It will not be possible to volunteer with us for the next months. Please check our Volunteering Blog. for updates. We will try to connect volunteers with other projects in town.
The volunteers will live in a village with our Karen family. The house is basic (only cold water), the food (Burmese) is delicious and nutritious. Some people go through a kind of culture shock phase in the first days, depending on your travel experience. Please stay on and pull it through, it will get better and you will have a great experience. Most people just enjoy and love staying with us. Not all, naturally. In case you don’t like it, please be so kind and pay at least a part of the “fee”. We really need this income for food, schooling and paying all the bills.
Here are some reviews:
I just wanted to thank you on welcoming Vicki and myself into your home with your family. Even though it has only been 8 days. It has been incredible to be a part of it and everyday has been one we won’t forget! The world you have created for your children is beautiful and they are definitely a lucky bunch. We’ll be sharing your project to others on our travels and also when we return home, to continue your networking and to inform people of what you are all about. Our next Thailand visit will be sure to have a destination of Mae Sot, to the ‘Sabine family’ .We look forward to seeing updates on how everyone is doing on Facebook and we will also upload some pictures and videos we have taken! Hayley and Vicki
The volunteer with Sabine was my second volunteer through workaway, but the first which represented a challenge. Since I left their house I kept in contact to them. Sabine does a great job for those kids, and she has shown a big generosity and courage to make real a project none of the ones who visit them would be able to do. She cares for the kids and she has always a new idea to improve the conditions in which the kids live. She also contributes with other causes around. The kids are simply amazing. This is not a volunteer to go and ‘chill out’ in Thailand (read ‘chill out’ as drinking beer and enjoying the stereotypical facilities of the country), this a volunteer to understand an aspect of the social situation in the country, to wake up of absurd images of beaches and happy people and be overwhelmed by the other side of this part of the world. This is a volunteer to love kids, to care for them, and to challenge yourself by trying to live as Thai/ Burmese people live. One of the most wonderful experiences. I can’t forget of the kids and how much this represented to me, despite of conflicts I went through during my stay.
I truly recommend this volunteer to anyone with honest intentions of contributing with a beautiful project as a kid is. Cheers for Sabine and her great job. I will never forget you.
Volunteering at this orphanage was one of my most memorable experiences in Thailand. There’s lots to do with the kids from playing in the surrounding fields, teaching them, reading with them(which they love to do), helping with their daily chores etc. You get to form bonds and a relationship with each one of them which is the most humbling experience. Apart from the kids, you also have chores yourself such as helping with construction, baking, feeding the animals etc. Sabine is very lovely, and easy going as she is open to many ideas me and fellow volunteers proposed. The food is home cooked Thai-Burmese cuisine which i thoroughly enjoyed. The accommodation is basic, and simply all you need to make it day to day. This orphanage is full of love and genuine happiness, it is an amazing opportunity and I would suggest and recommend it to anyone!
This volunteering opportunity brought me to Thailand and was one of the best decisions i’ve made. The orphanage presents a wonderful atmosphere and many lovely smiling faces. The children are wonderful and very full or energy and the meals are lovely. The experience you will get here is not one you will ever forget, the children are ingrained in my heart and the kindness during our stay was overwhelming. The accommodation is very nice as well, takes some getting used to but anyone can easily adjust. The sunrise and sunsets are beautiful and being surrounded by nature and many animals in a special treat. I cannot say enough about the children, there is so much to do with each of them and so much to learn. I am grateful for this experience and feel that anyone would benefit from it. Thank you Sabine for this wonderful opportunity, i cant wait to watch this project grow.
The time spent here was well worth it. The experience is challenging but rewarding. Definitely would recommend staying here. The kids are all very sweet and Sabine gives a lot of room to work on different projects both with the kids and around the house depending on what you prefer.
I stayed one month in Mae Sot and came back for another week. It was such a great time. The kids are so nice and self-sufficient, openminded for all the different volunteers and it was great to watch after them while playing and talking with them. Sabine told us a lot about the circumstances in this area. I visited a human right organisation, the beautiful market in town with so different ethnic groups and cultures, and the wonderful natural surroundings. Great place to gain experience!
Amazing place filled with thee most incredible, adorable, loving kids in Thailand! The food is beautiful, and my fellow volunteers where people I will remain friends with for a long time! Thank you for the wonderful experience!
Great place to get a taste of a simpler life. Here you get to meet the greatest kids who are simply sweet and so clever. Sabine is doing an amazing job and is very helpfull. It was nice to learn about the Karen kulture and the food here is so good! Thank you for the great experience, best place so far on our 6 monts journey. we miss the kids and all the dogs already, if we come to Thailand again, we will make a visit.
All the best
Kasper & Charlotte
I had an amazing time volunteering here. The kids were great and it felt wonderful to just feel like part of the family. The meals were incredible traditional Burmese food. I am a vegetarian and there was always plenty to eat. Sabine is super helpful and knowledgeable. She was happy to help me arrange a day trip one of the days I was in Mae Sot. She also arranged for me to visit a neighboring school. I had such a good time I am currently planning my 2nd trip to visit Sabine and all the kids.
I enjoyed my stay vermy much! I had wonderful four weeks in the orphanage and came back for another week.
The kids are amazing and I enjoyed every day watching after the children, building different things, going to town and listening to Sabines experiences in Thailand. I felt very welcome and admire Sabine for her commitment and strenght!
I am grateful for this enrichment and experience
I originally organised to stay with Sabine for a week, but could only come for four days in the end, due to changes with my travel plans. Sabine was very understanding and welcomed me to still come anyway. I enjoyed spending time with the kids, and helping out where I could. My visit happened to coincide with quite a few other volunteers being there, as well as a lot of rain, so it wasn’t always possible to do too much, but I hope that I was of some help by being there. The kids are bundles of energy, and a lot of fun, and Sabine and her family are doing a great and selfless thing by taking in and looking after them all. I wish them all the best!
I felt very humbled to stay here and help. Sabine is an inspiration and the kids are beautiful, cheeky, caring, happy, noisy and just a tornado of fun! Rooms were far from luxury but it was a great experience and I was sad to leave. I also stayed with my 3 year old child who loved the kids and the ducks! The food was also amazing, thanks malar aye!