Are you looking for a mind-stretching, life-changing experience?  

Do you have a passion for social justice and to help vulnerable youth in need?  

Are you ready for cross-cultural immersion in the unique culture of Thailand?  

If your answer is yes to all of the above, then please read on!  

The DEPDC/GMS International Department recruits talented, motivated International Volunteers and Interns who want to gain experience in anti-human trafficking work and to have a direct impact on the lives of at-risk children in Northern Thailand and beyond. 

DEPDC/GMS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.  The organization works to prevent and to protect girls and boys from being trafficked into exploitative working conditions, the commercial sex industry in particular. DEPDC/GMS provides crucial preventative measures such as education, vocational and life skills training, accommodation, protection, community outreach, and leadership development to at-risk youth in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.  The organization coordinates a multitude of programs and projects at distinct sites, located throughout Chiang Rai Province in the districts of Mae Sai, Chiang Khong, and Mae Chan. Each site functions differently but works toward the common goal of empowering youth to empower themselves and their peers and communities to combat human trafficking and exploitative child labor.  

In order to provide the organization with steady volunteer support, which is critical to the smooth functioning of all projects, our International Department accepts applications on a rolling basis.  We tend to recruit up to 12 months in advance of the prospective start date of volunteer commitment, but we will consider applications within a shorter time frame. For more details, please click on the individual site opportunity tabs in the drop-down list beneath the VOLUNTEER tab for a description of tasks and responsibilities undertaken by International Volunteers and for instructions on how to apply.  

Please note the following differences: 

*DEPDC/GMS – Mae Sai requires a volunteer commitment of at least six months, in addition to 30 to 40 hours of intensive Thai language lessons over three to four weeks prior to arrival in Mae Sai if the applicant does not already have a basic command of the language. In general, exceptions are made in rare cases should an applicant have outstanding skills, directly applicable experience, and/or there is a specific need. DEPDC/GMS in Mae Sai does not provide housing, food, transportation, or a living stipend, nor does it charge a participation fee.  The organization can provide documentation support for the volunteer’s Thailand Visa application; however, Thailand’s immigration laws change frequently and typically without warning, and Thai embassies and consulates vary greatly in the types and lengths of visas that they offer.  Many DEPDC/GMS volunteers have financed their stay through private fundraising. Please click on the Opportunity in Mae Sai tab above for details on this volunteer position.  

*DEPDC/GMS – Mae Chan volunteer requirements and provisions are unique to the site. 

Please click on the Opportunity in Mae Chan tab above for more details on this volunteer position.

Interested in applying?  We welcome sincere queries and talented, motivated applicants!  Please complete our International Volunteer Application Form and email it, along with a current CV and a recent passport photo scan, to the International Department at depdc.gms@gmail.com. The International Volunteer in charge of recruitment will contact the applicant by email once all required documents have been received.   

Please also have a look at our Omprakash website profile for more details about volunteering: reviews from past DEPDC/GMS-Omprakash volunteers and an overview of accommodation and cost of living information for this region. You can also look at our Facebook page and our GlobalGiving page.


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  1. Hi,
    I was wondering if you were looking for international volunteers from 20/5 to 24/5 which is next week. I have submitted my application for your site at Mae Sai at Omprakash’s website where I found out about your organisation.

    I am looking forward to working with children and teaching English using games and simple games or picture references. I hope that my work in events coordination and communications will add as a plus point.

    You mentioned speaking Thai as a requirement, which is one skill I am afraid I do not have at the moment. However I am more than happy to volunteer in an all-rounded jobscope.

    I wish I had more time to inform you of my interest but it was reading the work that you do that strongly encouraged me to apply immediately. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Nadia A.

  2. Hi,
    my name is Zita and I´m living in Mae Sai for three months already and will stay for an other nine months. I´m teaching english as a volunteer at “Ban Wiangphan school”. In my first months i realized that i would like to have more and different challenges because i still have a lot of freetime in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon after my lessons. I´m just wondering if i could come along one day to talk?
    Thank you, i´m looking forward,

  3. I am working social services officer in Sri Lanka for 14 years. now i would like to work as a volunteer in your organization. my age is 42. if you like please send me more details.

    1. Thanks so much for your interest in DEPDC. Please see the volunteer link on this blog for details about the volunteer application process. We hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Thanks for your interest in becoming an International Volunteer. Please view the drop-down Volunteer tabs for details about the opportunities that are available and the types of tasks that International Volunteers take on at each of the project sites. Further questions may be directed to the International Volunteer Coordinator at depdc.gms@gmail.com.

  4. Hi. I am planning to travel Thailand next March and am seeking volunteer work in this field as it is something I may potentially be interested in long term. I would be interested in volunteering for a week or so, if this is possible just to gain an idea of the organization.
    Thanks. Amy.

    1. Hi Amy,
      Thank you for your interest in volunteering at DEPDC. You are most welcome to spend a visit to our center at Mae Sai, but we do not offer short-term volunteer positions. The minimum commitment period is six month.
      Best regards,

  5. Good day
    I was really motivated and inspired about your organization. I am willing to help but it seems i can not meet your demand. I am only available during semestral break, second to third week of March and summer

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