Low cost Volunteer Abroad

Low cost volunteer in Thailand and Southeast Asia

Volunteer Money Value

As a local non profit we avoid administration and salaries abroad, so we can offer lower volunteer costs than international and commercial volunteer agencies do. Your donation goes to local people, projects and volunteer supprt only!

Included in your volunteer donation

Support with your application and arranging your placement, pre departure handbooks and support, accommodation and meals, travel advice, visa help to Thailand, help with airport transfer and pick up, emergency support, a volunteer certificate and/or letter of reference, an Openmind Projects gift. For some projects special conditions.

No Registration or Application Fees. We help you find the right project. You only pay when you book your volunteer placement. 

Early Bird Discount of $50

Volunteer Costs

Northeastern Thailand

First week

$195

Additional week(s)

$95 / week

$75 / week , if no accommodation.

North Thailand (Migrant Projects)

First week

$195

Additional week(s)

$95 / week

South Thailand (Guesthouse, no meals).

First week

$295 

Additional week(s)

$165 / week

South Thailand Marine, Ecotourism (Guesthouse,  no meals).

First week

$395

Additional week(s)

$165 / week

Laos

First week

$195

Additional week(s)

$95 / week

Cambodia

Tonal Dek Village

$100 / week, paid to the local project on arrival

Nepal

Chitwan Community

$55 / week, paid to the local project on arrival

Elephant Project

$120 / week, paid to the local project on arrival

Booking and Administration Fee of $295 applies to all projects. $50, for each extra placement.

Your donation may be eligible for a tax deduction. We provide proof of your donation.

What's Included in your volunteer donation

  • 3 free intensive days of Volunteer & Cross Cultural Training, including free accommodation at our Training Center. Come the day before and stay the weekend after, for free!

  • Free meals (lunch and dinner) provided at most placements, and they are healthy local food!

  • Pre-Departure support, including providing handbooks with vital travel, volunteer, teaching, language and cross-cultural advice.

  • We provide Thailand visa invitation letter and letter of recommendation, if required; and volunteer training and volunteer certificate.

  • Free accommodation varies with projects but can be: homestay with a local family, room at school, bungalow/room at a national park, shared room at our Openmind Projects Training Center in Nong Khai!

  • We help you with travel arrangements both to Southeast Asia and to your final project destination.

  • 24/7 in-country emergency support and full support during the application process and administration of your project.

  • An Openmind Projects Gift

How we use volunteer donations

  • Volunteer Support

    We provide preparation and administration of placements for volunteers.  We provide in country and emergency support to volunteers,  

    free before start volunteer training, reimbursement to local hosts, more.

  • Trainees and Scholarships

    We invite underprivileged young people as trainees to our Thailand Center. They come from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma to improve their English, computer, learning and working skills. We provide free accommodation and meals and often pay for school fees.

  • Our Operating Costs

    Local staff, our Training Center, computers and office equipment, website and telecom expenses, field project visits, support and reimbursement to local projects. We have no costs for our overseas contact persons. They help on a voluntary basis.

  • Field Projects Support

    Including reimbursement for volunteer expenses, teaching materials, computers for schools, promotional materials and website design.

  • Monthly and Free Volunteer Training Weeks

    For all volunteers at our Training Center. 12 times per year.

  • Learning Camps

    We arrange special Learning Camps at our Training Center in Thailand and invite students from Southeast Asia. We also arrange camps elsewhere for students who cannot come to our Center.