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Hill Tribe Support Volunteer Project in Thailand - Hua Hin

Hill Tribe Support Volunteer Project in Thailand - Hua Hin

Excited to be a Hill Tribe Support volunteer in Thailand - Hua Hin? International Volunteer HQ’s Hill Tribe Support project is a great opportunity to have a unique and authentic volunteer experience living with and assisting a Karen hill tribe. Volunteers immerse themselves in the Karen way of life and learn about their culture and traditions while helping the local community with education and other tasks as required.

  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from AU$582 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Immerse yourself in the community, living like a local and teaching English

  • Discover Thailand’s diverse culture and stunning natural environments

  • Stay with other volunteers on-site at Kaeng Krachan National Park

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Key information

Improve quality of life for traditional communities
Based in Kaeng Krachan
Communal living accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Fully hosted experience from AU$582 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Discover the beautiful beaches of Hua Hin
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who want to experience and gain understanding of a new culture from the inside while also contributing meaningfully to the community. Because you’ll have support from the local team and placement staff you don’t need any experience to join this project, but some relevant training like a TEFL course would be helpful.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Hill Tribes around Hua Hin maintain a traditional way of life but have an increasing need for access to modern education. As a volunteer, you’re able to support a Karen hill tribe to continue their traditions and protect their culture while also providing much needed help in English and other lessons. In return, you’ll get an authentic volunteer experience living like a local and learning all about their unique lifestyle.

Based in Kaeng Krachan, just over an hour’s drive from Hua Hin, volunteers mostly help with lessons in local schools, working with students aged between 3 and 15 years old. Duties often include:

  • Teaching English
  • Helping with lessons in other subjects
  • Providing after school activities and games

Volunteers can also help in other areas that need assistance, often in supporting local enterprise efforts designed to earn income for the community. The exact nature of this volunteer work depends on the requirements at the time.

The project will close in school holidays from mid-March to mid-May and in October. Volunteers during these times can help to run classes and English camps in Hua Hin.

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Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

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Why do Hill Tribe Support volunteering in Hua Hin with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with hill tribes in Thailand you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Supporting hill tribes to continue their traditional way of life
  • Helping teach English and other subjects to local people
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining new skills and experiences
  • Immersing yourself in Karen culture
  • Exploring Kaeng Krachan National Park

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers between the ages of 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • To respect the local culture and customs in Thailand - Hua Hin, volunteers should be aware that they’re unable to have anything obstructing their face while at their volunteer placement.
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Rachel Feger
19 Jan 2023

It almost feels impossible to pick just one favorite moment from my three months in Thailand. Honestly, seeing the kids improve from week to week was my favorite part. It was so fulfilling to see them gain more confidence in their speaking and know that I played a part in that. This volunteering trip cultivated so much confidence. I never imagined I would be brave enough to do half of the stuff I did while in Thailand. I navigated a bus station by myself, I ate pig intestines, I showered with a bucket, and I was always having a good time while doing these things. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in so many ways, and not only did I survive, but I thrived. Go in with an open mind and an open heart, and you will have the time of your life.

Cynthia A Rasool
17 Aug 2022

My favorite moment from the volunteer experience was In the class with the students, engagement with the dynamic Thai language, and the incorporation of English that the children were open to learning more about. The biggest impact my volunteering trip had on me was the sincere love and affection exchanged between different cultures. I would say to someone that I volunteered with IVHQ and learned a valuable lesson from the Thailand culture. Also, I positively impacted the six-grade students' life by teaching them English, showing compassion, and demonstrating cultural sensitivity.

Mia Hill
10 Aug 2022

The biggest impact would be being able to teach children. I would say to future volunteers that it is an experience you will never regret!

Ece Beren Ertekin
10 Aug 2022

What I say to someone still hesitant about volunteering abroad is just go for it, you will have so much fun!

Justine Fortier
26 Jul 2022

I would recommend this experience to anyone who is willing to be taken out of his or her comfort zone, who wants to discover a new culture in an ethical and respectful way and who likes to experience new adventures. It made me gain confidence in my abilities to adapt to a new environment and to be resourceful. My favorite moment from the volunteer experience was the people I met there, the other volunteers, the children and the local team.

Irene Vázquez Contreras
26 Jul 2022

Getting to know people form other cultures opened up my perspective on what it means to be a person was the biggest impact!


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Volunteer Abroad in Thailand, Hua Hin with IVHQ


Hua Hin is a city on the southern coast of Thailand, a three-hour drive from Bangkok. It’s a region renowned for its beautiful beaches and interesting history, making it an incredible destination to explore and truly get to know as a volunteer. Hua Hin is where orientation and general administration are carried out by our local team.

Arrival and orientation

The Thailand - Hua Hin volunteer program begins every Monday, and you need to arrive in Bangkok for pickup on Sunday before your chosen start date between 6am to 4pm. After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Your airport pick-up in Bangkok is included in your Program Fee if you arrive between 6am to 4pm on Sunday, as well on Saturday, if you have arranged an extra night of accommodation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by an airport member arranged by the local team who will escort you to the airport shuttle terminal where you will catch the three-hour shuttle to Hua Hin. Once in Hua Hin, our local team will meet you at the shuttle terminal and take you to the volunteer accommodation, which is a further 20-minute drive. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Sunday night prior to your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Thailand prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a meeting point in Bangkok at 2PM on the Sunday before your program start date or you can make your own way to Hua Hin.

There are two options for orientation in Thailand - Hua Hin, a One-Day Orientation and an Introduction Week.

The One-Day Orientation: This begins on your selected start date and all volunteers will attend. It covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Thailand, including an introduction to the IVHQ Thailand - Hua Hin program, the local team, general rules and a class on the local culture and language. In the afternoon, you’ll learn about the projects, take a walking tour of the local area and arrange your SIM card. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Introduction Week: The Introduction Week begins on the first and third Monday of each month and your volunteer program will commence the following week or you can start the week before if this works better with your schedule. The Introduction Week is very popular among IVHQ volunteers. We recommend all volunteers take advantage of this week to gain a deeper understanding of the Thai culture, a true appreciation of life in Thailand and bond with fellow volunteers while also taking a cooking class, learning the art of Muay Thai and touring local attractions. It’s also a great way to help settle the culture shock you can face when arriving in Thailand. The Introduction Week in Thailand - Hua Hin does incur an additional cost.

If you wish to participate in the Introduction Week, you can indicate your interest in this option on your application form when you apply for the program or you can let your Program Manager know once you’ve been accepted on the program.

Volunteer schedule example


8:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation
9:00 AM Volunteer work begins. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at. Lunch breaks can also vary in time depending on the working schedule, but all volunteers get some time to eat and relax
12:00 PM Lunch at the accommodation or placement. If your project calls for it, you may be involved in more afternoon volunteer activities
2:00 PM Work at the placement resumes
6:00 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation

Evenings Volunteers have free time to spend as they wish; however, many volunteers use this time to plan lessons or do extra work for their projects.


Hua Hin is a resort city where you can relax on pristine white sand beaches, play a round at one of the 12 golf courses nearby, haggle over handicrafts at a night market, enjoy a traditional Thai massage, fly across the azure water on a kiteboard, or indulge in the delicious local cuisine and freshly caught seafood.

You can also travel further afield in Thailand, heading north for three hours to Bangkok three, or south to popular tourist destinations such as Phuket, Krabi and Surat Thani.

Accommodation and WiFi

You will be accommodated in the volunteer house in Hua Hin, located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

You can expect to share a room with about eight other volunteers of the same gender. The accommodation has shared bathrooms equipped with western toilets and showers. Bedding is provided for each volunteer, but you will need to bring your own towel. Staff do clean the accommodation throughout the week; however, volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy.

WiFi is available in the volunteer accommodation and can also be accessed from many cafes and restaurants in the area. A local SIM card with data can also be used in unlocked phones.

A private hotel room can be arranged upon request for an additional cost, subject to availability. The hotel is located about a 10 minute drive from the volunteer house.


You will receive three meals a day during the week and brunch and dinner on the weekend. All meals served at the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and will be typically Thai cuisine, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables. Occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

Traditional Thai cuisine is designed to appeal to the four fundamental taste senses with a balance of sour, sweet, salty, and bitter flavors. Common ingredients in Thai cooking include fish sauce, shrimp paste, chili paste, coconut milk, and lime juice. Staple foods include rice, rice noodles, vegetables, and herbs.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. While we do our best to accommodate volunteer needs, most meals provided are local cuisine and you may wish to supplement the menu with your own foods and snacks which can be purchased from convenience stores nearby if required.


  • USD
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $370 Equivalent to $53/day
2 weeks $500 Equivalent to $36/day
3 weeks $670 Equivalent to $32/day
4 weeks $820 Equivalent to $29/day
5 weeks $970 Equivalent to $28/day
6 weeks $1,120 Equivalent to $27/day
8 weeks $1,440 Equivalent to $26/day
10 weeks $1,760 Equivalent to $25/day
12 weeks $2,080 Equivalent to $25/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$518) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Thailand generally find US$50-100 per week to be sufficient for expenses.
  • Meals
  • Airport pickup
  • Transport to and from volunteer project
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Bangkok
Population 69 million
Languages Thai
Currency Thai Baht (THB)
Time zone UTC+07:00

Weather and climate

The climate in Thailand varies between the north and south regions although the temperature is relatively hot year-round throughout the country. The southern coastal region is characterized by a monsoon climate, which brings heavy rainfall from April to October in the South West and from September to December in the South East. In central and northern inland parts of Thailand, the climate is tropical with the rainy season lasting from May to November, bringing hot and humid weather. During the dry season, temperatures are cool from November to February and are hot from March to May.

Hua Hin has a warm tropical climate with temperatures fairly consistent throughout the year. December–April hosts the dry season before the monsoon rains arrive in May. Over the course of the year, the temperatures typically vary from 72°F (22°C) to 92°F (33°C).

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