Volunteering in exchange for accommodation is an excellent way to have a meaningful experience while keeping travel costs low. Using Helpx.net, we tried seeking volunteer opportunities all around Southeast Asia, but only had luck in Thailand. For a little over a week, we helped on an organic farm and stayed for free at Faasai Resort & Spa, a peaceful eco-resort located a few hundred meters away from Kung Wiman Beach in Chanthaburi, Thailand.
We spent some time with a Thai family on their organic farm in Northern Thailand. From gardening to cooking, fetching grass to fishing, we learned and experienced a whole lot.