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A Gapper’s Paradise

When you think ‘gap year’, Thailand is one of the first places that comes to mind. And it’s easy to see why.
Thailand is a tropical paradise, with a coastline like no other, serene Buddhist temples and the vibrant cityscape of Bangkok. But despite well-developed cities and a thriving tourist economy, Thailand’s rural communities are being left behind.
A smiling gap year student with a laughing local boy on his back - GapGuru

Volunteer Thailand

The gap between rural and urban areas when it comes to achieving the SDGs is growing. While the urban areas grow, the disadvantages in rural areas and among ethnic minorities are becoming more pronounced. At GapGuru, we’re trying to help bridge that gap.
On a GapGuru experience in Thailand, we give you the chance to do far more than simply volunteer abroad. You’ll join our efforts to empower Thailand’s underprivileged rural communities, inspire change and leave your handprint on this stunning country.
GapGuru volunteers posing with kids and black bin bags from cleaning up the community

Why Gap Year in Thailand?

GapGuru volunteers posing with kids and black bin bags from cleaning up the community
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Why GapGuru?

Extensive Gap Year Experience

Over the past 18 years, we’ve guided more than 6,000 students through unforgettable gap year experiences.

Ethical Gap Year Programs

All our programs work towards the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals and are backed up by our charity, the FutureSense Foundation.

A community of support

You’ll be guided by our GapGuru Advisors and Mentors before, during and after your gap year experience.

Why visit Thailand?

Here it is from the people that have done it before

This was an amazing experience

This was an amazing experience, loved every second even through the challenges. Working on improving the environment and volunteering at the park where so rewarding but also the workshops carried out as a team where great to experience.



Travelled in 2022

I loved experiencing new cultures

This was such an amazing experience that changed how I look at the world and taught me more about what it means to be a global citizen. It also made me realise how much I want to travel in the future.



Travelled in 2022

A wholesome, fulfilling experience

I’d highly recommend this experience to any students. Not only does it look great on a CV but it was tremendous fun to do as well. Overall, a really fantastic experience.



Travelled in 2022

learnt so much and had an amazing time.

Absolutely amazing. Any issues I had in organising the trip, eg flights or vaccines, they told me exactly where to go for the best info. I was completely prepared for my trip, what I would be doing, and the expectations. I learnt so much and had an amazing time.


M. Gray

Travelled in 2022

Your Gap Year in Thailand

All you need to know

Thailand volunteer programs

How do you want to make your impact?

On our programs, you’ll be immersed in our community development projects to help increase our impact in the area. That could be through health promotion workshops, teaching conversational English and life skills to school children, planting trees or assisting with  cleans up with the community, or helping to create a better school environment.

However you want to leave your handprint, we’ve created the best programs to help you make the most of your time in Thailand.
Help bring awareness of vital health issues to improve the lives of the children and adults of the Mae Seraing community.
Work with local schools to deliver workshops on a range of topics, from conversational English to Environmental Awareness.
Work with children and adults to raise awareness of climate change and turn that awareness into action.
Become an activity leader to inspire the local children to express themselves through creative arts and sport.

How it works

The GapGuru Way

At GapGuru we have the experience to keep things simple for you. With close to two decades shaping over 6,000 trips, we know exactly what makes an impactful, meaningful and memorable gap year. Simply choose your start date then follow these three simple steps:


Choose where you'll make your impact

Pick from five incredible destinations, electing the number of weeks you want to spend in each. You’ll be playing your part to help create a brighter future for some of the most disadvantaged communities around the world.


Decide how you'll make a difference

Select from four activity types that have been designed to be as impactful as possible. All of our programs are built off the back of the FutureSense Foundation, ensuring you’ll be a part of creating lasting change for our communities.


Choose your add-ons

Select additional programs to add to your gap year experience. These can be in the same country as your core activity or in any of our other unique destinations across the globe.

What to know more about Gap Years in Thailand?

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