Thai Summer Volunteer Adventure - Discover Amazing Thailand !
The Summer Special is the ultimate way for the first time traveler and experienced adventurers alike to explore Thailand responsibly. Join us for a bustling weekend in Bangkok where you will see the best sights, experience the fun night life and help support the city’s poorest communities. Then watch the countryside roll by as you journey to the Elephant Capital, Surin. Here you will discover the importance of Surin’s beautiful Silk trade and then get some amazing face to trunk time, living amongst Elephants as part of one of Thailand’s friendliest communities.
Next it’s time to support the Surin community, working alongside local NGOs to help develop sustainable projects that are of importance to them. Before heading back to Bangkok, it’s time to challenge yourself by trekking through one of Thailand’s most beautiful National Parks in true Indiana Jones fashion. We’re then off to Bangkok as it’s now time to bid a sad farewell – or is it? If you’re not ready to leave just yet, why not join us for a 7 day party on the beautiful beaches of Koh Pangnan!
All the elements for a very special summer, indeed.
Volunteer Program Schedule
Working hours: 4-5 hours, 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Minimum Age requirement: 17 Years
- Personal tour of the best that Bangkok has to offer.
- Shop for amazing bargains at the world biggest market at Jatujak
- Live and work amongst Elephants in a traditional Khmer village.
- Volunteer alongside a real Thai community on projects that matter to them.
- Jungle Trek through the beautiful National Park of Khao Yai
- Optional 7 day extension on the stunning, party island capital of Thailand, Koh Pangnan
- Fully guided and supported by the friendliest team
Thai Summer Volunteer Program Description
Arrival : Let us take the hassle away from you by arranging a private pick up from the airport direct to your hotel. Relax for the evening or venture out onto Khao San road on your own for a taste of what’s to come. You can tell us all about it tomorrow morning!
After a pleasant cup of coffee, your Guide will discuss your iteniary. Expect to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok on your first night in this bustling city. We will go into detail on every aspect of your trip from cultural faux pas and essential phrases, to the day to day logistics of getting from A to B. For the 'Grand Bangkok Tour'. You will be guided through the busy city streets to arrive at the most sacred temple in Thailand, The Grand Palace or Wat Phra Kaew which is the seat of the deeply revered Thai Royal family. Also on the tour are the incredible Wat Pho and Wat Arun which are both must-see attractions. Allow your personal 'fountain of knowledge' guide inform you of their historical significance. For the evening let us welcome you with an authentic traditional Thai meal that is served on the streets of the city where only the best food is found. Depending on your preference we will take you on a culinary journey and learn how and what 'real' Thais eat.
Ready to shop for souvenirs? Jatujak or JJ is the largest market in the world where everything from monkeys to statues, t-shirts to paintings, DVDs to cars can be haggled for. Spend a day (don't forget your hat!) exploring this glorious market of everything and anything. You’re sure to find a bargain or three!
Today you will support an established NGO that provides essential care for some of Bangkok’s most underprivileged communities. Your role will vary due to the rapid change in needs of the children you are supporting. But rest assured you will be put to good use. We would also like to say a huge thank you as we have made a donation to your project on your behalf.
Today it’s time to leave Bangkok for now and take a breath taking journey to the city of Surin. Bring a Surin, we’ll get you checked into your hotel and then it’s time to unwind.
Meet with the volunteer team and learn about the volunteer work that you will take part in over the next few days. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the local culture and visit the famous Surin Silk Village. In the evening it’s time to explore the Night market and sample some delicious food. We’ll also visit a few of the night hotspots before the work starts tomorrow.
Day 7- 10
Today you are free to explore Surin on your own or simply relax. Our guides can help recommend various activities for you to do.
Day 12 - 16
5 days volunteering at Wat Tung childcare and building location. You Can split in to two separate groups of those wishing to work with the children and those wishing to build. On Saturday it will be only development work as the children won’t be there. It will be light work, nothing strenuous or dangerous and no experience is required.
You’ve had a hard few days on the volunteer project so enjoy a day of rest and relaxation back in Surin.
Check out of your hotel and travel with us to the beautiful National park of Khao Yai. Spend time relaxing at your hotel before your Jungle adventure tomorrow.
Spend the day trekking through the Jungle with our expert guides. This will be an adventure!. Visit some beautiful waterfalls and stunning scenic view from Pha Daew Dai lookout. Khao Yai is a natural choice for a Wild Watch adventure so bring your camera along as you might glimpse some of the world’s most amazing animals in their natural habitats. No, we don’t mean the staff!
Take the train or coach back to the Big Mango for one last party where it all started. It’s been a memorable journey so far, and tonight is an opportunity for you to celebrate everything you’ve achieved and bid farewell to our team and your new friends.
Our team will help you with everything you need to prepare for your journey back home. However if you’re not ready to head home just yet – grab the overnight coach with us to Koh Pangnan for another week of partying and relaxing on the beach. The cost for extra Beach Week is $275!
What are you Paying For ?
- Airport pick up
- All accommodation (hotel, volunteer house and home stay combo)
- Local guide
- All project costs
- All activities and transportation
- Food while on elephant project
- 24hr support from Local staff
- Pre departure Info pack before departure
- Travel and Medical Insurance ( available at extra cost)
What's NOT Included ?
- Visa Fee
- Return Trip to Airport
Angelica Jacinto (USA)I absolutely enjoyed my project and placement. The elephant project was wonderful and the coordinator and other volunteers were very good too. I would surely recommend this program option as its an experience that allowed us to get past the very tourist side of Thailand and showed us things the average tourist misses. ..... read more
Joshua Carroll (USA)I enjoyed working at the program placement very much. I couldn't have been happier. The highlight would be getting to ride and taking care of the elephants. Meals were great! Accommodation couldn't have been better...... read more
Julia Tzeng (USA)I loved each and every part of my placement and our coordinator was so incredibly helpful the entire time. I don't think it would have been same with out him. I loved both the elephants and kids so much! The highlight of my trip was elephant village - never have I or nor I will experience something like that again...... read more
Keenan Romain (USA)I very much enjoyed my program placement and everything I did is a highlight for me. I will surely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in going to Thailand...... read more
Mengli (Liana) He (China)I absolutely loved my program placement and it was really a nice experience and I believe I'll go to other countries with Volunteer Solution again...... read more
Devon Adlawan (USA)I just wanted to thank you for everything and this three week ThaiIand program was beyond amazing! I had the time of my life! It was so much fun and the coordinators were incredible..... read more
Chun Hoe Ho (Canada)I absolutely loved my trip, was easily the best trip I have ever experienced. I wish I could do it again but I wanna go to a different country with Volunteering Solutions...... read more
Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?
Receiving a tourist visa for tourism purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a tourist visa before departing for Thailand. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.
How long does it take to process my application?
Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 7-10 working days.
When do I need to arrive in Thailand for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Thailand?
Volunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai/Bangkok International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Thailand will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.
For Chiang Mai Programs: - Volunteers need to arrive 3 days prior to their program start date.
For Thailand Summer Program: - Volunteers need to arrive on the same day when program starts.
For Ayutthaya: - Volunteers need to arrive 1 day prior to their program start date.
For Surin 2 weeks Program: - Volunteers need to arrive on the same day when program starts.
How do I get to the program location?
Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?
We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation will either be in the volunteer’s home or with a host family. Accommodation is shared along with other volunteers. You need to bring your own toiletries, mosquito net and sleeping bag.
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Thailand-based volunteer programs?
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: -
- Hepatitis A and B
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Thailand?
Your program fee covers you for accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information, food (depending on your project) and in country staff support . You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However you should carry around $40 - $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.
Is there phone and internet available on projects?
Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. However you will have to use Internet café’s to use Internet. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while travelling to Thailand. You can get international roaming or can simply buy a local sim-card from the airport when you arrive.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. 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 Thailand? Are there ATM’s in Thailand?
You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the Chiang Mai/Bangkok city.
Can couples or families join the volunteer program?
Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here
What sorts of clothes are required for Thailand?
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.
Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into Thailand?
When should I apply for the volunteer programs in Thailand?
We are able to offer placements from any Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots.