Volunteering in Thailand
Thailand, the country of flavors, temples and a very long history. As a volunteer it will catch your attention from day one. By volunteering in Thailand you have the opportunity to live and get to know the reality of many people in this country.
We collaborate in 4 volunteer programs in Thailand, each program is focused on meeting a need, in the education of children, in the care of elephants and support in Buddhist temples and universities.
Get to know Thailand by volunteering with elephants, respecting their natural habitat and protecting them from abduction for exposure to tourism.
SUPPORT IN SOCIAL ORPHANAGE
Throughout your volunteer work, you will receive many smiles and love from the children. We encourage you to share some of your time with these children.
TEACHING ENGLISH TO BUDDHIST MONKS
Teaching Buddhist monks in Thailand is a world apart, you can be part of this life experience through volunteering.
TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN
With dedication the young children have the possibility to finish their studies and learn new tools through the support of a volunteer.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN THAILAND
To volunteer programs in Thailand need:
- Pass the process of forms and interviews of Adventure Volunteer.
- Criminal record.
- Photocopy of passport.
- Good level of English, since all subjects are taught in this language.
- Flight out of the country to participate in the programs.
- Be of age
To cooperate in a volunteer in Thailand, you must keep in mind that you will participate with volunteers of all nationalities and contribute your knowledge to Thai young people who have a totally different culture from the West. Respect should be taken both in clothing and in religion and with the rules of the centers and projects.
WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?
When you volunteer, you must arrive in the city of Chiang Mai on a Friday (Friday of the beginning of the program) between 8 in the morning and 8 in the afternoon.
- Buying the flight from your home city you can get directly to Chiang Mai on the same flight you buy.
- If what you decide is to stop for a few days in Bangkok, then you can also go to Chiang Mai, by means of the typical night bed train, with a domestic flight or bus.
It does not matter the means you choose for your arrival, as it will always be picked up at the train station, bus station, or airport whenever you come within the start dates of the program and between the pick-up hours that are 8:00 a.m. 8:00 in the afternoon.
WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN THAILAND?
- Support in social orphanages are available year-round, except the holiday months in Thailand (April).
- Teaching with Buddhist monks are available year-round except the months of April and October.
- English language teaching in schools is open all year, except in April and October.
- Elephant care and protection center is open to volunteers year-round except the month of April.
In each program you will have the start dates to the program and you arrive in the country. It is important that you keep in mind that you must arrive on a Friday.
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
When you arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport, the carrier of the local organization will be waiting for you with a sign with your name. It will recognize you by the photo you sent us attached in the extended form. It will take you to the place where you are staying according to your chosen project.
The first 2 days of arriving in Thailand are for induction and guidance (Saturday and Sunday), which includes the following:
- Guidance on Thai culture, including data to move around the country.
- A half-day city tour in the main sites and local markets.
- Introductory Thai language course that covers basic words and phrases.
- Information on local transport, including how to get to the project.
In summary, the coordinators work hard to ensure that your volunteer project runs smoothly. They also help volunteers with any problems, misunderstandings or challenges they encounter during their project.
Only the yellow fever vaccine is required (in theory only for people who have spent time in countries at risk).
We suggest that you consult your medical advisor about the recommended vaccinations for this region.
VISA TO ENTER THAILAND
For people coming from Spain, no visa is required, (other countries consult). Take a look at the requirements according to your nationality.
SECURITY IN THAILAND
Thailand is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle in certain areas and areas of the city.
In general, tourist areas are safe, but we also recommend that you keep these details in mind:
- Notify your coordinator, in case of any excursion.
- Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
- Avoid giving information about where you are staying, about the project and your colleagues (volunteers).
- Do not take anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s home.
- Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
- Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and in your excursions.
- Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
- If you can avoid taking out your mobile phone in public places.
- Try to use the country’s safe transport services.
- Avoid walking alone or alone on unfamiliar streets.
- Never get in an unknown vehicle or yours to someone you don’t know.
- Do not ingest any beverage from which you do not know the origin.
HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION
The different accommodation for volunteers who go to the projects in Chiang Mai are located in a central and safe area, the three houses where the volunteers sleep in Chiang Mai, are only 5 minutes walk from the local office of the organization.
WHAT DOES THE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?
- Bed in a shared room with other volunteers. These rooms have sheets, pillows, air conditioning, which gives a respite to the hot and sunny days of northern Thailand.
- The houses have living areas in case the volunteer likes to watch a movie, read a book, talk to the family or just relax after a day at work.
- The meals included in the volunteer program are: breakfast and lunch. The food is provided to the volunteers in the projects.
For dinners (which are not included, the volunteer can use the kitchen that is in the house where he is staying or go to cheap and delicious restaurants of Thai food, you can also go to international restaurants that are only minutes from the volunteer houses .
The contribution in the volunteer projects in Thailand for a period of 14 days is 800€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 452.50€
You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING?
- Project meal (not always)
- Accommodation in shared rooms
- Two days of orientation in Chiang Mai
- Certificate of weeks spent in your volunteering.
- 24/7 support of the Adventure Volunteer team.
- You will have the continuous support of the local staff of the organization, where at all times, and in English, they will ensure your well-being and your comfort both at home and in the program.
- I receive NGOs about your program fee.
- Guide, advice and management in the choice of the program.
- Volunteer T-shirt
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to Thailand
- Health Insurance (mandatory)
- Internal transport or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Travel in or out of the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Vaccinations, if required
- Personal travel and sightseeing
We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.
- Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
- Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.
NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.