Volunteer in Asia

Make impact amid rich cultures and rare wildlife.

A volunteer program in Asia is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world, support communities and help protect endangered species like elephants, gibbons and sea turtles.


Asia is calling, and it’s time to answer! With its breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage and endless opportunities for adventure, this continent is a dream come true for anyone seeking an exhilarating volunteering experience. From hiking through lush forests and swimming in pristine waters to exploring historic temples and vibrant markets, Asia boasts a diverse range of unique and rewarding experiences for everyone, whether you are on a gap year, a summer volunteer holiday or on a career break

With GVI, you can make a real difference in the world with one of our conservation programs – from working with elephants and conducting research on endangered white-handed gibbons, to sea turtle rehabilitation and coastal conservation. 

From our two research stations in Thailand we offer a variety of volunteer, internship, research fellowship and professional apprenticeship programs, including:


Our programs

Coastal Conservation Expedition in Thailand
Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand
Under 18
Sea Turtle Conservation and Adventure Teen Volunteering in Thailand
Gibbon Conservation Volunteering in Thailand
Endangered Turtle Conservation and Research in Thailand
Research Fellowship
Coastal conservation research fellowship in Thailand
Elephant Conservation Internship in Thailand
Sea Turtle Conservation Internship in Thailand
Coastal Conservation Internship in Thailand
Research Fellowship
Wildlife conservation research fellowship in Thailand
Gibbon Conservation Internship in Thailand
Elephant and Endangered Sea Turtle Coastal Conservation in Thailand
Plastic Pollution and Conservation In Thailand
Professional Apprenticeship
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in Oceania and the Thai Islands
Marine, Island and Coastal Conservation Exploration in Fiji and Thailand
Citizen science bird conservation in Thailand
Coral Reef Conservation in Thailand
Professional Apprenticeship
Coastal Conservation Apprenticeship in Thailand
Professional Apprenticeship
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in the Indian Ocean
Professional Apprenticeship
Elephant and Wildlife Conservation Apprenticeship in Thailand
Included in your program, at no extra cost

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!
Learn traditional Karen cooking
Connect with the Karen people's culture
Forage for forest medicine with a village elder
Visit Thailand's highest peak
Explore Thailand's elegant and mysterious waterfalls
See amazing biodiversity on a night trek
Take a sunrise hike up Two Tree Hill
Sleep under the stars alongside Asian elephants

Our volunteer programs in Thailand are a chance to gain hands-on experience in conservation while directly contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) , specifically UN SDG 5: Life on Land and UN SDG 14: Life Below Water. 

You’ll work alongside local communities and organisations dedicated to preserving marine, coastal and island ecosystems. If you’re passionate about marine biology or simply want to give back while travelling, this is your chance to make a difference and create unforgettable memories.

A collaborative approach

In Chiang Mai, we work in partnership with the local elephant-keeping community. Here we work towards reintegrating elephants from tourist camps back into their natural habitat. Our program partners with local mahouts, who are expert elephant handlers with generational knowledge of these animals. As a participant, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the mahouts, tracking and observing elephants while collecting valuable data on their behaviour and health.

At our coastal research station in Phang Nga, we work in partnership with The Royal Thai Navy and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) to assist in the conservation of endangered green turtles.

Volunteer programs in Thailand

When you join a volunteer conservation program in Thailand, you’ll be contributing to critical conservation efforts. Work with elephants or conduct research on gibbons and birds in Chiang Mai, or support marine conservation efforts in Phang Nga by monitoring coral reefs and sea turtle populations. We offer a range of programs suitable for different time schedules, catering to those with a week of annual summer leave, planning a gap year, or seeking a long-term volunteer and travel experience: