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Overview

Volunteering Solutions has an amazing volunteering & adventure trip for those who wish to set out for an all-encompassing journey and experience the best of Thailand in three weeks. There can be nothing better than this for your upcoming Summer Break! Start your journey from the gorgeous city of Bangkok where you will get to see Bangkok as it’s never been seen before! After a day in the hustle and bustle of this city, you may be happy to head on to Sangkhlaburi which is a laid back town in western Thailand. Here you will get to volunteer in a building project in a local community.On subsequent days, you will explore some magnificent parts of Thailand such as Kanchanaburi, beautiful beaches of Krabi and head down to Koh Lanta and spend a day at an ethical elephant sanctuary.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the best summer volunteer adventure programs in Thailand and it'll turn out to be one of the best journeys of your life!

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Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Volunteers need to be flexible, open-minded and have a passion for working with elephants and outdoors. You should also be proactive, have the ability to take initiative and willing to work outdoors. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.

Itinerary

DAY 01: WELCOME TO BANGKOK
It’s the moment that you’ve been waiting for; your Thailand adventure is starting now! Upon arrival to Bangkok your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your starting accommodation in the heart of the bustling capital city. After some rest and relaxation, head out for a welcome dinner and some drinks, and spend the evening exploring the lively and dynamic China Town! Please note that in order to receive airport pick-up from our team, arrivals must be between 08:00 and 20:00. If you arrive outside of these times you may alternatively make your own way to the accommodation. (Airport pick-up times may vary depending on COVID-19 regulations within and outside of Thailand).
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 02: SCOOTER TOUR
Today you’ll get to see Bangkok as it’s never been seen before! Head out on the streets to explore the vivid and electric atmosphere of the mesmerizing city on a walking tour! This is the perfect way to discover the magic of Bangkok!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03: HELLO SANGKHLABURI
Today we’re transferring to the rural town of Sangkhlaburi! This will be a full day journey, leaving early in the morning, but there is so much to see during the trip, from the contrasting rolling hills of the North compared to the concrete jungle of Bangkok, and Sangkhlaburi is definitely worth the wait! Chill, relaxed, and away from the tourist trail, this little town is so peaceful! After arrival in the early evening you’ll get checked
into your accommodation before heading out for a welcome meal at the best restaurant in all of Sangkhlaburi!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04 - 07: VOLUNTEERING
It’s time for your volunteer building project - how exciting! Past projects include renovating houses within rural communities in need! This is your chance to give back during your time in Thailand, so make sure you savor every moment! We’re sure that no matter what you’re doing during your project, it’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget! Please note that the itinerary for your volunteer building project may vary depending on weather, external factors, and what is needed within the community at the time of your trip!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08: FREE DAY, FUN DAY
We all need a good rest every now and then, right? Well today is your chance to simply chill and catch-up on some well-needed respite, or head out into Sangkhlaburi to explore on your own! If you’re interested in booking an activity for this day, your guide
will be more than happy to help you arrange it! Today is your time, and Sangkhlaburi is your oyster!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: KANCHANABURI
Today we’re heading to Kanchanaburi, a beautiful city with a rich and interesting history! Home to a very famous bridge, railway, and cemetery, Kanchanaburi is one of the most up-and-coming central destinations in Thailand. After arrival into Kanchanaburi and check-in at your accommodation you’ll have a free day to rest,explore, or learn more about Kanchanaburi and its fascinating past.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: ERAWAN WATERFALLS
Today it’s a trip further North into the jungle for a visit to the beautiful seven-tiered Sai Yok waterfalls, otherwise known as the Erawan waterfalls! Choose to take a dip in each of the natural pools, or rest at the base and recover from your whirlwind trip.
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11: BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Dreaming of sandy beaches and golden tans? Now is your chance! Today we’re transferring South by bus to the picturesque beaches of Krabi! You’ll be met by the beautiful white-sand beaches and golden sunsets that Krabi has become famous for!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12: KRABI FREE DAY
Take a day to explore your new surroundings - head down to the beach, visit some of the local restaurants and taste the cuisine, stock up on some souvenirs to take home for your friends, or venture into Krabi town! There is so much to do and see!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 13: SNORKELLING TRIP
Surrounded by gloriously crystal blue waters, there is no better way to experience the true, unmarred beauty of Krabi by heading out into the water! Today we’ll do just that, dipping under the surface of the ocean to discover the mesmerizing sights that are waiting below the sea on a snorkeling trip!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14: WONDROUS KRABI
This is your chance to top-up on your golden tan, grab some more photos to make your friends back home jealous, or just chill by the pool with a cocktail, with a free day in stunning Krabi! Whatever you want to do, Krabi can offer it! 
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 15: KOH LANTA
This morning it’s time to transfer to another of Thailand’s favourite locations, Koh Lanta! After arrival into Koh Lanta you’ll get checked into your hotel and then you’re free to explore this beautiful island! Koh Lanta is a small and very laid-back destination
- the perfect place to relax for a few days!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 16: FOLLOWING GIANTS
We’re heading over to see our friend at Following Giants where the time has finally come for you to meet the elephants! During this time you’ll be able to get up-close and personal with your new ele-pals, learn why the conservation of elephants is such a vital mission in Thailand, and discover how these elephants are being cared for ethically and responsibly! Take part in a jungle trek alongside the elephants, visit nearby waterfalls and caves, and spend the night surrounded by Koh Lanta’s exquisite jungle scenery!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17 - 19: FREE TIME
Take some time out of your tour to recover from all of the incredible things that you’ve seen and done so far! This is your chance to rest, explore, or take part in some other activities on Koh Lanta! Speak to your guide about organizing any additional activities
that you would like to take part in!
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 20: GOODBYE BEACH, HELLO BANGKOK
Now that you’ve had plenty of time to soak up the sun in Koh Lanta, it’s time to head back to the mainland! We’ll stop-off in Krabi on the way, before making our way back to where it all began; Bangkok!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21: FAREWELL
Unfortunately it’s time to bid farewell to sunny Thailand as you hop on-board your flight and head-off on your next adventure, wherever that may take you! Remember, it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Living

As a VolSol volunteer you are provided with best of living standards available in Thailand. Our dedicated coordinator and staff will assist you with your airport pick up, stay, meals and even weekend sightseeing and travel. Arrive in peace and have the best time of your life.

Airport Transfer

Volunteers are picked up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok by the local coordinator or representative on the program start date. Please note that airport pickup is only provided between 08:00 to 20:00 hrs. Those participants who are already in Bangkok will need to make their own way to the hotel/guest house accommodation details of which shall be provided.

Accommodation

While in Bangkok, participants are provided accommodation on twin sharing basis at a hotel.In the Chinatown district, this hip hotel is 6 minutes' walk from Yaowarat Road, a bustling thoroughfare with street food and market stalls. This is the perfect location from which to explore this fascinating area of the city with easy access to the rest of Bangkok.

With an industrial feel, the comfortable rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes. Family rooms have bunk beds.

An eclectic restaurant features exposed brickwork and industrial accents. There's a courtyard with a fountain. A rooftop bar offers city views. Other amenities consist of a communal kitchenette, a snooker table, and a 7-story atrium with lounge areas. Breakfast is included.

In Krabi, participants stay at a homely hostel in Aonang.

In Koh Lanta, participants stay at a hostel situated 400 m from Ba Kan Tiang Bay. The hostel offers dormitory rooms with free WiFi.

While in Sanghklaburi, you will stay at a boutique resort mixed with wild blend eco style,located in the edge of the Lake at Srinakarin Dam.

Meals

Majorly, most breakfasts are included and will be provided during your stay. Other than that, lunches are mostly on your own, and dinner will be provided on some days. Meals provided are strictly as per the itinerary as given above.

We shall encourage you to try the authentic local cuisine - because when you’re in Thailand, you just can’t miss Thai food!

During your Free Time

You will get some free time to explore on your own or take some well needed rest.If you’re interested in booking an activity during your free day, your guide will be more than happy to help you arrange it! 

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of £165 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • Pre departure information and support
  • All accommodations in twin/triple sharing basis in guesthouse, resorts or hotels
  • Airport pick up and transfer (BKK airport only)
  • All activities and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Bangkok Scooter Tour
  • Local Thailand team support and assistance
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Transfers by minivan/coach to different destinations
  • Fully guided till Day 11

What's NOT included?

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Covid Test & Go Package for stay of 1 night on arrival before program start date
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal Expenses, drinks, snacks and any services not mentioned above

Program Dates

Months 2022
June 0317
July 0115
August 0519

Available Filling Fast Not Available Past Date

 

 

FAQ's

Accommodation and Living

All accommodations are provided in twin/triple sharing basis in guesthouse, resorts or hotels.Meals are provided strictly as per the itinerary.Thai cuisine is amazing and one of the most popular cuisines of the world.

Yes –  please do ensure that you inform the local team about your food preference and dietary requirements. Also, please do mention your specific food preference in the application form as well.

Connect with Past Volunteers

We encourage our volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with our team and our participants.

To read alumni interviews, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.

FAQ's Application and Program Details

VolSol recommends that all interested international volunteers should apply well in advance. 

As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee. 

Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees.
You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.

Please refer to the individual requirements for the particular program you wish to join. Requirements vary for every program depending on different factors.

We encourage our participants to volunteer in a group. We take special care in providing you a placement and also customize your itinerary to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
 
In our experience of more than 15 years, we have facilitated volunteer programs for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.

You need to arrive in Thailand at the given program date. More details shall be provided in your booking confirmation document. Pickup is provided from the designated pickup airport only at given scheduled airport pickup times. After you are picked up from the airport you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.

Yes, you will have free time during your program.During the freetime you can just have rest or explore the location on your own as well. You can ask for assistance from your guide/coordinator for arranging any trips for free time.

Flights and Visa

Yes, we can provide you with the necessary support and assistance for the documents for the visa. However, applying for the visa is the responsibility of every participant and you need to do it on your own and Volunteering Solutions does not provide any assistance in submitting the application. We can only provide assistance on suggesting the suitable visa for you and provide the required letters for support.

Although all major airlines fly to Thailand, we recommend the following: 
Etihad
Qatar Airways
British Airways
Emirates
Thai Airways
Virgin Australia
Air Asia

Health and Safety

Your safety is of prime importance to us. We provide our volunteers with 24x7 in-country support. Our in-country team ensures a smooth, safe, and comfortable trip for our participants.As in any destination, all participants are advised to follow general safety precautions for their safety and well being. Thailand is a very popular tourist destination and millions of people travel to the country from around the world every year.

We recommend you to consult your doctor but the general recommended vaccinations are Covid 19, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid.

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