Volunteer With Us!
As a volunteer at Sahainan, you’ll receive a unique hands-on learning experience on a wide range of projects, such as:
Making compost and tilling soil
Planting fruits, herbs, vegetables, coffee and rice paddies
Natural water filtration
Maintaining seed nurseries
Food storage and preparation, rice dehusking
Working with hand-tools to build houses and furniture using locally-sourced wood, bamboo and mud
Community outreach and permaculture education
And many more!
Volunteers are welcome to stay and work on the farm as long as they want. Interested in volunteering long-term? Check out our 80 Days Volunteering Program and 80 Days Carpentry Internship & Volunteering Program.
We also accept and welcome individual or groups who come for educational internship.
What We Provide
Accommodation: We have huts made of bamboo, mud, or teak wood. We provide mosquito nets, mattress, and blanket. You are encourage to bring your own bed sheets. If you prefer to sleep in a tent, there’s plenty of good camping spots scattered around the farm.
Food: we cook on fire stove with firewood collected in the farm. Organic brown rice and vegetarian or vegan food will be prepared depending on harvest of the day. When needed, we buy some stuff from the local market to support the organic planting community. We can prepare for special diet such as gluten-free. We do not use any aluminum pot or wok for cooking, we use stainless steels utensils, coconut bowls, bamboo spoons and bamboo chopsticks. Students and volunteers are encouraged to contribute in cooking when they are available.
Electricity: we generate electricity from solar panels. Please bring your own charger.
Toilet and Shower: We have successful self-composting toilets (hassle-free, odorless, you will not see others poop in the toilet) and showers, you need to bring your own towels, and tissue paper (if you need). We allow only organic soap which is free from SLS, Paraben or any other harmful chemicals. You can buy organic soap in our farm (100 Baht to 350 Baht).
Internet: Free WiFi is available at coffee shops and restaurants about a 5 minutes motorbike ride (25 minutes walk) from the farm. You can also use internet access form your phone with a Thai sim card. Cellphone reception on the farm is good, but only for Thai cellphone services like True, AIS and DTAC, and signal from True is the best in our farm so far.
Water: we are blessed to have spring water from mountain about 1km away from our farm for using. This springs water from forest is quite safe to drink straight from the tap, but we still have our water filter system to make our water even cleaner.
Laundry: we wash our laundry with water and soap in the bucket. There is laundry service in the town (6km away) if you need.
Weather: Please check the weather forecast in Thung Chang, from November to March the temperature can be as low as 5’C in some night, we provide blanket but please also prepare suitable clothing such as warm jacket. From March to June can be quite hot in the afternoon like 38’C in some day. From June to October is the raining season, this is the time when we do most of the planting, so it is perfect for those who love to learn and experience planting with us especially rice planting. Unlike other part of northern Thailand, we do not have the problem of big burning and heavy smoke in Thung Chang since we are staying here.
Yoga & Meditation: we have a little huts on the hill that you can enjoy sunrise. This hut is nice for yoga and meditation, but it can only fit about three yogi at the same time. However, extending this building to have more space is in our plan!
Transport: Our farm is 3km from the main road, around 25 minutes by walking. If you need to go to town, you can follow our car whenever we are going. We have no service taxi here, but we have two motorbikes that we can rent you for 100 Bath per day, to support these motorbike yearly taxes and the maintenance fee.
Nearby touristic places: We are very near to Nan River in Huay Phan Village, the river is crystal clear when there is no rain around the mountains. The kids in the village swim and play in the river every afternoon. Jungle trekking are offered by the villagers in Huay Phan Village, they can guide you for forest foraging and waterfall, you can also request to stay one or two nights in the forest with them, the price is about 1000Baht per person for one night. There are also other waterfall like “Taat Man Waterfall” 45 minutes drive from our farm. Whereas our friend “Sisawalai” owns a local traditional handmade cotton and silk factory, she has her own farm beside her factory planting organic cotton, plants to extract natural dyes, teak wood trees and bamboos to make the weaving machine. If you are lucky, you can join her for dyeing the cloth, weaving, or foraging in her food forest! All her weaving are exported to Japan or sent to Chiang Mai and Bangkok, but if you buy directly from her with factory price, you save so much than buying in the big city!
Everything else—the beautiful mountain scenery, the new friendships, the simple lifestyle and the limitless opportunities for education and personal growth—is all part of the experience!
Financial Contribution: 200 baht per night per person. We encourage people to stay at least five nights in our farm for better experience and learning. If you stay only 3 nights or less, we collect 300 baht per night per person. If you stay 4 or 5 nights, we collect a total of 1000 baht per person.
Your money will be used for organic food production in our farm expenses such as buying buffalo or cow manure from the locals, gardening tools, soil rebuilding, kitchen facilities, spring water system management, solar power system maintenance, transportation fuel, natural building maintenance, fee to hire locals to join our projects, expenses on free permaculture education for local village kids and farmers, and etc.
We do not sell any product for now because we share all the harvest to our guests, volunteers, neighbor, and the locals.
Daily volunteers activity:
6am-7am harvesting, prepare breakfast and activities (take turn)
8am-10.30am morning outdoor activities
10.30am – 12pm prepare lunch
12pm-2.30pm lunch and siesta
2.30pm-4pm afternoon activities
4pm – 5.30pm prepare dinner
5.30pm dinner and rest
Most of the activities are for learning and experiences. Time table will be changed according to weather and situation, please be flexible to adapt. We choose one day per week as holiday, normally it is Saturday.
What To Bring
Volunteers are encouraged to bring the following items:
Notebook and writing utensils
Flashlight or headlamp
100% organic soap and shampoo
Sensible clothing for gardening like long sleeve and long pants.
Tissue paper and tissue paper receptacle (optional)
Small first aid kit
Sandals and work shoes
About Insurance: We ask volunteers to get a appropriate travel insurance by themselves, that covers volunteering in Thailand in case of any incidents.
Some special things to make us happier
We often get asked on what else we need in the farm and what can people bring to us from the city. So here is the list that you can bring along if you like to see our happier smiling face.
1- Olive oil. We could not buy any olive oil in the town. Yet, our volunteers love to put it on many recipes especially pizza, pasta, and salad dressing.
2- Some powders or flours such as chickpea (garbanzo) flour, cocoa powder, whole wheat flour, etc.
3- Some cooking spices such as curry powder, cinnamon powder, chai tea spices, bay leaves, oregano, rosemary, cumin seeds, or anything you like to try or like to let us try!
4- Some permaculture books or children books in English, Chinese, or Thai.
5- Some hairloom seeds or things for planting because we love planting. Currently we are looking very much for zucchini seed, artichoke, asparagus, bread fruit seed, curry plant, durian seeds, raspberry plants, or seeds of any perrenial plants.
Hi, I am very interested in volunteering at your farm in September 2015. Can you please let me know if this is possible?
You are very welcome to our farm. But next year september is a little bit too long for now. Can you email us again 2 months before your travel? Most probably will be no problem.
My friend and I, totally two people, are planning working-for-accommodation during the end of January and the beginning of Fabruary, lasting at least for two weeks. And we’re pretty interested in your project.
Please give us more information about it.
Yes, it is possible. You are very welcome. But please inform us again by email few days or few weeks before your arrival. Thankyou.
hi.I’ll be in Thailand on Nov 12th of this year, and I wonder if there is any place for me to work for accommodation, I’ll be there for one week or more,
and please give me more information about it,
sincerely, thank you.
Hi Hui Lan, you are very welcome to join us. Please send an email on your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thankyou.
Hi, i am currently in college in NYC but leaving next semester. I don’t like it at all and am desperately missing nature. I want to stay somewhere and work for a long period, maybe two months. Starting this January and maybe extending until March. Are stays that long possible?
Yes possible. Please send an email to email@example.com once you are confirm your stay and the date.
Me and my partner are coming to Thailand in December – I have experience in conservation/ecology and he in construction work/building. We are both very keen to learn about farming and permaculture as we would like to run our own sustainable place one day. Just wandering what your availability is like for December/January time? We are hard working and very good characters looking to learn and to exchange skills! Someone to give us recommendations for travel would be good too 🙂
Hi, welcome to our farm. Please send an email to us firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which date are you coming so that we can arrange accommodation for you:-) Thankyou.
My name is Natasha and I will be traveling and volunteering on organic farms and permaculture projects in Thailand for a few months this winter and spring. I am a sculptor and gardener and I love working with my hands, learning about the many uses of plants, growing (and eating!) healthy, chemical-free food, and learning traditional crafts and technologies. I have worked on WWOOF farms in the past, I have experience working on home construction and I have taken courses in horticulture, organic farming, and permaculture all in the hopes of starting my own permaculture project in the future. I would love to come work with you if you have availability this February, hopefully toward mid-late February! Thank you!
Hi Natasha, thankyou for being interested in our farm and welcome to come and join us! Please send an email to us (email@example.com) and tell us the exact date and time of your arrival to Thung Chang so we can arrange. Thankyou.
Hi, welcome to our farm. Please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your arrival date and time.
I am travelling to Thailand with my 6 year old son for 3 months from late March. Would you take us on as volunteers? It sounds like we would very much enjoy being a part of your project.
Tina and Fabian
Hi Tina, thankyou for your interest on our farm. Please send us a email email@example.com to tell us when is your arrival date and time. You can try to come and stay with us, here we have simple hut and simple living, if you and your son like this place and able to adapt, you can stay for 3 months.
Hello! My name is Isabella and I am extremely interested in volunteering with you at your farm! I was wondering if you could provide me with some extra information
– Age Requirements (I am a willing 15 year old with much to offer)
– Available Dates (Summer?)
I look forward to your response, I am very interested in your initiative. and philosophy. Once I have some more information, I will be willing to go further in depth and make some decisions.
Hi Isabella welcome to our farm we are open to anyone who want to learn about sustainable and simple life. please send us email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have decided your arrive date
Hello, I am very interested in volunteering on the farm from around the 30th of March onwards. if theres enough volunteering slots then ideally I’d like to spend 3 weeks/1month on the farm; it would be really great to help you guys out.
Look forward to hearing from you,
Yes welcome to our farm and please send us email when you confirm
Hello I hope you are very good. I am going to Thailand at the beginning of march, between 7 and 9th and i would like to know more information about volunteering and whih kind of activities i can do, if there is a schedule or activities to follow? and if there is space for me to join you in these days? thank you very much for your answer. greetings
welcome to our project we need more hands to help. normal day activity planting, building, cooking, and many more. Send email to email@example.com when you confirm to come.
Hello, I am interested in volunteering at your farm. Approximately one week from May 15-21. I don’t have a lot of experience with gardening but I’m keen to learn, and am very interested in learning more about living a sustainable lifestyle. Please let me know if you have space for me on or near those dates. Cheers.
Hi, you are welcome to join our project. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org we will reply you. Thank you
Hello 🙂 I’m in Thailand on the 12th July and avaliable for a month 🙂 This sounds amazing and would love to gain the skills to grow my own crop (less ambitious though as in my own garden in Britain xD and the only things that will grow are potatoes but i have high hopes) please let me know if there is space available 🙂 if not, good luck for the future 🙂
Hello Jade, welcome to join us. Email to us email@example.com when is your arrival date, than you and hope to see you soon.
Pleasure, my name is Rento Maglio Stuqui, 23 years old and I am Brazilian .
I’m in Australia making exchanges, studying English proficiency. I finished my degree if Advertising in Brazil, and came to do my exchange here in Australia .
My visa will expire in November, and soon after that I plan to go to Thailand , I am in love with the culture of the country, I have friends who have done volunteer work in Thailand, and I am very interested to do the same, to have this amazing experience.
If possible, I will be eternally grateful, and I will give as much of myself to be able to help as much as possible .
Thank you for your attention,
Renato Maglio Stuqui
Hi Renato, you are welcome to come visit us and stay with us. Please email us when you decided to come to our farm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you:-) we hope you enjoy your trip in Thailand!
My friend and I are very interested in volunteering on the farm from around the 10th of November onwards. Please let me know if you have space for us on or near those dates. It would be really great! Thank you!
Look forward to hearing from you,
Annika & Rene
Hello Nika, you and your friend are welcome to our farm and join our activities, Please email to email@example.com again about 1week or few days before your arrival. Looking forward to see you all 🙂 Thankyou
I’m planing to make my way to permaculture and Thailand all at once 🙂 and would be very happy to start my experience volunteering in your farm.
I do not have the definitive date of my arrival but would be for sure between January and March 2016. Will you have availability?
Yes Nora, just send an mail again to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us your arrival date about one week before you come, thank you.