Being a CCS volunteer means more than just traveling, or just volunteering. It means becoming part of a unique community; an international network of CCS alums, in the fellow-volunteers that you’ll meet at the Home-Base, and of course, the local people in your new home away from home. The CCS experience is all about creating community and meaningful connections, and all of this happens organically from the comfort of your Home-Base and with the support of a full-time in-country staff.

A Day in the Life

With its endless opportunities for exploration and cultural immersion, you’ll find that each day in the Nan Province brings with it new possibilities for eye-opening adventures and “ah-ha” moments. CCS provides you with all the basics that you’ll need for a memorable, safe, and insightful experience, while leaving you enough space to fill in the blanks with your own passions and experience. And no matter how you choose to experience CCS Thailand, we guarantee that you’ll quickly become “a part of the crew” as you exchange stories, laughter, and knowledge with your new neighbors.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

7:30 a.m.
Fill up on a healthy breakfast of eggs, toast, cereal, fruit and fresh coffee, and get ready to hit the ground running.

8:30 a.m.
Pile into the CCS vans and head out to a busy and rewarding morning at your work assignment. Whether you are teaching English in a school, dancing with the elderly, or finger-painting with children in a daycare, your love, attention, and care makes a big difference.

2:00 p.m.
Meet up with your new friends and join our staff for an afternoon cultural activity. Learn how to give the perfect Thai massage, tour one of the many temples and learn about Buddhism from one of Thailand's most prominent Monks, or head back to the Home-Base for an afternoon language lesson.

6:00 p.m.
Enjoy another tasty home-cooked meal and free time to relax, unwind, and start preparing for your next day of volunteering.

The CCS Home-Base

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the CCS Home-Base was designed with your safety and comfort in mind. We know the importance of a cozy bed and a nutritious and authentic meal to help fuel your volunteer work, and that’s exactly what we’ll have waiting for you when you arrive.

As soon as you walk through the gate, you’ll be greeted by a lush Thai garden for some serious post-volunteer assignment relaxing. Kick off your shoes and head into the Home-Base, a traditional one-story house with four bedrooms, a comfy living area, and a common kitchen.

Just a short walk from the Home-Base, you’ll find yourself on one of the main roads of the Nan Province where you can explore shops and markets. Hop across the street for a Thai massage or grab a taxi and head to the countryside to explore one of the many temples scattered throughout the Nan Province. Whatever you’re in the mood for, CCS Thailand has you covered!

Get a taste of the CCS Thailand Home-Base from a volunteer-led tour:
Cross-Cultural Solutions – Nan Province

195 Moo 15, Tambon Dootai
Amphur Muangnan, Nan Province, Thailand
Phone: +66 5 471 8625

Can’t wait to share your experience? We got you covered! Staying connected at the Home-Base is easy with a landline for incoming calls (or pick up a phone card for international calls), and there’s always Wi-Fi available.

CCS Staff – Your Family in Thailand

Our in-country staff members truly are the unsung heroes of your volunteer experience. They all hail from the local community and their unique experiences, insights, and professional demeanors are unmatched. They are the heart and soul of the CCS program, and ensure that your experience is safe, fun, and impactful.

A Bangkok native, Pimsuda is the Country Director of CCS Thailand, and will be with you throughout your volunteer experience. Pimsuda’s experience includes serving as the Associate Director of Programming for the U.S. Peace Corps, and she brings years of experience (including roles with Family Planning International Assistance and the Population and Community Development Association) to her role as Country Director. We’re sure that you’ll love spending time with Pimsuda during your time in Bangkok!

We can’t wait to meet you!
- The CCS Thailand Team

Enjoying Local Dishes

At the CCS Home-Base, you’ll enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, all safely prepared using locally grown produce and authentic, regional recipes so you’ll get a taste of the culture in every bite! Enjoy some of Thailand’s favorite dishes like pad thai, Kuay Tiew and Gai Med Ma Moung along with plenty of fresh fruit.

Your comfort and safety is our top priority and that doesn’t change when it comes to mealtime. Our cooks are all highly qualified in preparing delicious dishes for your dietary needs. No matter what you require, we can make the appropriate arrangements in the CCS kitchen to cater to your specific needs.

CCS Policies

As part of the CCS community, you’ll not only represent your home community, you’ll also be representing the CCS mission, vision, and values, and not to mention a community of over 35,000 intrepid alumni. The safety of our volunteers is essential to our programs, and our policies are designed not only to keep you safe, but also to ensure that your shared experience is comfortable, respectful, and as impactful as possible.

Please note that breaking a CCS in-country policy is a serious infraction, as these policies are designed for your safety and to maximize community impact. If a policy is broken, it may result in the immediate termination of your volunteer program. In the case of a less severe infraction, at the discretion of CCS, a warning may be issued before a termination if the policy is broken again.

Drug & Alcohol Use: The use of illegal substances is not permitted on any Cross-Cultural Solutions program worldwide. Any volunteer who uses or distributes any illegal narcotics will be immediately terminated from their program, and may face local legal action.

Alcohol use is also not permitted in any of our Home-Bases worldwide. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate termination from the program. Please review the full Drug & Alcohol Use policy.

Donations & Gift-Giving: Our impact in-country is based on volunteers offering love, care, attention, and to support the organizations with which we partner. For that reason, we do not allow donations or gift-giving on CCS programs, as this alters the motivations and sustainability of our work. Please review the full Donations & Gift Giving Policy for more information.

Curfew: As an international volunteer, it’s important to be well-rested for each day of work, and to be in the Home-Base at a reasonable time as to not disturb your fellow volunteers and to remain safe.

Sexual Relations: On CCS programs, out of respect for the in-country staff and fellow volunteers, sexual relations are not permitted in the CCS Home-Base.

Weapons: To protect the safety of all volunteers, weapons are not permitted in the Home-Base.

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