Volunteering Solutions bring you a 29 day trip that really does give you the very best of Thailand! Learn all about the life of mahouts and elephants by spending time volunteering at a rural ‘elephant village’ in the heart of North East Thailand, then spend a week helping on a building and renovation programme in the rugged hills of North West Thailand and finally, reward yourself with two weeks relaxing on a stunning tropical island. It doesn’t get much better than this?
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As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is recommended that potential volunteers book their programs well in advance to get confirmed placements. You can book your slot by filling the application form online and pay the application fee of $225. You can pay your program fee later and also, in installments. However, the complete payment should be made 45 days prior to the starting of the program. If you are volunteering in a group, you can also fill a group application form.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a 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.
Minimum age requirement to participate in any of the programs in Bangkok is 18 years and above.
For medical and healthcare interns, the following requirements are there:
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 you’ve worked with is also needed
Interns are required to give a list of their preferred departments where they would like to work in the hospital.
For Volunteers working at the kindergarten project, orphanage project as well as women empowerment project, mandatory criminal background check needs to be provided.
We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 10+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
All volunteers and interns need to arrive in Bangkok on Friday. Airport pick-up is provided by us from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Pick up timings are fixed between 8 AM to 8 PM.
If you are already in Bangkok, we can arrange for a pickup from your local address/lodging/hotel. However, you will need to inform your in-country coordinator well in advance of the same.
Early arrivers can check for the local services, sim cards, from the airport itself. Telco sales counter is at the arrivals area (on exiting the customs).
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee will be valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next Vol Sol program.
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekends off to explore this bustling city.
Most volunteers participating in a short-term volunteer travel experience in Thailand can enter the country on a 30 days tourist visa which is available to the majority of nationalities on arrival at the airport itself. It is also possible to attain a 60 days tourist visa prior to the arrival in Thailand.
We can also help you attain 90 days Non-Immigrant Visa as well. However, this takes a longer time to apply for and requires a lot of paperwork. Please contact us for further information on the same.
Please Note: During your time of volunteering, if you leave Thailand (for example: to spend a weekend in Cambodia and Laos), it will be your responsibility to re-enter Thailand and get the relevant Visa at the border.
Also, note that the maximum duration of visa at the Surin - Cambodia border is 15 days.
Although all major airlines fly to Thailand, we recommend the following:
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and attracts liable travelers all around the year. The locals are friendly and helpful as well; however, it is recommended to consult your in-country coordinators before you step out alone or go to any other location in Bangkok. Also, we would recommend you to be with your group whenever you venture out or stay out late in the night.
Carry general medicines along with you on your travel. Further, we also recommend you to consult your doctor before flying. We recommend the following basic vaccinations for your safety:
Hepatitis A and B
Yes, it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance while traveling. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage at a nominal price, in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.
If you already have an insurance, you do not need to buy it from us. However, it is recommended to carry your insurance documents with you while you are traveling.
Our in-country coordinator will meet you at the airport for the transfers. The program coordinator will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to our team and other volunteers.A basic orientation about the program, city, culture is provided. You are also briefed about the local transportation and directions to your project every day from the accommodation.
Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended for the day and warmer clothing for the evening (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.
Sandals or flip flops are a comfortable option and will come in handy as well.
For those traveling between November and February, please note, that the evenings can get cool, so a sweater/light jacket will be required.
Medical Interns need to carry their scrub, lab coats and professional clothing as the program requirement. More details will be provided to enrolled participants in their pre-departure booklets.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in the volunteer’s house in Bangkok. The accommodation is shared on the same gender basis. The house is well furnished and equipped with all the modern facilities. All rooms are air conditioned and the house is wifi enabled.
The house has a good road connectivity via BTS Skytrain system. A ride to Sky Train station would cost you around 20 Thai Bahts (80 US cents).
Breakfast is to be prepared by the participants on their own. The cooking supplies will be provided to the volunteers in the house. Lunch is usually provided at the project site and for dinner, you can go out with other participants and enjoy the Thai cuisine at any of the restaurants in the bustling city.
Depending on your project, VolSol volunteers are required to put around 5-6 hours of volunteering work for 5 days in a week. Evenings and weekends are free for you to explore in and around the city.
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. The in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you reach Thailand.
There are unlimited opportunities in Bangkok to explore.
There are several temples (known as Wat) – Wat Arun, Wat Saket, Suthat and more. Wildlife enthusiasts can also go to Safari World, Bangkok National Museum, Crocodile zoo, Memorial Parks and a lot more.
A walking tour of the city is recommended as it allows you to explore the Thai culture in a fantastic manner.
Also, you can explore the popular floating markets of Bangkok and savor the tastes of the delicious local food that’s available there.
Your program fee covers your accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, pre-departure booklet and 24x7 in country staff support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, the 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.
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.
We encourage our 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 connect with our team and our participants.
To read alumni interviews, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
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