The Phana Monkey Project welcomes students and Thailand enthusiasts who wish to have a volunteer experience. Volunteers from nineteen countries have enjoyed their time in Phana.

 Choose your adventure:

Movies and photography

Don Chao Poo is the perfect place for taking pictures of the monkeys in their natural habitat. 

Check out the work of James and Chris.


Academic research

Students have conducted studies on animal behavior and forest biodiversity. Additionally, the Phana Monkey Project has a close relationship ​with the Traditional Thai Medicine Centre. 


Field studies



Helping in the forest


We wish to recruit short-term (1-4 weeks) volunteers who are willing to help maintain the monkeys environment by providing them with water, food, and a clean habitat. Duties include, keeping feeding areas clean and clearing litter (mostly plastic bags -- litter-pickers provided) and monitoring group movements.


We are only able to take a few volunteers at a time, so please DO NOT APPLY if your main interest is to be with lots of others!


Helping in village schools


Suitably qualified volunteers are needed to help with the teaching of English in small village primary schools in Phana District. You may also assist with educational visits to the forest and our Study Centre (2-4 week stay).


Use our contact form for your volunteer related inquiries or use our application form


Support the project

The PMP is a completely non-profit organization and therefore relies only on private funds to achieve its goals. If you want to be part of the adventure and help us achieve our ultimate mission, a harmonious life between the monkeys and the inhabitants of Phana, you can volunteer or come and visit Phana and contribute to the project with your accommodation fees. 

Or you can donate small amounts or buy the books of one of the original founders of the PMP, Lawrence Whiting whose knowledge and experience in Thailand inspired him to write several books on Isan and Buddhism. 
Know that all the profit and donations will be used for the sole purpose of improving the daily life of the monkeys by buying them their favorite food and paying the local staff who clean and manage the rubbish in the forest of Don Chao Poo. 

Available as e-books only: 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo

Available as e-books only: 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo

Available as e-books or print on demand. 

Books Mango, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo 

Printed copy signed by

the author (includes both Isan Son-in- law and Isan Father-in- law). Available only from author at Phana Monkey Project.  

All sales from these books and donations will be donated to the Phana Monkey Project.