A group volunteering and adventure trip that will take in central, north, east and south Thailand in a whirlwind 28 days guaranteed to blow your mind! There are so many sides to Thailand: beaches, mountains, lush jungles, paddy fields, bustling cities, peaceful Buddhist temples, amazing food, wonderful weather and friendly people…on this incredible 4-week volunteering and adventure trip, you’ll be able to experience it all.


Throw in some like-minded people to share it all with, a guide to help to get the very best out of your experience, and you’ll probably want to stay – indefinitely!


1. Bangkok’s famous weekend JJ market with an eye watering 8,000 stalls
2. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chang Mai is Thailand’s cultural capital
3. Bathing and hanging out with elephants in Chiang Mai
4. Temples, tigers (as in, get your photo taken with!) and hill tribes
5. Rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck into community volunteering
6. Chilled out local life in the village of Ban Thin Dung near the Mekong
7. Stay in floating raft houses on Cheow Larn Lake with kayaks for transport
8. Perfect sunsets on the exotic island of Ko Samui
9. Snorkelling on Ko Tao (Turtle Island), a divers paradise
10. Full on, Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan


Our adventure starts in Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital for an eye opening and action packed first few days. We then travel to Chiang Mai, a city that holds a strong claim to be Thailand’s top destination, but a place often bypassed on most group trips to Thailand. We couldn’t take you to Thailand without a few days in Chiang Mai!


We then spend a week engaging in community education projects supporting the children of a traditional rural fishing village in the north east of Thailand. This is an incredible opportunity to really integrate into the culture and see a side of Thailand your average tourist will never ever see!


After a productive week of volunteering, we’ll head to Khao Sok National Park – the worlds oldest evergreen rainforest. We’ll spend a couple of days in the jungle, exploring caves, kayaking and trekking by day, and chilling in raft houses above the stunningly beautiful Cheow Larn Lake under a starlit sky. It doesn’t get much better than that!


The final leg of our tour takes us to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in the South of Thailand. Water sports galore, island tours, a Full Moon Party and so much more will ensure we have an epic final week before heading back to Bangkok for the end of the tour.


You will spend one-week engaging in community volunteer work in the sleepy fishing village of Ban Thin Dung on the Laos border in North East Thailand.


During your time in Ban Thin Dung, volunteers will have the chance to get involved in English teaching projects at a local summer camp. PMGY will be running two English camps for the local children, each lasting two days each – a total of 5 days. The work will be pretty full on, so be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get stuck-in!


You will really become part of the community and get into the swing of village life. The villagers are remarkably friendly and the area is extremely safe. You will find the locals will always greet you with a ‘Sa-wat-dee kraup/kah’ and a smile!


On an average day, you will volunteer in Thailand for around 4 to 5 hours per day. A member of our local team will assist you at the projects, so you can really make a difference. This is the perfect way to experience a completely different side of Thailand and learn about traditional life there.


We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.


Please make sure you arrive into Bangkok International Airport (BKK) on the selected Saturday start date.


Day 1 (Saturday) Welcome to Thailand


Sawa dee! Our member of our local team will be waiting for you at the airport holding a PMGY sign. We’ll take you to the guesthouse on Koh San Road where you can relax and meet the others from the group.


That evening once everyone has arrived and settled in our local team will show you around the local area so you can get your bearings, exchange money and pickup anything you may need. We will also start the orientation period over dinner. PMGY’s local coordinators will give you the low down on everything you need to know for the upcoming 4 weeks including an insight into the culture, safety issues, and important words and phrases in Thai. We’ll also give you a more detailed run down of the itinerary and answer any burning questions you may have.


We’ve planned an evening out for everyone who isn’t too tired to come along to – the perfect way to break the ice and get everyone talking!


Meals included: None


Day 2 (Sunday) Orientation


After some much needed shut eye and a hearty breakfast, we’ll head over to JJ Market, Bangkok’s famous weekend market. Home to over 8,000 stalls, JJ Market is a shoppers paradise – bargains galore! This is a great chance to pickup any bits you’ll need for your trip as well as practising your bartering skills. Our local team will be on hand to make you get the best deal possible!


That evening we can all head out into Koh San Road where you can pickup some dinner and checkout the many marvels that this backpacker heaven has to offer!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 3 (Monday) Time To Explore Bangkok


We’ll start the day with a half-day tour of some of the must-see sites in Bangkok. This guided tour and all entrance fees are included in the Programme Fee. The tour will take you to Bangkok’s spectacular Grand Palace, Wat Po (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and a river trip across the Thonburi Klongs (Canals) – the perfect way to get a real feel for Bangkok’s past.


The afternoon is free. PMGY’s local coordinators will give you the low down on everything you need to know for the upcoming 4 weeks including an insight into the culture, safety issues, and important words and phrases in Thai. We’ll also give you a more detailed run down of the itinerary and answer any burning questions you may have.


That evening we will take the overnight sleeper bus to Chiang Mai. The journey takes around 12 to 13 hours. The air-conditioned sleeper bus has a reclining chair/bed for each passenger, so you can get a good nights sleep.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 4 (Tuesday) Hello Chiang Mai!


The bus will arrive into Chiang Mai at around 08:00 in the morning.


Known as the “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is arguably Thailand’s top city – although relatively small compared to Bangkok. It’s the cultural capital of Thailand, surrounded by rolling hills – a real haven for travellers. It’s going to be an exciting few days!


Our group leaders will show you around the city and take you through what you can be getting up to over the next couple of days. We’ll be staying right in the city centre, so you’ll be in walking distance of all the major sites. We’ll then check into the guesthouse.


The rest of the day is free to explore Chiang Mai. We recommend checking out the night bazaar. The bazaar is a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand. Our local team will give you the heads up on the true price of things – time to get bargaining!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 5-7 (Wednesday-Friday) Free Time


There is heaps of things to do in Chiang Mai and our local team will help you make any necessary arrangements. The following trips are ones you may want to consider:


Day With The Elephants – A fun-filled day out to the Elephant Nature Park where you’ll be able to learn more about these beautiful creatures. Established in 2005, the Thai Elephant home is an eco-friendly home where the elephants are well cared for and happy. The profits made from the home are invested into saving the local jungle. The money is used to buy areas of the jungle that have been destroyed by elephants left to forage for their own food. The dead vegetation is replaced and protected until it is regrown. Fees paid are also used to cover the costs of caring for the elephants.


We will arrange for you to take a 45-minute elephant ride as well – a once in a lifetime opportunity! You’ll also have the chance to bathe with the elephants and play with them in the water. Definitely a day out that will live long in the memory! The cost of this trip is around $130 per person and this includes transport, meals, t-shirt, herb spa and DVD pictures and videos of the day!


A day with the elephants has always been popular with previous volunteers to the point where everyone on previous trips has chosen to spend the day at the Elephant Nature Park.


Temples, Tigers and Hill Tribes – The tour kicks off with a trip to northern Thailand’s most sacred temple, Doi Suthep Temple. Located just outside of the city walls, Doi Suthep Temple is majestically perched on top of a hill and from the summit of the temple complex, Wat Suthep, you’ll be able to get some epic panoramic views of Chiang Mai city. After exploring this amazing temple and learning about the Buddhist religion we will travel to Mae Rim to visit the Tiger Kingdom.


You’ll get the chance to witness tigers of all ages and even have the chance to get your photo taken and play with the bigger tigers. After some quality time with the tigers, we head off to visit a hill tribe community to learn about their way of life and culture. The cost of the tour is around $60 per person.


Some of the other amazing things you can get up to include Eagletrack Zipline (around $60) and cooking classes.


Chiang Mai has countless temples (Wats) that you can explore, a beautiful moat around the city walls, and some gorgeous scenery that’s a real joy to behold. You may want to just rent a pushbike and cycle around the city – the options are endless!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 8 (Saturday) Last Day in Chiang Mai


Today is free, so you can get the last activities crossed off your ‘to do list’.


That evening we’ll take an air-conditioned sleeper bus to Nong Khai to start our volunteering experience. Everybody gets a reclining chair so you can get a good nights sleep. The journey takes around 11 hours.


Please note our local team will be on hand to make the appropriate arrangements for the sleeper bus, they will not join you personally for the journey up to Nong Khai.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 9-13 (Sunday-Thursday) Volunteering


On-arrival into Nong Khai on the Sunday morning, you’ll be met by our volunteer coordinators who will be hosting you throughout the volunteer phase of your trip. We’ll take you directly to the village of Ban Thin Dung where you’ll be living and working for the next week.


Ban Thing Dung is a sleepy village located in the Nong Khai district of North East Thailand. Farming and fishing are the main sources of income, particularly fishing as the Ban Thin Dung is located right next to the Mekong River. Ban Thin Dung is a sleepy village surrounded by paddy fields and coconut trees. The locals are extremely warm and welcoming. It is a very safe area and volunteers can comfortably walk around at night within this laid back and friendly community.


The nearest town is Phnon Phisai, which is approximately 2 miles from Ban Thin Dung. In Phnon Phisai you will find all the amenities you need such as ATM’s and supermarkets. There are also a few bars and restaurants in the town. Nong Khai is a 45-minute drive from Ban Thin Dung and is the largest and most established town in the area. It is also the gateway to Laos.


The group will stay at our Volunteer House and with local families who live close to the Volunteer House. We will always make sure you stay with other members of the group – at least 2-4 people per room. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and has a really laid back feel. Our local coordinators will take you on a tour of the local area teaching you all about your new home for the week.


You’ll start your project on the Monday morning. The group will be getting involved in teaching at local schools and carrying out some essential community renovation projects, so be prepared to roll your sleeves up and help out. Our local team will give you a full brief about your project on-arrival into Ban Thin Dung and will be there to support you throughout. This is the perfect way to really get to know Thailand and its people, whilst making a positive impact and immersing yourself in the local community.


Evenings in Ban Thin Dung are quiet but this peaceful environment is a welcome break after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and action packed few days in Chiang Mai. Whether you’re learning more about Thai culture from our local coordinators, taking a boat tour down the Mekong River, or just chilling out in a hammock – life in Ban Thin Dung is as chilled out as it gets!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 14 (Friday) Goodbye Village Life


Unfortunately its time to say goodbye to the children as your volunteer placement comes to an end.


That evening we’ll take an air-conditioned sleeper bus back to Bangkok. You’ll have a reclining chair/bed so you can get a good nights sleep. The journey takes around 12 hours.


Darryl and Sopida will be on hand to rejoin you in Bangkok for the next leg of your Real Thailand Experience!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 15-16 (Saturday-Sunday) Free Day In Bangkok


We’ll arrive into Bangkok and check into the same guesthouse we stayed at before in Koh San Road. These two days are free, so you can do some of the things you didn’t manage to do last time.


On Sunday night we’ll take the air-con sleeper train to Surat Thani, which takes around 11 hours. After which we will take the local bus to Khao Sok National Park, which takes around a couple of hours.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 17 (Monday) Park Life!


We arrive into Khao Sok National Park on the Monday morning. We’ll check into the raft house at around 11am and take a couple of hours to relax, swim and go for a kayak.


Khao Sok National Park covers 739 and is an area of extreme natural beauty. It is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves, wild animals and much more.


We’ll be staying in floating raft houses on Cheow Larn Lake – a massive man-made lake in the heart of the national park surrounded by magnificent karst mountains. It’s a really amazingly peaceful setting. The raft houses are basic but you have your own kayak outside, which you are free to use whenever you want. It’s going to be a great few days!


In the evening we’ll have a boat cruise to explore more of Khao Sok National Park. We’ll return to the raft house as it begins to get dark and have a group dinner and hang out for the rest of the evening – all whilst floating on top of Cheow Larn Lake!


Meals included: Lunch & Dinner


Day 18 (Tuesday) Off To the Islands


After a leisurely breakfast on Tuesday morning, we’ll spend the morning chilling by the lake for a last time. At 11am we’ll checkout of the raft house and make out way to the island of Koh Samui.


We’ll check into the guesthouse in Koh Samui by the evening. There’s nothing like watching the perfect sunset at the end of the day!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 19-20 (Wednesday-Thursday) Free Time!


Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a beach retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. With an area of 247 square kilometres, Koh Samui is the largest island in the region.


Wednesday and Thursday are free days to explore Koh Samui.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 21-25 (Friday-Tuesday) Koh Phangan Here We Come!


After breakfast, we’ll take the ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.


Our team will tell you all about life on the island and what activities are available. Our recommended tours are:


Ang Thong Island Tour – We’ll travel by boat to An Thong. An Thong National Marine Park is made up of 42 islands featuring lime stone massifs, tropical rainforests and deserted beaches. There is a considerable amount of wildlife inhabiting the islands including the Asian long tailed monkey (langur), hair nosed otters, pacific reef egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, ashy drongos, tortoises, sea turtles, lizards and pythons. On the tour you can go snorkelling, canoeing, and hiking to the top of the island for some incredible views. A really, really worthwhile trip. The cost is around $60 per person.


Koh Tao Island Tour – The name Koh Tao means ‘Turtle Island’ as the mountains mimic the shape of a turtle’s silhouette. It’s the smaller of the three islands (Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan) and a hotspot for scuba diving. Scuba dives are available at an extra cost. We’ll go snorkelling, wander around the island and enjoy the atmosphere of this chilled out island. The cost for this trip is around $60 per person.


There is also a whole range of water sports such as kayaking, kite boarding, wake boarding and windsurfing that you can organise. There is also elephant trekking, various cooking classes, and even Thai boxing events in the evening.


And of course the FULL MOON PARTY!! It’s going to be one hell of a night. Our local coordinators will be out with you to make sure you don’t do anything too silly!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 26 (Wednesday) Back to Bangkok


At this point we’ll probably have to drag you away from the beach but it’s time to head back to Bangkok as the PMGY Real Thailand Experience draws to a close.


We’ll take the ferry from Koh Phangnan to Chumpong and then from Chumpong we’ll take the bus back to Bangkok. We’ll arrive into Bangkok on the Wednesday evening and check into our usual guesthouse in Koh San Road.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 27 (Thursday) Free Day


Today is free. We will be running a tour to visit the famous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’. It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Kanchanaburi Province, where the bridge is located. First stop though is Erawan Falls where you will get a chance to walk up seven levels of waterfalls and take in the beautiful surroundings of the National Park. After a couple of hours we will head into the town for lunch at one of the nicest restaurants along the river, followed by a longtail boat ride. You will also get the chance to walk across the famous bridge reaped in history from WWII. The cost of this trip is around $70.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 28 (Friday) Free Day


Today is your last full day in Bangkok. Now’s the perfect time to shop till you drop! The markets around Koh San Road offer some epic bargains. That evening we will have a farewell evening as we say our goodbyes after an epic 4 weeks together. What a better way to end the trip?!


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 29 (Saturday) Home time


Saturday is your last day of the PMGY Real Thailand Experience.


Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Whether you’re continuing your travels or heading home, our local team will be able to help arrange transport to your next destination or back to the airport.


Meals included: None


* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.


What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –


9th June 2018
7th July 2018
21st July 2018
4th August 2018

What are the requirements to join?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You must be able to provide us with a clean criminal background check prior to your programme start date. We are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions.


Although you do not need to speak English as your first language, we do require all participants to have a good level of English in order to join the programme.


You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok (airport code BKK) on the selected Saturday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.


The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


Generally the average age range of volunteers is 18-22 but this is by no means definitive.


There is no upper age limit. However, we encourage anyone who is slightly older to contact us in the first instance and we can advise if there is a more appropriate programme/destination for you.

When should I apply for the programme?

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

It is also possible to change your start dates once you have already applied and had your space confirmed. However, please note this does carry an administration charge of $60 and is subject to availability.

You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual programme; this will guide you through our Online Application process.

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?

We accept volunteers from all over the world. The majority of our participants are from the UK, US, Canada & Australia. However we have hosted volunteers from countries such as Nigeria, Bermuda & Peru in the past.

Can I go with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer at the same project (please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis).
Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.


The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.


In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.


When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.


All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.


While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.

When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

Can I use PMGY’s programmes as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly on [email protected] to schedule a meeting.


Do you offer an online TEFL course?

For PMGY volunteers joining our teaching programmes the only real ‘qualifications’ you need are bags of energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If however you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course to teaching english abroad.


At only 60 hours and completed online, this course is hugely convenient because it can be done in your own time, at your own pace and you don’t even need to leave the house! You’ve got a whopping 75 days to complete the course, so there is no rush and you can fit it in when you can. An hour here and there certainly adds up over the course of the couple of months you have to complete it, so there really is no pressure.


Once completed you’ll not only have acquired some key skills for teaching English abroad but you’ll also gain an internationally accredited certificate. If you find that teaching really is your calling, this course can be built upon with more modules leading to a paid teaching position in the future.


As well as a core module in the ‘Principles of Teaching English’ which covers ‘Understanding language’, ‘Key English grammar points’ and ‘How to teach grammar in the classroom’ you will have a choice of one of three specialist modules. The ‘Survival teaching’ module is perfect for volunteers covering ‘Teaching large classes’, ‘Teaching with limited resources’, ‘Learner-based training’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.


The cost of the course is $150. If you’ve already signed up to one of our programmes and would like to enroll on the online TEFL course then please call us or email us.

Can I fundraise for my trip?

With PMGY the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive for your time with us overseas. The fundamentals of this structure include food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from our UK and in-country team, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.


We do our best to keep our programme costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing on quality and safety. However with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Therefore a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip.


We recommend setting up an online fundraising page to allow friends and families to learn more about your trip and make donations. PMGY have partnered with the online crowd funding website GoGetFunding.


This professional online fundraising service creates a personalised fundraising page for your PMGY trip, allowing you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415) that has been set up to help provide financial aid and assistance to the projects and countries we work with on an ongoing basis.


The objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty of people living in the communities we support by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.


The ultimate aim of the PMGY Foundation is to enable donations to be directed towards specific hand-picked projects in countries most in need. The project donations are determined by the charities trustees during our annual overseas visits.


If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation you can do so via our BT MyDonate fundraising page.


100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. Please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas.

How do I register for your online webinars?

On selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some really invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.


There are two to choose from and it is well worth attending both:


Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.
Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.


You will receive an email invitation to join these sessions once you have confirmed your place the programme.


The first webinar is designed to cover all of the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.


The webinars are hosted by a member of our UK team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the world. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, good internet connection and a pair of headphones.


If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well then they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

What about vaccinations and malaria tablets?

As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.

Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights?

You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you in arranging them. Through our close partnerships within the travel industry we are able to offer flights at very competitive rates. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries; we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use.

For peace of mind, PMGY holds an ATOL License (11262) that allows us to offer flight-based packages that are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the unlikely event of our insolvency.

If you’d like to receive a flight quote from PMGY, you can submit an online enquiry by visiting the specific web-page of the programme you’re interested in joining, or by calling our office or dropping us an email.

When you apply for a PMGY programme we cannot guarantee your acceptance immediately. On receiving an application we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the programme and to assess your suitability for the specific project.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your programme has been confirmed by us in writing. Once your programme has been confirmed you’re then free to book your flights either with PMGY or a through third party travel agent.

Do you offer travel insurance?

It is mandatory that all PMGY volunteers hold travel insurance during the entirety of their time on our programme; this includes your travel to and from the host country. Although PMGY do everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong so you must adequately protect yourself.

PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy for our volunteers. The policy is specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you throughout any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away for, including the date you depart and return to your home country, to ensure you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5-week policy, not a 4-week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join any of our programmes you’ll need to provide us with a clean CRB or Police Check before you travel. We have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. We are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.

If you hold a current CRB or Police Check then we can accept this providing it is issued no more than 18 months prior to your programme start date. Please scan and email us a copy of this document. If you do not have a CRB or Police Check then we will outline how to obtain this in your Volunteer Handbook. The CRB or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your programme start date.

If you don’t have a valid CRB check (also known as DBS or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Disclosure Scotland (which serves all people in the UK). 

This costs £25 and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through Disclosure Scotland is outlined in the volunteer handbook you receive once you are signed up to the programme.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hardcopy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.

This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!


Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Are there any public holidays that effect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that effect project availability and project closures in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change that directly effects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy in the festivities and holidays themselves and/or our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country to country. We ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. We will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack.

The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover your shoulders and thighs and for men to not take their shirts off. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with.

It’s a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions but please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take depends on where you travel to and how many travel activities you plan to undertake during your free time. If you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania, scuba-diving course in Thailand or trekking in South Africa, then you should budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find $75-$150 per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.

Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!

Before booking your flights we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.


Accommodation will vary depending on where we go. The accommodation types are as follows:


Guesthouse – Basic but comfortable. Fanned rooms, usually 2 to 4 people per room. Western bathroom facilities and Wi-Fi. All guesthouses are centrally located, so we are right in the heart of the action and can walk to many of the best places to go.


Raft Houses – During our time in Khao Sok National Park, we’ll stay in floating bamboo huts. The huts are basic but comfortable, usually 2 to 4 people. Each room has its own kayak, which you are free to use whenever you want! This is definitely one for the nature lovers!


Some meals are included in the Programme Fee – details are outlined in the itinerary section. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand, and you can eat out for as little as $1. Thai food is also incredibly tasty and arguably the best in the world! Our local team will show you the best places to dine out as well as recommending some must-try dishes. There are also plenty of international restaurants so should you fancy a pizza, burger, or even a curry – you’ll be able to find it in Thailand!


Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.






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* These fees apply to each individual application and are displayed in USD.



In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.


You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.


Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.


Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.







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