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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.