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Volunteer in rural Thailand.
Give poor village children hope. Many leave school for low-paid jobs in Bangkok, the South or abroad.
OpenmindProjects supports public, village and temple schools and villages, including a school for disabled students.
Volunteers are an important added value to their education.
Volunteers make a difference.
Apart from introducing you to your volunteer work, because we are locally based we can show you things the normal tourist does not get to see!
Spend your free time in a different Thailand, where OpenmindProjects was founded and is based. Visit, travel and eat local, off the tourist track. Drive along the amazing Mekong River, stretching from the Himalayas to the Pacific. Climb the Lonely Mountain Phu Tok, one of the scariest walks in the world according to the National Geographic.
In NongKhai, our home, a truly Indochinese town with its Thai, Isan, Vietnamese, Lao and Chinese people, you can visit the amazing Giant Buddha Park and go boating on a Million Water Lilies Lake. Watch the mysterious Naga Fireballs rising up from the Mekong on the full moon night in October. Some people believe they come from the Naga dragon. Cross the Mekong on the Friendship Bridge to Laos.
Volunteer work in Thailand, the Northeast
Tell us about yourself. Book a time to chat with us and we will tell you about your options and life as a volunteer.
Volunteer in the rural Northeast Thailand. Enjoy local hospitality and the gratitude of the adults and children you work with.
Volunteers teach English and IT at public and temple schools and a school for students with disabilities.
With OpenmindProjects students learn by doing. They practice English conversation with volunteers to make them motivated and to gain confidence to speak English.
Read about Teaching English
Watch Teach the fun, role play way
Practical-minded, sporty volunteers are also welcome!
Before you travel you’ll get a Volunteer Handbook to introduce you to your volunteer work, teaching, culture and even some language.
When you arrive we’ll meet you, tell you more and introduce you to the school, students, teachers.
Meet cofounder Gaweechat.
He will tell you about OpenmindProjects, about life in Isaan, the Northeast, and life in the village! Meet his sister Kai and try her local Isaan food. Meet young Neorn, who learned so much with volunteers and now making fairy tales in English.
Great places for volunteers to stay and learn about local life!
Meet hostess Orawan and stay in her charming bungalow village in Nongkhai. A retired teacher, she is a member of the Openmind family who taught many local Openmind students.
Meet Pao and Julian, who welcome you to their popular MutMee Guesthouse. Pao and our volunteers taught Openmind trainee Moss to be the Nongkhai star English student.
Learn More about this the poorest region of Thailand, one third of the country, where the friendly Isan people actually speak Lao. Farming is the main livelihood in the villages, but many young people must head to the south or abroad to find jobs.
Ask us for more information, articles, blogs about the Northeast Thailand, our home base!