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Projects Abroad in Thailand

Arrival Procedures

A host family home in Thailand

The first impression you get when you disembark from the plane in Thailand is how warm and humid the weather is. Krabi Province is hot and tropical all year round, and it may take a few days to adjust. However, by choosing to take part in an overseas voluntary work placement with Projects Abroad in Thailand, you can feel reassured that our team of staff will help you settle in and give you time to adapt to your new surroundings.

All volunteers arriving in Thailand will be met by one of our staff at the airport. You can choose to fly to either Krabi or Phuket. If you fly into Phuket, you will be asked to pay a supplement fee for your round-trip airport transfer. If you arrive in Phuket, you will usually spend one night in Krabi before traveling to your accommodation with a member of local staff.

Most volunteers change planes in Bangkok and it is worth checking before starting your journey if you should collect your luggage in Bangkok and re-check it for the flight to Krabi or Phuket, or if it will go straight through.

Some volunteers choose to travel to Krabi overland, especially if traveling in Thailand before joining one of our projects. This is not a problem; we will simply put you in touch with one of our local staff to arrange meeting you at a hostel or the bus station in Krabi for example.

After your arrival in Thailand

Thai woman ties her baby to her back with traditional fabric

From the airport we will take you to your accommodation. Volunteers on the Conservation Project live in shared bungalows at a resort in Ao Nang, about 20km from the airport. The resort has air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a pool that volunteers can use. Typically, volunteers on our Care and Teaching Projects live with local host families, but you can also choose to stay at the resort, even if you are not participating in the Conservation Project.

Your room will be a welcome sight after the long flight. You'll have several hours to rest and we'll begin to arrange a schedule with you for the next few days. Normally this time is spent with other volunteers and our local staff, travelling to the location of your placement, getting an induction to your local area and learning how to get around. If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad.

The majority of volunteers live close to other volunteers and you will be able to meet up regularly. Many social activities revolve around the local schools and if you are teaching you will quickly gain local celebrity status.

If you are taking part in our Conservation & Environment Project, you will be introduced to the other volunteers and staff when you arrive at the resort, and have an orientation to the area before commencing your diving course and getting started on the other activities.

Food in Thailand

The basis of Thai food is rice. This is served with other dishes including fish, pork, beef or chicken, egg, vegetables and a soup. The dishes may be hot, spicy, sour, salty or sweet - often all in the same dish! Thailand is a good destination for vegetarians as well. There is no limit to how many dishes may be served at each meal. Don't be surprised if the whole family digs in with their own eating spoon in the communal eating bowl - this is the custom amongst family and friends! At the volunteer house volunteers eat together and a buffet style meal is served at lunchtime and in the evenings. Volunteers living with local host families will eat with the family. Volunteering abroad in Thailand will definitely provide you with the chance to taste plenty of authentic and delicious Thai cuisine.

All volunteers participating on standard projects in Thailand have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Diving & Marine Conservation & Environment Project in Thailand page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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