The Life Development Center
What We Need
English teachers must have teaching experience of at least one year. Agriculture and construction work has no skill requirement, you must just be physically fit. Product designer and marketing must have work experience of at least one year.
Our volunteer programs:
1. Specialist – we are looking for specialist volunteers to assist us in website development, video production, fundraising, marketing, proposal and report writing, etc. Individuals may apply to this program throughout the year; we will consider applications case by case according to our need and the potential volunteer's knowledge, skills, and experiences. The volunteer can work independently at home or at our office based in Chiang Mai city. If the volunteer would like us to arrange accommodation and food, the cost is $300 per month.
2. Group – this option is perfect for groups of 5-10 people. The program is 1-4 weeks. The cost is $200 per person per week. If the group does not require to be picked up from Chiang Mai, the cost is lowered to $120.
3. Voluntourism – this program requires a group at least 5 – 10 people. It is divided into two parts: volunteering for the first half and traveling for the second. This program costs $250 per person per week. If the group does not require to be picked up from Chiang Mai, the cost is lowered to $180.
When & Who
What we Provide
We have cottages/hostel at our organic farm
We serve mostly local foods but we are happy to learn and cook western foods. We provide 3 meals, coffee, and free organic fruits from the garden.
Cost depends on program
More Services we Offer
We also offer different hilltribes village visiting tour, farm tour and Thai cooking workshop including in the fee
Other Ways to Help
We need farming and construction tools such as shovels, hoes, rakes, gloves etc. We also need new or second-hand items for our charity shop such as clothes, shoes, computer, etc.
Additional Info about Us
Our staffs will assist/facilitate volunteers entire their volunteering with us for their living condition, working condition, safety concern, transportation, meals etc.
Our volunteer programs are very unique, you will gain more than you expected such as experiencing multicultural local life styles because the project site located among different ethnic groups. At the organic farm we have more than 20 kinds of fruit trees, volunteers are free to have fresh organic fruits from the farm, we also provide half day Thai cooking lesson for free, you will learn about organic farming and have a chance to visit different tribal communities and so on.
Some project activities will be changed according to the season such as in rainy season between June to September there is a lot of rain and villagers are busy working in the farm so they are not convenient to work with volunteers and construction projects are also difficult. But teaching English at the village school will remain the same except during school breaks and examinations.
LDC established in 1994 with a vivid vision to help improve vulnerable tribal peoples' living conditions and environmental conditions in the north of Thailand with a variety of initiatives.