VSA Thailand: Volunteer Spirit Association
Volunteer Spirit Association (VSA Thailand) is a non-profit (NPO)/non-government (NGO) / Peace organization collaborating with people
of all ages, cultures, religious and economic backgrounds.
Our work is based on the belief that through learning, sharing, and understanding each other reduces to create international voluntary
projects, creating PEACE VSA Thailand http://volunteerspirit.or.th
Facebook: VSA Thailand Workcamps Programme – Brief description, Size of programme & important features Camp life
Camp leader will be the one who manages and answers your questions, the camp leader will be the coordinator between
international volunteers and local hosts in the beginning of camp. After a while, international volunteers can learn to communicate
themselves with the local host, even if we use different languages. We welcome creative idea to reach the camp goal.
Cooking Team and Cleaning team volunteers take turn for cooking, cleaning.
Simple life volunteer are expected to stay at public hall, temple, school, Home stay, forest camping, depending on what project
they’ve selected entails.
Age over 18 years.
Ability to communicate in English or full intention to try.
Friendly and loves to learn new things.
Adaptability and open mind.
Explanation about extra fees for incoming volunteers
VSA is not financially supported by government to host projects related to IVS. Hence all projects are self-funded with a participation fee.
Given the remote location and various complexities we have tried our best to make it as affordable as possible for volunteers. Being a
non-profit organization we emphasize on transparency, below is how we spend collected participation fee.
Participation fee is used for food and accommodation during workcamp. Volunteers in their own expenses, such as souvenirs, alcohols,
personal food, free time travel expenses and also expense before and after their camp.Volunteers will pay the participation fee on the
arrival day at the camp to their camp leader.
What is our motivation?
We started our organisation because we really want to support projects, especially for the people (and children) living
in the countryside of Thailand, as for example the villages some of us come from and similar places. We want volunteers from Thailand and from all over the world to work together with the local people.
This way we hope to create more friendships and understanding between people. Also by doing voluntary work (young) people get a good experience in working out of their heart, sharing and learning other ways of doing things, speaking
English and having fun together. We hope more people become aware of the need of voluntary work and the joy
voluntary work can give you. We want to work together with existing NGO’s and projects to share experiences and
hopefully together we have more strength to accomplish projects.
What is our background?
We are a group of enthusiastic and motivated people, both Thai and foreigners. We all have a background of doing
voluntary work for
one up to seven years before we started DaLaa. Most of us were workcamp-leaders working with short term volunteer
groups in a lot of
different places in Thailand. Some of us were staying at voluntary projects in Thailand, where they worked together
volunteers. Some of us have the experience of joining workcamps abroad, whereas others did more coordinating work
and Thai students.
We are local people and we know what is going on in the villages and what the needs are.
Together we make a good team with a lot of different knowledge and experience that we can use for our organisation.
Our main aim is to make a tribute to long lasting social development in Thailand. With all our projects and activities
DaLaa creates opportunities where volunteers and local people work, live and enjoy together. The aims are realising
the projects and to experience different cultures. An unforgettable experience and enrichment for all participants.
Therefore we focus on three main aims
With our projects and activities we want to support local people, work together with already existing (local) projects and
– helping with construction work: building a classroom, clean water supply
– helping with taking care of people: extra attention for orphans, sick or handicapped people
– support economical/ecological activities: OTOP (One Tambon, One Product), starting recycling bank, use second
We will work with Thai volunteers, international volunteers and local people. While working together on the projects we
want to develop relationships all over the world and between people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.
We want to create more mutual understanding and reduce prejudices. Also by sharing information, ideas and different
ways of working and doing things, we can learn from each other.
– besides working together, we also organise educational activities: workshops, discussions and seminars (sharing
In our projects and activities we also want to take care of the nature of Thailand and the world, work in an
environmental friendly way and preserve Thai culture.
– agricultural projects: not using chemicals
– environmental projects: awareness of garbage-problem, recycling bank
– creative activities: learning local handicraft and art, like batik and pottery