As one of the largest, most populous, and most ecologically-diverse nations in Southeast Asia, Thailand has long been a popular destination for tourists. Visitors are drawn to its friendly people, stunning scenery, and world-renowned cuisine. Beyond the Thailand most tourists experience, however, there are many social and environmental challenges affecting the country. World Endeavors volunteers in Thailand make a meaningful contribution to Thai society through a community-focused volunteer project, all while experiencing immersion in authentic Thai culture.
Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895. Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see.
Some projects are located in other areas of Thailand, see project details for more information.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in the culture. Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
“During my stay here in Thailand I have only felt welcome and at home. The people, environment, culture, the smiles and laughs make this place something to remember.”
- Junpei, Volunteer in Thailand
World Endeavors volunteers in Thailand can contribute to the following projects:
Volunteers interested in Community Development can participate in the following projects:
Clay House Construction
You will partake in the construction of clay houses, a practice that is rapidly becoming popular in Thailand as the insulating qualities of clay generate a cooler temperature to live in. Besides this, the ecological way of building contributes to a healthy lifestyle and environment.
Traditional construction methods passed down by many generations of Thai people will be used. Anyone is welcome to join as even unskilled people can contribute to the building process through the production of clay bricks, stamping clay foundation or plastering. Not only are clay houses fun to build but you will also leave with brand new skills!
You will partake in the Community Construction program to improve the living standards of local people in need. In this area of Thailand, there are still many families living under very poor housing circumstances and without basic sanitation facilities. Within this program the local village head has selected local families who are in need of construction support regarding their current living standards.
It is at these houses where the team will undertake construction and renovation efforts such as:
- Creating proper sanitation facilities
- Repairing roofing
- Other construction and renovation needed to make these houses a safe place to live
The Community Construction project can also take place at local facilities such as:
- Other community areas that require our community construction team’s assistance
The Community Construction project is an additional $55 per week.
Temple School Effort
The two temple schools where we are working in these local communities, provide housing, food and education to children who may be without any family members to care for them, as well as those whose families cannot afford to take care of them. Moreover, these locations provide a home environment for children who come from Hill Tribes, but were registered as in need of supervision, in order for them to be considered Thai citizens, and receive applicable services.
Most large temples schools in Thailand have integrated their own primary (and secondary) school onto their grounds and ours are no exception. The classrooms may seem old and a bit dirty, but the students are lovely and are happy to see our participants come each day.
The temple school offers a safe learning environment for children who may come from underdeveloped backgrounds and have limited opportunities. Therefore, the temple school concentrates on the well-being of these children and offers them assistance in developing into happy and productive young adults. Other children attending the schools may come from remote areas of Thailand, where education is virtually non-existent or inaccessible. These children are at the temple school predominantly here for educational purposes, and will return home during certain periods of the year to be with family and friends.
This program’s focus consists of construction and renovation work that improves the facade and structures of the school and elevates the living standards for all the children who attend. Additionally, you might also get the chance to teach English on a non-formal basis, to help the children in their vegetable garden (for their studies and own consumption) or to create activities and arrange workshops for hygiene, cultural exchange, environmental and other important issues or anything else that might come to mind. Our main aim, however, is always to construct and renovate the temple school grounds. So, do expect to work long hours under the sun and to get your hands dirty, with the understanding that you are helping to bring smiles to the children along the way!
What if we could use the trash of today to power workshops where young people can work on the solutions for tomorrow?
More than 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the ocean every day, killing more than 100,000 marine mammals and more than one million birds every year. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in oceans than fish. Besides the effects on the food chain and thus our health, recent studies have also shown the negative impact of microplastic on Prochlorococcus - a species of bacteria doing photosynthesis. These microbes are responsible for about 10% of the oxygen we breathe and are as important to us as rainforests. The chemicals leaching from plastic seem to reduce their growth and ability to produce oxygen, thus adding a substantial factor to the rising CO² levels, worsening the climate change crisis.
A problem as global and interconnected as this cannot be solved on a local level - it requires an entire generation to build awareness. Participants of our Sustainability Workshop project learn about the global waste management system and its challenges, strive to create a sense of worth of plastic in local communities, and conduct research on small-scale, low-cost recycling.
As a volunteer on this project, you will:
- Learn about recycling, the current challenges, why developed countries are not doing better than developing countries and how you can help once you’re back home
- Help clean along local roads, canals and rivers to prevent plastic from getting into the ocean, and create awareness in the local community of the importance of keeping plastic away from waterways
- Help produce new items from the recycled plastic collected, building awareness of the value of used plastic and inspiring local community members to recycle
- Conduct research and assist in further developing our current recycling workshop
Volunteers interested in Sustainable Agriculture can participate in the following project:
Even though Thailand is a tourist hub and is quickly becoming a place for technological growth in this region, there are still some areas that maintain a focus on the agricultural sector. This experience is a chance for you to get hands-on, as you work alongside a cooperative of local farmers in the Thachang district, for whom agriculture is a way of life. These farmers are supported in part by government subsidy to ensure they are able to keep up with the changing market needs.
As a part of this experience, you will work 4-5 hours a day. You will learn all of the steps used by these local farmers to bring this banana plantation from planting - to harvest - to prep for market/export. Daily tasks will include cutting banana leaves, watering, fertilizing, soil conditioning, harvesting, cleaning and packing.
There is a lot of hard work that goes into farming, but the results are nothing short of amazing!
Volunteers interested in Teaching can participate in the following projects:
Karen Tribe Teaching in Hua Hin
You will be staying in one of the most beautiful natural areas of Thailand: Kaeng Krachan National Park. This park is well-known for its abundance in biodiversity and its wide variety of flora and fauna. It truly is a haven for biologists and nature lovers. The Karen Tribe Teaching program takes place in local Karen Hill tribe villages close to the border with Myanmar.
In recent years, the government has placed a continued emphasis on the teaching of the English language. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one of the lowest in Asia.
During the Karen Tribe Teaching program, you will assist the school by giving English language lessons to the children, as well as helping out with community enterprise efforts. Some of the locals are preparing banana chip snacks or other items for sale to supplement their incomes.
You are always welcome to arrange extra activities and games for the children, who love to swim in the nearby river. At the end a school day, you may even help walk the kids back to their homes.
Besides the teaching program, there is a lot to see and explore in this beautiful location. As part of the program, we will take you to a local market and an outstanding waterfall, where you will be able to swim!
To experience the full potential of this program it will help to be open-minded, and a nature lover, as well as, willing to assist and understand the needs of the Karen people and culture.
This program consists of working with students at various schools teaching English. We have strong relationships with several primary and secondary schools and the age of students may be anywhere between 4 and 21.
The schools accept a non-formal approach to teaching. This means that we will not have to conform to the local Thai teaching methods or style and you will be free to choose your own way of teaching and may bring new ideas into class.
Our teaching program serves a dual purpose: of course, it is meant to help children in rural Thailand to have a chance to speak more English (usually even their teachers aren’t up to standards). Secondly, it will give you an insight into the Thai education system, as well as a good chance to develop friendships with students and teachers.
Volunteers interested in Wildlife Conservation can participate in the following projects:
Elephant Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi
The project is based in Kanchanaburi, which manages a delicate balance between tradition and tourism. Its surrounding limestone hills create an unimaginably beautiful landscape enhanced by its numerous bamboo-style buildings, stunning meandering rivers and unique temple caves. Kanchanaburi is truly one of Thailand’s natural gems and the perfect place to indulge in nature and spend time with elephants in our project.
The project takes place in a sanctuary where old, sick, disabled, previously abused or illegally-owned elephants now call a home. Here, we work for the elephants, not the other way around. This means there will be no elephant riding in the program. However, you will get the chance to experience and bond with these gentle giants by swimming with them, bathing them and preparing their food, which typically comes in the form of Bana grass, sugarcane and banana plants.
The elephants freely roam around the sanctuary by day, and then are taken to the forest in the early evening.
You will be spending time alongside experienced mahouts, who invest their entire lives gaining an understanding of the elephants and how best to care for them.
The Elephant Sanctuary project is an additional $495 per week.
Gibbon Encounter in Mae Sot
The essential focus of this project is to rescue gibbons that have been badly treated, abused or injured, especially from people who make money off them by using them as tourist attractions and “photo opportunities”, charging for taking photos with them. These animals have been previously taken from jungles as newborns, and in order to be able to make them come down from the trees, their parents are shot.
The sanctuary aims to rescue these gibbons and provide them with a safe home as they are unable to return to the forest after such a long time.
As a participant in this project, you should provide the gibbons with the love and care that they require.
Also known as “the smaller apes”, gibbons are one of the most endangered of ape species due to loss of their habitat as well as poaching and illegal trade for tourism purposes. Moreover, gibbons are one of the few species that remain monogamous. If their partner dies, they are unlikely to mate with another gibbon, giving little to no chance of new babies.
The main activities will be to feed the gibbons, clean their enclosures and perhaps most importantly, to give them love, attention and to “socialise” with these beautiful and charming creatures. This will help them get used to interacting with human beings as they can no longer be released into the wild. Their quality of life is of paramount importance to this project. The gibbons will remain in the sanctuary for the duration of their lives, as they would be at extreme risk if returned to the wild.
The sanctuary is aimed at gibbons. However, it does not reject any animal in need! Over the previous years, other furry friends in need have made it here, including over 20 macaque monkeys, a bear, two jackals and a even a bearcat.
Surrounded by lush nature, the center creates an environment that resembles that of their natural habitat, the gibbons live in huge cages which are interconnected by wired tunnels in order to keep them safe while at the same time giving them as much space as possible to do what they do best: swing! These creatures are considered some of the world’s best acrobats and they are able to jump from tree to tree as far as 15 meters apart!
A compassionate attitude towards animals is of course required for this project! You should leave this project knowing that you have helped, cared for and given love to these deserving and fascinating creatures.
This project is an additional $385 per week.
Volunteers interested in Youth Sports Coaching can participate in the following project:
We work together with the United Through Sports Thailand organization in preparing sports coaching and health care sessions for children in Thailand. The Sports Coaching project takes place at several schools in the Singburi area.
At these schools, you will add an essential element to the current sport, physical education, and health curriculum for the children.
This program gives children the opportunity to get more involved with sports, as there is currently only one hour of sports lessons a week in the existing curriculum. It also hopes to introduce new sports to the children that they would not likely get involved in otherwise.
The training sessions consist mainly of team sports such as soccer, netball, volleyball, rugby and so on. In the school’s current sports curriculum, the boys are trained in soccer and the girls in volleyball. With this program, we are aiming to broaden the types of sports that these children can participate in.
Furthermore, we also give the children health lessons on personal health care and other important issues such as gender equality. All elements of the program take place on the sports field in a fun, active and interactive way. Using sports can aid the personal development of any child as it promotes the social interaction, knowledge and passion which are all life skills that lead to the pathway of success.
A high level of interest in sports and a positive attitude will be of great help for you work the children.
Volunteers stay in a shared volunteer house and stay in shared rooms by gender. Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. Food will be simple home style meals prepared by locals, which are typical to the region, based on whatever fresh fruits and vegetables are in season at the time. You can expect lots of rice and noodles, vegetables, and occasionally some meat will be provided as well.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in Thailand program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 1 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and World Endeavors volunteers can choose when they would like to start their program. Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project. Please note, some projects are not available for a duration of less than 4 weeks. For more information, please contact World Endeavors.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to Thailand, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In Thailand||$1,790||$300|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Visa guidance and support
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel Protection with 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Re-entry Support
- Airport reception
- Shared, single gender rooms in volunteer house
- 3 meals per weekday and 2 meals per weekend provided
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Thailand
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one. We can accommodate applications received 4 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. If your intended start date is less than 4 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.