Volunteer in Thailand: Three-Week Summer Volunteer Trip

Surin, Thailand

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  • From $1349 USD for 3 Weeks

  • 3 - 4 Weeks

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  • 17 And Older



The Thailand summer volunteer program is the perfect mix of fun and volunteering that gives travelers as many chances to make a difference as it does provide opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It’s a great trip for first-time travelers or experienced adventurers alike and is a favorite among high school and college students, gap year travelers, and backpackers. A few of the highlights of the trip include volunteering with students in Bangkok and Surin, helping out with community building projects in Surin, visiting the incredible elephant village, and seeing some of Thailand’s exquisite countryside.

There are many ways that you're going to have a positive influence during your time in Thailand, as well as having an unforgettable travel adventure while you're at it. If you're looking for a fun, rewarding, and responsible way to travel and see the world, then the Thailand summer program is for you.

The first day of your trip is your arrival in Bangkok, followed by time to yourself to rest, relax, explore, and meet your fellow volunteers. The next day, you'll go on a guided tour of the city that will include a trip to the old city, a riverboat ride, and a chance to see some of Bangkok’s wonderful temples, followed by an evening discovering the wonders of Khao San Road with your group. On the third day of the trip, you'll go to Southeast Asia’s largest outdoor market, Chatuchak. Day four is a volunteer day that will have you playing games and organizing activities for the children at Wat Pho School, an iconic temple that’s home to an enormous golden statue of a reclining Buddha.

The next day, you and your fellow volunteer travelers will make your way to Surin, where you'll have the evening to relax and familiarize yourself with the town. Starting the following morning, you'll spend the next two days volunteering with the childcare center near Surin, where you'll work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. helping with the children and pitching in with renovations at the facilities. Lunch will be between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and during this time, you'll serve food to the children and take time for yourself to eat. In the two days following that, you'll spend your days volunteering at the local school and community center, helping with renovations and other projects. The tenth day of the trip will be a free day that you can use to explore Surin, discover the city’s Khmer temples, or check out the bars and restaurants.

Then, you and your group will make your way to the elephant village, where you'll spend the next four days living in the village, helping to care for the elephants, getting to know the human and animal residents, and learning what it’s like to live in a rural Thai community. In the evenings you'll be free to explore, go kayaking in the river, or fish and cook with the locals. All your meals will be provided during this time until you return to Surin on the afternoon of your fifteenth day.

Days 16 and 17 will be more free days for you to relax and enjoy yourself in Surin, and then you'll take an early trip to Khao Yai National Park, which is home to massive trees, wild elephants, and stunning waterfalls. The following morning, you'll leave your accommodation near the park to join a local guide, who will take you on a jungle trek through the park to Pha Diew Dai viewpoint before you head back to your accommodations for the evening.

The next morning, you'll start on the four-hour trip back to Bangkok and Khao San Road, where you'll have one more evening to see and do anything else you missed in the city. The following day, you'll make your way to the airport to head home or to your next destination, unless you signed up for the Koh Phangan beach week, in which case you'll have an additional day to explore Khao San Road. Here's what you can expect from Thailand’s world-famous beaches and the beach week at Koh Phangan:

· Taking the overnight coach from Bangkok and then catching the early ferry to Koh Phangan

· Spending the week relaxing, exploring, and lounging on the beach or at the pool

· Enjoying the full moon, black moon, half moon, and jungle parties

· A final night on Khao San Road, followed by checkout at 11 a.m. on the twenty-ninth morning of the trip

The beach extension week costs less than $400, and it’s a fully guided trip, meaning you'll have access to help and expert advice about what to do and see the whole time you're there.

Arrival and Orientation

When you get to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on the first day of your trip, a local coordinator will be there to pick you up and drive you to your accommodation on Khao San Road. After having the evening to settle in, you'll have an orientation the following morning to welcome you to the city, introduce you to your fellow volunteers and coordinators, learn about Thailand, get your itinerary, and then take a tour to acquaint you with the city. During this time, you'll also learn about Thai culture, greetings, food, transportation, and the best places around to get food and drinks. Later on, when you arrive in Surin, you'll get another orientation to introduce you to the new team and discuss the work for the upcoming days.


The first few nights of your trip will be spent in Bangkok, where you'll stay in a hotel or guesthouse on the world-famous Khao San Road. When you transfer to Surin, you'll move to one of the three volunteer houses, which are neat, clean, and equipped with all the amenities you need to be comfortable. These houses are also close to dining options, ATMs, shops, and more for when you have free time. During your time in the elephant village, you'll be staying right in the village in shared accommodations with the other volunteers.

Field Conditions

One of the most important things to know when preparing for a Thailand trip is to bring the right clothes. Because you're going to be doing so many different things during your time here, you're going to want to bring a variety of outfits with you while also packing as light as possible. Thailand is a tropical climate, and that means you can expect the weather to be hot and humid when you're here (unless you’re here between November and February when the evenings get mildly chilly). The best clothes include smart/casual clothes for your time with the children, older clothes and running shoes for your time with the elephants, and t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and sandals for the rest of the time. Just make sure everything is lightweight and cool, but also modest enough that you won’t be underdressed in Thailand’s somewhat conservative culture.

Your Impact

When you volunteer with the children’s day at Wat Pho School in Bangkok, you won’t just be playing games and participating in activities with the kids—you'll also be giving them a chance to practice their English, which can open up many doors for them in the future.

During your time at the childcare center in Surin, you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with the children, help out with basic care, and make sure the children have a fun and exciting environment to learn and play.

The school and community experience will give you more opportunities to help out with small projects or renovations at the school, the community center, or elsewhere in the village. This is especially important because Surin is among the poorest regions in Thailand, so they rely on volunteers like you to help out with projects like renovating the playgrounds, developing the sports fields, and revamping the school library.

Finally, during your time at the elephant village, you'll have an opportunity to help the local villagers with their animal husbandry duties, and get to have a travel experience that’s completely unique.


Surin, Thailand
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Volunteers will be engaged in a variety of projects including working with elephants or in a childcare center.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house and with a host family.

  • Nearest Airport
    Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Bangkok


<p>The cost listed includes a $250 application fee. The 3 week program does not include the Beach Week Extension. The 4 week program does at an additional cost of $395.</p>

3 Weeks
4 Weeks
3 Weeks

$1349 USD

What’s Included

  • Bangkok-Surin-Bangkok transfers by train/coach

  • Exciting guided jungle trek

  • Trek through Khao Yai National Park

  • Elephant experience in Surin

  • City tour of Bangkok and visit to Chatuchak Market

  • Daily transfers to and from project location

  • Volunteering in Bangkok and Surin

  • Meals during elephant village program in Surin

  • Stay in volunteer house/guest house in Surin and in a home stay in elephant village

  • Accommodation in hotel / guest house in Bangkok

  • Program orientation

  • Airport pickup from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Between 6am - 10pm)

  • 24 hr assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide

What’s Not Included

  • Any personal expenses, tips, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 50 to USD 60 per week)

  • Vaccinations

  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)

  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)

  • Visa fees

  • International/Domestic Airfare

Project Start Dates

Wednesdays during Summer of 2019.


Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)


Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...

Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more


Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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