Thailand offers more than full moon parties and delicious food. We have the privilege of traveling. 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 dive into Thailand …
Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition
There is nothing better than foregoing the conservation of some of the most sensitive and endangered species in the world and their 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 making a living !
In Phang Nga, you can choose between turtle conservation projects, use your know-how to avoid the constant plastic waste that is polluting our planet faster and faster, or educate local communities about how to do more environmentally friendly. There is so much that you can get involved in changing the world. just a little at a time.
Plastic pollution and conservation in Thailand
One of the biggest threats to our environment is plastic pollution. Many companies around the world are now trying to reduce their plastic production and waste, and consumers are opting for more plastic-friendly options such as reusable water bottles. However, the problem is far greater and you can see the effects of plastic pollution on this conservation project in Phang Nga province at first glance. From beach cleaning to sea debris, from conducting and analyzing local survey results to coastal debris to promoting better plastic usage in local communities, you will be involved in something that is far larger 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 at Elephant Nature Park … she was the one who got the shit!
Where should I volunteer with elephants in Thailand?
The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai is a fantastic starting point. It is a haven for sick and injured elephants. The park is located in a lush jungle, a short drive outside of Chiang Mai, and is run by a lady named Lek. She is a woman tasked with saving every battered elephant from tourist and illegal logging. It tries to get tourists to visit conservation projects and rehabilitation parks instead of walking elephants. In the Elephant Nature Park you can interact with the beautiful elephants and admire them without being subjected to cruelty or abuse. It is a safe space for elephants to move freely and peacefully. They can walk with their herd through their natural habitat and eat whatever they want with no hook or chain in sight.
What does a normal day in the park include?
Emma fills us with…
Daily tasks are carried out alternately. Start the day preparing delicious meals for the elephants. This includes washing and chopping fruit and preparing the very popular banana balls! Later, go to a nearby field to cut corn to feed the meadows. This makes a fun ride on the back of a truck with the top down, even funnier when the truck is filled to the brim with corn and you have to sit on a mountain of corn to get home!
All day long help with general maintenance of the park, replace fences and are an obvious favorite … waste management! Every day you have to help clear the bucket from the enclosures and bring it to the surrounding mountains to fertilize the land. Some elephants are not far from their enclosures, so they like to come in and help shovel shit! In the afternoon, the elephants go down to the river to bathe and watch them splash together in the water – HEAVY adorable.
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, such as tea ceremonies, rubber tubes to row down the river, or visits to local schools to practice your Thai!
All elephants in the park were saved from the lives of entertaining tourists or from illegal logging. Many are blind, hurt, or limp. The care and freedom of the elephant is very important. It is a wonderful place that fills you with hope for the survival of Asian elephants and is a really insightful experience. Oh, and there's a dog sanctuary with the cutest puppies on-site.
Teaching children in Thailand
Where should I teach children in Thailand?
What could be nicer than teaching children 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 hustle and bustle, from lively Chaweng Beach to the timeless Bophut & # 39; 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 opportunities to teach and there really isn't much better than teaching on the island of paradise.
What does a normal day class include?
They work from Monday to Friday and support children aged 5 to 12 with their English skills. You will probably work 15 hours a week, which may not sound like much, but you will need a lot of free time to plan lessons and participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and theater.
You usually teach between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., working with a Thai teacher, supporting the class, and improving your English skills. Your knowledge of British culture will be valuable as it gives students an idea of what life is like in Britain. 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 there is also a lot of free time here on weekends and after school. Take your time to relax, nothing beats chilling out at Chaweng Beach or kite surfing at Mae Nam Beach, and it's worth taking a boat to Ko Taen to take advantage of some of the best snorkeling in the world.
Also take a look at the neighboring islands from the elephant gate, definitely visit the magical garden of the Buddha and take a look at the mummified monk in Wat Khunaram. In Thailand, eating out is so cheap that a delicious seafood dinner costs around $ 5! There are also 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 get 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 push yourself completely out of your comfort zone and it will be an experience that you will never forget.
We hope this has given you a little 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.