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Openmind Projects a nonprofit NGO. Local expertise, very low volunteer fees! We support over 60 projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal, available for overseas volunteers. Read more about Openmind Projects ...

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 their best friends, overseas volunteers and IT!" - Sven, co-founder.

"Poor people get poor education. We give them a better chance to learn and therefore arrange for volunteer work abroad opportunities." - Gaweechat, 'Toto', co-founder.


  • The Phu Wua Mountains, the wild elephants and Openmind Projects
    The Phu Wua Mountains, the wild elephants and Openmind Projects Back in the early days of Openmind Projects (OMP) in 2003, we were approached by an ambitious young teacher in a remote village in Isan, the poor Northeast Thailand. She wanted overseas volunteers to help her teach English to poor rice farmer children. We visited her and discussed how to help and where volunteers could stay. ‘At local home stays,’ she said, and we looked around finding many blue home stay signs outside huts and…

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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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image of Thai monks said why volunteer with Openmind Projects
  • Being a local NGO we have local expertise!  Our local presence in Southeast Asia means we understand how you should volunteer work abroad in our countries better than any international volunteer agency.  How to be a successful volunteer.  How to live, work and volunteer in our region.
  • Affordable volunteer fees = Low cost volunteering abroad!  We don't waste money on expensive overseas administration and promotion.  We spend the money on you and local projects only.  Therefore you have affordable volunteering with us..
  • Over 60 Volunteer Projects Overseas to choose from!  We offer volunteer work in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.  Flexible dates to meet your schedule.  Combine projects and countries, locations if you wish.
  • How to be a successful volunteer? Our Volunteer Training and Support!  Our acclaimed and intensive three-day training ensures a successful volunteer experience for you.  And for your project too!  Prepare with our Volunteer Overseas Handbooks!  Enjoy our in-country support and advice. 

How to volunteer abroad with Openmind Projects?

We aim to make the most of your skills and energy!  Take a look at our  Volunteer Overseas Projects
and then Apply.  We'll match your skills, wishes with the needs of our projects and suggest suitable volunteer work options for you.

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