Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development

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Experience the true colors of Thailand! GIVE’s Thailand program places you in the heart of colorful hill-tribe communities throughout Northern Thailand. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

GIVE’s Thailand Volunteer Excursion places you in the heart of colorful hill-tribe communities throughout Northern Thailand. This unique program allows you to connect with rural villagers by living like a local and diving headfirst into their culture and way of life. Positively impact their communities through participation in our volunteer initiatives focusing on conservation and make life-long connections with the incredible people you’ll meet along the way! The trip culminates with a bamboo rafting journey down the Mae Tang River, stopping along the way to take part in our Elephant Reintroduction Project, where you’ll spend three days working and playing with these majestic giants. Thailand is the perfect introduction to this fascinating region of the world; take it one step further by joining GIVE’s Laos Experience after your trip!

Sustainable Agriculture:

Over the last 50 years, rapid deforestation caused by commercial logging and agriculture has dramatically affected the lives of every one in Thailand, from urban dwellers in Bangkok displaced by massive flooding, to the rural northern farmers who have seen their soil quality and crop yields drop as a result of drought and desertification. Permaculture provides a timely opportunity for farmers in our host communities to regenerate their soil, conserve water resources, minimize land usage and increase crop yield; however, considering the dire consequences of a failed season, many farmers are naturally hesitant to experiment with new techniques.  GIVE is absorbing that risk by working alongside students at local schools to create thriving examples of sustainable farming practices, producing a large variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables and livestock on relatively small plots of land. These projects will not only empower students to provide themselves with delicious, nutritious food throughout the school year, but will also educate them on the importance of protecting natural resources while still producing enough food to sustain their families’ diet and income. Ultimately, we are providing nearby farmers with living proof of permaculture’s positive potential in the region, inviting them to learn and practice these innovative techniques on our plots and hopefully to begin implementing them on a larger scale.

Elephant Conservation:

Rapid deforestation throughout Thailand has pushed many native species to the brink of extinction, as their habitats are clear-cut for commercial logging and agriculture. The Asian Elephant, an iconic, symbolic and keystone species in Thailand, stands at the frontlines of this battle and you will have the opportunity to support them in a number of ways.  Simply by interacting with and learning about these majestic creatures, you’ll be directly contributing to their welfare and conservation through a variety of responsible tourism initiatives.  Your tourism dollars will support the first Elephant Hospital in Thailand, which provides free veterinary care to elephants throughout the country, a mahout-training program that teaches positive reinforcement training techniques, and a Reforestation program that regenerates the habitat necessary for elephants to survive in the wild.


Typical day

After breakfast, we’ll begin work on our construction, forest conservation and organic farming projects around 9:00 am. We’ll volunteer until lunchtime and then break for a couple hours before returning to the project site for the rest of the afternoon. in the late afternoon, we’ll wrap up volunteer work and head out on a variety of adventure and cultural immersion activities before dinner – Thai cooking lessons, learning to make local handicrafts, trekking through limestone caves, helping farmers prepare their rice paddies, playing sports with locals or just chilling out by the river! 


You will also spend 3 days directly interacting with the most revered creatures in SE Asia – the Asian Elephants. Support this incredible species by working alongside their mahouts to track elephants through the jungle, perform basic health checks, gather fresh fruits and sugarcane for feeding, bathe elephants in the river and join nightly discussions about elephant conservation in Asia. 

Free-time activities

In your free time during the volunteer portion, embrace the local culture, sights and sounds on a number of different activities: exploring ancient temple ruins, learning how to make handicrafts from Lisu and Karen tribeswomen, helping local villagers prepare their rice paddies for the upcoming harvest, trekking through the 1.5 km hidden treasure of Tam Kee Mee Cave, cooking your favorite Thai dishes with the locals who know it best, and belting out the lyrics during an always entertaining Karaoke night! Without a doubt, your adrenaline will be at an all time high by the end of our Thailand program, especially after taking a leap of faith on a 50 meter bungee jump.

Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Copy of Passport, Copy of Travel Visa, Flight Itinerary and International Travel Insurance and Signed Registration Form and Signed Release Liability Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We do not require that our volunteers come with any specific set of skills - all are welcome! Our GIVE Guides will provide all necessary instructions and orientations.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by GIVE Volunteers

Your trip cost includes all of your accommodations, your homemade meals and safe drinking water, your in-country transportation, all of your epic adventure activities (i.e. hanging out with elephants, bamboo rafting, and bungee jumping!), your awesome GIVE Guides, and most importantly goes toward the materials for the volunteer projects you'll be working on overseas!



Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport

You are responsible for booking your own flights to and from Thailand. GIVE arranges group itineraries with dedicated flight agents so you can book all your flights with ease. ​Our group flight itineraries allow for smooth travel to your host country with your fellow volunteers, and your guides will be there to greet you when you arrive!


Special Booking Circumstances

GIVE volunteers have a spark for adventure, so we understand if you'd like to arrive early or extend your flights to continue traveling. We also know that some volunteers prefer to book with miles. If you'd like to book your flights outside of our booking agents, then we require you to email us your preferred itinerary prior to booking for approval. Note that if you arrive or depart outside of our suggested itinerary times, you will be responsible for your own airport transportation and any additional accommodation fees outside of your GIVE excursion dates. 

Accommodation

Think bungalows overlooking breathtaking rice fields with the jungle only a short walk away and you've got our accommodations. This place is STUNNING! 

Guesthouse Bungalow
Food & Beverages

GIVE provides 3-meals per day aside from arrival and departure day. All of your meals are delicious homemade meals from our accommodations staff. The food is true to Thai Culture and can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose Free, Diabetic all welcome! Upon registration for your program you will have the opportunity to notify GIVE of your dietary needs. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Join us on our two week volunteer trips offered May - August each year OR join us on your winter break for one of our December - January excursions! Spaces are limited and trips are first come first served. You can reserve your spot by placing a deposit which is deducted from your total trip cost. Dates are listed below:

(Refer to GIVE's Laos Volunteer Excursion for additional information on our Southeast Asia Package and how you can save $500!)


May 5 – May 18th (Add Laos and extend your trip through May 31st)

May 14 – May 27th (Add Laos and extend your trip through June 9th)

May 23 – June 5th (Add Laos and extend your trip through June 18th)

June 1 – June 14th (Add Laos and extend your trip through June 27th)

June 10 – June 23rd (Add Laos and extend your trip through July 6th)

June 19 – July 2nd (Add Laos and extend your trip through July 15th)

June 28 – July 11th (Add Laos and extend your trip through July 24th)

July 7 – July 20th (Add Laos and extend your trip through August 2nd)

July 16 – July 29th (Add Laos and extend your trip through August 11th)

July 25 – August 7th (Add Laos and extend your trip through August 20th)

August 3 – August 16th (Contact GIVE for how to extend your trip!)


Extend Your Trip! 

Before heading home, cross borders & complete your SE Asia journey by joining GIVE’s Laos experience. The mountains are bigger, rivers wider, paths less beaten, villages more remote and culture equally as fascinating in this one of a kind adventure. Extend your SE Asian adventure and leave with a deep understanding of the beauty, struggles, triumphs, and opportunities SE Asia has to offer.


Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,995
4 weeks
$ 3,490
6 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,785
Average fees
$ 898 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GIVE Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GIVE Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development

Experience the true colors of Thailand! GIVE’s Thailand program places you in the heart of colorful hill-tribe communities throughout Northern Thailand.

$898/week

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