Projects Abroad in Thailand
The first impression you get when you disembark from the plane in Thailand is how warm and humid the weather is. Krabi Province is hot and tropical all year round, and it may take a few days to adjust. However, by choosing to take part in an overseas voluntary work placement with Projects Abroad in Thailand, you can feel reassured that our team of staff will help you settle in and give you time to adapt to your new surroundings.
All volunteers arriving in Thailand will be met by one of our staff at Krabi airport. Most volunteers change planes in Bangkok and it is worth checking before starting your journey if you should collect your luggage in Bangkok and re-check it for the flight to Krabi, or if it will go straight through.
Some volunteers choose to travel to Krabi overland, especially if travelling in Thailand before joining one of our projects. This is not a problem; we will simply put you in touch with one of our local staff to arrange meeting you at a hostel or the bus station in Krabi for example.
Please note that if you choose to fly into Phuket instead of Krabi, you will be charged a supplement for your arrival transfer.
After your arrival in Thailand
From the airport we will take you to your accommodation. Conservation volunteers live in a shared guest house in Ao Nang, about 20km from the airport. Non-conservation volunteers live with local families. Volunteers who are based in Phuket or Surat Thani will usually spend one night in Krabi before travelling to their accommodation with a member of local staff.
Your room will be a welcome sight after the long flight. You'll have several hours to rest and we'll begin to arrange a schedule with you for the next few days. Normally this time is spent with other volunteers and our Projects Abroad - Thailand staff, travelling to the location of your placement, getting an induction to your local area and learning how to get around.
The majority of volunteers live close to other volunteers and you will be able to meet up regularly. Many social activities revolve around the local schools and if you are teaching you will quickly gain local celebrity status.
If you are taking part in our Conservation & Environment Project on arrival at the volunteer guest house you will be introduced to the other volunteers and staff and have an orientation to the area, before commencing your diving course and getting started on the other conservation activities.
Food in Thailand
The basis of Thai food is rice. This is served with other dishes including fish, pork, beef or chicken, egg, vegetables and a soup. The dishes may be hot, spicy, sour, salty or sweet - often all in the same dish! Thailand is a good destination for vegetarians as well. There is no limit to how many dishes may be served at each meal. Don't be surprised if the whole family digs in with their own eating spoon in the communal eating bowl - this is the custom amongst family and friends!
At the volunteer guest house volunteers eat together and a buffet style meal is served at lunchtime and in the evenings. Volunteers living with local host families will eat with the family. Volunteering abroad in Thailand will definitely provide you with the chance to taste plenty of authentic and delicious Thai cuisine.