If you've always wanted to spend some time abroad making a difference in communities that need help, why not consider becoming a volunteer in Thailand?
A far cry from the bright lights of Bangkok, there are a great many underprivileged areas throughout Thailand and it's these places that will most benefit from any hands-on work you can offer.
If you decide to volunteer, you can expect to come across beautiful beaches, mountainous landscapes, majestic animals and friendly locals as you carry out tasks like teaching English, helping care for elephants and undertaking conservation work on a tropical island.
Take a look at the Thai adventures offered by i-to-i; as one of the UK's leading gap travel organisations, we send thousands of people on volunteering breaks in their chosen destinations every year.
All about volunteering in Thailand
There are various programmes in Thailand that require volunteers to help in local communities. If you're contemplating gap travel or taking a sabbatical from work, why not browse the projects available with i-to-i?
Whether you're looking to spend two or 12 weeks in this exotic location, you're sure to find something that appeals to you.
Among the most popular schemes is teaching English on a tropical island, where you get to teach children a language that could be vital to their future career success. Alongside the work there is plenty of time for play, from taking in enthralling waterfalls and lush forests to partying in the capital of Bangkok.
If you're fond of animals, you might prefer to spend three weeks helping care for elephants, during which time you'll get to ride the beautiful creatures, raft down rivers and hike across mountains.
Meanwhile, if it's the Thai culture you're really interested in, you could spend between four and 12 weeks carrying out community work with hill tribe children. Tasks are varied and could include looking after infants, helping youngsters learn conversational English and doing a bit of cooking but the smiles on their faces are sure to be more than enough reward.
As well as being welcomed into the community, the locals will take you on treks around the area to the nearby markets, where you can sample all kinds of delicious new foods.
These are just some of the programmes on offer if you'd like to take a gap trip in Thailand – there are many more to choose from both in the country and indeed other parts of the world.
Find your perfect Thai adventure with i-to-i
No matter how long or how much you have to spend being a volunteer abroad, you're sure to find something that caters for your requirements from i-to-i. Every year we send people on meaningful breaks to locations around the globe, so you can rest assured we're experienced in our work.
If you're aged between 18 and 80, you can book on to one of our programmes and even bring a friend or relative if they want to make a difference too. We can offer language add-ons if you need to know some of the native tongue and it is possible to combine multiple schemes in the same country if you'd like to try your hand at a number of different things.
We are a member of the ABTA and protected by the ATOL initiative so you can be certain your money will be safe if you book a break with us.
Get in touch by calling 0113 205 4620 or visit our website to request a callback or a brochure.