Volunteer in Chiang Mai

Looking to visit Chaing Mai in Northern Thailand? Want to be more than juts a tourist? Search incredible volunteering opportunities where you can help people, the environment and wildlife. One World 365 connects you to the very best volunteer programs in Chiang Mai which include structured, free and low cost opportunities. Find programs, local organisations and read reviews and testimonials from past participants. 


Volunteer Programs in Chiang Mai


Guide to Volunteering in Chiang Mai

In Northern Thailand you can volunteer in places like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai - a beautiful part of the Golden Triangle region. You can apply online in advance or on arrival, there are opportunities available all year round. You could teach at a local school or even volunteer with elephants on wildlife conservation programs. There are lots of community volunteering programs in this area where you can work to help rural villages, remote hill tribes or help refugees from Burma who are currently living here.



Top Reasons to Apply

  • Gain a new perspective
  • Do something rewarding and make a difference
  • Learn about fantastic work being done
  • Meet friendly people
  • Gain experience both professional and personal



Areas where you can help:

  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community Based
  • Crisis Support
  • Disabilities
  • Education, Literacy & Computing
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Training, Employment & Skills
  • Environment 
  • Religious & Faith Based
  • Health & Medicine
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Immigrantion & Refugees
  • Justice & Legal
  • LGBT
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Politics
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Women



Getting to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is easy to get to, don't be put off by how far they look on a map, they are only a bus or rail journey away from the capital Bangkok. You can also fly here.



What is Chiang Mai Like?

Expect peaceful and tranquil surroundings in the North of the country. You will be able to visit remote villages, see stunning scenery, waterfalls and even if you are lucky some exotic wildlife. This city is a lot more calmer than Bangkok.

Accommodation can vary from home stays, hostels, hotels or on-site rooms. Sometimes you will stay in houses rented from the local community which are clean and basic but all will have a lounge area for you to relax in after your hard days work and chat to your fellow volunteers. 

You will get to savour the delicious Thai food from the numerous streets stalls or restaurants! There are all the facilities that you need nearby including internet cafes, banks, shops, restaurants, supermarkets, food markets – you will love it! Your organisation will be on hand to let you know about activities that you can do in the area.



Recommended Volunteer Organisations in Chiang Mai




  • Enthusiastic 
  • Helpful attitude
  • Have an interest in helping
  • Be opening to working in a new environment



How to Apply

You can search opportunities and organisations above.



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Volunteering with Dogs at the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand 

I volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai twice. The first time I was volunteering with elephants and then the second it was time to go “hard core” and work with dogs which is very hands-on, very busy and super rewarding!

How much did it cost? Per week: THB 5000

What did I find useful to wear/bring?  

  • Long sleeved shirts for the evening.
  • Long trousers for the evening.
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Insect repellant  (I preferred the long cloth for the evenings as I hate being bitten/stung by mossies and other insects)
  • Toileteries and towel
  • Flashlight to go to bathroom in the night

Getting there

Volunteers can either go to the ENP office in Chiang Mai or ENP can collect you from your accommodation within the city.


  • Drop luggage at the house
  • A show around and explanation of the project
  • Lunch

Working Hours

8 am - 4.30 - 5pm with a lunch break

Routine & Daily tasks:

  • Looking after the dogs in the clinic - feeding, walking, grooming, cleaning out their homes., giving them love.
  • Taking dogs from other runs on walks.
  • Tick removing.

Therapy dogs

We also had specific tasks too and mine was helping the “therapy dogs”. This was so rewarding. There are 3 dogs in a special run where they have a tiled floor as they cannot walk properly and would hurt themselves dragging themselves along on dirt. 2 of us volunteers would work with them on a daily basis, helping with exercises to strengthen and re-align the back legs of 2 of them, and hitching the other little lady onto her wheelchair which supports her rear as she only has a withered leg left there and the wheelchair enables her to go out for walks and strengthen her front legs. Absolutely amazing to see the progress these dogs are making. 

It’s also another example of the depth of help that Lek, Darrick and team are prepared to give animals under their care.

Other Tasks Included:

  • Returning “clinic dogs” home after treatment.
  • Sometimes packs need to be re-arranged, so volunteers help to move dogs around and stay with them for a period of time to ensure that the newcomers to the pack are safe and welcome.

International Volunteer Facilities & what is provided:

We had our own house with 3 bedrooms (up to 3 people per room) and a verandah and garden, where 11 dogs hung out and slept. There were also  2 x showers  (hot and cold water) and 2 toilets. Food: There’s a communal lounge/dining area for volunteers (elephant and dog volunteers), day visitors, overnight guests and regular staff members. Volunteer fees include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food was vegetarian/vegan which makes sense in an animal welfare facility! T-shirt: 1 volunteer shirt per week Laundry: You can have laundry done by local ladies for a very reasonable charge. Massage: Local massage ladies offer sessions at reasonable rates. They're available every day from the afternoon to about 10pm. I found it a great way to finish a day.

Why does Elephant Nature Park need dog volunteers?

  • It creates awareness and spreads education of a more compassionate world.
  • Funds are needed to help their work at all levels.
  • There’s a lot of work to do and willing, compassionate people are always welcome.
  • There are lots of dogs there who deserve the love we can give them.

Was my volunteering experience at ENP worthwhile?

Certainly was!  I really enjoyed being part of a dedicated, friendly team of people who genuinely cared for the dogs. Apart from my financial contribution I felt that the work I did was appreciated. It was an amazing time and as is the case with many volunteers, I was sad to leave. I had booked for 2 weeks and ended up staying for about 4!



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