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Volunteer in Thailand: Best Programs, Highly affordable with IKPVA!

Go for a trip to volunteer in Thailand, with its beautiful beaches, tropical jungle and fascinating wildlife. Enjoy a unique volunteer experience in Thailand and spend less: our prices are among the cheapest! Volunteering with elephants in Surin  is one of the most sought after projects. Moreover, you can work as a medical volunteer, teach English at school or do voluntary work at a childcare centre in Surin. Last but no least, the special Voluntour project is the perfect combination for volunteer vacations, since you start with the elephant experience  and construction volunteer work to end up relaxing on the beaches of a paradisiac island – sustainable tourism at it’s best!

All Programs to Volunteer in Thailand at a glance:

  • Volunteering in Thailand available all year round – Teaching program stops from February 17th to May 19th;

  • 6 Volunteer Programs to choose from:

  • Medical Volunteering at a clinic in Surin

  • Volunteer with elephants

  • Child Care

  • Teaching English at a rural Thai school in Surin

  • Special Program: the amazing Voluntour – combine elephant experience and construction volunteering with your holidays!

  • Start dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month

  • Location: All volunteer programs start in Bangkok, volunteer programs in Surin, in the Northeast, often called the heart of Thailand, and the Voluntour in 4 different sites;

  • Program fee includes: Airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, guided tour of Bangkok, daily transport to the project, 24×7 emergency support;

  • No hidden transfer fees.

Volunteer in Thailand with IKPVA with a wide range of programmes to choose from

Volunteering in Thailand – Overview

Volunteers in Thailand and help educate our children

Thailand is the perfect destination for volunteer vacations, since it has everything from epic beaches, lush jungles and some of the worlds’ best food – it’s got a lot to shout about!

Thailand: A Beautiful Destination in the Heart of Southeast Asia

With Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia on it’s door step, Thailand really is the gateway to South East Asia. Thailand’s stunning natural beauty and fascinating culture make it the best place to start your Asian adventure.

Famously laid back and full of smiles, you’re bound to get a friendly welcome from the local people. Kick back with some mango and sticky rice and get to know the ‘Land of smiles’.

Since Thailand continues to develop at a fast pace, it has become a fascinating location to volunteer. While you help out with your volunteer work, you will learn about the country and Thai culture. You will find out about how people do things and end up having an unforgettable experience

Volunteer in Thailand and Meet Open, Friendly People

The people of Thailand are open, friendly and spiritual and are of mainly indigenous backgrounds. Although there are significant groups of ethnic Chinese and assimilated Thai-Chinese people throughout the country, as well as hill tribes such as the Karen and Hmong in the north. Since the Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion adopted by 95% of the population, the country is awash with beautiful temples. There are also adherents to Confucianism, Islam, Christianity and animist faiths.

Volunteer in Thailand and Help to Give Opportunities to the People Left Behind

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Volunteer in Thailand with elephants

Thailand, though seemingly utopian, is not without problems. There is a huge pay gap between the richer portion of the population and the poorer. An agricultural labourer is lucky to earn 300 baht per day while the nouveaux riches cruise past in their BMWs. This means that in many part of Thailand people live with very little, lacking recourses and access to opportunities.

Volunteer Work in Cooperation with Local Partner Organizations in Thailand

IKPVA works alongside a local, in-country, partner organization that runs sustainable volunteer programs in Thailand working in a variety of areas, such as teaching English, helping with childcare, working in medical and health care, and caring for Elephants. This is a great opportunity to have a great time in this beautiful country while helping those less fortunate.

The New Voluntour Program: Travel and Volunteer at it’s Best

For those who are looking for even more of an adventure we can also offer the NEW Voluntour program. Consisting of a tour of Bangkok, two weeks volunteering in two different locations across Thailand followed by two weeks on a paradise party island, this option gives you the best of both worlds.

Check out the different programs our in country team operate, and see how you can travel with a difference! Volunteer in Thailand with Iko Poran!

Thailand Volunteer Programs

Surin Day Care: Childcare Volunteer program

Volunteer in Thailand in a childcare project

Volunteer in Thailand on Childcare with IKPVA!

Located next to a temple, the childcare centre in Surin provides vital support to the local community since it offers a day care option for parents who need to head out to work each day. By giving your time you are not only helping out looking after the children and supporting the local staff, but are offering an incredible opportunity for the children to be exposed to non-Thai speakers, meaning they learn about other languages and cultures from a young age, something they would otherwise not have.

Volunteer with a child on his shoulders in our Thailand projectIt’s a fantastic insight into real life in rural Thailand and allows you to learn and interact with the local community on a daily basis.


Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Teaching English in Surin: One of the Best Volunteer Programs

Volunteer teaching in a Thailand school

Volunteer in Thailand Teaching English with IKPVA!

A unique opportunity to experience life in rural Thai school. Fully supported by our local team, you will have the chance to plan and teach English classes to primary school children (from time to time we work with secondary schools).

The schools we work with have already seen a huge benefit to the program, as students have access to native English speakers which gives them a huge advantage when moving up the school system and into employment.

In recent years the emphasis has changed in relation to teaching English within the Thai School System, moving away from an often unfeasible focus on advanced grammar towards the incorporation of native English speakers into classes and a focus on communication.

Make a Difference as a Native English Teacher at the Local School

The teaching program aims to develop the student’s speaking and listening skills. With you as a native speaker involved, the students quickly will train their conversational skills in a natural and enjoyable way!  Without the program, rural schools wouldn’t be able to contract native English speakers, because they don’t have the necessary funds. Therefore, your teaching work will provide a huge benefit for  the local community and the students.

You will need to plan your own lessons upon a range of topics provided. In order to do so, the teachers will give you advice and also show you the lesson materials available at school. For your preparation work, you will have plenty of time, and local teachers always will help you, if you are in doubt. In exchange for your voluntary teaching you will have the opportunity to learn about rural Thai culture and experience an amazing and unique side to this fascinating country.


Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals whilst in Surin and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.


Surin – Volunteer in Thailand with Elephants – Great Experience

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand Surin
Volunteer with Elephants

Get involved as a volunteer in Thailand with Elephant Care in Surin! We at Iko Poran have planned this wonderful experience with your budget in mind. Our rates are among the cheapest, check it out!

Join the centuries old tradition of training ‘domestic’ elephants by mahouts in Thailand.

The elephant volunteer program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand. Because of the dissolution of the logging industry, many elephants are taken to urban areas to beg for money and are often mistreated. Therefore, our elephant volunteer program continues to lead the way in Surin in helping to change attitudes towards elephant care for the better.

Volunteer on Elephant Care and Support the Local Community

Since all the activities are about caring for the elephants and treating them with respect, we put our strict no riding policy. Therefore, your work schedule will include walking them to the river to bathe them, harvesting and planting food, feeding the elephants, everything is based around a new approach to elephant care that puts the elephant first.

A New Approach on Elephant Care

A full on program in which you are up close and personal with these magnificent creatures on a daily basis is a truly unforgettable way to see the real Thailand. Living in a traditional long house with other volunteers, it’s rural Thai life at it’s very best!.


Meals are included whilst at the village – please budget around $10-15 USD per day when you’re not at the village.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Medical Volunteer in Thailand: Medical Internship in Surin

Medical Volunteers with Children in our Thailand program

Volunteer in Thailand on Healthcare with IKPVA!

Volunteer at a Local Clinic Serving a Village Community

Located at a rural clinic, you will help out and learn from the local staff about the different challenges of healthcare in rural Thai villages. Since the clinic provides a walk in centre for many surrounding villages, it is essential for many local communities.

Volunteer Work under the Supervision of the Thai Medical Team

Learning from the local staff, you will help out with a wide range of day to day activities. You will do general health checks, blood pressure checks, taking part in the weekly hypertension clinic, and much more. Your duties and responsibilities are subject to your competency and formal experience. Volunteers with formal medical experience will have the opportunity to practice non-intrusive care under the supervision of the Thai medical team.

Educating towards Health Awareness in a Rural Community

The aim of the program is not to bring about intervention or significant change, but instead to offer an insight into how a different country and culture approaches healthcare, and give you the chance to immerse into Thai culture whilst doing something different and lending a hand at the same time.


The medical experience is very popular. During peak times you may be divided into groups to experience multiple locations.

Meals for Medical Volunteers:

Please budget US$ 10-15 per day for simple meals and more for socializing / trips away.

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Voluntour in Thailand: Combine Volunteering with Sustainable Tourism!

Group picture of Volunteers in our Thailand VoluntourVolunteer in Thailand with IKPVA on the unforgettable Voluntour experience!

The ultimate Thailand experience, the Voluntour combines rural, off the beaten track locations and active voluntour programs with stunning beaches and world famous nightlife. Over the course of the 2 or 4 weeks you’ll make friends for life and have unforgettable experiences.

The four weeks volunteer experience

The 4 weeks Volunteer experience takes in 4 destinations in Thailand. Upon arrival you will spend two nights in Bangkok exploring and taking in the lights of the city, followed by two weeks volunteer work at two different projects, and then your final two weeks will be spent relaxing and partying with friends on a paradise island.

Visit two fantastic locations: volunteer with elephants in Surin and work with construction in Sangkhlaburi

Volunteer with elephants in Surin
Volunteer with elephants

Since you will visit two awesome locations to take part in the Elephant Experience in Surin, followed by our renovation program in Sangkhlaburi, you’ll see two very different examples of real life in Thailand. Surin is in the heart of Thailand’s North East famous for it’s elephants and very spicy food, whereas Sangkhlaburi lies higher up in the hills to the West, on the border with Myanmnar. In between program locations you’ll visit Bangkok and have opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of the iconic Khao San Road, and finish with a trip to the home of the Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan. Sipping cocktails as the sun goes down (or comes up!) is the best way to finish your journey into all things Thailand!

The two weeks volunteer experience

The 2 weeks Volunteer experience takes in 3 destinations in Thailand. Upon arrival you will spend two nights in Bangkok exploring and taking in the lights of the city, followed by one week volunteer work either on the teaching program or on the elephant experience in Surin, and then you also finish your trip on the island of Koh Phangan, a world famous party destination with some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine!.

All transfers and accommodations are included


Some breakfasts are included and all meals are covered whilst you’re at the elephant village. For other days please budget between 15 and 20USD per day for food and soft drinks, more for beers, snacks & excursions!

Arrival airport: Bangkok international airport, Suvarnabhumi – BKK.

Volunteer in Thailand – Fees

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.


Thailand Prices 2019

Thailand Voluntour EN 2019

What is included in the program fee to volunteer in Thailand?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Guided Bangkok tour
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Daily transfer to and from volunteer project location
  • Meals are included in some programs; while others are self-catering, please budget at least US$ 15 per day and if you enjoy a beer or two and plan any activities / trips at weekends bring more
  • Full ongoing support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. Our programs to volunteer in Thailand are highly affordable and have the best cost x benefit than any other..

IKPVA is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our volunteer in Thailand programs normally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country, including meals but please bring more if you intend to travel at weekends, explore the country more.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.


Volunteer in Thailand – Project details


Our programs to volunteer in Thailand are located all over the country.

We offer Teaching, Childcare, Medical and Elephants programs in Surin and we also have an amazing Voluntour program in which in one week you care for elephants in Surin, on the second week you build  in Sanghklaburi and spend the last two weeks in Koh Phangan, the ultimate party destination.

Surin, in the Northeast, is often called the heart of Thailand. The historic city is well known both for its beautiful scenery and friendly local community.

Sanghklaburi, in the Northwest of Thailand – on the border with Burma. Since the city is surrounded by stunning lakes, rolling mountains and dense rainforest, it provides ample opportunity for you outdoorsy types.

Local guides can also take you on fabulous treks through the jungle visiting beautiful waterfalls and awe-inspiring caves.

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is provided for all programs. Please check the specific of your program to verify how much you should budget for food.

Start & Duration of the Volunteer Programs

Our Volunteer in Thailand programs usually start on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month

Program length varies according to the project; please check the length of each program below:

  • Childcare & Teaching in Surin:

Available from 1 to 12 weeks

  • Elephants in Surin

Available from 1 to 4 weeks

  • Healthcare in Surin

Available from 1 to 12 weeks

Orientation for Volunteers in Thailand

One of our guides will be at the airport to greet you (NOTE: we can only do pick ups from BKK airport – the main one) and take you to your guesthouse on the backpacker haven of Khao San Road, the meeting point is EXIT 1. Later that evening you will meet up with the rest of the your group to get to know each other more on your first night on Khao San Road.

On the second day after breakfast there will be an orientation meeting, giving you basic information on your program to volunteer in Thailand and all you need to know about how to be safe and have fun during your stay in Thailand. After orientation, the team will take you on a tour around some of the sights of Bangkok.

You will get to explore some of the city’s best landmarks such as the temple of the reclining Buddha, the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace and more. Note: the entry fee for the Grand Palace (500 THB) is not included.

On the third day the local team will organize the transfer to your program’s location which takes around 6-7 hours.

Requirements to Volunteer in Thailand

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your volunteer placement.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to IKPVA prior to travelling.

Most projects do not have pre-requisites or specific requirements; however, we do ask that anyone wishing to participate in the medical programme has qualified, is studying towards or is serious about a career in healthcare.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required in all the projects.


You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in Thailand.



Teach English

Teach English

Child Development

Child Development

Orphanages & Creches

Orphanages & Creches

Medical Volunteer Abroad

Medical Volunteer Abroad

Animal Conservation

Animal Conservation

Special Projects

Special Projects