This is a guest's post on actual topic of volunteering, not including any places on Koh Phangan. Phangan require particular extended overview-alike article to highlight the demanded subject. Maybe I'll do this one day, if you will convince me that "its needed" - in this case first we'll post it at Kalos Eco, dedicated to that kind of stuff. And pictures will be taken from our exclusive stock of genuine natural no-modified photos from the real masters, which prefer to be there incognito - as my honorable guests you can use it for free too!
Volunteering has become especially popular in Thailand. Volunteering is not only a great way to travel inexpensively, but also to fully immerse yourself in Thai culture and enjoy the diverse surroundings.
Thailand is a mecca for all kinds of travelers and has been for decades. Nature lovers are particularly attracted to this Southeast Asian country due to its versatile landscapes. From the mountains in the north to the beaches in the south and everything in between, Thailand offers a little something for everyone. Here are 5 selected places, where volunteering combines work, education & leisure in a proper, organic proportion.
First opened in 2016, this organic farm is located in a non-touristy area close to parks and waterfalls. The primary goal of Phuket Farms Club is to consult local businesses on sustainability by providing organic, all-natural vegetables and fruits to its members and by providing informational workshops to locals.
As a volunteer, you will be expected to help out with gardening and natural building projects for about four hours each day, six days per week. The remainder of the time is yours to explore, relax and enjoy some of Thailand’s most popular beaches. 500 THB ($16 USD) per week covers accommodations, tea, and coffee, but not food. There is a one week minimum for volunteers, but there is an option to pay per night if you cannot stay an entire week.
Located in the town of Phrao in Northern Thailand, the mission behind Warm Heart is to help support the surrounding Hill Tribe and small villages to become economically and socially sustainable.
As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to volunteer your skills in many different ways. Warm Heart needs help with teaching, writing, accounting, communications, IT, operations, public health, and community outreach. For roughly 8,000 THB ($250 USD) per month, you will be provided with housing, hot water, a kitchen, internet, transportation, and help with acquiring proper documentation.
Phrao Valley is surrounded by mountains, parks, hills, and forests, so you’ll have plenty of places to explore in your free time.
3. Naucrates, Phra Thong Island
Located in the southwest region of Thailand on Phra Thong Island, this Italian-based NGO works to conserve wildlife, grow communities, and manage natural resources. One of their key priorities is conserving sea turtles, for which they recruit volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities are available from November to February or February to April. Take note that volunteers are expected to stay for the entire duration. Accommodations and food are free, but all travel and visas must be covered by the volunteer. Volunteers with a related degree or who are currently pursuing a related degree are invited to apply.
Mae Taeng in the Chiang Mai region of northern Thailand is located between rice, corn, and soy fields and forest land. The Panya Project is a community focused on sustainable education and inspiring change in the world.
As a volunteer, you will help with organic gardening, natural building, and forest gardening. Price they ask is 2000 THB (about $63 USD) per week, which includes accommodations and food.
5. Tacomepai at Pai, Mae Hong Soon
Pai is a popular tourist gem, this mountain village located in the Mae Hong Soon Province in northern Thailand. Known for its local hot springs, gorges, and waterfalls, this mountain town is perfect for nature lovers.
Tacomepai is an organic farm that develops sustainable techniques of growing rice and also creates eco-friendly living spaces.
As a volunteer, you will help with planting, watering, harvesting, and cleaning. The cost is 300 THB ($9 USD) per day for the first two nights and 200 ($6 USD) THB after that. This price includes accommodations, vegan meals, and the opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Written by Hannah Fitzpatrick. Hannah is a freelance writer and blogger at AllTheRooms who has a deep passion for travel, mindful living and people. Originally from Upstate New York, she’s had the opportunity to live in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and most currently, Maryland. She recently crossed country number 16 off her bucket list and is always devising a plan to fulfill her perpetual wanderlust. When she’s not busy writing or traveling, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and puppy, exploring her local community or honing in on her photography skills.
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