Volunteer in Thailand

Would you like to use your compassion and skills to make a real difference in the world?  Have you thought about joining a humanitarian volunteer program abroad? Increase your world view and be personally enriched when you volunteer in Thailand.

Amid the welcoming people of the complex country that is Thailand, you'll find the capital city of Bangkok, a thriving metropolis with many layers to explore. Amazing beaches and islands, tropical jungles, delicious food, and some of the most interesting ancient historical sites in the world?you'll find all this and more when you visit Thailand. 

Poverty in Thailand has decreased markedly since the turn of the century and economic development has been impressive over the past 40 years. However, slowing economic growth; wealth inequality, especially between urban and rural populations; misguided government policies; and poor earnings from agriculture all contribute to Thailand's poverty rate. At present, poverty is most concentrated in the northeastern region of the country where education lags behind the rest of the country.

Today, Thailand needs volunteers more than ever.

You can help when you partner with Global Crossroad to volunteer in Thailand. Work with disadvantaged children or in child development, teach English in a rural school or to monks in a Buddhist temple, or become involved in an elephant conservation program.

Experience the gentle nature of the Thai people when you volunteer and give back to those in need while gaining new life and career skills. 

Request information about volunteering in Thailand and become part of the solution. Click the link below to get started.

Volunteer in Thailand Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Thailand

Ayutthaya Start Dates

Ayutthaya Volunteer Programs start every Monday of each month.
Surin & Sangklaburi Start Dates

Click here to find the start date of surin and sangkalaburi

Prices: Volunteer in Thailand

Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in Thailand programs at the world’s most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Thailand application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Ayutthaya: Teaching/ Childcare
(Surin)- Includes one day
Bangkok Guided Tour
Medical(Surin)-
Includes one day
Bangkok Guided Tour
Elephant Conservation
(Surin)- Includes one day
Bangkok Guided Tour:
  1 Week   $260   $554   $621   $770
  2 Weeks   $440   $665   $727   $946
  3 Weeks   $620   $752   $837   $1,121
  4 Weeks   $660   $850   $944   $1,296
  5 Weeks   $810   $931   $1,007
  6 Weeks   $960   $987   $1,069   Available
  7 Weeks   $1,110   $1,043   $1,132 maximum
  8 Weeks   $1,260   $1,098   $1,194 -4 weeks only
  9 Weeks   $1,410   $1,154   $1,257
  10 Weeks   $1,560   $1,210   $1,319
  11 Weeks   $1,710   $1,266   $1,381
  12 Weeks   $1,860   $1,321   $1,444

How your fee is allocated?

Ayutthaya program

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house, host family)
  • Food (3 local food day)
  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Surin Program

Program fees cover:
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • One day Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Train transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation in Surin shared house
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Food (food are cheap in Surin)
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Airport return transfer

The Thailand volunteer experience program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Thailand

During your volunteering work in Thailand, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' accommodations throughout projects and travel options. If you are volunteering in Ayutthaya, three local Thai meals a day will be included. Special meals are only available for vegetarians, but you need to let us know in your application. Please note that those who are volunteering in Surin will NOT have meals provided. Food and drinks in Surin are the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteers will have access to a kitchen and there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

While volunteering in Thailand, volunteers stay in either a home base (Ayutthaya) or in a volunteer house (Surin). The "home base" concept is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our home base and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and "western-style" toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like Internet cafes, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.

If you are volunteering overseas in Thailand in Surin, you will stay in one of our volunteer houses, where you will share a bedroom with a same-sex volunteer and enjoy communal living areas. Volunteers share bathrooms, a kitchen and communal living spaces. The houses are close to local amenities such as restaurants, markets, shopping, transportation, internet cafes, etc. Staying with other volunteers can offer the support system you will crave during your volunteer program in Thailand.

Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Thailand

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • When should I apply for a volunteer in Thailand projects?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to volunteer in Thailand?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Thailand?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Thailand?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Thailand projects?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What is the visa procedure?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer in Thailand projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Thailand?
  • Where are volunteer opportunities in Thailand located?
  • What is the language spoken in Thailand?
  • When are volunteer in Thailand projects available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Thailand?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Thailand?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • When does my assignment begins and when should I arrive in Thailand?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Thailand?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS / MEALS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are singles rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Thailand?
  • What are the principle health risks in Thailand?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Thailand?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Thailand?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Thailand?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Thailand?
  • What should I know about the religious when volunteering overseas in Thailand?
  • How do I respect the people of Thailand?

Free Time Options

  • Free Time Options while Volunteering in Thailand

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAILAND

  • What is weather like in Thailand?

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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