Openmind Projects Training Center in Thailand
Volunteering at our Training Center
Our Home and Office
This is where our staff works and volunteers can help them.
A Center for our Volunteers
Our Training Center is a popular place with families and senior volunteers. In addition, it is the perfect place for young and other volunteers to start at before joining a field project.
Our volunteers work with our staff and trainees, teach at a local school or can take care of children at the school nursery. Health care volunteers are welcome to the town hospital. You can even volunteer at a community project in the countryside or in nearby Laos part of your time!
Many options and rewarding volunteer experiences at our Center!
Volunteer Training. Your free Introduction Week
This is where we introduce new volunteers to culture and volunteering and help them learn some survival language at our much-appreciated Volunteer Training! Watch Training videos by volunteer Katy
Get a Free Training Week when you volunteer with Openmind Projects!
A Training Center for our Trainees
This is where young trainees from our field projects in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar stay to learn English, IT and other important skills with the help of our staff, volunteers and their more advanced friends. Everything is free
Trainee 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 mentor our staff and trainees, practicing English , helping them search online to make presentations and prepare for short debates on important topics like envirnment, health, jobs, educational the end of the week.
Other volunteers can help us improve our learning tools, English role-plays. Alternatively, you can make videos, improve websites, and help with social media postings and administration. You can teach English, IT at a local school. You can even multi-task by working with our people as well as teaching at a school, a temple or in a village.
Our Learning Camps
We run our Learning Camps mainly in April and early May, sometimes October. Underprivileged young people from Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are invited to learn together with us and our volunteers and Internet! Everything is free.
A Center for all
Welcome to stay at our Center. If you want stay at one of the many nice guesthouses, there are many friendly and cheap to choose from. We can help you book one.
Our simple Center consists of two buildings, one with an office for staff and a training room for trainees and volunteers plus reception area, simple bathrooms and four simple bedrooms. Right outside a small garden where our people grow vegetables the hydroponic way.
The other house consists of three bedrooms with bunk beds and a shared bathroom; behind the house you find a small organic garden.
Outside you will find the Thai style kitchen, eating area and parking areas. In addition, at the end of the compound we have a ball court where people play volleyball in the afternoons.
Explore Northeast Thailand and Laos when you volunteer at our Center.
Our Center is located in Nongkhai, Northeast Thailand, a border town by the Mekong River where Thai, Lao, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures mix!
An hour from Vientiane, the capital of Laos and less than an hour from the nearest airport in Udon Thani in Thailand. It is easy and cheap to reach Nongkhai from Bangkok by train, bus or plane!
When you volunteer at our Center in Nongkhai you will have a chance to see the Thailand and Laos not many tourists do!
Take a tour with one of our trainees around the enigmatic Sala Kaeow Khu Park with is giant Buddha statues! Visit the royal temple Wat Pochai with its golden Buddha, stolen from Laos. Go to the NongKhai Aquarium with the world’s largest fresh water fish.
Then enjoy eating delicious Thai, Lao or Vietnamese food at one of the numerous restaurants!
Hang out with our people, other volunteers, play games, volleyball, go swimming, and go for a Korean BBQ by the river or a coffee break at one of the many coffee shops.
Explore the Nongkhai Surroundings
Drive up the Mekong River. Watch Laos on the other side from the mountain temple. Visit one of our Thai or Lao projects. Ask if one of our people can come along!
Stay overnight in a treetop to watch wild elephants! Do the scary Phu Tok mountain walk described in National Geography, not for the fainthearted!
Come along on a trip to the Million Water Lilies Lake in December, January.
Visit nearby Vientiane, the capital of Laos!