Suan Lahu is an organic single estate, co-owned and operated by indigenous highland farmers from northern Thailand. Our Highland Arabica coffee is cultivated in Chiang Rai province.
We offer volunteering positions to people with a serious interest in experiencing and learning about organic farming in the sub-tropical highlands of northern Thailand. Join us to support organic coffee, fruit, and tea cultivation!
We recommend a commitment of one month or more in order to ensure a worthwhile experience for both your Lahu hosts and yourself. And we accept volunteers for a minimum of two weeks. For shorter visits, please check out our visiting program. There is also a Suan Lahu Facebook page where you can find out more.
Your host is our farm manager, Lo-Ue. He coordinates the volunteer program supporting our coffee, tea, and fruit production, which also supports our homeland and habitat. Your farm accommodation is free. The only cash contribution we request from volunteers is 40 baht per meal per person. We also require that you have a Thai SIM card for local communication. For best reception in the mountains we recommend you get a TRUE sim card.
As a Suan Lahu farm volunteer, you will work alongside indigenous highland villagers caring for the soil, plants, animals, and visitors. Our volunteers generally help out six hours a day by assisting the team with a range of tasks mostly following the seasonal calendar. Farm volunteering includes support with any of our daily and irregular farm activities, such as:
producing organic pest repellent, wood vinegar
feeding our friendly farm animals
mulching, weeding, grafting fruit crops
grading, roasting, packaging coffee
recycling and composting natural resources
preparing and applying organic fertilizer
We also offer occasional volunteer positions for people wishing to assist Suan Lahu in the city. Maybe you could help with getting our coffee out into the world. If you are interested, send us a few lines about your background and interests so that we can find a matching task for you. Office-based tasks we sometimes require help with, include:
documenting (texts, photos, audio-visuals) projects
networking, translating (Thai documents, brochures, etc)
maintaining and updating (website, blogs, brochure)
marketing (coffee and other farm products)