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Volunteers from all walks of life

We welcome all volunteers regardless of age or background. Everyone has something to contribute, and we'll find the right project for you!

Discover new ways to teach

We believe in learning by doing. Our volunteers find ways of getting children away from their desks and teach English in practical situations.

Truly rewarding experiences

Joining our free language and cross-culture training for volunteers - led by local trainees - allows you to make a highly valuable contribution to local projects.

Help us promote sustainability

Volunteers' skills and experience are greatly valued by the conservation projects we support, including pioneering ecotourism schemes.

Make your money count

We charge very low volunteer fees and a lack of admin costs means all our resources go directly to the projects we support.

" It's about local people helping local people with the help of volunteers and information technology!"
- Sven Mauleon, co-founder.

" Poor people get poor education. We give them a better chance to learn."
- Gaweechat Joompaula, co-founder.

Openmind Projects is an NGO, not a volunteer, travel agency. Supporting local people, training and supporting overseas volunteers to make a contribution. 

Openmind Projects won the Little Big Project

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A Typical Day Volunteering in NongKhai
Ram's volunteer story

When volunteering in NongKhai, you can choose to stay at the OpenMind house for free, or rent your own place. Since I was volunteering for a while, I stayed with OpenMind for the first couple of months and then got my own place.

7am: Breakfast, my favourite, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes with some proper English Tea...

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Why Choose Us

  • Local expertise: Our local presence and experience in mainland Southeast Asia means we understand how to live, work and volunteer successfully in the region.
  • Low cost volunteering abroad: We don't spend money on high administrative and other overseas costs and therefore can offer affordable fees.
  • More than 60 projects to choose from: We offer a range of project choices in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal, most with flexible timescales. You can combine projects and locations if you wish.
  • Training and support: Our popular intensive three day training will ensure a quality experience for you and your project.

How can I volunteer abroad with Openmind Projects?

We aim to make the most of the skills you can offer. Take a look at our projects and then apply. We will match your skills and wishes with the current needs of our projects and suggest a suitable program.

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