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.


    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 (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid


    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.
    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 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.
    Community and Conservation Volunteering in Chiang Mai Province
    Volunteer on this community and conservation project on health, the environmental and education initiatives.
    Volunteer as an Early Years Teaching Assistant in Rural Thailand
    Bring your energy and love of children and volunteer as an early years teaching assistant in rural Thailand to help support local teachers and communities.
    Island Marine Conservation with International Diving Certification
    This marine conservation project is perfect for divers or those wishing to learn to dive and contribute to sustainable development for the sea and local communities.
    Work with Rescued Elephants, Reforestation and Rural Communities in Thailand
    Volunteer in northern Thailand on an elephant rescue and reforestation project based in a rural community just outside Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai.

    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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