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Volunteer in Thailand, the country known as ‘the land of smiles’. Delve into this country’s exotic temples, vast green jungles glimmering oceans and flavourful cuisine. 

Intern & Volunteer in Thailand

Thailand is home to breathtaking island landscapes, beaches and some of the friendliest people in the world. Although Thailand has a relatively strong economy, many people still live below the poverty line –  particularly those in communities in rural areas. Additionally, mass amounts of tourism to the country have endangered natural environments and wildlife.

We work with projects in a variety of locations throughout Thailand to provide volunteers and help combat these issues. If you’re looking to gain experience in a specialized area, we also have impactful internships in Thailand, whether it be in LGBTQ+ Rights, NGO development or medical fields. Or if you’re looking for adventurous volunteer projects, you can learn to dive and preserve local underwater ecosystems on Koh Tao Island.

In your spare time from your volunteering or internship in Thailand, be sure to see the sites of this enchanting 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 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 northern capital, Chiang Mai, a bohemian centre, where you can find traditional Thai cooking classes and language lessons. If you’re looking to travel Asia, 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.

Intern, study or volunteer in Thailand on one of Kaya’s projects to support ongoing environmental and community projects, which help to secure a better future for Thailand’s wonderful wildlife and population.


  • You can become an intern or volunteer in Thailand on one of our projects for anywhere between 2-12 weeks.
  • Kaya’s internship and volunteering in Thailand projects are available to start throughout the year. 
  • All of our projects work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Kaya provides all volunteers and interns with accommodation for the duration of their trip.


  • Population – 70 million people (2023 estimate)
  • Languages – Central Thai, Chinese and Malay. 
  • Religion – Buddhism is the largest religion followed in Thailand with 94% of its population being Buddhists. Other faiths are Christian, Muslim and Sikhs Hindu.
  • Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
  • Climate – Tropical climate with high humidity and temperatures, with a monsoon season between July and October.


The name of the country in Thai is Prathet Thai, which means ‘Land of the Free’. This is especially true due to the Thai people’s free sense of soul, but also true since Thailand is the only Asian country that was not colonized by Europeans. 

LGBTQI+ 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

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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.

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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.

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Island Marine Conservation with Diving Certification in Thailand

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.

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Easy 4-step application process


Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


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


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.