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Volunteers are placed at Buddhist temples throughout Northern Thailand. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about Buddhism, Thai culture, and temple life as volunteers live on the temple grounds. We have both urban and rural temple locations and will do our best to match you according to your interests
Upon arrival at the Chiang Mai airport, one of our in-country team will be there to greet you and pick you up. Our local team will give you an overview of Thai culture, language, Buddhism, and give you a tour of the Buddhist temple you will be living in. We will also be with you at the school introducing you to the students, teachers, and principal. Volunteers will be teaching conversational English at the temple schools. The teaching will include helping the local Thai teacher as well as leading classes on your own. This project has a custom curriculum, which we will provide along with all teaching materials and classroom resources.
Outside of the classroom we encourage all volunteers to take advantage of being at a Buddhist temple by exploring the grounds, meeting and speaking with the monks, and taking part in all of the school/temple activities. The monks are eager to share their knowledge about Buddhism, but it is up to you to engage and talk with them. Please also tell our local team if you are interested in Buddhism and we can arrange temple tours and meetings with other English-speaking monks!
This is your time to grow, broaden your perspectives, and learn about a new culture and religion while staying at a Buddhist temple in Northern Thailand. It is also a fantastic way to help these novice monks learn English and valuable skills through cultural exchange.
Teaching experience is not required but a flexible and positive attitude are a must. Volunteers must be respectful of culture and religion at all times, and is something we take very seriously. Come and immerse yourself in Buddhist and Thai culture while giving back to the school and community!
The Kingdom of Thailand has coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand and borders Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Undiscovered by travellers for many years, Thailand is now the beating heart of South East Asian tourism and a perennial favourite for career breaks and gap year travel.
The City of Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is located along the Ping River a major tributary to the Chao Phraya River.
In and around the city there are over 300 Buddhist temples known as ‘Wats’. Sitting majestically on a hilltop not far from Chiang Mai lies Doi Saket with lush mountains in the background. Serving as the cornerstone of the Doi Saket community, it is close to the local market yet surrounded by forests and natural beauty. While internet is not guaranteed in the accommodation, there are a host of internet cafes and free wifi available in the city of Chiang Mai.
One of our in-country team will be meet you on arrival in Chiang Mai.
This volunteer project lasts a minimum of two weeks. To give you greatest flexibility in your volunteer experience we give you the option of extending your stay on a week-by-week basis.
You can book this volunteer program online by clicking on ‘Book Now’. After filling in our online booking form you will be asked to pay a sign-up fee of $250 via PayPal, which will confirm your place on the project.
The $250 sign-up fee is not an additional cost and is taken from your total project cost. Your place is not confirmed until we receive this payment. Payments can be made online via PayPal or by bank transfer. If you have any queries regarding the booking process please get in touch by sending us a message.
If you’re not ready to book, but want to find out more about any of our volunteer opportunities, click on ‘Enquire about this trip’ and submit our online enquiry form, or send us an e-mail at [email protected] Our volunteer coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on what project best suits you.
Once we have confirmed your booking we will talk you through the application process and be in regular contact as we help you plan your trip of a lifetime!