Thailand offers more than full moon parties and delicious food. We have the privilege to travel. So why not give something back? If you volunteer in Thailand, immerse yourself in the culture of the country and get to know the wonderful people of Thailand. Whether you work with animals or have always wanted to teach English, here are some fantastic ways to immerse yourself in Thailand …
Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition
There is nothing better than doing without the conservation of some of the world's most fragile and endangered species and habitats. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok's busy life, you can spend your days on the Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition to save the planet and and win tons of international friends who happen to share your passion for returning home for a living !
In Phang Nga, you can choose between projects to protect turtles, use your know-how to avoid the constant plastic waste that is polluting our planet more and more quickly, or educate local communities on how to do more environmentally friendly. There is so much that you can get involved in changing the world. just a little bit after another.
Plastic pollution and preservation in Thailand
One of the biggest threats to our environment is environmental pollution from plastics. Many companies around the world are now trying to reduce their plastic production and waste, and consumers are choosing more plastic-friendly options such as reusable water bottles. However, the problem is far greater and you can see the impact of plastic pollution on this Phang Nga conservation project at first sight. From beach cleaning to marine debris, from conducting and analyzing local survey results to coastal debris to promoting better plastic use in local communities, you will be involved in something far greater than you expected from your trip to Thailand !
Volunteering with elephants
A big thank you to our wise traveler Emma Moreton, who told us about her personal experiences in the Elephant Nature Park … she was the one who made the crap!
Where should I volunteer with elephants in Thailand?
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai is a fantastic starting point. It is a sanctuary for sick and injured elephants. The park is set in a lush jungle, a short drive outside Chiang Mai, and is run by a lady named Lek. She is a woman charged with saving any abused elephant from tourist and illegal logging. It tries to convince tourists to visit conservation projects and rehabilitation parks instead of elephant migration. At Elephant Nature Park, you can interact with and admire the beautiful elephants without being subjected to cruelty or abuse. It is a safe space for elephants to move freely and peacefully. They can travel with their herd through their natural habitat and eat whatever they want, without a hook or chain in sight.
What does a normal day in the park include?
Emma fills us with …
Daily tasks are performed alternately. Start the day preparing tasty meals for the elephants. These include washing and chopping fruit and preparing the very popular banana balls! Later you go to a nearby field to cut corn for feeding the meadows. This makes a fun ride on the back of a truck with an open top possible, even funnier when the truck is filled to the brim with corn and you need to sit on a corn mountain to get home!
During the whole day you help with the general care of the park, replace fences and are an obvious favorite … waste management! Every day you have to help clear the bucket out of the enclosures and bring it to the surrounding mountains to fertilize the land. Some elephants do not wander far away from their enclosures, so they like to come in and help shovel Kacke! In the afternoon the elephants go down to the river for a swim and watch them splashing in the water – HEAVY delightful.
There is plenty of free time in the evening. Relax after a busy day with a Thai massage and cold beer. The park also offers numerous activities every night including tea ceremonies, rubber hoses to row down the river, or visits to local schools to practice Thai!
All elephants in the park have been rescued from the lives of entertaining tourists or illegal logging. Many are blind, injured or limp. The care and freedom of the elephant is very important. It is a wonderful place that will fill you with hope for the survival of Asian elephants and is a truly enlightening experience. Oh, and there's a dog hideaway with the cutest puppies.
Teaching Children in Thailand
Where should I teach children in Thailand?
What could be better than teaching kids on the beach? Koh Samui is a picturesque island on the east coast of Thailand, in front of the port of Surrathani. The island is a mix of excitement and pure relaxation, from the lively Chaweng Beach to the timeless Bophut's Fisherman Village. But Koh Samui offers more than just beautiful beaches. There are several large schools on the island. Among them, they employ about 25 to 30 foreign teachers, so there are many ways to teach, and it really is not much better than teaching on Paradise Island.
What does a normal day class include?
They work from Monday to Friday and help children aged 5 to 12 with their English language skills. You will probably be working 15 hours a week, which may not sound like much, but you will need a lot of free time to plan lessons and attend extracurricular activities like sports, crafts and theater.
Typically, you teach between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, working with a Thai teacher, teaching, and improving your own English. Their knowledge of British culture will be valuable as it gives students an idea of what life is like in the UK. Make the most of your lunch breaks, of course, because you need a break, but also because it's the perfect opportunity to meet the other teachers at the school. Take the opportunity to refresh your Thai vocabulary!
But here too there is a lot of free time on the weekend and after school. Take time to relax, chill out on a busy day of class, chill out on Chaweng Beach or kitesurf on Mae Nam Beach, and it's worth taking a boat to Ko Taen for some of the world's best snorkeling spots.
Take a look at the neighboring islands from the Elephant Gate, be sure to visit the Buddha's magical garden and take a look at the mummified monk at Wat Khunaram. In Thailand, it is so cheap to eat out that a delicious seafood dinner costs about $ 5! In addition, there are plenty of markets where you can buy cheap souvenirs and clothes for your friends at home.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding things you can do while traveling in a country. You will receive a comprehensive experience of the diverse culture of Thailand. There is nothing better than the challenge of volunteering and living in another country. You will completely extricate yourself from your comfort zone and it will be an experience that you will never forget.
We hope this has given you some insight into volunteering and teaching in Thailand. Take a look at some of our volunteer trips and give something back to the fantastic world we live in.