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Volunteer Abroad in Thailand - Hua Hin with IVHQ

Volunteer in Thailand - Hua Hin

Volunteer in Thailand with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most popular and affordable volunteer travel organization. Volunteers are based on the southern coast of Thailand with volunteer opportunities located in Hua Hin and the surrounding hills. You can choose between volunteering on the authentic Hill Tribe Support project or Teaching English in Thailand. IVHQ is proud to be the trusted choice for volunteering in Thailand.
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Thailand Volunteer Highlights

  • Volunteering in Thailand is available year-round with programs starting every Monday
  • Volunteer projects in Thailand - Hua Hin include Teaching English and Hill Tribe Support
  • Volunteer work is located in Hua Hin on Thailand’s southern coast or nearby in Thailand’s largest national park
  • Volunteer Thailand program fees include airport transfer from Bangkok, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 support in Thailand
  • Affordable volunteer program fees from $280 for 1 week
  • Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Thailand - Hua Hin each month
  • Explore IVHQ’s additional volunteer opportunity in Northern Thailand
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Thailand to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Thailand will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Thailand with your new-found friends.

The IVHQ Thailand - Hua Hin volunteer program is based in Hua Hin on the southern coast of Thailand, about three hours drive from Bangkok. It’s a region renowned for its beautiful beaches and 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. Volunteer projects are located ​around the Hua Hin province​ and with the local hill tribes in Thailand’s largest national park. Where you’ll be based will depend on the project that you choose.

Volunteer Thailand - Hua Hin programs start every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.

If you’re looking to volunteer in Northern Thailand, explore our volunteer program based in Chiang Rai. Our Northern Thailand volunteer opportunity is perfect for volunteers looking to experience a different side of Thailand and support eco volunteer Thailand opportunities such as the Outdoor Volunteer Work project.

Teaching English

As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you’ll be supporting the local community on a volunteer project that aims to promote better access to education for children.

The focus is on assisting with teaching English initiatives in local community centers and kindergartens, as well as primary and secondary schools. You’ll have the opportunity as a Teaching English volunteer to work with children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old, introducing them to English and helping improve their literacy skills through fun, interactive lessons and educational activities. English is highly valued by the local community due to its potential to change lives through increased employment opportunities. Within Hua Hin and Thailand in general, speaking English can open the door to jobs within the growing local tourism industry.

This project is well suited to aspiring teachers who would like to gain insight into the Thai education system as well as any volunteers who are interested in a cultural exchange while teaching English to children from backgrounds with limited educational opportunities or exposure to native English speakers. When volunteering on the Teaching English project you can expect to work alongside other volunteers and local teachers, and can at times also be expected to teach classes individually. Volunteers are needed on this project throughout the year and during school holidays (from mid-March to mid-May and for the month of October) the local team run special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community.

This project is open to all volunteers and teaching experience is not a prerequisite to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Hill Tribe Support

As a volunteer on the Hill Tribe Support project in Thailand, the focus is on supporting the local Karen Hill tribe through increasing access to education and teaching English.

You’ll have the unique opportunity to live and work in Thailand’s largest national park. The Hill Tribe Support project is based in Kaeng Krachan National Park, giving volunteers the chance to soak in the beauty (and views!) of the Thai hills while supporting developmental goals of the community and immersing yourself in authentic Thai hill tribe life.

You’ll spend the majority of your time volunteering in local community schools, but you should also be prepared for your volunteer work to vary as needed, with volunteers also helping with various community initiatives. The Hill Tribe Support project works with village children from the Karen Tribe ranging in age from 3 to 15 years, introducing them to English and helping improve their literacy skills through fun, interactive lessons and educational activities. Volunteers can provide support with local community enterprise efforts which helps the tribe to supplement its income. You’re also encouraged to arrange extra-curricular activities and games for the children after school to keep them engaged and provide a safe and supervised after-school environment while their parents are working.

This project is well suited to volunteers who enjoy working with children or have a passion for education, as well as nature lovers who would like to assist and understand the needs and culture of the Karen tribe. Due to the rural nature of this project, basic living conditions should be expected and volunteers should come with an open mind. You’ll also have the opportunity to disconnect, with WiFi not available in the volunteer accommodation for Hill Tribe Support volunteers but if you do need to stay connected then a local SIM card with data can be used in unlocked phones.

During school holidays (mid-March to mid-May and for the month of October), you will relocate back to Hua Hin where the local team run special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community. This project is open to all volunteers and teaching experience is not a prerequisite to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

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.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK). Your airport pick-up in Bangkok is included in your Program Fee if you arrive on Saturday or Sunday.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team who will escort you to the airport shuttle terminal where you will catch the 3 hour shuttle to Hua Hin. Once in Hua Hin, our local team will meet you at the shuttle terminal and escort 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 12pm on the Sunday before your program start date or you can make your own way to Hua Hin.

Orientation is hosted on the Monday by our local team in Hua Hin and runs for the entire day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Thailand – introduction to Thailand, Thai customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Thailand, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

​A volunteer day is subject to change depending on the time of year that you are volunteering. ​A typical daily schedule​ might be as follows:

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. After lunch you will have free time to explore the area, do some shopping or plan for your next day’s volunteer work. If your project calls for it, you may be involved in more afternoon volunteer activities too

6.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation

Evening 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

Teaching English Volunteers You will be accommodated on-site at our local team’s headquarters in Hua Hin, located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. You can expect to share a room with about three 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.

Private rooms in the accommodation can be arranged upon request for an additional cost, subject to availability. The cost is about US$60-US$90 per week, per room, depending on the room type.

Hill Tribe Support Volunteers You will have the unique opportunity to live within the Karen Hill tribe community, as volunteers on this project are accommodated in a communal living environment located on-site at your placement. You can expect to share a room with about three other volunteers of the same gender. As the placement is in a rural setting, you should expect living conditions to be basic and should be prepared to have cold running water. Mattresses are provided in the form of traditional Thai mattresses which are usually placed on the floor. The accommodation has shared bathrooms equipped with western toilets and cold showers. Basic bedding is provided in the form of a sheet and pillow, 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 not available in the volunteer accommodation for Hill Tribe Support volunteers but a local SIM card with data can be used in unlocked phones.

Hill Tribe Support volunteers have the option to spend their weekend at the Hua Hin accommodation. The local team can help arrange transport between the two sites over the weekend.

You will receive three meals per day during the week and two meals per day on the weekend. All meals served inside 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 based on appealing to the four fundamental taste senses with a balance of the following flavors: sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. 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.

Thailand - Hua Hin

Length of program Program Fee $USD
1 week $280
2 weeks $420
3 weeks $560
4 weeks $700
5 weeks $840
6 weeks $980
8 weeks $1,180
10 weeks $1,380
12 weeks $1,580
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Thailand generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses

Thailand - Hua Hin: Teaching English Project

Length of program Program Fee $USD
1 week $310
2 weeks $470
3 weeks $630
4 weeks $790
5 weeks $950
6 weeks $1,110
8 weeks $1,330
10 weeks $1,550
12 weeks $1,770
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Thailand generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Dedicated support from a volunteer expert
  • Complete MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive program guide
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • IVHQ alumni membership
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to​ ​explore other parts of Hua Hin and Thailand.

Hua Hin is approximately 3 hours drive from Bangkok making it an awesome base for exploring Thailand. Consider a weekend in Thailand’s capital city and tick off all the must-see spots in Bangkok, including the famous temples, street food culture and weekend markets.

If you want to sit back and relax after volunteering during the week then Hua Hin is the perfect spot to find yourself. Make the most of the beaches that Southern Thailand is famous for, explore the bustling markets of Hua Hin, or beat the heat and explore the nearby hills in Thailand’s largest national park.

It is a great idea to undertake independent research before you go to get an idea of what you may want to see and do once you are in Thailand. We often find that volunteers get together once in-country and organize travel and tours together.

See our Thailand Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Thailand!

Capital Bangkok
Population 66.79 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).

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a national criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Thailand.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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