About Volunteering in Thailand, the Northeast
Volunteer in North East Thailand with an NGO, the unseen Isaan
Unseen Thailand, Isaan, ethnic Laos. Enjoy its nature, the mighty Mekong River, mountains and national parks. Enjoy its rural culture, with more temples and villages than elsewhere in Thailand, Enjoy the unique and happy Isaan music and the incredibly spicy papaya salad, ‘som tam’!
But, also help villagers leave poverty! The village children lack good education. They leave school with few opportunities, a factory in Bangkok or abroad, remain a poor rice farmer, work in a bar or on the beach in the South where all the tourists go. You won’t find many young people above 18 in the villages. They all had to go for low paid jobs elsewhere.
You can help us help them! Contact us and we will tell you how!
Volunteering in Northeast Thailand with Openmind Projects
Volunteer work in Northeast Thailand
Most volunteers are teaching, practicing English with children and adults. IT and Internet learning can be combined with English training. Neither English nor IT training requires a teaching background! We practice Learning by doing activities!
We are always open to discuss how volunteers can contribute depending on their backgrounds, interests, experience and skills. Tell us!
Volunteer life in Northeast Thailand
Volunteers in Northeast Thailand either stay at Openmind Projects Training Center in NongKhai town Thailand or a guesthouse, rent their own room or a with a host family if they volunteer in a village.
'Take a rice farmer girl out of poverty and she will help her family' Children deserve better education and a chance to learn English, to use computers and other important skills!
Volunteers in the Northeast can
Teach young Thai, Lao and Burmese trainees at our Training Center. Teach children at schools. Teach novices at temples, in villages. Volunteer at our Camps. Watch Camp Thailand
Volunteer free time
Tour NongKhai, visit the unique temple with the giant Buddha statues. Take a boat trip on the Mekong. Visit Laos! Go wild elephant trekking in the mountains where Openmind Projects helped create an eco tourist destination recommended by Lonely Planet.
Read about Isaan in The Heart of Indochina
Did you know this about the Laos Thailand?
Isaan is the least-visited region in Thailand and the poorest! But with the most spectacular sunset in Thailand, over the Mekong River! One third of the country, in space and population, the friendly Isaan rice farmers speak Lao, not Thai!
In October, every full moon night, strange fireballs rise out of the Mekong, the Naga fireballs!
The unique Sala Kaew Khu Temple and Sculpture Park in NongKhai, features gigantic statues of the Lord Buddha.
NongKhai is the gateway to Laos and a truly Indochinese town, where Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Isaan, Lao mix, work and live together.
You find many ancient Khmer temples in Isaan and many national parks some where you can go wild elephant trekking.
Farming is the main livelihood but millions of young Isaan economic refugees head for Bangkok, or abroad to find a job.