A Life-changing, Rewarding and Affordable Thai Experience!
Make a difference in the world by traveling to the beautiful Thailand, helping those that need it the most and engaging in an ancient and interesting culture. A tropical nation in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is an exotic land full of luscious mountains, pristine beaches, enchanting culture, Buddhist temples and tropical forests combining like a kaleidoscope of different worlds mixed together. From the green rice fields of North Thailand to the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, Rustic Volunteer programs in the Thailand offer something amazing for you.
Volunteer with Rustic Volunteer in Thailand for the excellent opportunity to be a responsible tourist in Southeast Asia's most visited country. You will contribute to the lives of eager children and work closely with local people. As a volunteer in Thailand, you will gain unique insight into what the everyday life of Thailand is really like away from the beaches and adventurous tours. Contact us now and begin your journey to Thailand! The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can send you further information to start the experience of a lifetime.get more information
| Ayutthaya Start Dates
Ayutthaya Volunteer Programs start Every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month..
|Surin & Sangklaburi Start Dates
Click here to find the start date of surin and sangkalaburi
If you are tired of expensive volunteer programs but want to make a positive contribution in the world, look no further! Rustic is dedicated to offering high quality, well-organized and meaningful programs at the most affordable price in the United States. We work hard to keep costs as low as possible, focusing on the effectiveness of our projects, the safety of our volunteers and the quality of participant experiences. We currently offer the most competitive price possible in today's market including an application fee (of $299) AND a small weekly fee as follows:
|8 Weeks||$1,250||$1,148||$1,244||$1,608||-4 weeks only|
Airport Pickup & Transfer to Ayuthaya (1 hour) $60
Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
In Thailand, poor local-income families cannot afford to pay for often expensive childcare services. In Ayuthaya, local organizations, municipalities and Buddhist temples have established childcare centers to support children between the ages of 2-6, especially for poor families. In Surin, where monthly wages are very low (less than US $100 per month), many families simply aren’t able to give good grooming to their children. The centers in Surin, therefore, aim to provide the children from poor background basic child interaction and stimulation to develop their skills. These centers are, however, are resource poor and understaffed and need help from volunteers to carry out their work effectively. As a volunteer working for child development in Thailand, you can benefit by supplying these deprived children with much-needed love and companionship as well as a solid foundation to meet their needs and nurture their interests. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of Thai families, help them reach their goals and ultimately provide them with a brighter future.
As a volunteer working in the Childcare/Child Development Project in Thailand, you will work 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday. You will work from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm and have Friday to Sunday off to pursue your interest or travel around. Your responsibilities and tasks in the project will vary and depend on your skills and interests. The project aims to provide holistic approach to caring children and your daily activities may include:
There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer in the childcare/child development program in Thailand. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as well as possess a passion and love for children.
English is in high demand worldwide and as a volunteer in Thailand teaching English, you can improve the future for children and expand their employment opportunities. The primary or secondary schools where our volunteers will teach are located in small communities. The class size ranges from 30–40 depending upon the size of the community and also upon the quality of the school. Almost all of these schools are co-education. The presence of native English speaking volunteers will create conducive environments for the children to learn and speak English. Whether you are presently studying ,simply a mature volunteer or looking for an alternative holiday, you can make a real difference as a volunteer teacher. Our teaching volunteers get opportunity to work in different environments such as primary schools and secondary schools (on request) and they can benefit by supplying these students with much-needed conversational English while providing a solid foundation to meet their needs and ultimately make them attractive in Thailand’s growing job market.
School will remain closed in Surin and Ayuthaya, Thailand from mid March to mid May and from mid September to end of October because of holidays. There won’t be any project in Surin. In Ayuthaya, volunteers will teach extra classes and participate in extra-curricular activities organized by the school.
As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you will work 4 days a week. In Surin, during your work days your day will start at 8 am with a pick up and you will be brought back to your accommodation at around 3-4 pm. Our staff at the accommodation and the school will help and guide you and advice you on lesson plans and ideas.
Your responsibilities and tasks will vary depending on your skills and interests. Every volunteer in Thailand in the Teach English Program will work at a school to offer formal and informal lessons. Daily activities may include:
There are no specific skills or requirements to volunteer in Rustic Volunteer’s Thailand Teach English project but volunteers must be fluent in English. Volunteers should also be flexible, patient, caring, respectful and passionate about children. While in the classroom, you must dress conservatively. It is important that volunteers in Thailand respect local religious and social customs.
For many centuries, wats or Buddhist temples have served as educational institutions for young citizens of Thailand. All the temples receive donations, which are used for the maintenance of temples and its surroundings. In addition, some temples support social welfare activities to benefit local communities. Many run a school within the temple complex. In collaboration with local Thailand partners, Rustic Travel and Volunteers provide volunteers/travelers who have a passion for teaching and are interested in Thai society behind the walls of temple school. Volunteer to teach in a temple school and gain the opportunity to gain the experience teaching while at the same time, immersing yourself into the Thai culture and Buddhist religion deeply rooted in Thai society. For those interested in exploring Buddhism, this is the perfect project to grow spiritually.
As a volunteer teaching English in a Buddhist temple school in Thailand, your responsibilities and tasks will vary depending on your skills and interests. Daily activities may include:
There are no specific skills or requirements to volunteer in Rustic Volunteer’s Teaching English in a Buddhist Temple School in Thailand Project. Volunteers should be flexible, patient, caring, respectful and passionate about children. While in the classroom, you must dress conservatively. It is important that volunteers in Thailand respect local religious and social customs.
Though Thailand has made rapid strides at improving the healthcare system of the country, it is still far short of providing adequate care for the masses. In remote and poorer areas, many people never receive healthcare and those who do, receive only substandard treatment. There is an extreme lack of physical therapists, doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics and as a result, people succumb to treatable diseases. When you volunteer in Surin, you will work in a combination of the local hospitals, rural community clinics, and child care centers in addition to our own outreach program with the cooperation of Surin’s Department of Public Health and village leaders. As a healthcare volunteer in Thailand, you can make a difference in the lives of sick children and adults so they may live healthier and happier lives. This is the perfect opportunity for volunteers in the healthcare field to gain valuable professional experience, explore Thailand, its culture and most importantly, make a positive difference in the lives of others.
As a medical volunteer in Thailand, you will work 4 days a week. In Surin, during your work days, your day will start at 8 am with a pick up and you will be brought back to your accommodation at around 3-4 pm. Our staff at the accommodation and the school will help and guide you and advice you on lesson plans and ideas.
Each volunteer in Thailand working in the healthcare/medical project will have varying responsibilities and tasks and volunteer project will depend on one’s qualifications and certifications as a medical professional. Duties may include:
A certification or an ID stating you’re a medical professional or student must be furnished prior to volunteering, as this is a volunteer project for physical therapists or nursing or medicals professionals/students. Medical students can also participate by producing an ID or a letter stating they are in the process of acquiring a medical or nursing degree. Volunteers must also be patient, flexible, responsible, enthusiastic and caring.
Volunteer in Thailand and help construct a building so children who have no one to care for them can have a decent home to stay. The 38 children are currently living in a rented house, and this project – called DREAM House Project – is waiting completion so the children can be transferred to their new and vastly better house. We have dreamed of providing the children cleaner, healthier and more spacious infrastructure but we need volunteers to complete this work. Regardless of your skills and interests, Rustic Volunteer assures you will have a memorable, challenging and rewarding experience. As a volunteer in Thailand working in the Project, part of your fee is being used directly to purchase the required materials. Your physical presence on the site is helping to shelter and care for these kids. You will be making a very real difference to the lives of these children.
Volunteer work here is 5 days a week. The project will progress in 3 phases. In the first phase, foundation of the building will be laid after clearing the ground. Following this, a building will be constructed to house 150 children. After this, other infrastructures like cooking area, shower and classrooms will be constructed. During the project, our volunteers will be helped by local staffs. Your daily activities may include:
There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer in the school/orphanage building program in Thailand. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient, motivated, hard working and enthusiastic about community projects and international development. Good physical conditions may be necessary to carry out projects.
Throughout Thailand, Surin is known as the region of domesticated elephants. Surin in fact hosts elephant festivals also. The elephants are domesticated to run various chores for the owners who make a healthy profit out of this. But as the elephants get old, sick and wounded, the owners do not provide them sufficient care for them. Many elephants are often sold to people who take these old and sick elephants to cities, where they are made to stand on a hot tarmac road as their new owners beg for money to care the elephants. To help prevent this from happening, the elephant project is looking after these elephants.
As a volunteer in the elephant project in Thailand, you will have the unique opportunity to care for elephants as you work with local organization for their conservation and welfare. You will work with elephants to provide daily care (feeding, bathing, etc) from elephant handlers, known as “mahouts”. From them, volunteers will learn how to carefully and efficiently care for such great creatures. As you get to know the elephants you work with, you will begin to learn how to recognize their sounds, movements, moods and feelings as well as their individual traits and temperaments. Many elephants need love, care and support. As you volunteer in Thailand providing care for elephants, you will have a rewarding experience as you immerse yourself into Thai culture and explore a beautiful country.
The project is located in a farming community on the outskirts of Surin. There are 30 elephants in the community and the project has reached an agreement with the community that they will not sell their elephants if we support the elephants by providing them food, medicine and help the community financially. Volunteers can expect to support local organizations with various goals as outlined by local staff and “mahouts.” Daily activities will vary, but may include:
During the project, volunteers will stay 3 nights each week in the village. Meals will be included in the village stay. There is a small shop in the village from where you can purchase snacks. Volunteers are expected to help cooking meals and join in with day to day activities in the village. There is also a very real respect ethic that runs throughout Thailand and volunteers are expected to follow this at all time. Small gestures like removing shoes before entering a house, keeping shoulders covered, respect for the Royal family show huge respect.
We do not require any skills or qualifications to volunteer in this project. You’ll however have to be passionate about working with animals. If you’re open minded and flexible during the project, you’ll enjoy your stay and achieve more.
Rustic Volunteer arranges volunteer meals, accommodations and strong field supervision for the duration of projects and optional travel packages. Volunteers in Ayutthaya (one hour from Bangkok) stay in a volunteer home base, a permanent home established for our international volunteers. Our home base Ayutthaya is located in a very safe and clean neighborhood. There are internet cafés, restaurants, local transportation and supermarkets near our home bases. The home bases provide a comfortable place to relax after a long day. There are several bedrooms (which may be shared with a same-gender volunteer) and community areas. There are shared kitchens, a television and shared bathrooms, which have running water and "western-style" toilets.
Volunteers in Surin will stay in a volunteer houses with twin shared bedrooms and a communal living room, kitchen and bathrooms. As above, these houses are in safe neighborhoods with close proximity to local amenities, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, etc. In addition, the houses are close to our in-country staff office.
Food is included in the program fee for volunteers in AYUTTHAYA (3 local meals a day). Please note that food is NOT included in SURIN. There are many restaurants and cafes that serve very inexpensive food. We hope that volunteers explore Thai food, as we believe it is a great way to get to know Thai culture.
Rustic offers unparalleled field support to volunteers to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. There are many layers of support for you. The most important support comes from our country coordinator/field staff. The secondary support comes from the host project staff. Volunteers will have access to our country coordinator's mobile number and they are available 24/7.
Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Our field staff will visit regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to make sure things are going well and as planned. However, if placement is far from our local offices, staff members will stay in touch via email/ phone. Volunteers are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time.
Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.get more information
Volunteer in Thailand projects are available in Ayutthaya (the old capital of Thailand and full of history) and one hour from Bangkok (capital city; notable attractions such as the Grand Palace, Democracy Monument, Giant Swing, Sanam) and Surin (Buddhist temples, shrines and elephant festivals). Known for Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, the culture of Thailand incorporates a great deal of influence from India, China, and the rest of Southeast Asia. Like most Asian cultures, respect towards ancestors is an essential part of Thai spiritual practice. Thais have a strong sense of hospitality and generosity, but also a strong sense of social hierarchy.
Volunteers can organize different excursions during and after the project to visit places of interest. There is a tourist infrastructure already in place to use on weekends and during free time. Volunteers can visit waterfalls, lakes, markets, temples, palaces, wats, caves and enjoy riding elephants, trekking through jungles, raft down rivers, sunbathing on beaches and much more.
Thailand has adequate medical care available. Please be informed about the risks of international travel and possible concerns of Thailand. Here are some recommended sites:
WHO website for international travelers ( http://www.who.int/csr/ihr/en/ )
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