volunteer work isaan
Isan Survivor is one organization I’ve mentioned in at least a couple of previous posts.
Isan Survivor is an international volunteer organization that operates in the Isan region of Thailand (the Northeast). The purpose of the group is to help Isan kids and run pro-poor projects for people who live in the rural countryside.
We offer the opportunity for people of all ages, and from all around the world, who want to have alternative and meaningful volunteer experiences while seeking to find sustainable solutions for rural schools in Thailand, and working on projects targeting village development issues.
” Isan Survivor ” is a unique volunteering program where our volunteers can enjoy and experience true Isan culture and get off the beaten track, by participating in cultural and adventurous responsible tourism activities called “ Survive as Isan ” with our staff and local people, while volunteering in the area.
Survive as Isan program introduces volunteers to the Isan way of life. You will have the opportunity to experience “ what it is like to be Isan ” and learn about the Isan people by participating in many traditional Isan recreations that can create great friendships and bonding with the fun loving, beautiful and kind people of this Isan region.
Access the link at the start of this post, and you can read how this entire project got started by a young Thai man whose own infancy survival was in serious question.
Another organization is the Fernthai Volunteer Foundation.
The Fernthai Volunteer Foundation Thailand was established to provide Thailand’s poorest kids and communities a sustainable route to work their way out of poverty utilising short term local and foreign volunteers. By engaging global supporters at home and active volunteers abroad who live, work and undertake cultural exchange programs we aim to help them meet this goal.
“Volunteering Today For A Brighter Tomorrow”
Welcome to the brand new Fernthai Volunteer Foundation website. If you’re looking for volunteer work in Thailand you’ve come to the right place! We are a new organisation working in the field of volunteering within one of the poorest and most needy regions in the beautiful country of Thailand. Although we are a new organisation we bring to you a wealth of experience in the world of volunteering. In fact, the organisation was formed by a group of former foreign and Thai volunteers working to bridge the gap and confront all of the problems associated with volunteering in a foreign country. We are confident our experience will enable us to not only provide you, the volunteer, a smooth, reliable and full-filling experience, but more importantly, it will stand us in great stead when it comes to actually achieving our goal – to help those who need us most. We welcome any feedback and hope that you enjoy our website. Our experience has driven together a group of like- minded individuals who strive to bring volunteering back to its purest form – that of simply giving up our time to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Our ethos is to create a foundation that can provide you, the volunteer, an affordable, achievable, opportunity to volunteer today for a brighter tomorrow – with any funds raised being used directly in the heart of the community they were intended for. Living in a high-paced western world it is so easy to forget (or ignore) the plight of those people who were born into this world without the liberties our lifestyle provides us. Well, now you have a genuine opportunity to volunteer in Thailand and do something about it. An opportunity that has been stripped of all of the complexities other organisations offer you, one that makes being a volunteer in Thailand a real possibility . More importantly, it provides you with an opportunity to really make a difference in the future outcome of someone’s life. It really is a small price to pay to make a genuine impact. And what’s more, believe us 100% when we say this opportunity will not only have a long lasting impact on those you help, it WILL also provide you, the volunteer, with a new, fresh, appreciative outlook on your own life itself!
The Fernthai site has an excellent article on The History Of Phak Isaan.
Welcome to AFECT. Our NGO charity runs volunteering and eco tours based around our 29 years of humanitarian work. For our 3 day and 7 day tours please navigate the ECO SCHOOL page. For volunteering we recommend downloading our brochure which has pages of details. We will also be opening our Biodiversity tours in 2010.
The Association for Akha Education and Culture in Thailand has been a registered non profit charity for nearly 30 years. Our sole aim is assisting the Thai and Burmese Hill Tribes in humanitarian work.
Afect is also a cultural NGO and preserves the culture of some of the most beautiful and captivating indigenous tribes in the world.
Come and visit our charity helping with humanitarian work amongst the beautiful natural scenery where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, and witness Tribal pageantry in its most colorful and affluent traditions of art and culture.
AFECT bridges the gap between a great holiday, voluntary aid and a non profit program helping refugees from Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world.
DOWNLOAD OUR NEW 2010 BROCHURE OF VOLUNTEERING
Join one of Thailand’s oldest NGO’s as an English teacher or volunteer in our Conservation and Bio diversity project. Also enjoy personal development during a gap year in our humanitarian WORK CAMP.
We have many volunteer projects on offer. Please email us for further information and placement availability.
There is also Mundo Exchange: Mundo Exchange is an NGO Non-Profit which operates community development programs in Thailand, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic through volunteer exchanges.
Volunteering in Thailand
If you would like to volunteer in Thailand, around the rural area of Isaan, then Mundo Exchange may just well be the perfect Thai experience for you. We tailor your skills to local community development projects and promote a cross-cultural exchange; Be it of music, food, literature, language or anything else you and your Thai friends can think of. Please feel free to look around our site, sign up to comment or contact us with any queries.
If you are ready to take the plunge and start the process then Apply now!
Still another organization is Opportunity Foundation.
Caring for Abused, Abandoned and Trafficked Children
During recent years the Thai government has improved child protection laws and has strained limited government resources to address the increasing need for social services for abused and abandoned children. There is a great need for private foundations to supplement the government programs, particularly in providing trauma care, rehabilitation and long term care for abuse victims. There are few organizations in Thailand, or anywhere in Asia, with professional staff and facilities to care for children who are victims of family, community or trafficking abuse.
Buriram Province, where Opportunity Foundation is located, and its neighboring provinces are primary sources of trafficked children and women, and domestic violence and child abuse are common. Opportunity Foundation is also strategically located only sixty kilometers from Cambodia, a country where many children and women are trafficked to neighboring countries and further abroad.
Volunteering for Opportunity Foundation
One of the best things about volunteering with Opportunity Foundation is that you get to stay in the Nang Rong area. In the future, a guest house for volunteers will be constructed in Opportunity Village, but there are presently several small guest houses in the area.
Currently volunteers staying for a few weeks can stay in a Nang Rong hotel or guest house charging about 350 baht (approximately 10 US$) per night for an air-conditioned room and breakfast. Until such time as construction of our own apartments are completed we will assist longer term volunteers to find monthly rentals for accommodations in Nang Rong.
Depending on their skills, volunteers can have a variety of tasks such as infant care, tree planting, fish pond building and other landscape jobs. If you training or experience in child or youth related social work, psychology, child development, infant care, or have experience in some other aspect of child care, from simply having been a parent to a university degree, we’d like to talk with you.
Next, how about Openmind Projects?
Volunteer Work Abroad in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal
Design your own Volunteer Work Abroad. Volunteer Asia
Volunteer Overseas as Volunteer Teacher, as Volunteer Students, as a Wildlife Volunteer, as an Older Volunteer Abroad. Read more in our Volunteer information Package
Volunteering Overseas Opportunities with OpenmindProjects, an Aid and Development Volunteer Organization. Read more about us
Openmind Projects offers voluntary work overseas and supports some 70 projects to volunteer in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal. Volunteers can teach English and IT at schools, volunteer at orphanages in Thailand and Nepal, teach in Buddhist temples and monasteries in Thailand and Nepal, tsunami Thailand villages, towns, and train at Thai and Laos national parks and hospitals. Overseas volunteer opportunities include teaching English, IT, computer training, community-based eco tourism, wildlife conservation, childcare and health, medical projects.
There is also Travel to Teach (T2T): Created by Volunteers, for Volunteers.
If you have ever considered volunteering abroad, Thailand is a wonderful country to volunteer in. The hospitality of the Thai people and the beauty of the landscape makes Thailand an ideal destination for volunteers.
There are many reasons for wanting to volunteer abroad, whether you are taking a Gap Year, career break or a volunteer vacation, Travel to Teach can introduce you to all aspects of this extraordinary culture.
Thailand is a nation that has been catapulted into modernity. It’s relatively strong economic development and booming tourist industry mean that English teachers are in high demand. Volunteering will take you away from the from the popular tourist destinations of Koh Samui and Phuket and introduce you to more traditional Thai communities.
Volunteers in Thailand get a unique insight into Thailand that most backpackers will never get to see.
The sleepy town of Mae Hong Son lies to the north west of Chiang Mai and is located on the Burmese border. Our volunteers work with several schools for Burmese refugees, a local temple and at a local orphanage for Shan (Burmese) children.
Nongkhai located on the Laos border in North Eastern Thailand is Travel to Teach’s original and most estabilished volunteer location. The small city still boasts our widest range of teaching projects and provides a perfect location for first time volunteers.
Travel to Teach offers the opportunity to stay at a forest temple retreat, living a traditional Buddhist monk lifestyle. Meditation is the focus here and most of your day will be taken up by undertaking various forms of meditation. It can be a challenging experience, please read further details in the temple retreat section of the website, accessible by clicking on this text.
We have volunteer programs located in Temples surorunding Nongkhai. Teaching at a temple is a great way to see traditional Thailand and Buddhism in action. Monk students are both keen to learn English and to educate on Buddhism and temple life.
Travel to Teach has a volunteer homestay program in a small village in north east Thailand where volunteers can live with a local family and teach at a local school, experiencing the rural Thai lifestyle.
There is Baan Gerda.
Care and treatment for HIV & AIDS orphans in Thailand
BaanGerda is a small community 230 km north of Bangkok, where 85 HIV infected and affected orphans live and receive medical treatment in family houses under the care of foster parents. It is a project of the Children’s Rights Foundation, a Bangkok-based non profit organization.
Children orphaned by AIDS who are HIV positive often end up in the most pitiful situation imaginable. They are less likely than others to find shelter in their extended families, and can be outcasts in their own communities. Most state orphanages and other charitable institutions have not responded to their needs for life-saving drugs, for the love and care of a family structure, and for education.
In the beginning, we aimed simply to ease the suffering of kids with AIDS in whatever life remained to them – in other words, we were a hospice operation. As better medicine became available, however, and as the organization gained more financial support from donors, it became possible for BaanGerda to provide long-term care. Little did we imagine that one day we would admit children in an advanced stage of AIDS and that we would be able to nurse them back to health.
BaanGerda is the only organization in Thailand that provides family-style homes for orphans, as well as comprehensive HIV care. We believe this structure plays a great role in the recovery and continued health of our children. They all attend school or kindergarten, while their foster parents take care of housekeeping and handicraft production.
In conjunction with the new English program, a volunteer program is being established at Baan Gerda. The intention is to create a more global and future-orientated atmosphere in which international English speaking volunteers engage with and pass on broader knowledge and experience to the children of Baan Gerda, thus opening up futures and minds. The volunteers are expected to have teaching experience and qualifications that will equip them to implement the challenging English language syllabus in evening and weekend classes. If you are interested in pursuing a life-changing and enriching term with us, please contact Karl Morsbach for further information.
Another volunteer opportunity is through Rustic Pathways.
Rustic Pathways has been operating student travel and community service programs in Thailand for over a decade. With dozens of full-time local employees from incredibly diverse backgrounds, our connections here ensure access to places that aren’t open to most visitors, allowing for truly special experiences. Our Southeast Asian administrative headquarters are based outside of Chiang Mai, and David Venning – Rustic Pathways’ Chairman and Thailand’s resident summer Director – also has a home here. With our legendary Ricefields Community Service Base in the northeast, the Hill Tribe Orphanage Project along the Burmese border, and a number of other bases throughout the Hill Tribe region, our year round facilities are proof of our commitment to the communities and people we love and support in Thailand – welcome to Amazing Thailand.
From it’s jagged, misty peaks to it’s jutting limestone islands, Thailand is a land of natural wonders. Rich rainforests and cascading waterfalls are home to swooping gibbons and wild elephants. Saffron-robed monks mindfully make their way down quiet streets in the days’ early light, collecting morning alms. A humble rice farmer catches an afternoon snooze in the cool shade of a bamboo hut, while water buffaloes wade in the river beyond. High in the mountains Hill Tribe women sit in a stilted house, weaving and stitching intricate crafts, while a cool mountain breeze tickles the leaves of a teak tree. Welcome to the Land of Smiles!
Rustic Pathways Thailand Operations
Rustic Pathways is the largest student program operator in Thailand. Our operations stretch from the limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the tranquil rice fields and silk villages of the Northeast, to Thailand’s magnificent, mountainous Hill Tribe Region. Our administrative headquarters are nestled alongside the mountains outside Chiang Mai, with offices, staff quarters, guesthouses, a training school, and an internet café. David Venning – Rustic Pathways Chairman and Thailand’s resident summer director – also has a home here. Our legendary Ricefields Community Service Base in peaceful Northeastern Thailand is comprised of living quarters, classrooms, and features two beautiful eight-bedroom houses largely built from recycled teak. The Ricefields Base has a large swimming pool, organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens, a gym, a traditional Thai-style sala, and a meditation garden. Rustic Pathways also has two satellite offices and guesthouses in Thailand’s Hill Tribe Region, and has just opened a new year round base in Chiang Rai. The entire organization is linked by a modern communications system.
Our Thai Team – A Cornucopia of Riches
Our Thai staff members form the backbone of our operations and our success. Students absolutely love the Thai leaders who work alongside our American counselors and make our programs wonderfully enriching and truly special. Most Thai employees have participated in extended training programs in either the USA or Australia, and all of them attend on-going classes in English, First Aid, Thai History, and Tourism when they are not working with students. We are extremely proud of the rich and caring Thai team that works for us across the country.
Amazing, Life-Changing Programs
Operating year round, we have a great depth of knowledge and a very strong infrastructure in Thailand, resulting in astonishing opportunities for our students and our guests. Our employees and their extended families ensure access to special places, people, and activities that are not generally accessible to visitors. When you travel with Rustic Pathways here, you are welcomed as part of our family and treated as an honored guest. We invite you to join us in Amazing Thailand and explore the wonders of Southeast Asia with us. If you have any questions about our Thailand programs, please contact our Thai Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, I will mention uVolunteer.
Volunteer Thailand Homepage
uVolunteer currently offers the opportunity to Teach English, Teach Computer and Web Design lessons, or volunteer at a Monkey Rehabilitation Center. Volunteering in Thailand is one of the most enjoyable programs an international volunteer can experience.
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for our volunteers. Culturally, Thailand is just as diverse as its geography. Thailand is a very modern country yet the typical Thai community is still based around traditional farming. Nearly fifty percent of Thais earn their living from the land or from tourism. Since tourism is one of the main industries in Thailand, there is desperate need for Thai people to learn and speak English.
We can offer Teaching English and Computer Skills volunteer projects based in rural communities based around Phon Phisai, in the Nong Khai province of Isan. Isan is the poorest region of Thailand and remains largely undiscovered. This province is the ideal area for discovering the real Thailand.
The Monkey Rehabilitation Park is a specialist project that is run by our partner organization in Phuket, located in South Thailand. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and has many enticing attractions for one to enjoy.
Volunteering abroad in Thailand will enable you to embrace Thai culture, and also give something back. Our programs in Thailand are great and enjoyable placements for a gap year, vacation, spring break or career break for groups and individual travelers.
There are others…but I’ve got to stop somewhere!
volunteer work isaan
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