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Volunteer in Thailand with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs based in Thailand. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs with a range of volunteer projects in Thailand including ChildcareElephantEnglish Teaching & Wildlife opportunities.

PMGY Thailand is located in Pathum Thani, near Bangkok, and the more southern location of Thamairuak District. The Thailand volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month. Our projects in Thailand run throughout the year and participants can join us from 1-12 weeks. Volunteers in Thailand are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, in-country orientation, meals, volunteer accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 435 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

✓ PRE-DEPARTURE BUDDY LISTS


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-FRI & TRAVEL SAT-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS

   

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN PATHUM THANI

SELECTED DATES EVERY MONTH

✓ AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & WI-FI


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

THAILAND CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer your time to support and assist with the daily care, learning and interaction with children in a suburb of Bangkok.

FROM 435 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

Work closely with rescued Asian elephants in this inspiring elephant sanctuary in Thailand. If you love elephants, this experience is not to be missed!

FROM 540 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Assist local teachers at a school in Thailand and help the students learn basic English and life skills before they enter grade school.

FROM 435 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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THAILAND WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

Help preserve and protect these inspiring animals at this wildlife haven. Become part of a mission to rescue wild animals from neglect and abuse.

FROM 510 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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REAL THAILAND EXPERIENCE

A group volunteering and adventure trip that will take in central, north, east and south Thailand in a whirlwind 28 days guaranteed to blow your mind!

FROM 1,485 USD

4 WEEKS

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THAILAND INTRO EXPERIENCE

An amazing group adventure taking in the best of Southern Thailand, home to some of Thailand's most spectacular scenery and best beaches.

FROM 735 USD

2 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN THAILAND WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN PATHUM THANI

 

 

THAILAND CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Thailand with PMGY, you will help to brighten the days of young ones, making a vital and important contribution to their lives. The first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. This time is critical for forming the foundation that helps shape their future health, happiness and learning achievement. As a childcare volunteer in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to think and act creatively to positively influence young ones in Thailand.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

The first four years of life are particularly important for the development of the human brain and its architecture. A child’s brain’s plasticity means that young ones learn more quickly than at any other time in life. This makes exposure to education at a young age valuable to the futures of little ones. Exposure to love and nurture at this tender age is equally as important. This is because it helps to develop a sense of trust and security, turning into confidence as they grow.

 

As a childcare volunteer abroad in Thailand, you will promote these prospects. This is through the provision of support to preschool-aged children at a range of schools in and around Pathum Thani, Thailand. Across our locations, Thailand childcare volunteers lead activities that provide pre-school children with mental stimulation, attention and encouragement. Together, these factors help them grow, learn and develop.

 

Working with children is a really fun and highly rewarding experience. On the volunteer program in Thailand, you will play a prominent part in their early development. This can involve helping during mealtimes, singing songs and teaching essential life skills. The pre-school our participants work with creates such a difference to the lives of low-income and single-parent families. In such situations, parents can work and earn in the day, knowing their children are in a safe and secure environment.

 

Childcare Project Example

 
One of the local government schools we work with hosts around 150 pre-school children, aged 3-4 years old. Founded in 2010, the pre-school provides children with a stimulating environment, preparing them for the eventual transition into formal education. Participants on this project will spend time assisting local staff and leading their own activities.

 

It is difficult for preschool teachers to make their lessons as enjoyable and productive as possible. This is since classrooms are often understaffed and crowded. Consequently, Thailand childcare volunteers make a profound impact on the quality of the sessions. This allows attention to be split across the children and more creative activities to be run.

 

It is hoped that once the children have outgrown the pre-school classes, that they will continue their formal education here. There are two learning groups that facilitate this – A1 and A2. Here, there is a greater emphasis on teaching, to help prepare the children for their next step into grade school. PMGY Thailand teaching participants will often work here, meaning that both childcare and teaching participants are located on the same campus.

 

A1 and A2 classes did not always exist – the establishment initially opened as a pre-school. However, only a year after opening, the reputation and philosophy of the school grew quickly. This led to expansions to facilitate grounds for children a little older. For our local team, it is positive to have such an establishment available on their doorstep. This is because it shows the local government is investing taxes back into the right areas for future growth and development within the local education infrastructure, rather than corrupt avenues.

 

In addition to your role as a childcare volunteer in Thailand, you may get the unique experience to become involved in assemblies. This extends from abiding the national anthem to getting involved with chanting and meditation exercises. This is a really cool experience – you may even be invited to introduce yourself in front of the whole assembly.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

Volunteers with children in Thailand are required to support and assist with the daily care, learning and interaction with the children across the day. This will include assisting with classroom learning, play activities and developing routines. For children this age, it is all about playing activities, building social skills and learning how the world works.

 

The childcare classes focus on the basic elementary level. You will also get involved in organising and supervising play activities. The main teacher will usually lead the sessions and so your role is largely to assist. However, there will be an opportunity to lead your own activities within the class, should you be comfortable. Local coordinators will be on hand should you require any assistance. Your role may also include helping at meal and nap times and playing games with the children.

 

Whilst each project is different, the typical project working hours are 9am-10.30am and then 11:30am-1:30pm, totally an average of 2-4 hours of volunteering per day Monday to Friday. During the interval, the children usually finish lunch before nap time. During this period, participants can head into town for lunch, return to the Volunteer House, or stay at the school. When project locations are shared, Thailand childcare volunteers are welcome to teach English after completion of their project.

 

The distance to the project is dependent on the specific project you are allocated during your time. Projects close to the Volunteer House will usually be up to a 20 minute walk away. For projects further afield, the local team will arrange any necessary transport. This cost is included in your Program Fee.

 
 

THAILAND ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand with PMGY, you will work with students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. Teachers in Thailand have the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice, making a profound impact across schools in Thailand.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

According to the central bank, Thailand is among the world’s top education spenders relative to its size. It is estimated that roughly 20% of its annual budget is allocated to education. But despite this, Thailand produces a workforce with some of the world’s weakest English-language skills. The IMD ranks Thailand 64th of 89 countries globally for English proficiency.

 

Thailand’s education system is traditionally embedded with an inward-looking curriculum. With this, there is a large emphasis on rote-learning (a memorisation technique based on repetition) and basic literacy. We support schools in Thailand, specifically around Pathum Thani, where such an education system is prevalent. Here, PMGY Thailand English teaching volunteers work to both complement and augment standard learning techniques to heighten academic achievement.

 

As a volunteer teaching English abroad in Thailand, you will usually work with government-funded schools in and around Pathum Thani. Education to these schools is free to those who are from its local village and surrounding area. In the Pathum Thani province, each village has its own local government. The underlying aim of this government is to provide free accessible education and care to the children. Prior to this such opportunities were not forthcoming for the local children. For our team, it is positive for children from under-resourced areas to have these establishments available. This is because it shows the local government is investing taxes back into areas for future growth and development of local education infrastructure. This is as opposed to corrupt avenues.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Example

 

One of the local government schools we work with hosts nearly 300 4-5 year-olds. The students here are preparing to enter grade school. At the school, there are two learning groups – A1 and A2. These classes help prepare the children for their next step into grade school. However, A1 and A2 classes did not always exist – the establishment initially opened as a pre-school. But only a year after opening, the reputation and philosophy of the school grew quickly. This led to expansions to facilitate grounds for children a little older.

 

In another local elementary school, children are of an older age. Here, there are approximately 200 children, between the ages of 6-16 years. Our team also works with other educational establishment and summer English camps in and around Pathum Thani. Your specific project location will be outlined to you in detail upon arrival in Thailand. PMGY Thailand English teaching volunteers can expect to teach where there is the greatest need at the time. This may also be influenced by the number of participants available to assist. Consequently, a participant who has come to teach English in Thailand may find themselves teaching standard English classes. However, others may assist the running of summer camps within local communities.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

Volunteers teaching English in Thailand are required to lead classes to classes of up to 40 children. Whilst completing your work in Thailand, you will be supported by both PMGY coordinators and local English teachers. Participants who teach English in Thailand not only improve the children’s English but provide meaningful insight into global cultures. Our local team will help guide you to be able to make the biggest impact as possible.

 

In addition to your role as a teacher in Thailand, you may get the unique experience to become involved in assemblies. This extends from abiding the national anthem to getting involved with chanting and meditation exercises. This is a really cool experience – you may even be invited to introduce yourself in front of the whole assembly.

 

During the course of the day, participants are likely to become involved with more than one class. It is usually the case that such learning on one subject is introduced as part of a weekly syllabus and then embedded across the week, with activities and resources to match before moving onto any further topics. Subjects generally covered include Maths, English, Geography, Science or learning about important Thai festivals and holidays. You will be guided by PMGY local staff with regards to the topics to be taught to the students.

 

Working hours on this project will depend on the specific project assigned to a PMGY volunteer teaching in Thailand. However, typical working hours are 9:30-11:30am and then 12:30pm-2/3pm, totally an average of 3-5 hours of volunteering per day, Monday to Friday. During the interval, the children usually finish lunch. This is an opportunity for a participant teaching English in Thailand to visit the town for lunch, return to the Volunteer House or stay at the school.

 

The distance to the project is dependent on the specific project you are allocated during your time. Projects close to the Volunteer House will usually be up to a 20 minute walk away. For projects further afield, the local team will arrange any necessary transport. This cost is included in your Program Fee.

 

We highly recommend that as a volunteer in Thailand, you use time outside of the project to prepare lessons in advance. As you teach English in Thailand, this will help make your classes as fun, engaging and relevant as possible. If you are new to teaching, there is no need to worry! You’ll find that your confidence grows massively once you have taught a couple of lessons. Additionally, the more time spent planning, the easier classes will be to run. Late afternoons can be used to prepare lessons or take the time to explore Pathum Thani, Bangkok and surrounding areas.

 
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN THAMAIRUAK

 

 

THAILAND ELEPHANT VOLUNTEERS

As an elephant volunteer in Thailand with PMGY, you will have the unique chance to work behind the scenes to care for rescued elephants. Eager and passionate participants are required to assist with the general upkeep of the project throughout the year. The centre works to rescue and rehabilitate elephants within Thailand. With our team on this Thailand volunteer program, you will have an amazing chance to help care for these gentle giants.

 

Background to the Elephant Program

 

Thailand is home to both populations of wild and domesticated populations of the Asian elephant. The domestic population is sadly made up of animals that have been caught from their natural habitat or bred in captivity. These animals have been trained/broken to live and work in the tourist or logging industry.

 

Today, Thailand’s wild population elephant population is struggling for survival. The wild elephant population of Thailand is estimated at 2,200, living in open grasslands and dense rainforests spread over the country. Historically, domestic elephants have been used in the logging industry. In turn, they have ironically and unwillingly helped to destroy the very habitat they rely on to survive.

 

After the ban on logging in 1989, most of the logging elephants ended up being used within the tourism industry. Others have been used to make a living by begging on the streets of big cities. Walking day and night on these dirty and traffic-congested streets is detrimental to the elephant’s health, and is simply unnatural. Street begging elephants often end up being involved in road traffic accidents. This commonly results in fatalities for both the elephant and the mahout.

 

Unfortunately, in Thailand, there are currently no laws to prevent this abuse and mistreatment. Therefore there is an urgent need to help these animals. This is where our participants come in. This sanctuary has been created for elephants to retire and be given the respect these amazing creatures deserve. Our international participants help support the centre, assisting and leading different tasks to help rehabilitate and home these gentle giants.

 

Elephant Volunteer Placement

 

WFFT – If you wish to be a responsible volunteer, working ethically with elephants, then this is the place to volunteer. This wildlife volunteering project project allows you to learn more about them, the problems they face and be part of the solution. The forested land around the rescue centre gives rescued elephants the chance to roam around in near-natural surroundings. Large pieces of land have been purchased to make these forests and grasslands similar to their natural habitat. The large elephant enclosures allow the elephants the space to move around and socialise with other elephants. Each enclosure can be up to 5-hectares in size, with natural trees, lakes and grazing areas. No elephant is ever chained up, day or night.

 

The rescue centre provides elephants with the freedom they deserve in a safe and natural environment. Our team provides lifelong veterinary care to those who need it, as well as the best husbandry and diet. As an elephant volunteer in Thailand, you will be taught everything needed to take care of these captivating creatures. A volunteer with elephants in Thailand will prepare food, create enrichment items, clean and maintain enclosures, and harvest plant matter. Common meals for elephants include banana trees and grass. You may also be lucky enough to walk the elephants between pieces of land!

 

When volunteering in Thailand with elephants, our coordinators will assign participants to groups each day. The groups are managed by team leaders – longer-term experienced participants who assist and guide their teams throughout daily tasks.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Working Day

 

Thailand elephant conservation participants are required to support and assist with the day-to-day operations at the volunteer project. This includes (but is not limited to): preparing and distributing food, preparing and distributing behavioural enrichments, assisting with environmental enrichments, cleaning the land, and general maintenance, including maintaining forest areas.

 

On this Thailand elephant volunteer program, the working day starts at 6:30am at the Volunteer House. The Volunteer House is where all organisation and orientation of participants is based. On the Thailand elephant volunteer program, you will normally finish work around 5pm. There will be several breaks throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and water and toilet breaks. Participants are expected to work 6 days a week with one day off. The Volunteer House is based on-site at the rescue centre. Although volunteer work with elephants in Thailand is very physically and mentally demanding, the end result is always well worth it. Volunteering in Thailand with elephants is tremendously rewarding.

 

As a volunteer with elephants in Thailand, you will stay on-site at the wildlife centre. This means that external transport is not required. Any required transport for the needs of the project will be included in your Program Fee.

 
 

THAILAND WILDLIFE RESCUE VOLUNTEERS

As a PMGY volunteer with wildlife in Thailand, you will have the unique opportunity to work behind the scenes to care for animals. Enthusiastic and passionate participants are required to assist with the general upkeep of the project throughout the year. The centre works to rescue and rehabilitate animals within Thailand. With our team, you will have an amazing opportunity to care for a wide variety of rescued wildlife.

 

Background to the Wildlife Program

 

Thailand has a rich biological diversity. However, human pressures are increasing alarmingly fast, impacting the livelihoods of many species worldwide. Such pressures include overexploitation, habitat loss and habitat degradation. These factors are sadly pushing many of Thailand creatures to the brink of extinction. Wild animals, such as young gibbons, macaques, lorises and bears are commonly illegally poached from the wild for inhumane purposes. This can include being sold as pets and use as photo-props.

 

Thailand has a thriving tourist industry, playing a large part in the country’s economy and the livelihoods of locals. However, this, unfortunately, has been accompanied by the exploitation of many animals for the entertainment of foreign visitors. Common examples include elephant riding, performance shows and appearances in photos.

 

The wildlife rescue centre is trying its best to get those animals out of the miserable conditions they are living in. The centre works hard to offer a variety of services, from simply offering shelter to rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. Further to this, the centre works to educate both local and international communities about animal welfare and wildlife volunteering abroad projects. There is an education centre on site of the project to further promote this. Our international participants help support the centre, by assisting and leading different tasks in attempts to rehabilitate and home animals.

 

Wildlife Volunteer Placement

 

WFFT – The centre provides shelter for hundreds of wildlife animals. The aim of the program is to rehabilitate and release animals back into the wildlife. For animals who would sadly not survive in the wild, they are provided with shelter for the rest of their lives.

 

As a volunteer with wildlife in Thailand, you will find a huge variety of different animals at the centre. This includes six species of gibbon, five species of macaque, lorises, two species of langur, two species of bear, small wild cats, various civet species, reptiles, otters and birds. All the animals located at the centre have been rescued from poor living conditions. Some individuals have been saved from the illegal wildlife trade. In other cases, rescues have been made from the pet trade, entertainment and tourism industry, or directly from the wild. In the last case, individuals may have been victims of road traffic accidents, dog attacks or other human-caused accidents.

 

Where feasible, the Thailand volunteer program tries to provide the rescued animals within their care in an environment as close to ‘nature’ as possible. The overall objective will always be that animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. Unfortunately, for a majority of animals at the centre, this is often difficult and in some cases not feasible at all.

 

The centre always needs help from animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. This may be in the form of volunteer work, donations or professional help, such as veterinary experience. Without the invaluable contribution from participants, the centre would simply not be able to function. To work with wildlife in Thailand, it can be difficult at times, but the work is highly rewarding.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Working Day

 

Volunteers with wildlife in Thailand are required to support and assist with the day-to-day operations of the project. This includes (but is not limited to): preparing and distributing food, preparing and distributing behavioural enrichments, assisting with environmental enrichments, cleaning enclosures, scrubbing animal pools and general maintenance, including maintaining forest areas in the local area.

 

The working day for PMGY wildlife volunteers in Thailand starts at 6:30am at the Volunteer House. The Volunteer House is where all organisation and orientation of participants is based. Participants will normally finish work around 5pm, with several breaks throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and water and toilet breaks. Participants are expected to work 6 days a week, with one day off. The Volunteer House is based on-site at the wildlife rescue centre.

 

As a volunteer with elephants in Thailand, you will stay on-site at the wildlife centre. This means that external transport is not required. Any required transport for the needs of the project will be included in your Program Fee.

 

The work for a wildlife volunteer in Thailand is very physically and mentally demanding, but the end result is always well worth it. Coordinators will assign participants to groups each day. The groups are managed by team leaders – longer-term experienced participants who assist and guide their teams throughout daily tasks.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

After confirming your place on a PMGY program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. This means that we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. PMGY have an ATOL Licence to ensure any flights booked through us are financially secured by the Civil Aviation Authority. If you would therefore like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.

 

Pathum Thani – Volunteers in Thailand on our teaching and childcare projects, as well as experience trips, you should book their flights to Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport. The airport code is BKK. Community participants can arrive between 7am-8pm on their Saturday start date. Participants on a PMGY Thailand experience trip must arrive between 7am-11pm.

 

Thamairuak – Volunteers in Thailand on our wildlife and elephant conservation programs should book their flights to either Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Participants travelling to Thailand can arrive anytime between 6am-2pm on their Sunday start date.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

Plan My Gap Year Ltd is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada).

 

If you’d like to purchase PMGY travel insurance, you can add this option on during your online application. You can also add this to any upcoming trips with us by getting in contact via telephone or email.

PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international participants with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future participants. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for participants to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time volunteering with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare participants may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international volunteers to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Pathum Thani

 

Our community programs in Thailand are based in Pathum Thani, located just north of the country’s capital, Bangkok. Pathum Thani is a traditional university province, famous for being home to most of the country’s universities! The province is old, heavily populated by the Mon people. The region is filled with temples, parks and areas to experience Mon culture. Volunteers in Thailand are therefore encouraged to explore these areas during their time!

 

Bangkok itself is a city of contrasts. Modern and cultural, chaotic but refined, traditional and bizarre – you will never get bored in Bangkok! It’s also the perfect base to explore the rest of Thailand and South East Asia. Bangkok is a vast city but the BTS (inner-city rail network) makes getting around the city affordable and simple. Some of the great cultural sites include Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Benjamabophit (Marble Temple). The city has a great nightlife too! Perhaps you’ll hit the backpacker central of Koh San Road. Alternatively, you might choose to catch some live music at one of the cool bars near Victory Monument.

 

Our programs in Pathum Thani run from 2-12 weeks from June-September. The program start dates are on the first and third Saturday of each month. Our Mini Experience runs for 2 weeks that is solely travel-based and has specific start dates across the year. Our Real Experience program that combines volunteering and travelling runs for 4 weeks and starts on specific dates across the year.

 

Thamairuak

 

Volunteers in Thailand on one of our animal conservation projects are located in Phetchaburi, within the Thamairuak district. This is a rural location approximately 3 hours south of Bangkok. These volunteer opportunities in Thailand are within a 10 minute walk from the local village. There, participants in Thailand can find roadside restaurants, 2-small supermarkets and an internet cafe. The nearby tourist locations of Hua Hin and Cha-am are approximately a 45 minutes drive from the project.

 

Our programs in Thamairuak run from 1-12 weeks, beginning on every Sunday of each month.

PMGY THAILAND LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Thailand program are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community network provides the structure for your stay with us as a participant in Thailand. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English in schools or working to support wildlife, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Thailand.

ORIENTATION

Pathum Thani

 

Your orientation for your volunteer program in Thailand will begin on Sunday, the day after your arrival. Our local team will teach you about life in Thailand, the ‘do’s and don’ts’, the Thai culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and the project work. There will also be the opportunity to head to the main street to visit the supermarket and other amenities.

 

Participants will usually head to JJ Market later across the day during the orientation. Home to over 8,000 stalls, JJ Market is a shoppers paradise with bargains galore and is Bangkok’s famous weekend market! This is a great chance to pick-up any bits you’ll need as well as practising your bartering skills. Our local team will be on hand to make sure you get the best deal possible! Please note that transport to and from JJ Market is not included.

 

Thamairuak

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Thailand will begin on Sunday, after your arrival at the centre. Upon arrival, volunteers in Thailand will be greeted by the coordinators and shown to their room. In the afternoon, volunteers in Thailand will spend time being briefed on all theoretical aspects of the program. The team will brief you on health and safety, whilst providing you with an introduction to the work you can expect on the placement. You will then receive a tour of the rescue centre. During this time, the coordinators will explain more to you about why the program exists and how you can help. The remainder of the day will be a chance for you to get to know your fellow participants and relax.

ITINERARY

PATHUM THANI

 

Please note that the itinerary below is for our volunteer programs in Pathum Thani. For these programs, you should arrive into Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport (BKK) between 7am-8pm on the Saturday.

 

Day 1 (Saturday) Arrival Welcome to Thailand!

 

Welcome to Thailand! You will be met at Bangkok Suvarnbhumi International Airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Pathum Thani will take around 1 hour, depending on traffic.

 

You will have the rest of the day to relax and get familiar with your new environment.

 

Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Thailand will begin on Sunday, the day after your arrival. Our local team will teach you about life in Thailand, the ‘do’s and don’ts’, the Thai culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and the project work. There will also be the opportunity to head to the main street to visit the supermarket and other amenities.

 

Participants will usually head to JJ Market later across the day during the orientation. Home to over 8,000 stalls, JJ Market is a shoppers paradise with bargains galore and is Bangkok’s famous weekend market! This is a great chance to pick-up any bits you’ll need as well as practising your bartering skills. Our local team will be on hand to make sure you get the best deal possible! Please note that transport to and from JJ Market is not included.

 

Days 3-7 (Monday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Monday morning.

 

Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away! However, members of the team can always be found walking around or assisting at the project, meaning that there will always be someone on hand to help.

 

In the evenings, participants will tend to relax around the dinner table, play games, head to the market or perhaps even Bangkok, or watch a movie.

 

Days 8-9 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend!

 

After a hard week of volunteering, it is your time to explore the wonders of Thailand. Whether you are looking to soak up some culture or perhaps rest by the coast, Thailand has it all! As a volunteer in Thailand, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it!

 

Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last Day (Saturday)

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop-off. Please note that this is not included in your Program, Fee.

 
 

THAMAIRUAK

 

Please make sure you arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK) in Bangkok between 6am-2pm on Sunday.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival Welcome to Thailand!

 

Welcome to Thailand! You will be met at your arrival airport into Bangkok by one of our appointed taxi drivers who will be holding a name sign. The journey to the Wildlife Centre will take around 3 hours, depending on traffic.

 

Your orientation as a participant in Thailand will begin on Sunday, after your arrival at the centre. Upon arrival, volunteers in Thailand will be greeted by the coordinators and shown to their room. In the afternoon, volunteers in Thailand will spend time being briefed on all theoretical aspects of the program. The team will brief you on health and safety, whilst providing you with an introduction to the work you can expect on the volunteer placement. You will then receive a tour of the rescue centre. During this time, the coordinators will explain more to you about why the program exists and how you can help. The remainder of the day will be a chance for you to get to know your fellow participants and relax.

 

Days 2-8 (Monday-Sunday) Volunteering Begins

 

The working day starts at 6:30am at the Volunteer House. The Volunteer House is where all organisation and orientation of participants is based. Volunteers will normally finish work around 5pm, with several breaks throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and water and toilet breaks. Participants are expected to work 6 days a week with one day off. The work can be quite physically demanding but the end result is always well worth it.

 

When volunteering in Thailand with elephants, our coordinators will assign volunteers to groups each day. The groups are managed by team leaders – longer-term experienced participants who assist and guide their teams throughout daily tasks.

 

During your time in Thailand, each participant will have their own pace, strengths and weaknesses. You are asked to kindly respect that not everyone will have the same abilities – individuals may work at different paces. Every volunteer in Thailand is there to help and will make their contribution in their own way. Please speak to the coordinators if you feel you have been given too much or too little work for your personal abilities, as there are plenty of tasks to suit all. Coordinators will be around to answer any questions and both monitor and observe each group throughout the day.

 

All participants volunteering in Thailand with elephants will be asked to assist in additional tasks outside of project hours. This is to help run the Volunteer House and include activities such as ‘house duty’ and ‘doggie duty’. Typically, two people per day are chosen to help with each. House duty involves ensuring all areas are kept tidy each day and some common housework is completed. Doggie duty involves caring for some of the dogs that live at the Volunteer House. This involves washing, feeding and walking the dogs.

 

Day Off (Varies)

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the beach, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience – Thailand has it all! The local team in Thailand will be very happy to help talk through options for you to get involved in during your free time. Please note that participants are required to commit at least 6 days to the project so your exact day off will vary and is dependent on the overall workload.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering across a 6 day week. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it! Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last day (Saturday)

 

Sunday is your last day with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international participants (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee experiences to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, participants have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Thailand Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge participants’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international participants for their time in Thailand. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

In line with the rest of South East Asia, Thailand has a tropical climate. Generally speaking, this means that it is hot all year round. The best time of year to visit Bangkok is in January and February when it is generally cooler and dry. The hottest months are April and May where the temperature rarely drops below 30-degrees Celsius. The rainy season is between May-October, with June, September and October being historically the wettest months. However, like all tropical climates, the rain comes in short sharp bursts. This means that despite it being the rainy season, there are usually large dry spells throughout the day.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

PATHUM THANI - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

On the Thailand volunteer program, you will live in our Volunteer House. Our accommodation is based within Pathum Thani – a safe and quiet suburb of Bangkok, around one hour’s drive from the main tourist areas like Koh San Road. There are regular buses and vans which provide a quick and affordable route into the centre of the city. The Volunteer House is a local property within an extremely safe and quiet neighbourhood. It is around a 30 minute walk from the main street where you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. Our programs are also located around this region.

 

As a volunteer in Thailand, you will be living with other international participants. The Volunteer House is basic but comfortable. Bedrooms conform to a single-sex dorm-style setup, with up to 10 people per room. Please note that although the video of the Volunteer House (below) provides participants in Thailand with a general idea of the accommodation set-up, most bedrooms now have bunk beds. Each volunteer in Thailand is provided with a mosquito net and their own bed linen. Air-conditioning is sometimes available but cannot be guaranteed. However, in any case, each room will have fans. Bathrooms at the Volunteer House are communal, with a western-style toilet and shower. There is no hot-water in the accommodation.

 

There is free Wi-Fi within the house. This can be intermittent, therefore volunteers in Thailand are also recommended to purchase a local SIM card in-country to use with an unlocked mobile phone. There is a main communal area within the accommodation, where participants will relax and socialise. There is a local laundry service within the neighbourhood, available for a nominal fee. Alternatively, there is some but limited space to perform hand-washing. Individuals on a volunteer trip to Thailand are recommended to bring a small padlock. Any valuables can be stored with our local team, however, participants are encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Thailand. There is a fridge space within the accommodation for participants to cool items they need to keep chilled. However, please note that power cuts are fairly commonplace in Thailand although they tend not to last more than a couple of hours.

 

The local team in Thailand also live on-site of the accommodation and therefore are on call 24/7 should you need anything. This is also a great way to learn more about Thai culture and practise your new-found language skills! There is a great atmosphere at the accommodation and you will meet some wonderful people to share your experience with. Most of our volunteer projects in Thailand are not within walking distance of the Volunteer House. In these cases, our local team will transport you to and from the project each day. The cost of this service is included in your Program Fee. Transport to our volunteering opportunities in Thailand is usually by mini-van or coach.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Thailand, you will be provided with breakfast and dinner every day. Breakfast is traditionally done on a self-service method where participants will help themselves each morning before heading to project. Dinner is either provided at the house or participants will head to the main street for the evening meal. This may involve a trip to the local restaurant or taking in some traditional Thai street food. Most dinners are traditional Thai dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Thai cuisine consists of a lot of rice, noodles and meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available. If you fancy some western comforts, you are best to head into Bangkok where you will find plenty of restaurants serving western meals. On an ad-hoc basis, the local team may serve western food for dinner, however, this can never be guaranteed.

 

You will need to purchase your own lunch during your time on the Thailand volunteer project. There are also several options located close to many of the placements and local community. This often includes traditional Thai street food options as well as a 7/11 supermarket where participants can get western lunch options such as ham and cheese toasties, spaghetti carbonara and sausage sandwiches. Alternatively, there are small supermarkets in Pathum Thani where you can purchase food and store it at the house if you’d like to prepare your own lunch/meals.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

 

THAMAIRUAK - ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

On the Thailand volunteer program, you will live in one of our Volunteer Houses. All houses are located on the same campus. The accommodation is based in the region of Phetchaburi, in southern Thailand. Housing is based on the same grounds as the project rather than in a town. However, there are nearby villages in walking distance for convenience stores. There is also a small shop on the same site as the project that sells snacks, drinks and souvenirs.

 

As a volunteer in Thailand, you will be living with other international volunteers. Volunteers in Thailand stay in European style, concrete and brick bungalows. Each room houses on average 2-3 people. The rooms are usually single-sex, however, there can be exceptions for couples, friends and families if requested enough time in advance. Fresh linen is provided weekly during your stay on the experience. Bathrooms at the accommodation are communal, with a western-style toilet and shower. Each room has its own fan.

 

There is free Wi-Fi in certain areas across the main project base. This can be intermittent, therefore volunteers in Thailand should also purchase a local SIM card in-country to use with an unlocked mobile phone. Throughout the accommodation, there are two main communal areas for international participants to relax and socialise. This is also where the volunteer work is coordinated each morning. There is a local laundry service available at the accommodation. Alternatively, there is some but limited space to perform hand-washing. Individuals on a volunteer trip to Thailand are recommended to bring a small padlock. Any valuables can be stored with our local team, however, participants are encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Thailand. There is fridge space within the accommodation for participants to cool items they need to keep chilled. Please note that power cuts are fairly commonplace in Thailand although they tend not to last more than a couple of hours.

 

The Volunteer Houses are located on the same grounds as our local coordinators. Although they will not be based within the houses, they are accessible if needed. Our accommodation is on the same grounds as our volunteer placement. However, the centre covers acres of land. This means that when your project is not in walking distance from the accommodation, our local team will transport you to and from the project each day. The cost of this service is included in your Program Fee.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Thailand, all your meals are provided and are prepared by the local team. Meals are predominantly traditional and local Thai cuisine. Our team clearly label meat, vegetarian and vegan options. There are some western meals provided on a weekly basis. Filtered water is available at the accommodation free of charge.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our teams will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Pathum Thani

 

Transport to and from your volunteer project is included in your Program Fee. The distance to the project is dependent on the specific project you are allocated during your time. Projects close to the Volunteer House will usually be up to a 20 minute walk away. For projects further afield, the local team will arrange any necessary transport.

 

Thamairuak

 

Transport to and from your volunteer project is included in your Program Fee. However, on our wildlife and elephant conservation projects, participants stay on-site at the wildlife centre, therefore external transport is not usually required. Any required transport for the needs of the project will be included in your Program Fee.

VOLUNTEER IN THAILAND REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome participants of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 years, although our wildlife and elephant conservation programs welcome participants as young as 14, in the presence of a parent. There is no upper age limit. All participants need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Thai. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Thailand will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay your Registration Fee of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.