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 Premed 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.
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The internship takes place in some of Thailand’s best hospitals in Bangkok. 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.
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- Chiang Mai, Thailand
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai by the coordinator or representative. Volunteers who’d be present 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 volunteer homes 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.
For volunteers working in the Elephant Program, accommodation is provided at the elephant camp itself (From Mon- Fri). All rooms have an attached western toilet and showers. On the weekends the volunteers are welcome to stay at the home in Chiang Mai (if space available). If room is not available at the House during a weekend, volunteers will have to cover the cost of their own accommodation for those two days. Loading
MealsAll ingredients for breakfast are provided and volunteers can cook their own breakfast. Lunch is provided at the schools and the childrens home projects on all working days.
For all Elephant Camp volunteers all meals are provided from Monday to Friday afternoon.
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.
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Application and Program Details
Internships by Volsol, and especially the medical internship has set eligibility. Internships are valid only for pre-meds, nursing and healthcare students who are still studying. These internships are designed to teach these students the nuances of medical practice and also help them with hands-on experience of handling patients. Interns are placed in a hospital and work under professional doctors and nurses.
Medical volunteering on the other hand is valid for all practising doctors and healthcare professionals. 3rd and 4th year medical students are eligible for both the projects, i.e. medical volunteering as well as internship, this however is destination specific and you must consult the program advisor before booking.
How much of “hands on” work experience do I get?
As a medical intern, you will be working under a professional doctor. You will be assisting the doctor in various medical practices, observing the processes and would also be allowed to shadow them in critical surgeries or operations. Some pre-meds will be allowed to handle the procedures while others may not be depending on your skill set and knowledge level and confidence of the doctor on you.
What are the benefits of doing an internship with VolSol?
Some major benefits include:
- Working in a live environment and gaining hands on medical experience
- Being able to work with minimum resources available and help out the ones in need
- Being able to work with patients of different cultures and understand cultural dynamics of a new city or country
- Being able to travel during weekends and in the evenings to explore your destination
- Do I get my own material? Like scrubs, masks etc?
- In most cases yes; however, we always advise our interns to carry their own scrubs just to be on the safer side.
Do I get a participation certificate?
After completion of your internship, you have to send us an email on email@example.com to request a certificate of internship. The certificate will be issued within a week after the request.
Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and background check is done, placement is provided. Some projects need mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the internship program?
- Minimum age requirement to participate in any of the programs in Bangkok is 18 years and above.
- 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
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
We encourage participants to volunteer in a group. Not only the group application is to fill and apply, but participants can pool in for a lot of things. In fact, when you come in a group you get amazing discounts too. Visit Group Volunteering page for more information.
When do I need to arrive in Bangkok 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 Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang Airport. 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 Bangkok, we can arrange pick up for you from your local address/lodging/hotel.
Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?
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 your time of 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 Bangkok in?
Although all major carriers fly to Thailand, we recommend
Don Mueang International Airport
Air Asia From Australia and Asian countries
Health & SafetyHow safe is Bangkok and Thailand in general?
Entire Thailand is a tourist friendly place and each destination, including Bangkok, is full of discerning travelers. The locals are friendly and helpful; however, consult your in-country coordinators before you dwell out alone or go to any other location outside Bangkok. 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 LivingHow do I get to the program location?
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 every day from the accommodation.
What sorts of clothes are required for Bangkok?
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.
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?
Please refer to the Living tab on the program page for detailed information. Volunteers are provided accommodation in Volunteer’s House in Bangkok. This is a same gender shared accommodation with fully furnished set up. All rooms are air conditioned and entire house is wifi enabled. Breakfast is self made and participants are provided with all the raw supplies to cook their own breakfast. Lunch is usually provided by 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. There are unlimited opportunities in Bangkok. There are a plethora of activities to do. There are several temples (known as Wat) Wat Arun, Wat Saket, Suthat and more. Then there is safari world, Bangkok National Museum, Crocodile zoo, Memorial Parks and a lot more. A walking tour of the city is comprehensive and allows you to be more comfortable with people of Bangkok.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Bangkok?
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.
Where can I change my money in Bangkok? Are there ATMs in Bangkok?
There are several money exchange counters at the airport with almost the same exchange rates being offered at each counter. Your best bet is Thai Military Bank (TMB), Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and Kasikorn Bank. You can get currency exchanged from local shops in Thailand as well; however, keep a tab on official rates.
Connect with Past VolunteersHow can I connect with past Volunteering Solutions Bangkok alumni as well as other former and current 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 Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.