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Thailand - Learn, Volunteer and Travel

This is a great opportunity to experience Thai culture and volunteer in a meaningful teaching or orphanage placement. This is a unique program, which you can design in part by yourself and even join an exciting eco-trip after your placement.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectSing Buri Province
Project LengthMin 1 week - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportBangkok Airport on Sundays
Volunteer WorkOrphanages, teaching, and renovation work
Number of Participants10 - 20 international volunteers
Age17 - 70
Age Exceptions This project accepts volunteers who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
Family Option This project accepts families with children as young as 5 years old.
Upgrade It is highly recommended that volunteers over the age of 45 upgrade to a comfort room

What's Included

AccommodationEco lodge campus 2 - 4 people per room
Food3 vegetarian meals a day, 2 meals per day during the weekend
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival day (Sundays)
Excursions Local cultural tours in the area (in the Siam Culture Week)
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa (if required)


Sing Buri is a beautiful town located 142 km north of Bangkok. It was founded during the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River, north of Ang Thong. The town boasts an impressive collection of temples and colorful architecture that create the perfect backdrop for the numerous festivals held during the year. 


About the Project

This project is designed to bring support and education to the communities of Sing Buri. Project coordinators place volunteers from all over the world in schools and orphanages so they can either help with teaching or construction work.  


Volunteer Work and Contribution

You will have the option to choose between teaching at local schools and participating in construction projects at one of two orphanages.

Teaching: At this placement you will teach English to students aged 4-21 in one of many rural schools in Sing Buri. The schools accept an informal teaching approach, meaning that you are able to use your own methods or style to educate the students. When volunteering, your duties may include:

  • Informally teaching and assisting with school work
  • Creating activities for the students
  • Arranging workshops for cultural exchange, environmental awareness, and other important issues

Thai schools show respect each day to the King of Thailand and may ask participants to join the 8 o'clock morning ceremony and be part of the morning exercises that are common in Thai schools. Please note that the subjects taught are subject to change depending on current activities in the schools, which might include, for example, environmental issues or current festivals.  

Orphanage Effort: Most large orphanages in Thailand also have a primary and secondary school on their grounds for both orphans and poor children in remote area of the country. The children from outside the orphanage have limited access to education so they travel to the orphanage for lessons and return home during certain periods of the year. The orphans remain in the orphanage year-round where they can enjoy a safe and secure environment with food and housing. You will be volunteering at two main orphanages and your duties may include:

  • Maintaining the orphanage buildings and grounds.
  • Renovating and light construction projects

A typical day: At the school placement your schedule can be flexible, but you should be prepared to volunteer 3-6 hours a day beginning at 8:30am, Monday to Friday.  At the orphanage, you will also volunteer around 3-6 hours a day, but will begin working after 9am, Monday to Friday.

IMPORTANT: When confirming your dates, please take note of the long holidays (which are from mid-March until mid-May and during all of October). During such times the kids leave the orphanages and go back to their families or their villages, and special classes and English camps are arranged, as well as renovation projects. Additionally, when relevant, volunteers are able to take part in the cultural festivities occurring in the area. 


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: You will live in one of 3 'Eco Houses' in Singburi. The houses sleep 30-72 people. Rooms are single gender shared rooms with 2 bunk beds, housing up to 4 volunteers per room. All rooms have a western toilet and shower. You may be able to upgrade to a private room for an additional fee, depending on availability (please inquire upon registration if interested).

The houses are walking distance or a very short bike ride to the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang. There, you can find ATM’s, pharmacy doctor surgeries, convince stores and local food markets.

These houses are situated about 8-15 km from the town of Singburi depending on which house you are assigned. In Singburi you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, swimming pool, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants. 

Food: All meals are provided daily and are typical Thai fare, including plenty of rice dishes.  Meals at the house are all vegetarian. 

Laundry: This can be done by hand, or at a local launderette (walking distance) for a nominal fee. 

Internet: All houses have free WiFi.

You are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. 


Travel Extras

You can extend your stay with one or more great program add-ons for an additional fee. Choose from one or more of the following and sign up upon registration.

Culture Week (highly recommended): This 7-day jam-packed week is a great opportunity to learn about Thailand and meet other international volunteers. It offers you tours around historical areas (Ayutthaya historical park), Thai language lessons, cooking lessons, taste-testing (Thai BBQ), school visits, sightseeing (Wat Phra Phutthabat Temple (Buddha's footprint)), and so much more! This week will ease you into your volunteering experience by providing you with an better understanding of the history, culture and customs. Please note that the schedule can change at any time based on the weather conditions.

Thai Boxing: Sign up for authentic and traditional Thai boxing classes under the provincial champion of the Sing Buri district. Learn the basic principles and foundations of the exquisite art form, Muay Thai. 

Hua Hin Beach & Volunteer Week: This jam-packed week will help you make the most of your experience in Thailand. You will have the chance to go on cultural excursions to learn about Thai Buddhism and assist monks with daily chores. You will also have the opportunity to teach local children with some time dedicated to beach conservation. On a few afternoons you will have free time to relax at the beaches of Hua Hin! 

Jungle Trek in Khao Yai National Park: Get ready for adventure as you trek through the tropical forests which cover Khao Yai National Park.  You'll have the opportunity to attend a traditional tribal dance show,  trek to spectacular waterfalls and caves hidden in the jungle and more!

Thai Buddhism Immersion in Wang Nam Khiao: During this week-long program you will be introduced to Buddhism.  You will have the chance to discuss Buddhism with a local monk and enjoy a 2-day stay at the Wat Suptawee Temple to learn walking and sitting meditation forms as well as experience the daily life of monks.

Elephant Experience in Umphang: Spend a week working side by side with the mahouts (elephant care takers) as they do their daily tasks with the elephants: feeding them, cleaning them and preforming health check-ups. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about how elephants fit into Thai culture and the social problems that have arisen as elephants and humans compete for land. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Good level of English
  • Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
  • Able to work in hot and humid climate
  • Full travel and medical insurance
  • Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

Here's an excerpt of Mike's experience:


"We spent the rest of the time laying tiles in the (open air) laundry and common area of the school. Although it was hard physical work mixing cement by hand in very hot conditions, it was very satisfying to see the progress we made and just what I was looking for. I was particularly pleased that the kids wouldn’t have to come back and see the damage the flood had done, as I imagined how my kids would feel to see their (meager) possessions broken and muddy."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog

Here's an excerpt of Naomi's experience:


"Throughout the program GoEco and the local Thai team ensured their volunteers fun by implementing social gatherings throughout the week. I enjoyed this because it kept everyone occupied when we weren’t volunteering and it was a great way to meet new people. This volunteering experience is like no other because you gain a first-hand perspective on Thai culture that you wouldn’t be able to absorb through a text book. Overall, this experience has been unforgettable and I am very grateful."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog

Here's an excerpt of Olivia's experience:


"For grades 1 to 3, I was able to teach them colours, shapes, numbers, animals, fruits and often played a couple games of hangman with them. From grades 4 to 6 I taught them sentences about occupations and their dream jobs. I also taught them body parts, emotions and family members. I tried to make our classes as enjoyable as possible for the kids; I tried to put a fun spin of each of the things we were learning. "

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog

Here's an excerpt of Kathleen's experience:


"At the temples, I was impressed with the customs and rituals designed for the believer to try. According to one legend, at Buddha’s Footprint, if you ring all 93 bells while counting them, you will live to be 93 years old. After googling my birth day (Tuesday) I was able to determine which image of Buddha best reflects my soul. In Lopburi, at the Monkey Temple, I watched the antics of these amazing creatures swinging, swimming, and begging for food while they climbed on us."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog


Here's an excerpt of Evan's experience:


" We started off touring around the school, where we were greeted by smiling children who couldn’t stop waving at us. Then it was off to the classroom where we put together our own lesson plans (none were given to us). We taught about 2-4 classes a day, depending on the day. Throughout the 10 days of teaching, we played games with the students, taught them songs, such as Twinkle Twinkle or Hokie Pokie, and had conversations about our lives here and in America."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog


Here's an excerpt of Kyle's experience:


"I was speaking to a kid with the name ‘ฝัน’ which literally translates to ‘Dream’. He is seventeen years old, has one brother, two loving parents, and two dogs, just like me. One of the English teachers helped me ask him the question, “what do you want to do with your life,” his response, ” I want to be happy, I want to help make a change in the world.” He has a dream, he has the light, he is human, he realizes that the world is a big place with not just him living in it."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog


Here's an excerpt of Navreet's experience:


"During my stay, I volunteered at an orphanage to work on light construction projects. Our main objective was to help maintain and fix the orphanage infrastructure and environment so that the children could benefit from a better learning atmosphere and have better living accommodations. I exchanged warm hugs and laughter with the charming little souls at the orphanage; they left me a lifetime full of cherished memories."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog

Here's an excerpt of Karysa's experience:


"During my time there, I was able to spend the night at one of the student’s villages and see how they live. To get to the student’s village it took about 45 minutes walking. The kids wash their clothes, body, and teeth all in the same river. At night they use a candle for light since they don’t have electricity. Meals consisted of rice, bamboo, and fish. The school is very limited on teachers, so when the students get the chance to learn they appreciate every second of it. Saying goodbye was so hard to say the least."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Shebnem's experience:


"At the orphanage we could do many things: construction, painting, building, playing with the children in the afternoon, and teaching English to Thai people. I taught English and it was the best feeling ever. It was extremely rewarding and my students were very thankful. They were incredibly sweet and very eager to learn. I felt a really strong connection to them and looked forward each day to seeing them again. It may sound as a cliché but I gained so much more than I gave. Volunteering at the orphanage gave me insight into the culture in a way I could have never gotten as a tourist. It really is waging peace through justice worldwide."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Adam's experience:


"The weeks I spent with GoEco volunteering in Thailand were the most impactful for me. The reason is simple: NEED and IMPACT. Nowhere else in Asia and the Middle East did I feel that the place I was volunteering needed my help as much as this project in Thailand... As volunteers, our voices were heard by orphanage management. If we saw a need and could suggest a solution, it was implemented quickly.  The impact we had on the children was real and measurable."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Minkha's experience:


"I taught English and it was the best feeling ever being able to offer my services to the Thai people. My students were very sweet and I have made friends with a couple of them. "

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


Here's an excerpt of Carmen's experience:

  "And of course, my favorite project, teaching English. You don’t need any experience at all because it is very basic stuff – such as going through the alphabet, counting, pointing at objects and saying the words in English. They mostly just appreciate you being there. Spending time with them was amazing and something which I will never forget and always cherish!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


Here's an excerpt of Jessica's experience:

  "Working at the Thailand orphanage was one of the best experiences of my life. The children were so incredibly sweet and eager to learn. The younger children barely knew any English so we had to find ways to communicate with them through pictures and hand motions. After this experience, I really think anyone can learn to be a teacher.!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!


Here's an excerpt of Liran's experience:

  "For me, the strongest experience was teaching in the school. Thai children are quiet and have a pleasant discourse, and are especially eager to learn. Each new person is an opportunity for them to learn something new about the world, every unfamiliar face is a teacher. It felt liberating and exciting to pass on every small bit of knowledge to the children.."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!

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Thailand - Orphange Volunteer Feedback, Yan Kaminsky 2010

The volunteer work was varied; I assisted with teaching English and art in schools, played football with the children and took part in renovating an entire orphanage. I even discovered skills I never knew I had and I feel that my contribution went  a long way. This program is an amazing way to discover the rich culture of Thailand, which I am pretty sure most tourists never see. I should mention that the location is lush, beautiful and a great place to meet volunteers from around the world, some of whom I traveled with after my placement. So... If you looking for a unique experience, you should really put this program on your "To Do list".


Thailand GoEco Volunteer - Emilie Boucher 2010


The project in Thailand was amazing! I would definitely recommend this program. I really wish I could have stayed longer and I am hoping to go back some day.  Also, I wanted to let you know that after talking to some other people about their organizations, GoEco is well organized and supportive of their volunteers.






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