Volunteering in Thailand with Projects Abroad
Thailand is a popular and exhilarating country in which to volunteer abroad. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
Volunteers can choose from Teaching, Care and Conservation & Environment volunteer placements in Thailand.
Where we are Based in Thailand
Projects Abroad Thailand is based in Ao Nang near Krabi, a 1-hour flight south of Bangkok, on the Andaman Sea coast. This area is famous for its dramatic limestone cliffs.
Our Teaching and Care projects are located in and around Krabi town. All Teaching and Care volunteers live with local host families. Conservation volunteers are based at our shared volunteer resort just inland from Ao Nang.
In whichever location you volunteer, other volunteers and staff will be close by, which creates a great volunteer spirit, as well as a feeling of belonging to the local community. The friendliness of the Thai people is world renowned. Many will want to practice speaking English with you, whether on the bus, at the market or on your walk home from work.
General Information on Thailand
Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia. It's a beautiful country where there's much to see, including pristine beaches, exotic food and golden temples. Anyone doing overseas voluntary work in Thailand will have the chance to get beneath the country that tourists see, and discover the incredibly friendly people and unique culture that define this beautiful place.
Unlike much of Asia, Thailand has never been colonised by the West. Consequently, Thai culture and deeply felt Buddhism are influential throughout the country; even amid the urban bustle and with the onslaught of tourism. Modern Thailand juxtaposes the influence of the West with its many ancient beliefs, and is a fascinating place to experience while you are volunteering abroad.
Travel and Tourism in Thailand
At weekends or on days off, volunteers often choose to explore attractions in the surrounding region. Boats regularly leave from Krabi to Koh Phi Phi Island, famous location of the film, The Beach. There are numerous local activities, including rock climbing and hiking, and many beautiful beaches on which to relax, party or take part in water sports. Plus, as the Conservation volunteers in Thailand quickly discover, the seas around Krabi are superb for snorkelling and diving.
After finishing your voluntary work in Thailand, you can choose to venture further afield. Travel within the country is simple and cheap. Popular trips include trekking in the northern jungles of Chiang Mai or relaxing and diving on the paradise islands of Koh Samui, Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao. You could always travel on through South-East Asia, which can be done very cheaply by bus and train. Recently launched low-cost airlines are tempting people to explore even more widely. Remember that however much of Thailand and South-East Asia you see, it's unlikely to be enough!
Projects available in Thailand
Volunteer in a local kindergarten in the beautiful town of Krabi. You are likely to find yourself playing games and singing songs on a daily basis and playing an integral part in achieving the goals set out in our Care Management Plan.
Qualify for your Open Water and Advanced Scuba Diving certificates with us in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Participate in re-forestation projects, as well as our marine life and coral reef research programmes.
Live and work in tropical Thailand. You will be based in one of our partner schools. You have the option of working with either primary or secondary school children.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Thailand
After learning the basics of scuba diving and underwater sign language, volunteers help protect coral reefs and tropical fish.
Dive into a stunningly clear underwater world of tropical fish and help build a playground at a kindergarten