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.
- Location Chiang Mai and Bangkok
- Arrival airport Chiang Mai Airport or Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok
- Currency Thai Baht
- Population 67.01 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 in Chiang Mai offers the following health care departments and services:
2. Otolaryngology (ENT)
5. Family Medicine
6. Community Medicine
8. Emergency Room
11. Physical Therapy
13. Pediatrics (HIV Care)
The hospital in Bangkok offers the following health care departments and services:
7. Obstetrics & Gynecology
8. Pathology & Forensic Medicine
9. Emergency Medicine
11. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
14. Community Medicine
15. Family Medicine
16. Educational Technology
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.
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.
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
Frequently asked questions
Application and Program DetailsWhen should I apply for the volunteer programs in Bangkok, Thailand?
It is recommended that potential volunteers book in advance to get confirmed placements. You do not have to pay the full program fee to do so and can book your slot by filling up the application form and paying the application fee of $200. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form. Payment for program fee can be done in parts.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted?
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 Thailand-based volunteer programs?
- 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
- For Volunteers working at the kindergarten project or with small kids as well as women empowerment project need mandatory criminal background check.
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.
Flights and VisaDoes Volunteering Solutions help with 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 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.
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Art started working with international volunteers in Bankgok in 2014. He has traveled extensively and had lived and studied in Iceland. He i s responsible for all arrangements for volunteers in Bangkok, from airport pickup to placement in projects ...Read more