Volunteers needed for ecolodge outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand

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  • Description


    *️️*️️Hello Workawayers. We are accepting a volunteer to teach English starting ASAP*️️*️️

    We are Chai Lai an eco-lodge nestled beside the river, next to an elephant camp, south west of Chiang Mai. As a social business, all our proceeds benefit local hill tribe communities, and Burmese refugee women and girls at risk of trafficking. We organise various activities for our guests that enable them to explore the region, discover more about the local communities and which help to promote the humane treatment of elephants. (We work alongside the elephant camp but do not control any function of the camp. Volunteers can enjoy time interacting with the elephants and other activities a discounted rates on their time off.

    We seek volunteers who are dedicated, open-minded, culturally aware, and passionate about serving others.

    We offer free accommodation and 2 meals per day. The third, if taken in our on-sight cafe may be subsidised. Not included are transportation costs outside of working hours or those unrelated to your volunteer role, additional meals, alcohol, entertainment and any other incidental expenses. However, as we are located by the river in a mountain region, there is little to spend your money on but plenty of opportunities for fun and personal fulfillment in our daily lifestyle and surroundings!

    Please send us a message answering the following questions, if you wish to volunteer:

    When would you like to come?
    For how long would you like to stay?
    What experience or qualifications do you have in the position of interest?
    Why would you like to volunteer?
    Can you ride a motorbike/scooter?
    Do you own a lap top?

    Thank you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • Help


    We are not currently seeking general help. We are looking for individuals who have a particular skill set- as described in the listing. Thank you :)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Karen, Thai, Burmese

  • Accommodation


    Modest, private room in nearby local house or bamboo bungalow on lodge property. Facilities are basic but clean.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our staff work from 6:30am to 9:30pm. Working hours for volunteers take place between these times and may vary depending on your role or project needs.

    We can arrange airport pickup for you via songtaew (Thai-style covered truck with bench seating). The cost is 700 baht and is divided among the number of passengers if you are sharing the songtaew with other guests. Alternatively, we can help advise you how to take a yellow taxi to the nearest town from the lodge, where we can also arrange for a songtaew to collect you.

    Scooter / Motorbike Hire:
    You can do this in Chiang Mai, if arriving from the city, or more locally when you arrive. Having your own scooter or motorbike does allow you greater independence to visit the beautiful local attractions (waterfalls, temples, Royal organic projects, lovely mountain drives) and, as a social enterprise, it also helps us keep our transportation costs down! Scooters can be rented daily, weekly, or monthly in Chiang Mai for around 200-250thb per day or 2-3500 baht per month. PLEASE NOTE: We only recommend that you hire a scooter/motorbike if you are an experienced rider or feel confident enough to do so. Helmets are a must!

    Any medical, health or travel insurance is at the volunteer's expense.

    Before confirming any volunteer we may ask to schedule an informal Skype call. Confirmed volunteers will then receive a Volunteer Manual before arrival that includes useful information about the region and guidelines.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25hours per week.

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