Join us voluntouring in Thailand
If you are interested in a future trip to Thailand or would like Global Village Connect to organize a community outreach trip for your group, let us know using the Questions about travel … form on this page.
Here’s a sampling of activities from a Thailand trip.
- 2 days volunteering with the community in the rural village of Mae Salong near Chang Mai
- Build a water storage tank in the afternoon
- Teach English by playing games with students and teaching sports activities
- Learn about the plight of the villagers from the elders
- Visit and experience working on a tea plantation
- A day at an Elephant Sanctuary
- Night Bazaar
- Visit the White Temple
- Volunteering in a rural village
- Volunteering at Second Chance Bangkok
- Grand Palace
- Dawn Temple
- Dinner Cruise down the Chao Phraya River
- Options for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and more
In Mae Salong, Global Village Connect volunteers will help villagers build a much-needed water storage tank and also assist in teaching English in their schools. We will learn about village life, how the elders came to live in this village, their background, religion and culture.
Mae Salong is a small village in the mountains of Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. This year they suffered a severe drought that destroyed many fruit plantations and rice paddies. People had no water from March to June. The new concrete water tank will help villagers combat the risks of future drought.
Second Chance Bangkok
Second Chance Bangkok is a local initiative by residents of Bangkok’s largest slum, Klong Toey. They rely on donations of quality second-hand goods and sell them to residents of the Klong Toey community at affordable prices, or pass them on to those who lack the resources to purchase these essential items themselves.
The shop creates employment for many local residents, and through its upcyle project, women with skills in sewing are transforming clothing into beautiful bags and giftware.
Adventure and Sightseeing
The White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist.
Open every night, you can find a huge variety of brand name designer goods (real and fake) (clothing, T-shirts, belts, shoes, jewelry, watches, DVD’s) and local Thai goods at low prices.
Sammy Organic Thai Cooking School
Learning to cook with Thai spices and herbs. Sammy will teach us step by step on how to cook Thai dishes. His school is located in the middle of a rice field, outside of Chiang Mai. And all the vegetables used in cooking are organic from his garden.
Ran Tong Elephant Camp
You’ll learn how to interact with elephants, daily care, during which time you are trained to approach your elephant correctly, know the elephant’s temperament, feed and check its health, learn about and take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands. The program is meant to create trust and good relations between you and your elephant.
Located at the heart of Bangkok, the palace has been the oﬃcial residence of the Kings of Siam. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides in another Palace in Hua Hin, but the Grand Palace is still used for oﬃcial events.
Wat Arun or “Temple of Dawn” is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.
Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Cruise down the Chao Phraya River at night and view the historical landmarks and experience the beautiful night scenery with delicious food in the middle of Bangkok.
Endowed with six beautiful beaches and unspoiled natural wonders, Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island just a short ferry ride from Pattaya exudes a true tropical atmosphere and ample sunshine. There are many activities such as parasailing, speedboat riding, jet skiing, banana boat riding and, of course, swimming. The island’s clear waters are excellent for snorkeling. We’ll be visiting Koh Larn during the day.
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