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Environmental Conservation Volunteer Project in Thailand - Hua Hin

Environmental Conservation Volunteer Project in Thailand - Hua Hin

Purpose
Protect the planet & promote sustainability
Start dates
Programs start every Monday
Duration
Choose from 1-12 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 4 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Accommodation
Ddrmitory-style volunteer house
Program fees
From $400 for 1 week
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Active volunteers with an interest in conservation and raising awareness of environmental issues. You'll need to be fluent in English and happy to talk about sustainability in an educational setting.

Project details

Want to help protect the planet as an Environmental volunteer in Thailand - Hua Hin? Roll up your sleeves and work alongside the local community on important conservation initiatives. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer at national parks in the Hua Hin area and help with day-to-day tasks and activities, such as tree planting. You’ll also have the chance to help prepare the next generation to look after the planet by spreading awareness on environmental conservation and educating students at a local school.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

As an Environmental volunteer in Thailand - Hua Hin, your volunteer program will start with a visit to a local Mangrove Ecosystem Learning Centre where you will take part in many discussions regarding Thailand’s deep environmental issues and how to raise awareness of them.

Volunteer at a mangrove nursery - 2 days a week

As part of your program, you will work at a local mangrove nursery for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon for two days a week. This placement is the main nursery that produces young mangrove plants for the local community. Your responsibilities here may involve:

  • Preparing the seed and soil
  • Watering the plants
  • Nursing the plants
  • Planting mangroves

A local coordinator will be there to provide knowledge and show participants, step by step, how to collect and sort mangrove pods and how to plant and nurse mangroves.

Other hands-on environmental volunteering can include: cleaning up beaches or local communities, creating garbage bins, and washing and sorting garbage. These activities all help improve the sustainability of the community.

Environmental education - 3 days a week

You will also be heavily engaged in the learning aspect of researching, planning and educating the local community members and children with regards to the importance of sustainable environmental practices.

In order to create awareness and encourage environmental conservation among local people and students, you will be presenting their lectures and training sessions on practical topics such as recycling in the home, reducing one’s carbon footprint, how to separate waste properly, and broader topics like the effects of climate change and the need for environmental concern. An English-speaking coordinator will be there to support and help you out with any language barriers.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Climate change affects everyone, everywhere. 2010 - 2020 was the warmest decade ever recorded and Carbon Dioxide levels have risen to an all-time high. In order to keep global temperatures below the Paris Agreement’s 2 degree Celsius limit, we must take action to educate communities, conserve nature and promote sustainable solutions.

Why do Environmental Conservation volunteering in Hua Hin with IVHQ?

When you volunteer on the Environmental Conservation in Hua Hin you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Helping teach children how to live sustainably
  • Cleaning up the local environment
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching and conservation experience
  • Immersing yourself in Thai culture
  • Discovering Thailand’s rich history

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • 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
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Clarke Keough
30 May 2024

I feel like I have gained a new perspective on the world and have realized how much I enjoy volunteering as I cannot wait until I get another chance to volunteer abroad. I was super stressed going into the program but once I settled in I had a fantastic time.

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Archie Flynn
21 May 2024

Awesome program, great people, great experience, great country and community.

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Valerie Landry
13 May 2024

This was an amazing program! I met people from all around the world and gained insight not only into Thai culture but also the culture and language of the other volunteers. We volunteered as teams so it was quick and easy to establish friendships in the program, even though I am not much of an extravert. After my program finished, some of the other volunteers even invited me to visit Japan with them! The local team was so helpful and friendly, and I feel like I acquired so many useful skills while teaching English as a second language. It was incredibly rewarding to establish a rapport with the students and watch their confidence in the classroom build over time.

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Renae Samuels
14 Aug 2023

I would 100% do it again. Loved every minute of it. Learnt so much about the world and myself during this trip and I have came home with memories to last me forever whilst feeling like I’ve done worthwhile work in the community. Thankyou all involved in such an incredible experience.

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Kim Lewthwaite
21 Jul 2023

This is my first volunteer project as a 50 year old. I took my 17 years old daughter with and highly recommend to anyone. The other volunteers were so welcoming, sharing insight to services and tours to do. I think all young people should do this, it has only inspired me more to combine my passion travel and giving back to the community.

The information from IVHQ was very helpful, I had a good sense in what was required and the destination. The local team was wonderful, everyone made us feel very welcomed. They were there to answer any questions and give us guidance.

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Marie Oxonitsch
13 Jun 2023

The highlight from the volunteer experience was everything! From teaching the most amazing children and learning so much about their culture to travelling with my newly found friends to Bangkok for the weekend. The program is so much more than just working with children, it‘s the people you meet the places you see, all of it is eye opening. It awakened an urge to travel and volunteer all over the world. I want to work with more children, animals and adults and learn more about all the different cultures in this world. What I would say to someone still hesitant about volunteering abroad is just do it! It is so cliché but not once did I regret going abroad. Once I was there and met the most amazing people I just asked myself why I didn’t do this earlier.

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in Thailand, Hua Hin with IVHQ

Location

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

Weekdays

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.

Weekends

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.

Meals

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.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately $329) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Duration
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 $400 Equivalent to $57/day
2 weeks $550 Equivalent to $39/day
3 weeks $740 Equivalent to $35/day
4 weeks $910 Equivalent to $33/day
5 weeks $1,080 Equivalent to $31/day
6 weeks $1,250 Equivalent to $30/day
8 weeks $1,590 Equivalent to $28/day
10 weeks $1,930 Equivalent to $28/day
12 weeks $2,270 Equivalent to $27/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately $329) 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
  • Personalized 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.

Free-time experiences & tours in Hua Hin

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Hua Hin! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Hua Hin program.

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Introduction Week

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Safety and support

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

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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