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Volunteer in Thailand: Outdoor Volunteering Jobs in Rural Thai Villages

International Volunteer HQ

Street Address:
Apartment 17 Quarterdeck 4 Buller Street, New Plymouth, New
Locality:
New Plymouth
Region:
New Zealand

Outdoor Volunteering Jobs in Rural Thai Villages

Country
Thailand
Locations
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Dates of Program
1st and 3rd Monday of every Month
Group/Independent
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 years+
Project Review

The Outdoor Work placement is for those who are happy to get their hands dirty, who like physical labour, and the sense of achievement felt when a job is completed. Because there are three distinct seasons (hot, rainy, cold), sometimes outdoor work is not possible. This is overcome by researching into methods of agricultural production which could be applied in this area, project presentations to villagers, promotional work, and other work that can be carried out protected from the elements. Some examples of work previously completed by volunteers on the outdoor work project are building water tanks, extending water pipe systems, building check dams, building school classrooms, painting school classrooms, developing the local agricultural project, helping in local vegetable gardens, working on developing plantations, road repairs, repair and maintenance of homes of elderly Thai villagers, building new houses and toilets for elderly Thai villagers, building the new staff office, making bricks for building projects and cleaning.  Some work will be scheduled, and as such, will be expected to be done on a regular basis – daily watering of vegetables, for instance. Other jobs will appear as and when they arrive. Often, work is carried out at short notice, so it is difficult to give volunteers an accurate itinerary of their stay.

Major Responsibilities

Major Job Responsibilities:

Outdoor jobs can range from project presentations to villagers, promotional work, to other work that can be carried out protected from the elements. Some examples of work previously completed by volunteers on the outdoor work project are building water tanks, extending water pipe systems, building check dams, building school classrooms, painting school classrooms, developing the local agricultural project, helping in local vegetable gardens, working on developing plantations, road repairs, repair and maintenance of homes of elderly Thai villagers, building new houses and toilets for elderly Thai villagers, building the new staff office, making bricks for building projects and cleaning.

Cost/Program Fee
USD 305 (1 Week) to USD 1275 (3 Months)
What program fee Includes

Program fee covers:

  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation
  • Program supervision
  • Accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period
  • In-country 24/7 support
  • In-country administration costs

Program fee does not cover:

  • Visa
  • Airfare
  • Airport drop off at the conclusion of your program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Souvenirs, trips or tours you do while in the country
  • Spending money
Skills/ Qualifications

Skills or Qualifications:

Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program and have at least a high school education. In addition, the candidates should be English speaking individuals.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Food and Accommodation:

Volunteers are housed onsite at our partner organization’s headquarters in Chiang Rai. Volunteers live in a communal environment (males and females have separate lodgings) with other staff and volunteers. The accommodation is well integrated into the environment as the buildings are made of wood and soil. There are three dormitories for female volunteers and interns. You may find yourself sharing with quite a few people, depending on the period. The cob style dorms are for male volunteers, and made of soil, chaff and straw. A feature of the houses are that they are cool in summer and warm in winter. Also, they are environmentally friendly as the design minimizes tree logging.  Bedding is provided, and mosquito nets are available if necessary. Meals are cooked and eaten in a common kitchen which is also located onsite. The menu mainly consists of Thai dishes however, occasionally, western style food is served. Volunteers can assist our cook if they wish in the afternoons. At weekends, no food is provided so volunteers have to cook for themselves, buy at local shops, or go into town. If you have special eating needs, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

Any Missing Important Information

Note:

In order to keep costs as low as possible for the volunteer we do not include travel insurance in our fees as we have found that generally volunteers can acquire it cheaper by getting it privately. While travel insurance is not compulsory to volunteer on our programs, we do recommend it. From a survey of IVHQ volunteers in 2009, over 98% had purchased travel insurance. It is inevitable that things will not go to plan when you are travelling and while IVHQ does everything it can to ensure your trip abroad goes smoothly and is a fantastic, memorable experience, it is very wise to ensure you have adequate travel insurance should you fall sick, bags go missing or something is stolen.

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