Volunteer in Thailand also known as the “Land of Smiles”. Delve into this country’s exotic temples, thick green jungles, spicy cuisine and glimmering oceans.

    Volunteering in Thailand

    Although Thailand has a relatively strong economy, many people still live below the poverty line, particularly those in neglected communities in rural areas. Additionally, mass amounts of tourism to the country have endangered natural environments and wildlife. Kaya works with projects in a variety of locations to help with these problems throughout Thailand. Those interested in wildlife can help provide elephants with a better standard of life on the Elephant welfare project in Surin. Alternately, learn to dive whilst preserving local underwater habits on Koh Tao island. Live in Chiang Mai city and work to improve the quality of life for adults and children on our Community and Conservation project. If you’re looking to gain experience in a specialised area, we have great internship opportunities in journalism, NGO development and medical fields.

    In your spare time, be sure to see the sites of this fantastic country. Visit the vibrant capital of Bangkok, go to the Wat Phra Kaew temple and sign up for 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 trekking through the jungle and staying overnight with a hill tribe family. Visit Thailand’s capital of the north, Chiang Mai, a bohemian centre where you can find traditional Thai cooking classes and language lessons. Why not extend your trip after volunteering and travel to idyllic paradises, just off the southern coast. On the tropical beaches of Trang and Krabi, you can wander along the soft white sand, swim in the turquoise waters and discover offshore islands.

    Volunteer on one of Kaya’s projects in Thailand to support ongoing environmental and community projects, which help to secure a better future for the Thai’s wonderful wildlife and population.


    Here are some important facts about Thailand:

    • Population 67,976,405 / July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, other 8%.  English is a secondary language of the elite (2010 est.)
    • Religion – Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%, other 0.2%, none 0.1% (2010 est.)
    • Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
    • Climate – tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon season is mid-May to September; dry, cool northeast monsoon season is November to mid-March; southern isthmus always hot and humid


    Temple School Construction & Renovation in Thailand
    Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!
    Gibbon Conservation and Rescue Sanctuary Volunteering in Thailand
    Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!
    Tourism Internship in Rural Thailand
    Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!
    Journalism Internship in Rural Thailand
    Develop your reporting and writing skills and gain an insight into journalism in Thailand while learning and living the Thai lifestyle in rural Thailand
    LGBTQ NGO Development Internship in Thailand
    Join our LGBTQ NGO Development Internship in Thailand and develop your understanding of this community and provide hands on support
    Medical Internship at a District Hospital in Chiang Mai
    Use your medical training and join an internship at a district hospital in Chiang Mai and learn about healthcare provision in Thailand.
    Elephant Welfare Project in Eastern Mahout Communities
    Based in Thailand’s Eastern province of Surin, this project works with the communities that have lived and worked with elephants for hundreds of years.
    Photography Journalism Internship Reporting for Shan Communities
    Develop your reporting skills and gain an insight into a the workings of a newspaper and the issues effecting people of the Shan State.
    NGO Development Internship in Chiang Mai
    Join our NGO Development Internship in Chiang Mai in Thailand and develop your knowledge and practical experience of international development.
    Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand
    Combine study abroad and volunteering or interning this summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Family Volunteering: Marine Conservation on the Thai Island of Koh Tao
    Learn to dive as your family contributes to sustainable development for the sea and local communities of the stunning Thai Island of Koh Tao.
    Family Volunteering: Elephant Welfare Project in Chiang Mai
    As volunteers in Chiang Mai, your family will gain a true insight into local Thai life, living in local eco-accommodation and working with elephants and their mahouts.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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