Volunteer Abroad Life in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal
What about traveling abroad as a volunteer and not as a tourist?
Helping others gives a sense of connectedness and meaning. You come to help. Local people will therefore not treat you as a tourist and your volunteering becomes a much richer experience! You impact people. They impact you!
What awaits you as a volunteer abroad?
New friends, gratifying work, useful experiences, unexpected challenges, cross culture understanding, world awareness, happy moments, unique memories and stories to tell! Your experience depends on your expectations! So prepare yourself. Learn more below.
Imagine yourself as a volunteer in Southeast Asia
Imagine yourself as a volunteer abroad, immersed and living in another country and culture! Imagine living in a new country with new habits, another language, food and climate. Imagine learning to appreciate this different lifestyle! Imagine testing your comfort zone and and being able to cope with the unexpected!
Imagine the many news skills you gain. Imagine how you grow as a volunteer abroad!
Cross Culture Understanding
Learning about another culture is fascinating and enriching. You not only learn the local do's and don't s, how people behave, live, eat and dress but also about the values behind all this, how people think. At Openmind Projects free training days, you learn and practice all this and and about volunteer work too!
Imagine volunteer abroad life where
Your food is cheap, delicious but hot and you eat with a spoon, sticks or your right hand.
You dress casual for the sun, neat for work and change plans, go with the flow without a headache!
You ask a friend where to eat and hear 'it’s up to you' and “maybe” means yes, maybe or no!
A beautiful smile may mean yes or no, happy or not happy.
A room with water on the floor is the hong nam, meaning room water, i.e. the bathroom.
Standing in line, queuing, means standing in a crowd!
Imagine being popular, by being respectful and living local!
Imagine yourself in Southeast Asia!
And don't forget
To respect the royal family in Thailand and to cover your elbows and knees when visiting a temple, ladies.
To hail a taxi, beckon a waiter with fingers facing down and not to throw things to people.
Not to say no, say maybe, with a smile.
A few words of advice to a volunteer
Prepare yourself to volunteer abroad life before you go. Learn about country and culture, some language and volunteer work. We help you but also ask other volunteers and learn online.
You are always welcome to ask us! Once confirmed we send you an online volunteer handbook.
REMEMBER! You are welcome to prepare yourself together with us and gain first hand knowledge and hands on practice at our monthly and free volunteer training before you start! Learn more
Read what UK regular volunteer Shireen says and what US long term volunteer Jim says
Eating and living as our volunteer in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal
Southeast Asia is full of great hotels and guest houses at bargain prices for volunteers from more expensive countries. Eating out is even more of a bargain, price wise and taste wise!
Most field projects involve living with a host family, a great way to immerse yourself in local daily life. Living conditions vary, but are usually simple and traditional. You mostly have your own room and eat with your host family. Host families like to include volunteers in family and village activities. You then have a chance to practice English with them and learn some local language.
Accommodation at national parks is normally a staff room.
At our Center in Thailand, you normally share a bedroom and shower, men and women of course separate. If you prefer more privacy and comfort, nice guest houses are available nearby.
A shared bathroom is standard.
If you stay at our Training Center in NongKhai, Thailand you eat with our staff, trainees and volunteers, lunch and dinner week days. Everybody shares and helps, cooking, cleaning enjoying. You may need to find out how hot you like it! Lots of great eateries for your weekends.
If you stay with a host family you eat with the family. Weekends it is your choice.
If staying at a guest house you can eat at a local restaurant or maybe street stand of your own choice and if in our home town NongKhai, always welcome to our Center!
If staying at a national park or similar project, it varies, and we will tell you.
Exploring Asia while volunteering with Openmind Projects
Volunteering In Thailand
We are happy to help you find your kind of excursions, activities and treks and including to the unseen places! There is much to do and see: the ocean, beaches, mountains, rivers and jungles. The many cities, big and small, from Bangkok to isolated villages, explore them all!
Volunteers staying at our Center, in NongKhai are often invited to week end trips, along the river, to Laos, to villages where our people come from!
Volunteering in Laos
Laos is a small country with beautiful mountains to trek and many rivers, waterfalls and green jungles to explore. You will encounter many different ethnic groups and cultures in Laos, even with different languages!
Volunteering in Cambodia
Cambodia, a country with a tragic history, has a very interesting and ancient culture, beautiful nature, mountains, jungles and the sea. Do not miss the world famous and magnificent Angkor Wat outside the city of Siem Reap, dating from the once-great Khmer empire of Cambodia. Hak, our former trainee, in whose village you can volunteer, can take you there.
Volunteering in Nepal
Explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world with its Himalayas, lush jungles and wildlife. You will meet friendly people of many ethnic backgrounds in this small and very poor country!
And don't forget visiting neighboring countries if you have the time as our volunteer!
Welcome to volunteer abroad in Southeast Asia!