Volunteer in Thailand with IKPVA – Highly affordable Volunteer Programs in Thailand!
At a glance:
Venue: All volunteer projects start in Bangkok. Other volunteer programs in Surin in the northeast, often referred to as the heart of Thailand, and volunteering in four different locations.
Available all year round – Child & Teaching Program paused from February 17 to May 19
Starting dates: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month
5 cheap volunteer programs available in Thailand:
Special program: The amazing Voluntour – Combine the elephant project with a construction project and a vacation on the island
The program fee includes: pickup from the airport, orientation + Bangkok tour, accommodation, daily transportation to the project, 24 × 7 emergency aid;
No hidden fees.
Wide range of cheap volunteer programs in Thailand to choose from
Volunteering in Thailand – Overview
Get involved as a volunteer in Thailand and enjoy the beautiful beaches, the tropical jungle, and the fascinating wildlife. Complete your volunteer vacations in Thailand with a unique and memorable cultural experience.
Thailand is the perfect destination for a volunteer experience, as you will be able to spend your free time on the beaches in addition to a fascinating experience in the projects. The lush jungle lures and Thai food is legendary.
If you love nature, you will love our volunteer elephant conservation project in Surin! You can consider whether you would like to combine this project with a construction traineeship and a final holiday on a tropical island: Voluntour.
Medical students or nurses can also gain valuable practical experience in a medical internship at a clinic.
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 its doorstep, 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.
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.
Help to Give Opportunities to the People Left Behind
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 laborer is lucky to earn 300 baht per day while the nouveaux riches cruise past in their BMWs. This means that in many parts of Thailand people live with very little, lacking recourses and access to opportunities.
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.
Volunteer Programs in Thailand: Great Variety of Opportunities
Volunteers have the opportunity to choose from our five cheap volunteer programs in Thailand, such as Medical Volunteering at a clinic in Surin, Elephant Experience, Child Care, Teaching English at a rural Thai school in Surin, and the NEW Voluntour combining volunteering and fun.
Join our cheap volunteer programs in Thailand for the experience of your lifetime!
Affordable Fees to Volunteer in Thailand
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 199 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program fee to volunteer in Thailand?
- Airport Pickup
- Guided Bangkok tour
- Accommodation for all projects
- Daily transfer to and from the volunteer project location
- Meals are included in some programs; while others are self-catering, please budget at least US$ 15 per day
- 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.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the cheapest possible price. One of our goals is to offer cheap volunteer programs in Thailand so that more people can help to do really important work.
Participants in our cheap volunteer programs in Thailand 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 the 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 specifications 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 pickups 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 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. They also need to provide a criminal background check to IKPVA prior to traveling.
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.
For all the volunteer projects, you need to be fluent in English.
You will have the 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.
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