Volunteer in Hill Tribe Community, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price USD: $628

Teaching in a hill tribe setting of northern Thailand is quite possibly one of the most rewarding placements a volunteer could join. The locations are simply stunning, the support and welcome you would receive is second to none. The people you will interact with is awe-inspiring and the work you undertake does make a difference and is genuinely appreciated.

• Spend time with some of the most amazing children you will ever meet
• Working with kids who are genuinely appreciative of volunteers
• Living in and amongst a genuine hill tribe community
• Helping these kids to have fun, learn and play whilst assisting the staff with daily chores
• Playing with and entertaining the local village kids, who will demand your attention!
• Guided tour of some of Bangkok’s most incredible landmarks
• Learning to cook a few favourite Thai meals
• A guided tour of bustling Bangkok city

The price above is the price for one week, but you can extend your trip for as long as you want for just $256 USD extra per week.

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Children from hill tribes have no official status as Thai citizens. This means they have no rights. They can’t find work once they leave school as a Thai employee requires an official I.D. card – impossible for a person of no citizenship to obtain.

However, with the assistance of our partner NGO in Chiang Rai an amazing agreement has taken place. Children who show a good understanding of the English language and who have a good knowledge of their culture and location, can work as ‘official’ tour guides to visiting tourists – but only in their immediate surroundings. This means that these kids do have something that they can work for.


With the help of our volunteer English teachers, these kids can find gainful employment and in many cases earn much more than they ever would living off the land. To be able to speak English well, with good pronunciation, will almost certainly guarantee them an income from visiting tourists, a salary that will go a long way to supporting not themselves but also their families and their hill tribe. It’s not only English teaching however that our volunteers can do. If you have a particular skill that you feel could benefit these kids in their day to day such as woodwork, basic computing skills, knitting and sewing, gardening or farming, then we would love to hear from you.

These kids have no real chance to ever gain a placement at college or university because in the eyes of the Thai government they don’t really exist. So by learning new life skills it’s genuinely possible that they could set themselves up with a business that could earn a far greater income for their families and communities. If you have any skill that you think you would like to pass on to these kids then please let us know. The schools we support are always interested in hearing from individuals with a skill that could be put to good use.

  • Bangkok: Your first two nights will be in a comfortable guest house located on the world famous Khao San Road.
  • Chiang Rai, northern Thailand: For 4 nights each week you will live in a homestay located in the heart of a hill tribe village. When you are not at the village your accommodation will be at a very nice centrally located Chiang Rai city hotel. The number of nights you spend at the hotel will depend on how long you stay at the project.
  • Food: Whilst at the hill tribe all of your meals are included and home cooked. This will give you the opportunity to learn some genuine Thai cooking skills and recipes. When at the Chiang Rai hotel your breakfast is included. Meals can be purchased locally from as little as just 30B.
  • Internet: Internet is scarce in the hill tribe locations. There is good 3G coverage if you purchase a Thai SIM card. There are many cheap and reliable internet café’s in Chiang Rai city.
  • Laundry: Washing laundry in the hill tribes will be mainly done in the local stream! However, you may find that a local has access to a washing machine. Please be prepared to pay for this service, although you may not be asked too, it would be nice to leave a ‘tip’.
What’s included?  What isn’t included?
  • Airport pick-up on arrival if required
  • Two nights guest house accommodation on the world famous Khao San Road including breakfast each day
  • First morning welcome meeting and orientation
  • Optional guided city tour of Bangkok
  • Welcome meal at one of the Khao San Roads most popular restaurants
  • First class coach or train transfer to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand
  • Minimum 1 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a central Chiang Rai hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation in the village homestay, including ALL MEALS
  • A genuine interaction with the locals, guided walking tours of the surrounding jungles and more
  • Work on small refurbishment and development projects within the centre, if available
  • Donation to the project costs to directly support the work you are doing and to ensure its sustainability
  • Return transfers from Chiang Rai city to the hill tribe village
  • Daily support from one of our experienced and English speaking volunteer coordinators
  • 24 hour in-country emergency contacts
  • In-depth pre-departure information pack and a few nice little surprises along the way!
  • Return International Flights.
  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned).
  • Activities outside of the ones listed to the left.
  • Any Visas or Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance