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Volunteer Thailand

The Volunteer Thailand section of this site is designed for volunteers to find free volunteer work in Thailand and volunteer organizations that can be contacted directly. Whether you want to volunteer with animals, work with children or teach English, there is no need to pay middle-man or agency fees.

If you have questions about volunteering in Thailand or want to apply click on the logo of the project that interests you. This will take you to the website of the host organization (via the launch of a new web browser) where you can find out more about the volunteer opportunities and the application procedure.

Please contact Volunteer Work Thailand if you find a broken web link or want to suggest a volunteer organization for the Volunteer Thailand web pages.


Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) is a non-profit organisation, based on the island of Koh Lanta in the southwest of Thailand. LAW's objective is to relieve the suffering of the island's dogs and cats, primarily by reducing the population through sterilisation. It also provides medical care and vaccinations. To date, LAW has sterilised and vaccinated over 9,000 animals.

Location: Koh Lanta
Volunteer Work: LAW is always in need of general volunteers and vet volunteers. General volunteer duties include cleaning dog kennels and cat cages, feeding and watering the animals, washing towels and linen, grooming the animals, spending time with the cats, walking the dogs, greeting and registering pet owners who bring their animals for treatment as well as providing visiting tourists and dog walkers with a tour of our centre. Volunteer vet duties will include spaying and neutering animals on a daily basis, as well as examining pets brought in by their owners and administering medical treatment as needed, as well as being on call out of hours. Occasionally, vets will be out roaming the island catching strays as well. In this case, experience in darting dogs is extremely valuable.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: LAW provides free on-site accommodation to all long term volunteers (minimum stay one month) on a first come, first served basis, but food is at their own expense. The placement fee is 10,000 Thai Baht. Of this, 5,000 Thai Baht is refunded at the end of the placement (conditions apply). Should there be no free accommodation at the time a volunteer wishes to come, or should they wish to opt for their own accommodation, LAW can make recommendations of other places to stay.


Daughters Rising is a charity organisation that was started to support and aid development in isolated, rural communities in northern Thailand. Many of the communities supported by the organisation are of Karen and Kayan origin and have multiple problems limiting their access to health care. The role of a volunteer medic, within the project would be to provide mobile medical clinics in these remote communities as well as supervising ongoing development of a sustainable health education project.

Location: Chai Lai Orchid Eco Lodge; Mae Wang; Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: Medical doctor volunteer positions. Medical student volunteer positions. Various non-medical positions with English teaching and other teaching programmes run by the charity. We can only accommodate 2-5 volunteers at any one time.
Commitment: 7 days minimum, no maximum
Cost: All accommodation and food will be provided. Transport to local community projects and translators will be provided. Travel to Thailand is not provided by the charity.


Phuket Farmers Club started in September 2015. The long-term objective is to become a learning centre for all visitors and volunteers in order for them to learn basic techniques on sustainable farming. We also would like to create a network with local farmers and become a local organic seed bank. There are thousands of things to do here including preparing compost and finalizing the raised and wicking beds. We really need your help here.

Location: Phuket Island in Thailand, in a non-touristic area near some national parks with waterfalls
Volunteer Work: We ask the volunteers to work 4 hours per day, 6 days per week. We usually work from 8am until lunch time and in the afternoon the volunteers are free to do what they want. Right now we are looking for gardening and natural building skills but the most important is a positive mind.
Commitment: 1 week minimum (less than a week is considered to be a "guest visit" and will be charged 200 Thai Baht a night)
Cost: 500 Thai Baht per week which includes accommodation (in dormitory house) and basic necessities such as coffee and tea. Food is not included; however, there many Thai restaurants nearby where you can eat for less than US$2 a meal. We can also arrange motorbike rental for you to move around the island and advise on what to do in Phuket and Thailand.


Care for Dogs Foundation is a non profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of the abandoned, abused and injured dogs living on and off the streets in Chiang Mai. Adoptions, sterilizations, emergency and long-term medical care and education are all supplied by our dedicated team of volunteers and staff.

Location: Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life to help us with the many tasks that help improve the dogs' lives. Working with street and temple dogs is a very rewarding experience, even if you sometimes might come in touch with sad situations.
Commitment: 4 days minimum. Prior to starting we request all new volunteers to attend an orientation. These are held at 10am each Wednesday. Registration via email at is necessary.
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.


Mangrove Action Project partners with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources

Location: Trang
Volunteer Work: Our office in Thailand has greatly benefited from the assistance of volunteers since 2007. Typical activities include research, editing, fundraising, grant writing, campaigning, coordinating, and some field work. A background in conservation or natural resource management is important. Our office can only accommodate one volunteer at a time.
Commitment: 3 months preferred
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses which are approximately US$300 per month


Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization, which helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. Soi Dog's mission is to improve the welfare of animals in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to end animal cruelty, and to ultimately create a society without homeless animals.

Location: Mai Khao, Phuket, Southern Thailand
Volunteer Work: Walking dogs, petting cats, playing with puppies, and helping street dogs and stray cats learn to trust people again. This socialization is essential for them to be successfully adopted into homes. Volunteers with a veterinary background may be able to work with our clinic staff to provide medical treatment for the hundreds of dogs and cats in our care.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: Soi Dog does not charge any money to volunteer. Local hotels and guesthouses range from around US$15 to US$25 per night. Much lower monthly rates are available. A meal in a local Thai restaurant costs around US$3. Soi Dog will provide transportation every day if you stay in Nai Yang or Mai Khao.


We Women foundation's objective is to assist marginalized women from Burma to become leaders in their community, so that they can empower others in their own manner. By providing them with opportunities for academic and professional development, we support our students in gaining access to key positions within policy-making and influential organizations. The focus of this project is to offer the most promising young women with full scholarships for academic courses. University preparation, in-university guidance counselling, internship opportunities and an alumni network are related programs we make available.

Location: Chiang Mai
Volunteer Work: Currently, our strongest need is for volunteers who are interested in assisting We Women with fundraising and donor relations. We also have an ongoing need for volunteers who can be online tutors for scholarship students in University. The subjects depend on the course the students are enrolled in. Other activities volunteers can contribute to include: teaching English for academic writing; updating and developing database systems; organizing fundraising events; developing and updating the online shop; writing articles for our quarterly newsletter and blog; and taking care of the library.
Commitment: 3 month minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. Lunch is provided whilst working.


Dog Rescue Center Samui is a non-profit organisation looking after stray dogs and cats on the island

Location: Koh Samui
Volunteer Work: Volunteers are always welcome. Even if its only a few hours or one day, for us and the animals it is always a huge help. Around 350 dogs and 100 cats are waiting to be cuddled. Vets and veterinary students wishing to gain practical experience are welcome any time.
Commitment: Flexible
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses.


Thai Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that strives to reduce the population of unwanted dogs with spay/neuter programs, and cares for sick animals.

Location: Sangklaburi, Thailand
Volunteer Work: There is plenty to do at the sanctuary: walking dogs, grooming, medicating, assisting with treatment of animals, assisting during spay/neuter projects, cleaning, DIY jobs, bamboo building, fundraising, raising awareness, teaching on the Education programme, helping with accounts, updating the website, volunteer recruitment, asking for donations, starting campaigns, applying for grants and increasing adoption rates. You do not need any qualifications to work with us, but we ask that you are motivated, use your initiative and be flexible - no two days at the sanctuary are the same. We are always in need of people with veterinary skills, whether this is for something specific like a spay/neuter project or for the day to day animal treatments. We often need information translating from English into Thai and Burmese. If you are fluent in either of these languages, we would love to hear from you.
Commitment: 1 week minimum
Cost: There is no cost to participate but volunteers must cover their own living expenses. Free meals (lunch and dinner) are available to volunteers while working at the sanctuary.


Karenni Social Development Center was established in 2002 by graduates of Earthrights School Burma. SDC aims to educate post-10 Karenni students in human rights, environment, law and English. We are based in Nai Soi, Mae Hong Son, Thailand and we are in need of volunteer teachers on a regular basis. Karenni Social Development Center aims to educate post-10 Karenni students in human rights, environment, law and English.

Location: Nai Soi, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Social Development Center is currently accepting applications to teach one or more of the following subjects at our boarding school in Northern Thailand: Human Rights; International Law; English. Responsibilities include teaching 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday.
Commitment: 3 months minimum
Cost: Volunteers live at the school, located near Nai Soi, 30 minutes from Mae Hong Son. Free room and board, including three daily meals prepared by the students, will be provided.


Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Centre (BNSCLC) provides a high school level education to the refugees and migrant children from Burma (Myanmar) currently living in the Ban Nai Soi and Mae Hong Son areas plus to the poor children who live in Thailand.

Location: Ban Nai Soi village , Mae Hong Son province, Thailand
Volunteer Work: We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that wish to volunteer their time and effort to make a positive contribution to the students at the BNSCLC. In order to teach at the BNSCLC you will need a positive attitude, an open mind, and the patience required to understand and work within a different culture. While we donít have any specific requirements regarding your qualifications we are hoping to attract qualified teachers of ESL. Even if you donít have any experience teaching we still strongly encourage you to apply. In its first year the BNSCLC was lucky enough to have several volunteers that had very limited prior teaching experience but still proved to be great instructors. It would benefit the students much more if we were able to find volunteers that could stay for several months but we ask for at least two months commitment to teaching.
Commitment: 2 months minimum
Cost: Volunteers receive free accommodation with internet connection and food.


NAUCRATES is an NGO organization based in Italy that operates in southern Thailand, focusing on wildlife conservation (endangered species like sea turtles), mangrove restoration, natural resources management and community development

Location: Phra Thong Island
Volunteer Work: We need project assistants for the Naucrates sea turtle conservation project for one of two periods every year (November to February or February to April). The specific tasks and responsibilities of project assistants include: helping the field leader coordinate volunteers, project activities and free time activities; conducting field research, especially beach monitoring and behavioural observation; data collection, entry and revision on a daily basis under the field leader's supervision; training volunteers on project activities; organising awareness activities and lessons for local people and for volunteers. Candidates should have experience in turtle conservation projects or other fieldwork, possess a BSc in Biology or a related field, or be a student in a related field (i.e. biology, ecology, social sciences, environmental education, etc), be a responsible and mature person in good physical condition.
Commitment: 9-12 weeks
Cost: Accommodation and food is provided within the Lions Village at the Naucrates field station. Assistants cover their own travel expenses to and from the Island (including international travel), their own visa expenses and travel insurance.


Warm Heart is a grassroots organization that empowers rural Thai villages through community-based initiatives that foster equal educational access and create economic opportunities that provide jobs and sustainable incomes to the poor.

Location: Phrao, northern Thailand (89 kilometres north of Chiang Mai)
Volunteer Work: Volunteering at Warm Heart is an opportunity to immerse yourself in both authentic Thai culture and the beautiful mountains surrounding Warm Heart's location in Phrao, northern Thailand. Available positions: writer/editor; volunteer manager; TEFL/ESL teacher; accountant; communications PR; data analyst and technician; farm worker; fashion designer, recycled materials; microenterprise export marketing manager; microenterprise finance manager; microenterprise salesperson; occupational/physical therapist; working with the elderly and disabled, packaging designer; public health project manager.
Commitment: 2-3 months minimum
Cost: Warm Heart does not charge a participation fee or require a donation. Warm Heart does provide volunteers with a low cost housing, transportation and services package. The Warm Heart package for those staying up to three months is currently US$250 per month. It includes: housing (single or double in Warm Heart house with screens, western toilet, hot water, kitchen and internet; transportation (motorbike, car or shared transportation with Warm Heart staff; services (document preparation and translation for work permits, required health documents, visa extensions, etc). Volunteers should expect to spend about another US$250 per month on food, gas, telephone and entertainment.


Camillian Social Center Chiang Rai is dedicated to ensuring that all Hill Tribe children, including those poor, orphaned, or with special needs, and their communities are given the opportunity to build a better life. The Home of Charity, at Camillian, Chiang Rai, which has a Home School and Therapy Centre, is always looking for volunteers with the skills, qualifications and enthusiasm to help our children living with disabilities.

Location: Muang district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand
Volunteer Work: We need volunteers (minimum age 20) who can commit for at least 1 month. Especially needed are those with therapy qualifications, but we also welcome those with training in TEFL, dance, yoga, or media studies. We will ask you to work a 5 day week, which may include the weekend. Days are usually from 8am until 3.30pm. Most volunteers enjoy spending time with the children outside of these hours, walking in our beautiful grounds, swimming in our pool when the weather is hot enough etc, but you are also free to use one of our bikes to exploring the wonderful countryside near the Centre. On free days, you can take the bus into Chiang Rai city, approx 25 km away.
Commitment: 1 month minimum
Cost: We do not charge volunteers for food and accommodation but donations to offset costs are greatly appreciated.


Orion Healing was founded in 2005 and has grown into a blissful centre for transformation. We have provided life-changing experiences to thousands of people from across the globe. Orion Healing is focused on healing people through yoga, meditation, detox, and reiki. We are here to aid in a positive change of humanity. We strive to open peopleís hearts to allow them to follow their true passion, their dreams, and to love themselves. Our centre aims to send positive ripples throughout the world, reverberating through the population and growing in size as they travel through the global population.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Volunteer Work: Orion has many volunteer positions available, reception, yoga teachers, restaurant service and marketing. We are interested in people who have experience of at least 2 years in their specific field. If you are interested in one these positions please send a CV/Resume and what position you would like to apply for. This is an exchange, we have rooms available with two beds in each room and we provide up to 500 Thai Baht working day worth of food in our restaurant. We ask that you are with us for at least 4 months and would prefer 6 months. If you can not commit to this length of time please do not email. These positions require someone who has previous work experience and works well with clients in a customer service company, you need to be able to handle a fast paced customer service orientated position. Previous experience in customer service is a must. We require the person to work 4 days a week 9am-6pm. We have a vegan/vegetarian restaurant here on location with amazing food. You can eat your meals when you are hungry.
Commitment: 4-6 months
Cost: Free accommodation (shared room) and two meals per day. We offer free yoga classes and workshops outside of volunteering hours. Volunteers are responsible for their own food while not working.


Castaway Resort is a busy designer beach resort on a small popular island in Thailand.

Location: Koh Lipe, Southern Thailand
Volunteer Work: We offer management internships (reception/assistant manager) on a yearly basis. We accept applications between June and August each year for the following season that begins in October through to May the following year
Commitment: 6-12 months
Cost: Interns receive a starting Base salary of 10,000-20,000 Thai Baht per month, a share of the performance based management bonus (November-April), free shared accommodation, 2 meals a day, scuba diving qualification (at cost), and discounted transportation to and from the mainland. Please email ( us your CV, picture, current location and covering letter. Please note we don't answer all applications or any questions unless shortlisted.


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