Boyi Gu (China)
I Love Love Love working with the elephants. It is an amazing place and the Jungle is beautiful. The elephants are amazing and Jin the supervisor is best. My highlight from the trip was to meet Thai people.
ADELINA ZENDEJAS (Mexico)
I loved the work I did at my site. It was literally a lifetime dream come true. I would love to return and spend even more time. Thank you all so much.
Terra H Liddil (USA)
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Thailand - STAFF PROFILE
Todd has been living in Thailand since 2004 but is originally from the US. He recently got married to a Thai girl in Chiang Mai in 2009. He has completed his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from University of Dayton, Ohio. Todd has volunteered in Thailand and Kyrgyzstan and very well understands the needs and expectations of Volunteers co ming to Thailand. He has been working with Volunteering Solutions since 2008 ...Read more