Teaching volunteer in Nepal & Thailand
Volunteer to teach in Nepal and Thailand and join our team to make the world a better place for poor, disadvantaged communities who don’t have the same educational advantages that we do in the western world. Thailand’s rural areas currently do not offer the same standards of schooling as the urban zones and Nepal’s education system is one of the youngest and most underdeveloped in the entire world. Although primary and secondary education have improved dramatically over recent decades in Nepal, literacy rates are still extremely poor due to civil war until 2006. Nepal ranks within the top 25 low literacy countries on the world map. In Thailand’s Phang Na, much of the area is still recovering from the 2004 Tsunami which destroyed homes, schools and entire villages. Since 2004, the Phang Na Province has been slowly rebuilding its communities and Volunteering Journeys will continue to work with our volunteering partners and local non-profit, non-governmental organisations to help empower people through education and opportunity.
We believe that giving the next generation all the life skills needed to succeed and inspiring young people to learn is the only way to break the poverty cycle and rewriting the unfair distribution of wealth across the globe. Your work and your personal contribution will make a difference to the lives you touch and with English language teaching as this project’s core focus, you will be able to equip young people in Thailand and Nepal with the linguistic skills required for finding employment after they leave school. If you want to travel the world, meet great people and change lives whilst enhancing your own and developing new insights into education and teaching, come and join our team on our next program abroad.
This volunteer teaching experience offers a 4 week program, 6 week program, 8 week program or 10 week program depending on your availability and will be based in the beautiful coastal region of Phang Na in Thailand and the cultural capital of Kathmandu in Nepal.
Working with local schools and experienced local teachers, you will be teaching independently, co-teaching with another teacher, or assisting others in helping to improve English language learning in the classroom. In Thailand, you will be working in conjunction with the Burmese Migrant Project to help kids from all backgrounds and will teach classes for grades 1-3 with hourly English and grades 4-6 with two hours of English per week, with kids ranging from kindergarten age up to 12 years. In Nepal, you will be working in a local transit home for children that have been rescued from working as labour in carpet factories in Kathmandu. One in three children in Kathmandu are in child labour. We work with these children to assist local teachers or to teach mainly English and Maths to children aged between 6 years and 13 years. Volunteers are needed for extra-curricular and after school activities as well.
Schools finish relatively early in Thailand and Nepal, allowing you to enjoy ample free time in the afternoons and evenings, with lots to explore and do during the weekends too. Our team will also help you arrange cultural activities so that you can socialise with other like-minded volunteers and benefit from comprehensive cultural travel to expand your mind and broaden your horizons.
All The Details
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport (Only in Nepal)
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- All meals (Only in Nepal)
- Location orientation
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- An opportunity to participate on a sustainable on going project that needs you
- Transport to the project site
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Meals (Only in Thailand)
- Airport Transfers (Only in Thailand)
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
- Project materials that you personally need *
Local Team On Ground
Anish Neupane: Nepal Program Manager
Shalini has spent a decade as a corporate trainer for language and behavioural skills for IT, banking to hospitality sectors. She is founder of New Agragati, a self help group which empowers 140 women by skill training and employment. Her passion to contribute to society introduced Shalini to us. She conducts cultural orientation and immersion programs, language courses and helps volunteers adjust better in India and particularly Kolkata. Shalini is basically super awesome to have around.
Lindsey: Thailand Program Manager
Geetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work, and is very forward thinking. She is instrumental in Kerala Program development and will give you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave.
Getting to your Program and other bits..
- In India you will be picked up from Kathmandu Airport (KTM).
- In Thailand the nearest airport is Phuket Airport (HKT).
- Both Thailand and Nepal have visas on arrival.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
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Teaching Volunteer in Nepal & Thailand:
In Nepal: Our program will be in Kathmandu where you will helping with education in a local transit home that is for rescued child labour victims. This is a special place and truly unique opportunity to make a huge impact through education. You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. You can choose to be in the basic, intermediate or advanced teaching class and you will be assisting the local teachers. At times you can also take your own class. In the evenings you are free and can enjoy Kathmandu. Our volunteer program in Kathmandu involves living in a homestay sharing a room with another volunteer.
In Thailand: You will be working in PhangNa in a rural setting of Kuraburi. You will be working from Monday to Friday between 07:00 to 15:00PM at the Burmese Learning centre teaching English and various other activities to Burmese migrant children. You will get full project staff support and use of office resources such as previous volunteers lesson plans as well as basic resources to plan lessons. Evenings are usually spent lesson planning and going to the night market for your dinner.
Located just a few hours away from the popular travel destinations of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak, your accommodation in Phang Na will provide an excellent base for Southern Thailand travel. The Andaman region of Phang Na itself is also a great place to spend your weekends for those who want to stay local and you will find beautiful white sand beaches, pretty bays and gorgeous tropical islands for winding down and relaxing.
When you are in Kathmandu we highly recommend you to visit Pokhara and Chitwan. Kathmandu valley has 9 UNESCO heritage sites and you will be blown away by the temples, monastries and quaint narrow streets and amazing Nepali cuisine. It is truly one of the most friendliest and beautiful places with the Himalayas as your backdrop! It can’t get better!
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Nepal &Thailand:
In Thailand, you will be placed in a guest house or a homestay often shared with other volunteers; we promote happy community living so that our volunteer teachers get the chance to meet new people and spend time with like-minded folk with the same interests and values. Having someone to share your travel experiences with will enhance your time volunteering abroad so shared rooms are often encouraged. In Nepal, you will be placed with a host family so that you can benefit from an immersive experience and really discover what it’s like to live like a local. In both locations, daily meals will be provided for your convenience and will consist of local Thai or local Nepalese cuisine so you can eat authentically. We also place you at convenient walking distance to local shops and amenities and we arrange project transport so you can get to your placement school easily every day.
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. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
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 our Nepal or 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.’