Just a word of advice in regards to Volunteer work in Thailand. It is illegal to volunteer without the proper visa (Non-immigrant visa O). Thats not a tourist visa folks.
You really, really, don’t want to cross the Thai immigration officers. 😯
Can you not get the ‘proper’ visa on arrival, or can you only get the tourist(non working) visa on arrival? Thanks!
I’m volunteering right at the moment in Bali and like to recommend this organisation to everyone interested in volunteering. I was looking for months until I found the right organisation because I also didn’t want to pay a fortune and then be not sure if the money goes directly to the organisation.
The organisation where I’m currently volunteering is called Yayasan Slukat Learning Center and located in a small rural village on the South east coast of Bali.
They offer 3 different volunteer programs: teaching English, organic farming and recycling. Prices for all the 3 programs start at 240 € for 2 weeks and include e.g. onsite accomodation, free breakfast and dinner, free airport pick up/drop off, free trips to Ubud twice a week… for more detailed info here’s the direct link:
I was veeeery sceptical at the beginning about paying the program fee, too. But especially when I heard that 20% of this fee is used to provide underpriviledged students with scholarships I realised that this money which is not that much for me, could make a huge different to the Balinese kids here at the Learning Center! Last week we had the final interviews for scholarships at the Center and 5 girls finally got a scholarship. It was amazing to see how happy they were, it was so emotional, the girls were crying for joy!
You can also check out pictures from the scholarship awarding on Slukat’s facebook page:
I hope this info is of interest for all those looking for the right volunteering organisation to go with. If you want more info I’m happy to answer your questions concerning volunteering in Bali 🙂 I know that they are looking for volunteers all the time and right at the moment especially from August 2011 onwards.
There is a great animal charity in Ubud that you can help out at:
We met Stephen who was the shop & education centre manager back in September last year, and they were great people. We spent most of our time in Ubud in their shop, hanging out and playing with their dogs.
I must admit i don’t think working for a charity should involve them paying for you to be there and feed you as that half defeats the point….but these guys are just a charity who need help, so if you love animals and want to hangout in Ubua for more than 2 weeks i’d certainly get in touch with them.
We were going to volunteer but we didn’t have the rabies jab (which is essential) plus our visa was expiring, but we do intend to go back and see them on our next trip 🙂
I’m volunntering for an organization call Better Life Vietnam. This is a non-profit working to improve education conditions for underprivileged children in Vietnam. Check their website here:
They are running an English class program for underprivileged children and always need volunteers who speak English fluently. There are placement with free accomodation or with small fee for accomodation and food in some cases.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qUsEgl0qHg
For more information, contact email@example.com
Namkhan Eco farm in Luang Prabang, Laos is the place where you get to volunteering in this Eco farm. It is perfect place for you where you can learn and build up your skills. They are running project to get people aware about permaculture. It is beautiful place where you will get chance to interact with locals and get to learn their local language and their Buddhist culture. Namkhan Eco Farm grows vegetables, fruits and herbs in natural way without using any artificial resources, where you can learn about eco farming. Moreover If you are good in english, you can make learn english to local childrens. There are learning centers in farm where you can teach and can learn also. The place parallel to Namkhan river which is surrounded with nature where you take sun bath, relax and swim.
They provide free accommodation, there are bungalows for volunteers to live and they do not charge any money for staying.
They provide three meals in a day which is free and its their farm fresh food they serve, due to their freshness the food is very delicious.
You can learn and make handmade bamboo baskets, lamps, paintings etc. There is also gardens where you can relax, exercise, yoga. There are also some out door games like volleyball, badminton, football etc and you will get to play with locals. Moreover, the place is surrounded by significant Buddhist temple, where you will get to explore a very different religion. There are tours for volunteers like temples tour, elephant camps, waterfall, Namkhan river etc.
You can visit their website http://www.namkhanproject.com/ to know more about their project.
You can check their volunteer info agreement here volunteer information agreement for any detailed information and you can download, complete and email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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