Volunteer Hospitality exchange in Lifechanyuan Thailand Branch – Our community is located in a peaceful and beautiful ecovillage supported by the local temple. It is approximately 180 km away from Chiang Mai city and 80 km away from Chiang Rai city. The ecovillage was started in September 2020 and currently has seven members living together. Our aim is to create and build a new life mode for people who are kind, diligent, simple, honest, trustworthy, and who would love to contribute themselves to human peace and the sustainable development of the world.
Lifechanyuan Thailand branch has a total area of 80 acres, including residential areas, a public kitchen, activity halls, pavilions, grassland, woodlands, vegetable and flower gardens, orchards, banana forests, rivers, and small lakes. In addition to members of our community, the cook and some drivers of the temple also live in the courtyard. We help and get along with each other harmoniously.
We welcome people from all over the world, regardless of their backgrounds, races, religions, cultures, and nations. As long as you are interested in this new lifestyle, please come to visit us, experience this happy and simple life together, and help create, improve, and perfect this new life mode for all kinds and lovely people on earth!
What type of host are you? 🏡
- Intentional Community/Eco-village
What are you looking for help with?
- Building 🛠
- Farming/Gardening 🌿🐄
What’s the mission of your community? 🎯
Since 2009, Lifechanyuan has pioneered a novel production and life model, named the “Second Home,” where community members don’t marry, but voluntarily form a large family treating each other as siblings, relatives, and lovers. Romantic love among members is free, blessed, and ensures women are consistently respected and protected. There is no private property, and all resources belong to the community, shared by all. The community handles the education of children and the care of elders.
Management and Work
Each individual selects their job based on their interests and unique skills. Work is no longer a burden but a source of enjoyment. Free from financial worries, work becomes akin to a game, a pleasure. The living environment is impeccably clean, tidy, and beautiful, contributing to a comfortable and serene atmosphere.
We implement what we call paradise management, which proposes that the best management is no management. There are no leaders, no bosses, no offices. Each branch has a director, acting as a coordinator to arrange and streamline the branch’s daily activities. Everyone plays the role of both master and servant.
The 800 Values and the Soul Garden
Emphasizing service over management, everything runs on the members’ own initiatives and under the 800 values for New Era Human Beings. Community members prioritize purifying their soul garden and uplifting their life quality as their primary and most important task. Each individual strives to exemplify qualities of sincerity, kindness, beauty, love, faith, and honesty.
Celebrations and Gratitude
Every month, we hold a party where we sing, dance, play musical instruments, recite poems, and more. Through these activities, we express our gratitude for life and joy. These games always inspire laughter and bring out the child in us.
The Expansion of the Second Home
We have been practising this lifestyle in China for over 10 years, and it has proven to be a very successful and ideal way of life. Since 2009, we have successively built 12 communities in mainland China. At our peak, about 180 members lived in the community, each living happily and freely in such a wonderful, large family.
Lifechanyuan’s Global Vision
Over these years, Xuefeng, the founder of Lifechanyuan, has held a vision to unite similar communities around the world to form a large international family. In September 2017, the community was rebuilt in British Columbia, Canada, and registered as a non-profit organization under the name “Lifechanyuan International Family Society”.
The Thailand Branch
In 2020, after establishing a home in Chiangmai, Thailand, we built another community in Thailand with strong support from a local Buddhist temple. The Thailand branch is located at the junction of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It spans 80 acres, including farmland, wooded areas, vast grasslands, residential areas, a school, a hospital, and several rivers and small lakes.
Invitation to Join Us
We offer comfortable housing, a pleasant restaurant, and a spacious activity hall. Currently, we have eight members living in the Thailand branch, and we welcome people from all over the world, regardless of their backgrounds, races, religions, cultures, and nations. As long as you are interested in this new life mode and are willing to contribute to human peace and the sustainable development of the world, please visit us. Experience this joyful and simple life together, and help create, improve, and perfect this new life mode for all kind and lovely people on earth! We wish you a happy and unforgettable stay.
Volunteers’ age restrictions 🔞
We can host volunteers of all ages (senior volunteers and minors are welcome) 💪
- We accept visitors who stay for no longer than seven days.
- Visitors should be physically and mentally healthy.
- Smoking, drinking, or drug use is not allowed.
- If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please inform us in advance. We have a full-time chef in the kitchen, and everyone eats in the public dining room.
- Please do not waste food and if possible try to finish everything on your plate.
- Keep your bedroom clean and tidy, and make your bed when you are not using it. Please keep quiet from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and from 9:30 pm to 7:00 am as these are resting and sleeping times. Visitors are responsible for their own health and safety.
- Visitors are not required to work like us, and working time is voluntary according to their own conditions.
- Our community is not profitable yet, and all income comes from donations from our members. We appreciate any donations from visitors based on their experience here, which will contribute to the construction of Lifechanyuan International Family.
How many volunteers could you host? 🎎
- A couple of volunteers
When would you need volunteers? 📅
- all year long
How many hours of help per day? ⏱
- 4-5 hours of help per day
Are accommodation and food included? 🏠🍜
We ask for a daily/weekly fee for the food. See the fees transparency section below.
What type of accommodation can you provide? 🏕
- Dormitory/shared rooms 🛌
- Private room for a couple 🎎
Diet – nutrition information 🥗🥤
We have two vegetarian meals a day, snacks in between, and occasionally meat. Except for drinking beer or wine on celebrations, alcohol and smoking are prohibited in the community.
Fees transparency 🆓🔍
Because our community is a non-profit community, every visitor needs to pay 9 dollars (300 Bht/person/day) including meals and accommodation.
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? 🛂
Maybe. We can help with an invitation letter if the candidate has good qualifications. 💁♀️
Volunteers’ benefits 🏆🏅
We will provide the following services to enhance your stay:
- Comfortable and clean rooms with two beds, a shower, sink, and toilet.
- Two meals will be served each day at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm, and are mostly vegetarian. Meat is occasionally available.
- Food and snacks are also available in the kitchen at noon.
- Laundry service is available, except for socks, undergarments, and towels.
- Working gloves and hats are available as needed.
Please inform us if you need any daily necessities. Community activities include sharing Lifechanyuan values and introducing the New Life Mode, as well as entertainment activities.
Our farm has a beautiful natural environment, with faraway mountains surrounded by fairyland clouds and mists. You can hear melodious birdsong from the rain trees throughout the day. We have beautiful flowers blooming under the sunshine, and all kinds of organic vegetables are lush and neatly planted in the fields. Ducks are chasing and playing in the river happily, while buffalos and horses are grazing leisurely on the open grassland. People living here joke and laugh a lot every day in this paradise on earth.
How to get to your site ✈ 🗺
There are direct buses from Chiang Mai or Bangkok to Tha Ton every day. If you are in Chiang Mai, you can take a bus from the Chang Phueak Bus Terminal. If you are in Bangkok, you can take a bus from the Mochit Bus Terminal. There are no direct buses from Chiang Rai, but you can take local buses or a boat to get here.
Is there internet access? 🌐
“Paying guests” Option. Could you accommodate “solidarity” tourists? 🎎
We can accommodate eco/responsible tourists & paying guests but this needs to be discussed via e-mail 💁
CONTACT DETAILS 🔍📧
Phone: +66 0830748560 Whatsapp: +8618360703827
See more photos: Community Facebook page
Hostname 📛Jena Jiejing
Host Email ✉ email@example.com