Projects Abroad volunteers in Thailand do outdoor activities with children at a kindergarten in Thailand.

Volunteer with Children in Thailand

Work with children and support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres

Volunteer with children in Thailand and gain practical experience while giving back to those who need your help. You’ll work in daycare centres and kindergartens, and support early childhood development. You’ll also teach English and make sure the children practice good hygiene every day.

You’ll work with children from different backgrounds, and focus on supporting the work of local teachers and caregivers. Many of the children come from disadvantaged families. Getting practical childcare experience adds value to your CV, which can be useful for your future career.

Free time and weekends will be yours for exploring the stunning location of Krabi. Swim in the warm ocean, bite into new and delicious foods, or plan a diving trip to explore underwater corals and marine life!

When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer

Project Name:

Thailand > Childcare

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Krabi (Read More)


Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged 16 or over can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is Childcare volunteering in Thailand right for me?

Volunteer work with children in Thailand is perfect for any person who enjoys working with kids, and wants to help those in need.

This project will suit you if you’re full of energy and excited to help where it’s needed. This project is also a good fit for you if you’re considering working with children professionally.

No experience? No problem! You’ll have an induction on arrival and we’ll teach you what you need to know. We also run regular workshops for all Childcare and Teaching volunteers where you can share ideas, and discuss challenges. You can also reach out to Projects Abroad staff for help and advice at any time.

The project runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We encourage you to stay longer so you can have a bigger impact on the children.

Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers work with children at a daycare centre in Thailand to complete a colouring activity.

What will I do as a volunteer with children in Thailand?

All Childcare volunteers in Thailand will work in daycare centres or in kindergartens. During your time abroad, you will:

  • Teach vital early childhood development skills
  • Boost children’s English conversation skills and confidence in the language
  • Make sure children practice good hygiene every day to keep them healthy

Your work will focus on the three following areas:

Help by teaching vital early childhood development skills

Early childhood development is crucial for children in their early years. The skills they learn will continue to shape their education for years to come.

You will help children:

  • Recognise shapes
  • Identify colours
  • Put puzzles together
  • Count
  • Play ball games to improve their hand-eye coordination

There are so many things you can do, and we have a number of resources available for you! Speak to your Projects Abroad Childcare Coordinator, use our online database, or speak to other volunteers in Thailand for ideas. 

Help boost children’s English conversation skills and confidence in the language

In Thailand, tourism is a large contributor to the economy. English is the common language used to buy and sell, or communicate. Use your volunteer opportunity with children in Thailand to help boost the children's English confidence, and get them talking!

You can do this by playing ABC matching games or English Bingo, or teaching them a simple nursery rhyme. The more energy you bring to your placement, the more engagement you’ll get from the kids and from the staff.

Make sure children practice good hygiene every day to keep them healthy 

Volunteer work with children in Thailand will include teaching children how to wash their hands correctly, or how to brush their teeth effectively. You’ll help caregivers and teachers with activities, or you’ll be asked to come up with a fun song, game, or activity. Keep in mind the age of your children, and alter the activity to their age.

Where in Thailand will I be working?


You will work in care centres or kindergartens based in Krabi. The placements we work with have basic resources, like a simple blackboard and chalk. You’ll need to think outside the box to create fun and educational activities that don’t require too many resources.  

Krabi is a small town, with an approximate population of 400 000. You will see many shops, local markets, and restaurants in and around town.

You will live with a host family for the duration of your project. Some host families live in traditional homes, while others live in town homes. You will also have the option of living in shared bungalows with other volunteers.

Free time in Thailand is exciting and different from anything you might have experienced before. Learn the true art of “chill” as you and watch a beautiful sunset with friends from all over the globe. You’ll also see some of the most beautiful beaches and meet the friendliest people.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Thailand Arrival Procedures page.

A typical day as a Childcare volunteer in Thailand

Each day, you’ll have breakfast in your host family home before leaving for your placement. Make sure to pack formal and semi-formal clothing for your project. Your shoulders, chest, stomach, and ankles should be covered. You can wear closed shoes that can be easily removed.

A typical day on your project in Thailand will run from Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm. You will leave your host family home everyday at 7.30am to get to your placement on time. You will be picked up from a pre-arranged meeting point, and taken to your placement.

You’ll work in a care centre or a kindergarten. Volunteer work with children in Thailand is busy, and will keep you on your toes! You will take part in morning exercises, and start with classes. These include arts and crafts sessions, English lessons, and hygiene lessons. You can also speak to staff to introduce new and exciting games and activities for the children.

You’ll eat a packed lunch at your placement.

In the afternoons, you’re more than welcome to stop by the Projects Abroad offices in town to prepare resources for the next day’s activities. Make paper plate animal masks, create flashcards, or chat with the Childcare Coordinator about some new ideas you have!

Weekends and free time in Thailand are yours. Catch a few rays of sunshine on Ao Nang’s beautiful beaches, plan a diving adventure, or take a long-tail boat ride out to a nearby island for a relaxing afternoon.

Female Childcare volunteer helps young boy build lego blocks in a day care centre during Care placement in Thailand.

What are the aims of this Childcare Project?

The aim of this project is to promote early childhood development in the care centres and kindergartens that we work with. We also want to support the work of local teachers. They need extra pairs of helping hands to make sure that each child benefits from games, activities, and exercises.

We have a number of volunteering opportunities with children in Thailand for you to get involved in. In Krabi, we work with care centres and kindergartens that have children from different backgrounds. Many of them come from disadvantaged families. 

English is an important skill for locals here, as tourism is a major economic booster in Krabi and in Thailand as a whole. You’ll work to help children feel comfortable with conversational English, and for them to be comfortable when engaging with tourists when they’re older.

As laid out in our Childcare Management Plan, we’ve identified four sustainable goals we hope to achieve with childcare volunteering in Thailand:

  • Promote early childhood development
  • Improve English
  • Improve hygiene levels of the children
  • Improve the level of stimulation of each child

Help us achieve these long-term goals by joining us as a Childcare volunteer in Thailand.

A volunteer working with children in Thailand crouches under a parachute during an activity with kids at her Childcare placement.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.


You'll stay with a host family in Krabi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Thailand and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

We also have shared accommodation where you can stay with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of Southeast Asia. Thailand is an unforgettable country with plenty of enticing things for you to get up to in your free time.

One of the highlights of volunteering in Thailand is the pristine beaches. With stunning snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, it’s a great destination to choose if you’re interested in marine life. For others, there’s always the chance to relax on the beach in the warm glow of the sun.

One must-see while you’re there is the Tiger Cave Temple. With its rich history and ornate statues, it’s an experience not to miss. Be prepared for a steep walk up 1,237 steps! But once you get to the top, the views make it all worth it.

Exploring the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, with its mysterious caves and sparkling waterfalls, is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

We run many different projects in Thailand, so there will likely be other volunteers relishing in this experience with you. You can choose to travel alone or with other volunteers. 


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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