Thai Summer Volunteer Adventure - Discover Amazing Thailand !Volunteering Solutions offers an exciting opportunity for the you to discover Thailand in just 3 weeks, from the bustling streets of Bangkok through to the beauty of community life in our elephant village; experience it all. Along with enjoying the sights, sounds, people and sometimes the smells of Thailand you will be a hands on volunteer making a genuine difference.
Why not extend your time in Thailand and book our beach week? You can’t come all this way not check out the islands……
The program takes you across the most visited sites in Bangkok such as the sacred Grand Palace, then journey into the heart of Thailand and spend a few days living amongst elephants and working within a rural community. Then explore Khao Yai national park, trekking through jungles and experiencing the wild. In only 3 weeks you can discover everything this magical kingdom has to offer.
Volunteer Program Schedule
Working hours: 4-5 hours, 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Minimum Age requirement: 17 Years
Arrival : Welcome to Thailand, settle in, meet your fellow volunteers and explore the local area.
Day 2 Chatuchak market is the world’s largest of its kind and is famous for justabout everything. A day is simply not long enough time to squeeze through the sights, smells and sounds of this buzzing market. You name it, you can buy it.
Tour : Discover the magic of Bangkok on a local city tour. See the most revered and sacred temples in Thailand. Don’t forget your camera!
Volunteer work : On the outskirts of the city is an orphanage for 74 blind and mentally challenged children. Get stuck in and involved in assisting the staff of this school. No experience necessary, just a big smile and a warm laugh you will be beaming and exhausted by the end of this wonderful day.
Transfer to Surin : Spend the day on a train journeying through jungles and national park. Keep an eye out for wild elephants as we take you to the project location.
Day 6 – 9
Elephant Village: Travel to our elephant village assisting the locals in protection and maintenance of these magnificent beasts. Without our support these elephants are sent to the cities to beg for money and subjected to abuse. Ever hugged an elephant? Here is your chance.
Free Day Explore the local area on your free day.
Volunteer- Childcare: spend 5 days at a childcare center working with teachers and staff to educate the less fortunate through playing games and having fun.
Free weekend: After working hard all week you deserve a break. Go off and explore. Cambodia is not far away or one of Thailand’s most stunning islands is an overnight bus away.
Day 18 – 19
Khao Yai National Park: Thailand’s largest and most impressive national park is home to about 500 wild elephants, some of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls and adventurous jungle treks.
Day 20 – 21
Nearly time to say goodbye, return to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for one last time or continue your journey with us and explore some of the southern Islands for beautiful beaches, full moon parties and extreme relaxation.
- 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 are you Paying For ?
- Visa Fee
- Return Trip to Airport
What's NOT Included ?
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 ATMâ€™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.