Volunteer in Thailand

Get involved as a volunteer in Thailand and join  an animal welfare project caring for elephants, a fascinating medical internship or educational projects ranging from childcare to teaching English. During your volunteer experience in Surin you'll enjoy the beautiful beaches, the tropical jungle, and the fascinating wildlife. Complete your volunteer vacations in Thailand with a unique and memorable cultural experience.

Animal welfare, Medical Volunteering and Educational Projects in Surin

Medical Volunteering

We offer a program for medical volunteering in Thailand, where you can support the healthcare efforts at hospital in Surin. The small community hospital is similar to most western clinics.

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Volunteer with Elephants

If you love nature, you will love our volunteer project to protect elephants in Surin! The animal welfare program aims to offer a responsible and sustainable alternative to the fate often faced by elephants in Thailand.

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Childcare at a Daycare Center

Have a unique experience and volunteer with child care in Thailand at a temple child care center in beautiful Surin. Like many countries in the developing world, Thailand has a large number of abandoned children across the country.

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Teaching English

At a school, you can teach students English and gain valuable experience as an assistant teacher. Since English makes part of the core curriculum, it is considered important subject in Thai schools.

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Voluntour Thailand

With the program Voluntour in Thailand we offer you the best of two worlds: Combine volunteering to protect the elephants in Surin with an unforgettable vacation on Koh Panghan in Thailand.

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Unique Volunteer Experience in Thailand

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.

Travel Experience in Thailand

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.

Meet open and 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 - All you need to know

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149,00 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
No hidden costs
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.
Location of the volunteer projects
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
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.
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 program has qualified, is studying towards or is serious about a career in healthcare.
Language Requirements
For all the volunteer projects, you need to be fluent in English.
You will have 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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