Global Public Health in Thailand

Improve health and well-being in the community of Ban Nam Khem in Southern Thailand through education.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Travel to Thailand’s Southern province of Phang Nga, to contribute to UN SDG, #3,  Health and Wellbeing. Assist by conducting nutrition and hygiene workshops in the local community, and organising and managing sports and physical fitness classes at local schools. Explore the picturesque coastline of southern Thailand in your free time.

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Included in your program

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

Learn to make traditional Thai and Burmese food

Visit the Buddhist temples of Ban Nam Khem

Practice traditional Thai yoga massage

Master Muay Thai self-defence techniques

Raft along the Sok River

Hike to hidden waterfalls

Visit an untouched mangrove island

Sleep in a floating river bungalow

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Elizabeth Dray

23 Apr, 2020
In March 2020, I travelled to Thailand to volunteer with GVI on the healthcare programme in Phang Nga. From the moment I arrived in Thailand I was in awe of its natural beauty, and this really got me excited for the coming weeks. Southern Thailand was such an amazing location to be based, with ‘free’ Friday’s every other week allowing a 3-day weekend for travelling further afield, such as to Khao Sok National Park, or even a short city break to Bangkok. Life on base was busy, sociable and a whole lot of fun! It was clear just how well respected and valued GVI were within the local community, who definitely saw GVI to have become an integral part of their village, being regarded as locals rather than tourists. The staff were all full of energy and enthusiasm, really adopting the ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude, meaning that time spent on project was productive and although at times, challenging, always fun and so rewarding. The healthcare project included a variety of activities – from conducting basic healthcare checks to those in the community and other local towns, to preparing and conducting healthcare workshops. I really loved how much input I was able to have in terms of the running of the project as a whole, but always under the guidance of the incredible staff. All the staff and volunteers alike were so welcoming, and within only a few hours of arriving, I felt really that the GVI base had become my second home (despite the 35-degree weather!). Spending evenings together on the local, tourist-free beach watching the most beautiful sunsets, or all joining in on our weekly quiz night was a great way to unwind after a long, but enjoyable day on project. Within such a short space of time, I managed to forge such close friendships with the other volunteers, for which I am so grateful. On returning home, a frequent question I received was “Would you do it again?” and the answer is always a resounding yes. The skills, friendships and memories taken away from any GVI project are ones that will last a lifetime, and I cannot recommend it enough. No qualifications are necessary, just a strong sense of passion and desire to commit yourself fully to all project work, and you are guaranteed to have an experience that you will never forget.

Shannon Brown

11 Oct, 2018
When I arrived in Thailand, I was so overwhelmed by everything, as it was my first time travelling alone. But as soon as I met the other volunteers and staff when they picked us up, I instantly felt at home. The programme itself is so rewarding, Monday to Wednesday we would teach kindergarten in the mornings, followed by working at the Camillian Social Centre. On Wednesdays before kindergarten we also taught healthcare to Burmese children at the Community Development Centre. One day I also got to help out on the conservation project with the sea turtles. Any expectations I had of this trip were greatly exceeded. There was structure to everything, and the staff became like family and were always there to help with any concerns or queries. I'm not sure how well this will affect my employability, as I'm not going into the healthcare sector, but I do believe that it has improved my confidence and given me a whole new perspective on life. I would 100% love to go on another GVI programme, you can genuinely see how much they are helping these communities, and as cliche as it sounds, it definitely changed my life.

Mikaela Skoog

16 Jan, 2014
When I entered the project I had a lot of expectations, and almost none of them were met as the way I thought they would be, it was much better! This was my first trip to a foreign country ever and my first volunteer project and I think it was a really good life experience. I am already looking for something more to volunteer to, and I know it’s because my experience here was as good as it was.

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