Guide to Volunteering in Chiang Mai

Keen to volunteer Thailand? In the north of the country you can join programs 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. 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. 


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


How You Can Help:

There are projects available to international participants in areas like:

  • 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


Requirements & How to Apply

You will need to be enthusiastic, have a helpful attitude, be interested in helping and opening to working in a new environment. For unskilled placements you usually don't need any previous experience and anyone aged 18+ can apply. Under 18's will usually need to participate as part of a group or with a family. All local companies employ English speaking staff although you might want to study Thai in Thailand to interact better with locals. You can search opportunities and organisations above.


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Reviews & Testimonials

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