Volunteer at a Special Training Center in Thailand
Your New Home in Asia!
For our family, staff, trainees and volunteers! This is where we work, learn and live together. Our Training Center is popular! Get immersed, become a family member! A perfect place to work and start at, a stepping-stone into the unknown, challenging and amazing fields of Southeast Asia!
Work with our staff, trainees, teach at a school or temple. Take care of children. Volunteer at a hospital, at a community project, Thailand or Laos. Then move on if you want!
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Learn about this Very Special Center where local people prepare for life with Openmind Projects and volunteers!
Trainees come from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia
Young trainees from our field projects for longer or shorter periods. They learn English, IT and other important skills with us, volunteers and friends. Everything here is free.
Akhom from Laos "At Openmind Center we learn from each other, how to speak English, how to make presentations. We learn how to use computers and learn online. We learn a lot together!”
Volunteers help staff and trainees, English, to search online, make presentations, debate and of course have fun together. They also teach at local schools and temples in town and villages.
Some volunteers help improve our work, teaching, camps, role-plays, videos, websites, social media or administration.
Our Popular Camps
We have Learning Camps, mainly in April and October. Disadvantaged teenagers learn together with us, volunteers and Internet! Everything is of course free.
A Center for all
Volunteers stay at our Center, share a room, or a nice and cheap guesthouse with sunset over the Mekong River.
Our Center consists of two houses. The first with office for staff and another for trainees and volunteers, reception, bathrooms and bedrooms. The second house consists of bedrooms with bunk beds and bathroom. Outside we grow vegetables the hydroponic and organic way.
You find our Thai style kitchen and 'dining room' outside under a roof and also a ball court where we play volleyball.
Exploring the Northeast Thailand and Laos
You find our Center in NongKhai, the northeast of Thailand, on border to Laos, by the Mekong River, less than an hour from Vientiane, he capital of Laos. This is the heart of old Indochina, where Thai, Lao, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures meet!
It is easy to reach NongKhai from Bangkok direct by train, bus or fly to Udon Thani for a quick transfer to NongKhai.
Volunteer at our Center! Your chance to see the unseen parts of Thailand and Laos tourists do not.
Explore NongKhai town
Take a tour with our trainees around to the enigmatic Sala Kaeow Khu Temple and Sculpture Park with its giant Buddhas! Visit the royal temple Wat Pochai with its golden Buddha, once stolen from Laos. Visit the NongKhai Aquarium with the world’s largest fresh water fish, the Phra Beuk.
Enjoy delicious Thai, Lao and Vietnamese food at the numerous restaurants, many by the river!
Hang out with our people, volunteers, games, volleyball, swimming, a Korean BBQ by the river or just a coffee talk.
Explore the Surroundings
Drive along the scenic Mekong River to water falls and mountain temples. Visit one of our Thai or Lao projects.
Stay overnight in a treetop, watch wild elephants below you! Do the Phu Tok mountain walk described in National Geography as one of the scariest, not for the fainthearted!
Take a boat trip, watch the famous Million Water Lilies in December, January.
Visit Laos, Vientiane or the mountain villages!