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.
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
What We Provide
For 200 baht per day, volunteers receive three meals a day and a place to sleep. The meals are vegetarian—usually rice from the farm or nearby market, served with vegetables, fruits and herbs harvested in the land. Accommodation is basic. We have several open-air bamboo huts, each containing a large mattress pad, bedspread, mosquito net and some string for hanging your clothes. If you prefer to sleep in a tent, there's plenty of good camping spots scattered around the farm. You are encouraged to stay for at least 5 days, 1000 bath will be collected (for your first 5 days) once you arrive here. The fee is 300 bath per day if you stay ≤ 3 days.
Water on the farm comes from a nearby spring high up in the mountains—quite safe to drink straight from the tap, but we also have a large natural water-filter just outside the main hut. Currently we have two bathrooms, each containing one toilet and two showers.
We have one small solar panel able to charge your electronics at all hours of the day. Cellphone reception on the farm is good, but only for Thai cellphone services like True, AIS and DTAC. Free WiFi is available at coffee shops and restaurants about a 5 minutes motorbike ride (25 minutes walk) from the farm.
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!
Volunteer Application Form
Complete and submit the form below, or send application direct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How To Get Here
Sahainan is located in Thung Chang District in the far north of Nan Province, Thailand. Here is the easiest way to get to the farm:
- Arrive at the Seven-Eleven convenience store in Thung Chang (the only one in town)
- Take a seat at Pee Wan Dee Shop across the road, and let us know that you have arrived. Email: email@example.com // Phone: (+66) 098-773-7947 or (+66) 0953508145 or (+66) 0957612702
- Wait 20-30 minutes for us to come pick you up and take you to the farm. If we are unable to pick you up, you need to get alternative transport which will charge you 100 Bath for the petrol.
* Please inform us of your estimated arrival time at least one day in advance so we can arrange to pick you up and bring you to the farm in a timely manner.
Approximate Travel Times
From Nan: 2 hours by bus, 70km. Red buses run hourly everyday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From Chiang Mai: About 4-6 hours by own transport, 350km. If you take the Green Bus from Arkhid Bus Station to Thung Chang, it will take about 7-8 hours.
From Chiang Rai to Nan: 5-6 hours by bus.
From Bangkok: About 10-12 hours by bus from Mochit Bus Station, 750km.
From Laos: 1 hour, 50km. Buses run more frequently on Saturdays when the Huay Kon border market is open. Many of our volunteers do visa runs here.
From Phrae: 2 hours.
From Pitsanulok: 5 hours.
* Domestic flights are available from Bangkok to Nan and from Chiang Mai to Nan.