Volunteer & Adventure Thailand

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: THVA

Duration: 27 days or longer

Volunteering and adventure combo
Volunteer teaching or with elephants
12 day guided group tour of Thailand

Enjoy a complete Thai experience on this volunteer and adventure combo! First, make a difference with two weeks of volunteering in rural Thailand, either teaching kids or helping care for elephants, and then join our epic 12-day Thai Intro and see the very best this awesome Southeast Asian country has to offer! Includes Koh Phangan beach time and a boat adventure! Get to know the locals, see the hottest sights and make friends for life on this fantastic Thai trip!

Trip highlights

  • See two sides to Thailand on this epic combo adventure!
  • Make a difference to the lives of Thai kids or help care for gorgeous elephants!
  • Delve deep into rural Thailand and live in the village of Surin
  • Explore Bangkok, visit beautiful Khao Sok and much more!
  • Party on the gorgeous island of Koh Phangan!
Further trip information

Spend 2 weeks making a difference at some awesome volunteer projects in Thailand, and then explore the country on our epic Thai Intro! The complete gap year experience!

There are two options in this package:

Option 1: 2 weeks teaching and childcare volunteering + 12-day Thai Intro

Option 2: 2 weeks elephant volunteering + 12-day Thai intro

Option 1: 2 weeks teaching and childcare volunteering

Make a real difference as part of a rewarding childcare or teaching programme. Help out at a pre-school childcare centre with amazing local kids, or help teach Englishin Thai primary schools.

Arrival Orientation

On your first day you will enjoy a welcome orientation in Bangkok including accommodation and a tour of the city. On day 3, you will be transferred to Surin, deep in the heart of rural Thailand. On day 4 you will meet the kids and staff at your project.

You can choose from EITHER a childcare or teaching placement:

Childcare Project

As a childcare volunteer you will be working with pre-school kids in a rural Thai community. By making education fun for the local kids, you can help them to become more confident and improve their social skills. Duties include:

  •  Teaching the kids basic English
  •  Playing games
  •  Singing songs
  •  Teaching them about health and hygiene
  •  Doing arts and crafts activities
  •  Helping out with schoolwork
  •  Preparing the kids’ lunches
  •  Settling them for their afternoon nap

Your other volunteer role is to help renovate and maintain the childcare centre, ensuring that the kids have a welcoming and inspiring environment in which to learn.

Teaching Project

Help empower children as a teaching volunteer, and teach English to children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old. Assist teaching staff to teach inspiring and engaging lessons to local kids near Surin. Volunteer duties include:

  •  Reading practice
  •  Writing practice
  •  Listening practice
  •  Speaking practice and conversation
  •  Games and activities

Option 2: 2-weeks elephant volunteering

After an arrival orientation, you will be transferred to the elephant village, which is set in stunning rural surroundings near Surin, and is home to around 35 elephants. Set among some of Thailand’s most spectacular scenery far off the beaten tourist track, this experience offers not just a unique elephant interaction, but also an amazing cultural exchange in authentic rural Thailand where you will live among the friendly locals in a real Thai village.

Your Volunteer Role

On the weekdays (Monday –Thursday), you’ll help out with the day-to-day care of the elephants. You’ll provide food and water, muck out the elephants and help to bathe them twice a week. You will also learn how to cut and harvest the bamboo that makes up the majority of the elephants' diet. You will also get involved with important community projects. You’ll plant crops and vegetable gardens to provide food for the elephants, and carry out vital repair jobs such as building or painting work in the community. You can expect to help out between 9am and 3pm.

Thai Intro: 12 days (option 1 + 2)

Once your rewarding volunteer programme has come to an end, it’s time to explore Thailand on an incredible 12-day adventure! Discover Bangkok, chill out in Khao Sok, party in Koh Phangan and explore beautiful Koh Phi Phi!

  • Day 1: Meet your group at your accommodation in Bangkok.
  • Day 2: Enjoy river cruises, temple visits and a tuktuk ride. Spend the night partying with your new mates!
  • Day 3: Learn to whip up delicious delicacies at a Thai cooking class. Overnight train south.
  • Day 4: Long-tail boat ride in beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Stay in floating bungalows by a lake.
  • Day 5: Travel to Koh Phangan island. Beach party time!
  • Day 6: Beach time and traditional Thai Massage. 
  • Day 7: Long-tail boat ride, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Day 8: Yoga or Muay Thai session, dinner and beach parties.
  • Day 9: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi.
  • Day 10: Paradise Islands Boat Trip.
  • Day 11: Boat trip.
  • Day 12: Tour ends on Koh Phi Phi.

Please note: On certain start dates there will be a few days spare between the end of your volunteer experience and the beginning of your Thai Intro tour. On these occasions you will need to arrange extra accommodation at your own cost. We can help you with this and suggest some great independent travel ideas for you to get up to in the meantime!

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