important notice: we have been told that immigration will prosecute us if we accept any more volunteers from this point on until we can find a way to resolve this issue. the government is requiring us to have a work permit...nothing less will do. we love having volunteers but we cannot break the law. we can accept long term volunteers who have a teaching license (so we can get a work permit) if you are a teacher and want to come, contact us and we will apply for a work permit and ensure you are legal.
We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life to join our team here.
We believe everybody has a talent or skill - come and show us yours! Use it, develop it, adapt it ...let it add value to our environment and our students' experience! And in return leave with new skills, life-long friends and a heavy heart.
We are an elementary and pre-school based on Koh Lanta (2 hours from Krabi International Airport). At present we have 25 students aged 1.5-12 at our rather large campus. We are on the cusp of confirming our licence for the next stage of the school which will educate students from grades 7-9 too - exciting stuff!
Rather than provide you with a rigid list of desired job titles, we find it more beneficial to provide you with a list of daily tasks, and let you decide if you have the passion, interest and determination to be part of our team.
● Canoe building
● Assisting teachers
● Decorating classrooms
● Chaperoning field trips
● Community litter picking
● Designing architectural plans
● Leading extra-curricular clubs
● Sport / music / dance / swimming coaches
● Teaching specific topics as ‘guest’ teachers
● Assisting with office-based tasks
● Teaching EAL in the community
● Installing electrics / plumbing
● Supervising playground time
● Developing curriculum
● Designing resources
● Developing websites
● Marketing advisers
● Making toys
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You may have a trade or skills & experience in something that we haven't even thought of. That excites us!
You may think you have nothing to offer - come prove yourself wrong!
If you like being enjoy being around children, if you're open to learning new skills and trying new things, if you're willing to meet and work with new friends, and are kind and respectful with an open heart... we would love to have you. Everyone always has something to give, even if they haven't found out what it is yet.
We usually have between 4 and 8 volunteers at any one time who stay for anywhere between 3 weeks to 6 months.
We ask that volunteers commit to joining the team for at least 3 weeks.
In return for 5 hours volunteering per day (Mon-Fri) volunteers will be provided with a mattress / bed and bedding usually in a dorm. Volunteers will also receive a free lunch Monday to Friday as well as 100 baht per day to buy an evening meal.
WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE WITH THE CORRECT PAPER WORK... AT THE LAST CHECK THIS MEANS EITHER A NON-B VISA OR A VISA FOR VOLUNTEERS.
VOLUNTEERING ANYWHERE IN THAILAND WITHOUT THE CORRECT VISA CAN GET YOU ARRESTED, FINED AND / OR DEPORTED AND WE HAVE NO MEANS TO PROTECT YOU FROM THESE ACTIONS - THIS IS THE LAW OF THE LAND.
All accommodation is located on site, meaning a very short commute!
Dorm rooms tend to be separated by male / female but with such a high number of couples and mixed-sex friendship groups this isn't guaranteed.
Accommodation available to you will be dependent on availability and number of volunteers on your arrival.
If you have a preference please specify but please be aware we are limited.
Accommodation 1 (x2): Shared dorm with A/C, private bathroom, private balcony.
Accommodation 2 (x1): Shared dorm with A/C, shared bathroom.
Accommodation 3 (x2): Private room, fan only, shared bathroom.
Koh Lanta is a rugged, lush, tropical island. We sit on the west coast in Phra Ae – school is all but a 3 minute walk through the bush to one of the island's largest and most impressive beaches; with sunsets so beautiful you'll never want to leave.
The normal routine of a volunteer:
Most volunteers are done with school by 1500 and head to the beach straight away.
Several nights a week both permanent staff and volunteers usually blow off some steam around 1700 on the soccer / badminton / tennis courts.
Once introduced to some of the hidden jewels, it’s relatively cheap to eat out on the island so staff eat out together most nights – apart from the odd night where someone will cook for everyone or a projector is commandeered and a movie and takeaway take place.
On weekends there’s a plethora of ways to relax and enjoy the island. A drive over the central mountains of the island, through lush rainforest will put you in ‘Old Town’ where the locals and tourist mingle – a perfect spot to catch the sunrise. North is ‘Saladan’ where the majority of the ferries arrive. A couple of quaint little streets and restaurants on stilts over the water await you. To the south is Koh Lanta’s national park where you’ll find more pristine beaches, thick rainforest and groups of cheeky monkeys; so be careful where you leave you bags.
An animal shelter, cooking / Muay Thai classes, boat trips, diving, a golf range and the Muay Thai stadium are some other attractions of Koh Lanta.
A 1.5 hour ferry from Saladan will place you in Koh Phi Phi – possibly the most beautiful group of islands on the planet; scores of tourist flock here to swim, dive, hike and sunbath. As darkness creeps in the island comes alive. A thin strip of land connects two island-mountains and is packed with restaurants, bars and hostels. The strip is fringed on both sides with white, sandy beaches where night clubs and fire shows go on until the early morning.
It's certainly a paradise lifestyle which is why so many volunteers extend their stay with us and even return for second stint of volunteering.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week