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:
- Planting trees
- Making compost and tilling soil
- Planting fruits, herbs, vegetables, coffee and rice paddies
- Natural water filtration
- Maintaining seed nurseries
- Food storage and preparation
- 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 Long-Term Internship.
We also accept and welcome individual or groups who come for educational internship.
What We Provide
For 200 baht per night, volunteers receive three meals a day and a place to sleep. You are encouraged to stay for at least 5 nights for learning. 1000 bath will be collected (for your first 5 nights) once you arrive here. We collect 300 Bath per night per person if you stay 1, 2, or 3 nights. If you stay 4, or 5 nights we will collect total 1000 Bath from you.
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).
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.
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.
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!
What To Bring
Volunteers are encouraged to bring the following items:
- Notebook and writing utensils
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Environmentally-friendly soap and shampoo
- Sensible clothing
- Sun hat
- Bath towel
- Tissue paper and tissue paper receptacle (optional)
- Personal medicine
- Small first aid kit
- Sandals and work shoes
- Bed sheeth
About Insurance: We ask volunteers to get a appropriate travel insurance 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 and salad dressing.
2- Some powders or flours such as chickpea (garbanzo) flour, cocoa powder etc.
3- Some cooking spices such as curry powder, cinnamon powder, chai tea spices, bay leaves, oregano, 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 seeds or things for planting because we love planting.