Teaching Internships in Thailand
Our teaching internship programs are suitable for teachers, trainee teachers and TEFL qualified teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge, pick up new skills and gain international work experience whilst getting the chance to give back to poor, disadvantaged communities and the opportunity to travel at the same time.
Our internships are based Phang Na in the beautiful Andaman region in Southern Thailand, an area which was destroyed in the in 2004 Tsunami. Whilst much of Thailand is developed, Southern Thailand is home to some of the poorest and underdeveloped communities in the country.
Our internship program not only introduces our volunteers to international travel and overseas work experience, but it is also designed to help break the poverty cycle here in Phang Na. Many of the local children will go on to work in the tourist industry and by teaching them key skills, we are bettering their chances to secure jobs in the future.
For this program we prefer to have qualified or TEFL teachers or you can do an online TEFL course through us.
Your internship will take place in local schools in the Phang Na area and you will be teaching both the local Thai children as well as the Burmese and Muslim migrants who may not have had adequate education in their prior years. Classroom conditions will not be what you’re used to but you will always have a local Thai teacher on hand to support and help you along the way.
Our internships are suitable for teachers in English, Maths, Science, IT & Computing, Arts, Sports and more. And the local schools we work with are very encouraging of new teaching techniques and ideas from interns, so you can really leave your mark and have a positive effect on each lesson.
School hours start early at 7:00 AM and finish at 15:30 each day so you will have ample free time to explore the local area, meet new friends, arrange evening activities or just relax back at your accommodation which will be located nearby. With major tourist destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui just a few hours away, there will plenty to fill your weekends with and you can enjoy a fully immersive travel experience in Thailand.
All The Details
Phang Nga, Thailand
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All our rates are in GBP £
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Add on a TEFL Online Course if you do not have this already. This is a requirement for this program.
50-hour Online TEFL course : You pay £100 (Regular cost is £169)
100-hour Online TEFL course: You pay £199 (Regular Cost is £249)
For details on the courses and how to get these rates mail email@example.com
- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Lunch on school days in school
- Location orientation – a walking tour showing you the local markets for food, ATMs and amenities
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- Daily meetings with your Program Manager
- Weekly teaching assignments and goal setting
- 24 hour support in your location
- An opportunity to live and work amongst in a real Thai setting – there are no tourists around you
- Bicycles – we provide bikes so you cycle to project sites
- Transport to project sites
- Donation to school
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Airport Transfers
- Breakfast and Dinner
- TEFL Course
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Lindsey Reding: Thailand Program Manager
Lindsey comes with some great experience as a community development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps for 27 months in a small village in Prachuab Khiri Khan. This created the opportunity for her to learn the Thai language, understand the culture and truly appreciate how special the country of Thailand is, and that sustainable tourism is important to preserve the environment and culture. She loves interacting with the villagers and participating in the many activities that they graciously share with guests. She is looking forward to sharing the beauty of Thailand and showing our volunteers the generous spirits and hearts of the Thai people.
With a clever wit, and an unfailing sense of social justice, Nat’s responsibilities include project management, administration, community relations, and graphic design. Nat’s professional experience includes time with the Elephant Conservation Network, the geoinformatics journal of the Asian Institute of Technology, and a number of other positions at NGOs. Nat’s willingness to help with whatever is needed, and her deep friendships in the communities make her a very important part of the team. Nat loves to travel and you should ask her about her travel stories to Egypt and Japan.
- The nearest airport for this program is Phuket Airport ( HKT )
- To reach Kuraburi, Phang Na you can take a bus or taxi from Phuket. Details are given in your pre departure guide when you book with us.
- If you wish to book flights to Phuket fill in this form.
- Thailand has visas on arrival.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to India. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Your daily schedule:
After your breakfast at the local morning food market, you will be picked up by the school bus around 07.00am from your accommodation.
The subjects of the school include; Thai language, Maths, Science, Computer, Social Studies, Arts, English, and sports. Grades 1-3 have one hour of English a week, grades 4-6 have two hours.
The Burmese class is separate from the Thai students and you will be teaching English to both groups of students. Class sizes are generally small; the exception to this is the Burmese class where all 50 children are taught in one classroom with two teachers, one for kindergarten and one for the other grades.
In the evenings you will be meeting our Program Manager at the office for lesson planning and to catch up on the days activities. You will be planning the next days lessons at the office and also helping with other work such as creating resources, planning workshops, and other admin.
Phang Na is just a few hours away from the major tourist areas of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak so you can easily access these top destinations during your free time and weekends. Within your local area, you will also find beautiful beaches nearby where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving in crystal clear waters. The Andaman region is one of the most gorgeous parts of Thailand that still has some excellent opportunity to find unspoilt beaches. Our local teams will help you with any tours and trip bookings.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Thailand:
We encourage community living so all accommodation will be shared with other people in the program. You will either stay in a local guest house in Kuraburi; all rooms have two beds and there is a common area where you can socialise each evening. Your shared accommodation will also be conveniently placed near amenities and we will pre-arrange all travel so you can get to work easily each day. Alternatively, you can join many of our program volunteers and walk or cycle to work to soak up the glorious views and get to know the local area on foot!
Your accommodation will be a short walk from our local partners office that you can use for your lesson planning and where you can find resources and other aids for teaching. WiFi will be available at our office if you need to use this.
Breakfast and dinner will be at the local morning and evening markets where you can get authentic local Thai cuisine. The food is fresh and delicious at these markets and its a great way of soaking in local culture and seeing how the locals live. There are some great options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. If you need Western options you will have to go to the nearest tourist resort.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification and a reference checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for children on our Thailand Program.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’