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Volunteer in Thailand: Tree Planting and Environmental Research in Thailand

Kaya Responsible Travel

Street Address:
The Arches, North Campus Incubator, Sackville Street
United Kingdom

Tree Planting and Environmental Research in Thailand

Various locations around Chiang Mai
Dates of Program
The First Saturday Of Every Month
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Rebuilding a lost forest and other eco-projects are the focus of this placement, where Kaya environmental volunteers join local NGOs in their grassroots efforts to protect and preserve natural resources. Volunteers mainly participate in forest conservation and environmental education programs designed to teach locals sustainable practices, habits and pursuits. The project takes place within Doi Suthep National Park and the surrounding area to rebuild deforested lands. Volunteers have opportunities to engage in various environmental projects, as well as provide insight into developing small-scale eco-projects. Reforestation requires a lot of hands to help with planting, maintenance, monitoring and evaluating local and national efforts. Projects run on low funds and volunteers are a big help in assisting with the workload it takes to rebuild lost forests in northern Thailand.

Major Responsibilities

Volunteers bring an international perspective to the work of reforestation and conservation, passing along their knowledge and enthusiasm to local residents who will benefit the most from this work. Volunteers help staff with tree planting, research, and training sessions. Volunteers can also join the international schools education program, where they work with education staff to coordinate and implement project modules at school events at the project nurseries. Volunteers help staff to organise project workshops, help create presentations, and report on workshop outcomes.

Cost/Program Fee
Euro 720 for 2 weeks, Euro 175 for each week thereafter
What program fee Includes

What is included:

  • Accommodation: Single or shared room in a home-stay
  • Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Training: Orientation and language classes provided
  • Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
  • Excursion Planning: staff will help organise activities and excursions (some activities may cost extra) Trips include; cultural visits to temples and archeological sites, hikes, and cultural outings

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
Skills/ Qualifications

A background or training in forestry, environmental sciences or similar fields is required to work on this project. (For those without a forestry background interested in tree planting - see Rescued Elephants and reforestation project) Experience in teaching school-aged children would be an advantage and basic computing skills, including email and Microsoft Excel, would also help.

Arrangements for Room/Food

In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.

Any Missing Important Information

Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to the local people. Some communities might have a high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information on this program contact us at:

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