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Challenge Snapshot

Duration: 15 Days (21 with extension trip)
Location: Thailand
Total Cost: $2,050 (book with a $250 deposit)



Rural communities in Thailand are significantly disadvantaged when it comes to the education system. Rural schools are underfunded, overcrowded and have lower quality teachers because the highest performing teachers prefer to go to bigger schools in the city. English is a part of the national curriculum, yet most of the teachers that are teaching English can’t actually speak it themselves. On top of this, there is very little hands-on learning and children are becoming disengaged and dropping out of school.


how you can help

We believe that the best way to achieve positive change is by providing the next generation with access to quality education. By volunteering on this program, you’ll get to work on a range of exciting education projects, some of which include:

  • Conversational English sessions to improve children’s competency and confidence speaking English

  • Creative arts, life skills and environmental sustainability workshops that allow children to learn additional skills in an exciting hands-on setting, develop their critical thinking skills and become more engaged in their education

  • Infrastructure projects at local schools to improve facilities and create a safer and more conducive learning environment for children

  • Environmental sustainability activities with local schools such as community clean ups and tree planting

speak to a caa representative about this program

program structure

When you arrive in Thailand you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Thai customs and culture, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.

Over two weeks, you’ll work in the community Monday - Friday with your weekend free to travel and explore. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax or do any required planning for the next day. On this program you’ll be primarily based in Mae Sariang, but may also spend some time in the remote hill tribe villages we work with.

On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can join our extension trip tour of Northern Thailand!


download the itinerary to get a day-by-day overview of the program

Extending your volunteer trip

After your volunteer Challenge you can join our optional extension trip, where you’ll spend a week touring all the sites in Northern Thailand you shouldn’t miss before you head home! You will begin by heading to Chiang Rai to visit the famous White Temple and the Monkey Temple before a Mekong river cruise to the Golden Triangle - the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. After the markets and nightlife of Chiang Rai you'll head to Chiang Dao for some hiking, bamboo rafting and exploring waterfalls before heading to Pai for some relaxation. This whirlwind tour will see you discovering the best hidden gems of Northern Thailand for a perfect end to your volunteer trip!

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Program Date: 28th Nov - 12th Dec 2020
Extension Trip: 12 Dec 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
Program Date: 2nd Jan - 16th Jan 2021
Extension Trip: 16 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021
Program Date: 16th Jan - 30th Jan 2021
Extension Trip: 30 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021
Program Date: 30th Jan - 13th Feb 2021
Extension Trip: 13 Feb 2021 - 19 Feb 2021
Program Date: 26th Jun - 10th Jul 2021
Extension Trip: 10 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021
Program Date: 3rd Jul - 17th Jul 2021
Extension Trip: 17 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021
Program Date: 27th Nov - 11th Dec 2021
Extension Trip: 11 Dec 2021 - 17 Dec 2021

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!

What’s Included?

  • 24/7 in-country support
  • All accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (Monday – Friday)
  • In-country transport
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Volunteer t-shirt
  • Pre-departure support, including full program briefing
  • An incredible volunteer experience!

What’s NOT Included?

  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Your Impact

In Thailand, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work, your time volunteering will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: