Work permit for charity workers
Foreign volunteer workers need to have valid Visas and Work Permits even if they are not paid for the work they are doing in Thailand.
Foreigners are legally required to have a work permit for any work they do in Thailand, not having a legal Work Permit can result in fines, jail, deportation and blacklisting. Work Permits for volunteer organizations are not difficult to get; the non-profit organization must apply with a document stating that you have joined them as an unpaid volunteer. Sunbelt Legal Advisors have helped hundreds of Thai volunteer organizations set procedures in place to get the correct Visas and Work permits for their foreign volunteers.
Foreign volunteers should have the proper Thai Visas and Work Permits because they may become involved with Thai Government officials or even the Thai Police during their stay.
For example, if you need to report to the police that your wallet was stolen while you were doing volunteer work, the officers may ask what you were doing when the theft took place. They may then ask to see your work permit.
Be very wary of any organization in Thailand that tells you that you can work for them as a volunteer without offering to assist you in getting your Work permit and the proper Visa. Have Sunbelt’s top notch lawyers and legal assistants discuss with any organization you are considering working with in Thailand how they can get the correct Visas and Work Permits for their foreign volunteers.