GVI: Internships in Thailand

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We are proud to launch our new GVI Business Internships Abroad!

Business Internships Abroad are a great way to apply your business management and leadership skills, explore the world, experience new cultures, contribute to a sustainable cause and kickstart your career!


Intern with GVI in Thailand and discover the land of smiles; a land surrounded by stunning golden beaches, intricate temples and a rich culture. Although Thailand has a thriving tourism industry, there are many poorer communities. Thailand is also home to a variety of fauna and flora that are both unique, diverse and in some cases endangered. GVI offers a variety of internships in Thailand including:

  • Help manage an elephant sanctuary and receive career development opportunities. Kick start your career on this multi-faceted internship in Thailand's stunning Chiang Mai region.
  • Combine your interests of teaching and animal care while gaining valuable work experience with our multi-faceted internship. Discover this fascinating culture while contributing to the rehabilitation of mistreated elephants, learning about plant biodiversity and teaching English to the local community.
  • Assist with climate and conservation issues that the region faces be directly involved in biodiversity research, turtle conservation and environmental education. This is the ideal opportunity to kick off a career in conservation.
  • Interns can gain valuable career development opportunities on this internship in a coastal region in Thailand. You work in three areas: teaching English and environmental education to the local community, plant and animal biodiversity and animal care. This internship gives you the boost to get ahead of the rest!
  • This conservation program gives you the opportunity to live and work in one of the most stunning places on earth. Based on a tropical island, next to a picture postcard beach, you will work alongside GVI and local partner staff.
  • Combine teaching and traveling on this internship while you gain a valuable TEFL qualification and teach English in the majestic country of Thailand. After a successful internship, you may even get to work for GVI or a selected partner.
  • Develop professional and personal skills while teaching English to children in Thailand's Phang Nga province. Join a short-term internship centered around teaching English to children in local schools. Immerse yourself in the traditional Thai culture and enjoy the stunning landscapes of the area!
  • This is an excellent opportunity to genuinely experience the unique Karen hill tribe culture, as well as gaining teaching experience and helping to significantly improve the English language knowledge of the villagers. This is to ensure that the villagers acquire the knowledge and skills needed to run their own sustainable elephant conservation project.

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based on 7 reviews
  • Growth 9.4
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 9.9
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Unforgettable Experience

Being able to volunteer with GVI for their short-term coastal conservation internship in Thailand was nothing short of amazing. I knew I wanted to do something that had to do with environmental/wildlife conservation and travel at the same time, and GVI Phang Nga was able to hit every criteria I could've had. Even before I left, they made sure to get in contact and made sure I was set up to go. My documents in hand, I left to Thailand with a great feeling of what was to come.
When I arrived I was actually surprised by the site amenities and quality, though arguably I had no previous volunteer experience to compare it to. The dormitories were basic, with room for 6 and an adequate bathroom. The common room was spacious enough, with a bookshelf and a site laptop we used to watch the occasional movie on the projector. We always had food leftover in the fridge if you were looking for something to munch on.
Surprisingly each week differed in their own ways, but typically we always had a few activities that were consistent. These included sea turtle care at the Thai Navy Base, village and beach cleanups, bird surveys, and teaching a class of Thai kids at the local school. Other activities like hikes, the monthly conservation trip to Koh Ra, and different community activities were scattered each week, to keep it from getting too repetitive.
What really made the trip so amazing was our location. Locally, we were within walking distance from two convenience shops where you could buy snacks, drinks, and toiletries if you ran out. We were 10 minutes away from both beach sides and it was usually empty (great hideout to workout!). We were also quite close to Khao Lak, where we went occasionally for a night out. However, country-wide is where our location really shined. Our spot placed us within reach of almost every major city, island, and hotspot you could want to go. And if you had the money, airports were also pretty close as well, to further extend your reach. We would all gather up on weekends (which we had free!!!) and travel to different places all around Thailand for some awesome experiences. You make friends pretty quick, everyone here including the staff are great friendly people and its a blast traveling to places none of you have any knowledge of. Take advantage of those, it certainly made my trip complete.
That's a review of my time! I also wrote a blog post about it on their website, please take the time to check it out if you're interested! Look for Kevin as the short-term coastal conservationist!

Yes, I recommend this program
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6 month internship in Huay Pakoot

The Elephant Re-introduction project in Thailand is so much more than I expected it to be. Yes, you go there to spend time learning about one of the most magnificent animals on the planet, but what you get out of your stay in Huay Pakoot is so much more. If you completely submerge yourself into village life, you will enjoy your project a whole lot more and become a better person. I loved the fact that you had the opportunity to learn ‘Pakinyaw’, a Karen Hill Tribe language that is barely written and is slowly disappearing, as villagers are now understanding/speaking Thai. I have been home for 2 months now and I still find myself saying ‘me ma de moo moo’ (good night, sweet dreams) every night before bed.
Going back to the elephants, every morning at 7:30 we would leave for elephant hikes. Depending on the time of year, either you would get transport to the elephants or you would walk, sometimes for up to 8 hours a day. We collect 3 types of data on hikes, these are welfare checks, activity budgets and behavioural data. Watching these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is something you will never forget.
As part of my internship I had to lead hikes, which made me really nervous as I’m so clumsy. But the staff were fantastic and gave me so much support and encouragement and made me really feel like I could do it. Which I did on lots of occasions! The internship program was really good, and consists of 3 aspects - Elephants, plant diversity and community.
I absolutely loved my time Huay Pakoot. The staff, villagers, volunteers and elephants, make this trip so special. I would recommend it to anyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fabulous experience

This was my 1st experience volunteering abroad...GVI do exactly what they claim to. The program was highly educational, interesting, challenging and rewarding. It was lots of fun, i met people from all round the world. We were immersed in the everyday village life. The villagers were so warm anf friendly. The GVI staff were passionate, friendly, fun, caring and supportive. This is an ethical tourist program and I have already booked to return next year...it is fabulous!!

What would you improve about this program?
Older people encouraged to attend
Yes, I recommend this program

GVI: Elephant Reintroduction Programme, Chiang Mai

I recently finished 6-month internship in Huay Pakoot, Northern Thailand. It was a fantastic and magical place full of excitement, adventure and culture. I spent my mornings observing elephant behaviour and getting to know their mahouts (elephant watchers). My homestay family was a delight, full of smiles and awkward conversation as I practised my local language skills. I spend my afternoons going through various presentations and workshops to further my knowledge in the conservation, elephant and education sector. My evenings with my family while my friends came over for dinner or getting to know other volunteers at the base. There were numerous community engagement activities to get involved in. I taught grade 1&2 and loved getting to know the children and playing games with them after school. The place is truly what you make of it. If you enjoy getting to know people from any culture and adventure this is the project for you. I'd recommend doing an internship or staying for as long as possible to get the most out of your experience. 5*** from me!

What would you improve about this program?
add some extra content to the internship for bonus points!
Yes, I recommend this program

Huay Pakoot Stole My Heart

Completing an internship on the Elephant Reintroduction programme is one of my proudest achievements to date. It was a complete honour to have had the chance to experience the real authentic Thai culture, whilst living with my host family and being immersed into the community.
It was always a pleasure to hike and see the elephants every day, and completely mesmerizing to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
There was always plenty of activities to get involved in on a daily basis, and I learnt more than I anticipated. The friends I made from around the world, during my time on project, I shall remember for the rest of my life. The elephants, mahouts (elephant keepers), villagers, staff and volunteers made my experience unforgettable and I am so thankful to have participated in the project.

What would you improve about this program?
There isn't anything that could improve this programme, I just wish I could have stayed longer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Get up close and personal with elephants

If you want to see and interact with semi-wild elephants up close and personal, this is the program. We go to feed, pet and interact with the elephants in their natural habitat in the jungle. There is no elephant riding here, only observing natural behaviors. We stayed in a homestay in a remote village which was a real cultural experience. I learned the local language and customs. The villagers were very friendly to us and eager to teach and learn. I can't wait to go on my next GVI program.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I loved my time spent at GVI Thailand. It was the most incredible experience of my whole life - a cliche but the truth. During TEFL the highlights were going to teach class and having the kids come running up and hi-fiving you and being genuinely excited and eager to learn English. This program helped me grow in to myself as a person and people that are thinking about doing this should definitely seize the opportunity. The staff are amazing and have so much insight about the best ways to teach English and are very supportive. You'll definitely feel equipped to take up a role as a TEFL teacher anywhere else in the world. The social aspect of this program is also amazing and I, personally, made some life long friends that I still keep in contact with.

Yes, I recommend this program


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