Volunteering Work 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 in Thailand? Increase your world view and be personally enriched by joining our program.
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.
experience an appealing blend of religions, explore ancient Buddhist temples, experience a yoga retreat, take in gorgeous landscapes, see the most diverse wildlife outside of Africa, and be surprised by the Sri Lanka's warm and welcoming people.
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, local organizations, public schools and NGOs need volunteers more than ever.
When you join volunteering program in Thailand, you will have opportunities to work with disadvantaged children or in child development, teach English in a rural school or to in a Buddhist temple school, or become involved in an elephant program.
Experience the gentle nature of the Thai people when you 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.
Volunteering Work in Thailand:
Does the idea of volunteering in Thailand excite you, but you need to find the right program? We have several different programs, and we’d like you to choose one that you feel matches you and your passion the most. Global Crossroad is committed to helping you get the most of your experience.
Poor families in Surin and Ayutthaya region are often unable to care adequately for their children, and fulfill their basic needs. They often have to leave their children in nurseries or day care centers for long periods of time, while they struggle to earn a living. These days care centers, however, chronically lack adequate human resources and other necessities needed to offer proper care.
While working in childcare volunteer project in Thailand, you will work in local daycare centers. Your role will be to provide care, love, and attention, to children. On a daily basis, you will prepare meals, and help supervise them throughout their day. You will also educate them on personal hygiene and safety rules precautions, organize extracurricular activities, such as games, sports, art, music and more.
Are you looking for a life changing travel experience that lets you make a difference? See the full program page for more details.
As compared to some other Asian countries, the English language is not very popular and is spoken rarely in Thailand. A majority of its population are unaware of its importance in opening the door to economic opportunities. Every year Thailand attracts thousands of tourists, creating employment opportunities for those who are well-versed in English.
Unfortunately, children from the many impoverished families are often unable to learn English, and take advantage of these employment opportunities in later life. Schools lack teachers who can help improve their English language skills.
To fill this gap, many Buddhist monasteries in Thailand run schools to teach children of low-income families. When you join this program, you will be teaching English in local schools run by Buddhist monasteries. As a volunteer, you will inspire disadvantaged Thai children to improve their English skills and bring about positive change in their lives as well as gain valuable teaching experience.
If you’re looking for an amazing tour of Thailand that also lets you make a positive impact, visit the full program page for more details.
In addition to the above projects, we also offer family Volunteering, alternative spring break, high school volunteering, college/university volunteering and many other programs. Contact Global Crossroad for further information.
Volunteering Work in Thailand Dates and Prices
Ayutthaya Start Dates
Ayutthaya Volunteer Programs start every Monday of each month.
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.
For Surin,The program fee needs to be paid in GBP to directly to the country coordinator before the project start date.
Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
How your fee is allocated?
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:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- 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
Travel and Weekend
Thailand offers so much for the visitor to see and do. Global Crossroad always makes sure that its volunteers don’t miss you. Free time to explore is part of every day, and the entire weekends are open for you to choose and set up your own adventures.
Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration in Thailand.
Accommodations and Meals
Are you wondering where you stay and what you eat when you are a volunteer in Thailand program? Global Crossroad has been working with volunteers for a long time, and we make sure that they are safe, comfortable, and well-fed. You can trust us.
During your volunteering work, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' accommodations throughout projects and travel options.
While volunteering in Thailand, volunteers stay in a volunteer house. There are several comfy bedrooms at the house and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. 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.
If you are volunteering in Ayutthaya, Thailand, three local Thai meals a day will be included.. 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.
Safety and In-Country Support
Global Crossroad goes to great lengths to ensure the safety and comfort of you as a volunteer. We will support you from the moment you book, and a guide will always assist you to provide assistance in the case anything happens. Our facilities and projects are carefully vetted and inspected to ensure that they meet our safety standards.
Volunteering Work in Thailand FAQs
If you have more questions for us, this is the right place to be. Please take your time with our answers to frequent questions, and learn all you need to know about the exciting opportunities that await you.
Where are the projects located?
All of Global Crossroad’s volunteer opportunities in Thailand are located in Surin and Ayutthaya. Surin is a quiet lovely town located northwest of Thailand. It is famous for its rich culture, aromatic jasmine rice, beautiful silk, and most importantly, elephants. Whereas, Ayutthaya is a bustling Thai city where you can get your hand on many exotic goods and items. You even learn a great deal about Thai culture and history while volunteering in Ayutthaya.
Is there any minimum and maximum stay?
You can volunteer from 1 week up to a 12 week maximum. We advise you to choose the volunteer project of your liking based on the amount of days you plan on staying in Thailand. Doing so will let you avoid future complications.
Can I extend my stay if I choose to?
Yes, you can extend your stay for the continuation of your volunteering work in Thailand. As per the immigration laws of Thailand, extension of stay is granted on tourist visas for an extra 30 days. Those who wish to extend their stay may file for an application at any immigration offices in Thailand.
Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?
Yes, you will have enough time to travel after work and on weekends while volunteering with Global Crossroad in Thailand.
Who will guide or support me in the project?
Our in-country coordinator will guide and support you throughout the entire duration of your project. If you require any assistance, just make sure to let our in-country coordinator know and he/she will try their best to help you in any way possible.
Can I change project if I do not like?
Yes, you are allowed to change your volunteering program. You simply need to get in contact with our in-country coordinator and let them know about your issues with the initial project. The in-country coordinator will assist you in finding another volunteer program to join. Keep in mind that there must be an open volunteering project position available in order for this to happen.
What age ranges take part in these projects?
You do need to be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for our volunteer programs. If you are below 18 years of age, you will have to provide us with a proof of parental consent.
Who manages the volunteer projects ?
Our Thailand volunteer works are all managed by an experienced country coordinator. The country coordinator is there to provide you with a timely support on a day to day basis. He/she will even come to visit you frequently during your volunteer trip to check on your well-being.
Will I receive training before the start of the project?
Yes. You will receive proper training and guidelines for the successful completion of your program. After your arrival, our in-country coordinator will engage you in an orientation class during which you will learn about safety measures, and your daily schedules, and all important details.
Is there dress code in the project?
No, there is no dress code set in place for our volunteers in Thailand. However, be aware that it is necessary to respect local culture and values. This means you should always wear clean, rip-free, modest clothes while volunteering in Thailand.
Why should I pay to volunteer overseas?
Global Crossroad depends on its Thailand volunteer program and application fees for the daily operation and management of its programs. Money paid by volunteers helps Global Crossroad to cover its expenses. Everything from the utility bills, rent, and advertisement, to the salaries of its staff, and taxes of the company, is all covered by the fees of the volunteer programs.
Why are Global Crossroad’s fees so much more affordable than the fees of other volunteer organizations?
Global Crossroad does not aim to earn any profit through its volunteering projects. There are no hidden costs or middlemen involved. This helps us to cut down on unwanted expenses. Global Crossroad is also a financially transparent organization that works together with many international organizations to provide the most affordable and meaningful volunteer opportunities in Thailand and elsewhere.
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Why do I need to pay to volunteer?
Is it safe to travel to Thailand?
Travel in Thailand is safe, with a few standard precautions. We advise and request all the volunteers to review important safety information before leaving for Thailand. Travel opinions and advice always helps in making your travel safe and sound.
You should check these links for more information on this matter:
British Foreign Office Advice
American State Department Advice
Australian Government Advice
From the time of your arrival, we greet you at the airport and take you in our care. As soon as you reach our country office, our Thailand country coordinator provides an orientation, with tons of vital information that will help you stay safe and aware. Our coordinator and other staff are available throughout the course of your volunteer opportunity in Thailand. In orientation, all the necessary information about placement situations and safety details are provided.
Why must I get travel insurance before beginning my volunteer trip?
It is compulsory for you to purchase a travel insurance before joining our Thailand volunteering projects. We believe that safety and peace of mind are vital when volunteering, and travel insurance is a necessary part of this.
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Which airport do I need to fly in? Do you organize airport pick up?
You need to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport for your volunteer program. Yes, Global Crossroad arranges airport pick up. Once the volunteer arrives at the airport, he/she will meet up with our local representative and then be taken to their accommodation by our local representative safely and securely.
What happens if I missed flight or arrived late?
If you missed your flight, and will be arriving late for your volunteer project, notify our country coordinator as soon as possible, so that he/she can rearrange the schedule for your arrival.
How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad’s local representative in the airport?
We always make sure to provide the details of our office location and address prior to the start of any volunteering program in Thailand. If for some reason you are not in contact with our local representative, you can simply hire a cab at the airport and tell the driver to take you to our given office address.
If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive? If I want to arrive earlier than then my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations? Does it cost me extra?
We often recommend that you come early for your volunteer project in Thailand as this gives the opportunity for rest and to do some sightseeing before the start of your project. At the very least we recommend you arrive in Thailand on Sunday if your volunteer program begins on Monday. Please note however, that if you arrive early your additional food and accommodation costs are yours to manage.
Page updated: 7th August, 2019