Volunteer in Thailand, the “Land of Smiles” and appreciate its delicious food, stunning scenery and welcoming people. It is easy to see why this picturesque country attracts so many visitors. Delve into the land of exotic temples, thick green jungle, spicy cuisine, glimmering oceans and the old and the new at every turn.
Volunteering in Thailand
The projects that Kaya offer in Thailand are based in various locations. For those interested in wildlife, provide elephants with a better standard of life on the Elephant welfare project in Surin. On Koh Tao island, learn to dive whilst preserving local underwater habits on the Island marine conservation with International Diving Certification project. Alternatively we have a Community and Conservation project in Chiang Mai, improving the quality of life of adults and children. If you want to gain more experience in a specialised area, we have great internship opportunities in journalism, NGO development and the medical field.
Although Thailand has a relatively strong economy, many people still live below the poverty line, particularly neglected communities in rural areas. Our elephant projects focus on the rights and needs of the elephants and important reforestation work, while the diving project addresses essential marine conservation efforts. So volunteer participation is sought to support these projects with their goals.
In your spare time, visit the vibrant capital Bangkok, go to the Wat Phra Kaew temple and on a food tour where you can taste taste traditional dishes like Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad). Explore the highland jungles of the north by Elephant trekking in the jungle, riding a magnificent Asian Elephant and stay overnight with a hill tribe family. Visit Thailand’s capital of the north and bohemian centre, Chiang Mai, a cultural hub where you can find traditional Thai cooking classes and language lessons.
If you are based in the north, why not extend your trip after volunteering and travel to the glorious beaches on the idyllic islands which lie just off the southern coast. The beaches of Trang and Krabi are some of the best places to experience tropical paradise, wander along the soft white sand, swim in the turquoise waters and discover offshore islands. If you have time you could also venture further north and meet the people of Laos.
Volunteer on one of Kaya’s projects in Thailand, your work as a volunteer will support ongoing environmental and community projects which help towards securing a better future for its wonderful wildlife and population.