Thailand Programs

Experience the beauty of the people and country of Thailand.


About Thailand

Land of smiles … and bustling Bangkok……and beautiful beaches. But there is another Thailand – a simpler, gentler land, full of warm people in tune with the rhythms of rural life.

Here the hill tribes (peoples whose origins may lie in China, Burma or Laos) and the rural Thais rub happily along together. Their children share the same school but, since not all hill tribe children attract government funding, the schools need help with spoken English.

Thailand’s English syllabus is entirely written and only a few can actually speak the language. Volunteering in Thailand with AV you can go straight to the heart of this wonderful country full of astonishing beauty – natural, human and architectural.

Volunteering in Thailand

Our gap year projects and summer program opportunities in this beautiful part of Asia, Thailand, will see you located in Ban Thaton, about one and a half hours’ drive west from Chiang Rai, or three hours’ north of Chiang Mai. It nestles in the Fang Valley, very close to the border with Myanmar (Burma). The valley forms a bowl full of orange groves and paddy fields, whilst the river, once the ‘road’ when boats were the main transport, still frequently provides the quickest way between villages.

The villages we work with are in the foothills at the edge of the bowl. The hill tribes (peoples whose origins may lie in China, Burma or Laos) and the rural Thais rub happily along together. Volunteering in Thailand with AV gives you the opportunity to go straight to the heart of this wonderful Asian country, full of astonishing beauty – both natural, human and architectural.

Thailand Gap Year Program

Teaching among the Hill Tribes on the Burma Border.

Our gap year projects and volunteering opportunities in Thailand join forces with the Maekok River Village Project in the Fang Valley. You can volunteer at primary or middle schools among children who come from that Thai village and from nearby hill tribe villages. Your volunteer placement will involve you teaching spoken English to the children, and perhaps to teachers and villagers.

After teaching for one term, you will have an optional 4 week period to explore Thailand.

Thailand Summer Program

Got ‘the bug’ but not the time?

Our 5 week Venture will offer you the opportunity to make the most of your summer. Experience teaching in rural mixed Thai and hill tribe schools on the Burma border. Volunteering in Thailand with AV combines a worthwhile teaching period with fun and adventurous weekend activities.

This might just be the best summer of your life!!

There are no really bad times to visit Thailand. The dry months in December-February are bright and sunny, but many brush fires make for a smoky haze. In the rainy season much of the day is sunny and the paddy fields are bright green.

There are too many festivals to mention – Thais don’t need much of an excuse to have fun!

Oh, and Koh Tao is next to Koh Phangan, home to the world-famous Full Moon Party!

Food in the non-tourist areas is cheap and actually not that expensive where tourists abound. There are some good low cost flights around the region. You can spend more in smart hotels, as you will if you party a lot.


The atmosphere in the Maekok villages is relaxed and there are few security threats. In the tourist areas in the south, especially in the bars and on the beaches, you will need to be more on your guard.

Bryan and Rosie Massingham are our in-country representatives and will be responsible for sorting out any problems you have during you time with AV. They are based in the Maekok River Village Resort, Tha Ton.

  • Malaria Area Yes
  • Wet Season (Global warming permitting!) Monsoon Jun-Sep
  • Internet cafes All major towns and in most schools
  • Electricity Type 210-240 volt
  • Plugs 2-pin, round pin, continental type
  • In Country Reps Bryan & Rosie Massingham
  • Language Thai
  • “Hello!” Males say: “Sawadee Krup”. Females say:  “Sawadee Ka”
  • Money Thai Baht
  • Visa or MasterCard Either but Visa is best

Help us make a difference by volunteering with AV in Thailand


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