Volunteer in South Thailand
Volunteer with a non profit NGO in South Thailand
Help young people move out of poverty! The children of farmers, migrants, fishermen and farm workers can get left behind, as well as the Chao Le, ‘sea people’, with their own culture. Industrial fishing fleets make life difficult for local fisherman. Human trafficking is a problem!
Volunteers with special skills related to diving, marine biology or health care may find suitable volunteer projects.
While you volunteer, enjoy nature, the sun, white beaches, blue seas and amazing islands, ideal for diving and rock climbing! Enjoy the special culture mix and diversity of southern Thailand, where Thai, Chinese and Malay, Muslims and Buddhists live and work in harmony. Learn more
Before you start, you are welcome to visit our Center in Northeast Thailand. We will introduce you to volunteer work and teaching, Thai culture and language! Read about our Center
Volunteer with Openmind Projects
Did you know this about South Thailand?
South Thailand is one the most popular travel destinations in the world!
Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand but in the South Muslims make up the majority.
People speak Thai with a local accent. Many speak Jahve (Malay). Some speak English.
People you meet are ethnic Thai, Malay, Chinese, Chao Le (sea people) or migrant guest workers and they make a living from tourism, farming and fishing. The food is closer to Malay food and spicy, with lots of seafood, fruits and, of course, the famous, stinking durian! Island hopping is popular and so is snorkeling, diving and rock climbing along this beautiful Thai west coast. Krabi is for backpackers and budget travelers. Ao Nang and Koh Lanta for tourists and families. And Phuket for those with a thicker wallet!
Work and Life as a Volunteer in Southern Thailand
Teach English. This is mostly teaching in a school. The English teacher is happy to have someone who speaks fluent English to help children listen and speak English. Some volunteers teach IT, Internet, online searching and learning and often combine it with English, helping students to share and create presentations about what they have learned. We recommend Learning by Doing, and listening and speaking practice. Avoid struggling to get students to perfect their grammar! Instead help them to enjoy and gain the confidence to speak English. IT, Internet, DED. Demonstrate how you can use a computer. Let the children try, explore, and they will discover what they can do! Let curiosity and inspiration drive their learning.
Divers, Doctors, DJs, Doers. You may volunteer in a marine project or at a hospital if you are a doctor, nurse or medical student. You could DJ at a local radio station and hands-on, practical minded volunteers are welcome too. We are open to discuss how you can help.
Prepare to Volunteer. Try to come for a few extra days at our Center before you start! Extra days at no cost. Learn about volunteering, work, teaching, culture and some basic Thai language too!
Stay and Eat. Volunteers in South Thailand either stay at a guesthouse or with a host family, mostly a teacher. You will have lunch with the teachers and students at the school, and dinner with your host family. If you decide to be more independent and stay at a guesthouse, you can try one of the many local and cheap restaurants or eat at the market by the sea.
Work. You normally volunteer work 4 – 6 hours per day and spend some time preparing lessons.
Your Free Time. Use your weekends to explore the beautiful surroundings with local friends. They will be happy to show you – this is a great way for them to practice English! Go exploring with them, discover the amazing nature, jungle, sea, islands, beaches and mountains!
Eat. Try the food, the fantastic seafood, the many local fruits, spicy curry, maybe something even more exotic like a beach bug!