Volunteer at Baan San Fan Orphanage

Your stay

Staying at Baan San Fan is an amazing experience. The remote location is very tranquil, the days are relaxed and the time spent with the children is joyful. Most people choose to stay between 1-2 weeks as part of their travels around Thailand. Many people stay longer, and many people return time and time again.

There is a separate, four bedroom building for volunteers and visitors, with home comforts like Air Conditioning, WiFi, drinking water, a western toilet and hot shower.

You will join the whole family for meals and also join in with the daily tasks around the home. Volunteer tasks include washing the dishes, cleaning the houses and kitchen, weeding the vegetable patches, and going to the market.

There is always work to do to improve the orphanage including collecting the palm fruit, planting fruit and vegetables, cutting down the bamboo, digging trenches, cementing, building fences and painting. Many of these things are on the volunteer schedule. You can follow the schedule or you can try and find your own things to do using your own ideas and skills to help as much as possible.

The children love to have new people to play with and learn-from during their free time, before and after school, and at the weekends. Football, Frisbee, dominoes and colouring can keep you all busy for hours! If you come to the orphanage during the school holidays then the children will be at home every day. We can also arrange trips to visit the local school and teach English to the students if you would like.

At Baan San Fan we don’t work on Sundays. The children have a church service at home in the morning, which you are welcome to join, and in the afternoon we can arrange a trip with the children to the waterfall or beach, or go to the local town for lunch and shopping.

Baan San Fan Prices

Volunteering
Per day US$ 35
Per month US$ 900

Prices are per person, we prefer a minimum stay of 7 days but this is negotiable.


These prices include your lodgings and 3 meals a day, but the majority of it is a donation to the ongoing running of the orphanage.

We receive many emails asking to volunteer for free, e.g. internships. Due to the ongoing costs of running an orphanage, all our volunteers pay the fees above, we do not offer non paying volunteer opportunities or discounts, we hope you understand.

Payments are non-refundable, we are happy to reschedule if something comes up and you have to change your dates.

Our home

You will find your stay at our home very relaxing. The location is tranquil: in a tiny village, at the foot of the hills and surrounded by tropical plants. The food is excellent, organic and traditional Southern Thai but we can cater for different dietary needs, e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. Please make your requirements clear before you arrive.

If you’d like to see the local area or do some travelling after your stay, there are many activities and places of interest in the area that Gai can organise for you, visiting an elephant sanctuary, canoeing in a national park, caving. We can arrange this before you arrive or during your stay.

Our home

You will find your stay at our home very relaxing. The location is tranquil: in a tiny village, at the foot of the hills and surrounded by tropical plants. The food is excellent, organic and traditional Southern Thai but we can cater for different dietary needs, e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. Please make your requirements clear before you arrive.

If you’d like to see the local area or do some travelling after your stay, there are many activities and places of interest in the area that Gai can organise for you, visiting an elephant sanctuary, canoeing in a national park, caving. We can arrange this before you arrive or during your stay.

Thai cooking lessons

If you are interested in learning to cook Thai food then what better setting than Gai’s big orphanage kitchen? She has a wealth of knowledge and can help people of all levels. Maybe you are new to Thai cuisine or maybe you are an expert but want to know specifically about the Southern Thailand style of cooking. Either way, Gai can help.

Volunteers can join in with the cooking daily, we can also organise a cooking lesson for visitors, please contact us for availability and price.

Typical Day

Time Activity
5 – 6am Children – prayers
6 – 7am Children – prepare for school
7 – 8am Breakfast
9 – 11am Working, Cleaning
11 – 12 Cooking
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 4pm Working, Cleaning
4 – 5pm Sports, Play
5 – 6pm Cooking
6 – 7pm Dinner
7 – 10pm Homework, Teaching English, Prayers, Fundraising

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Testimonials from volunteers