Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities


Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia. Located within the tropics, it has diverse ecosystems, including jungles, mountains and its famous beautiful beaches. The islands of Phuket, Koh Samui, and Phi Phi are particularly popular for their beaches. There are also many temples and golden Buddhas throughout the landscape. Thai culture is very rich and is heavily influenced by Buddhism.

The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, though Chiang Mai is also a major city. The official language is Thai.

Thailand is famous for its elephants and has one of the largest populations of domesticated elephants in the world. In recent years there have been increased efforts for elephant conservation and ethical tourism practices.

Thailand also hosts many floating markets, which are not only cultural attractions but can also exemplify the relationship between the local communities and the water-based environments.

Thailand has over 100 national parks. Khao Sok National Park is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world where many rare species can be found, including the Rafflesia flower.

Advice before volunteering in Thailand

Before volunteering in Thailand it could benefit you to learn a bit about some Thai customs and etiquette. Showing respect for the local culture and being open-minded will certainly improve your connection to the community. Although many people in touristy areas speak English, learning some basic Thai phrases will also be very useful.

Before you come, make sure to confirm the visa requirements from your country to go to Thailand.

This is a country which is very hot and humid to pack clothing accordingly. Also, don’t forget insect repellent and sunscreen!

Always respect the natural beauty of Thailand and support sustainable practices.

Is it safe to volunteer in Thailand?

Thailand is generally considered to be a safe destination for volunteers. However, there can be pickpockets in crowded areas to be sure to keep your belongings secure and be cautious of your surroundings.

What do I need to volunteer in Thailand?

You may need some additional vaccinations before traveling to Thailand so be sure to check with a healthcare professional before you leave. If you take any prescription medications, bring enough for your entire stay. You might consider getting a local SIM card when you arrive in Thailand as well.

How much does it cost to volunteer in Thailand?

Thailand is known for being a very affordable destination, though the overall cost will depend on you. Other than the cost of the program itself, your trip is only as expensive as you make it. Be sure to look at the page for your specific program as some programs may include different services.


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Requirements to volunteer in Thailand

Requirements may differ between programs, particularly for youth programs. However, for most programs in Thailand, you must be 18+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance.


Discover volunteer opportunities in Thailand. There are social missions, environmental projects and animal protection programs. International volunteer projects aim to help rural communities become self-sufficient and independent. The fields through which volunteers act are education, health and environmental protection. For example, you can learn about a sea turtle protection program or an ecosystem protection program.

Join a volunteer program in Thailand!

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INTERNSHIPS 1-3 months: French visitors can obtain a one-month tourist visa (US$20) on arrival at Bangkok airport at the land border crossing. It is possible to extend the visa at the immigration department, located in front of Bangkok airport: US$35 for 1 month and US$65 for 3 months; STAGES 3 months and more: must apply for a visa before departure.


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the purchase of travel insurance including accident, sickness, repatriation and civil liability in case of third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers a 5% discount with  this link. If you take out another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your attestation in English.

For comprehensive coverage for studies and internships abroad, you can purchase Cap Student insurance online by following this link. This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity.