Teaching in Thailand and Bali
Help make a difference to young lives and join us in an exciting journey to two of Asia’s most beautiful destinations, Thailand and Bali. This unique volunteer teaching program with Volunteering Journeys will take you to the glorious coastal region of Phang Na in Southern Thailand which borders the Andaman Sea as well as the spiritual and cultural heart of Indonesia’s Bali, the forest town of Ubud. During your time on our program, you will get the chance to work with local schools and NGOs contributing to the wider project of empowering youth and local communities through better education and community development. You will work directly with children and schools in poor, rural and underdeveloped areas and much of your time will be focused on teaching the basics of the English language plus other subject areas that may be required. Flexibility is important as a volunteer in Thailand and Bali and teachers or trainee teachers will have the opportunity to learn about two new cultures whilst experiencing the unique highs and lows of teaching and education in developing parts of the world.
The Phang Na Province, recovering from the 2004 Tsunami, is home to some of the most underdeveloped communities in Asia and Ubud’s educational system still needs a lot of improvement. Our teams and educational partners are dedicated to breaking the poverty cycle once and for all; by teaching English to children and young adults, we can equip the next generation with the right skills to find jobs within the tourist industries of Thailand and Indonesia. Our work contributes directly to young people leaving school and having a better chance of finding work. Not only will you make a positive change to people’s lives, but you will also get to change your own and improve your skills as a teacher.
This volunteer teaching program takes place across 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks or 10 weeks depending on your availability, and will be based in the two spectacular locations of Phang Na in Thailand and the upland town of Ubud. If you’ve always wanted to travel to South East Asia, this is the perfect opportunity to live, eat, sleep like a local and fully immerse yourself into two new cultures. All this whilst joining our teams in local schools and youth centres, teaching English and other subjects to kids of all ages. Classes will range from kindergarten to sixth grade with children aged up to 12 years, and there will be the chance to teach independently, co-teach with local teachers, assist other teachers, as well as a chance to get involved in extra-curricular and after school activities.
Whilst English and other core subjects will be your main focus, there may be other subjects such as music, singing, art or sports that teachers can get involved in. Being flexible is key when it comes to working with local schools and new ideas and suggestions are always welcomed. You may wish to introduce some new teaching techniques to the schools you work with, or perhaps you will focus on picking up new skills yourself. The experience is designed to be mutually beneficial and there will be plenty of time to travel, sight-see and make new friends for life.
Please note that our Bali program has a minimum requirement of 4 weeks. This is a 6 week minimum with 4 weeks in Bali and 2 weeks in Thailand.
All The Details
Phang Na, Thailand
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport (Only in Bali)
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- All meals (Only in Bali)
- 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
Laura: Bali 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
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.
Getting to your Program and other bits..
- In India you will be picked up from Kolkata Airport (CCU)
- In Thailand the nearest airport is Phuket Airport (HKT)
- We recommend you apply for Visas before you arrive. Our volunteer guides will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
- 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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What to expect
In Bali: Our program will be in Ubud where you will helping with teaching primary school children. You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. In the evenings you are free and can enjoy Ubud. Our volunteer program in Bali involves living in a house with other volunteers. Resources are limited however local teachers will help you.
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. 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.
You’ll be ideally located in Phang Na, with easy access to beautiful white sandy beaches and tropical islands. You will also be located just a few hours away from some of Thailand’s most popular tourist areas of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak so there’s plenty to do at the weekends. Snorkelling and scuba diving is not to be missed if you enjoy underwater exploration and there are a number of national parks and animal sanctuaries to be explored in the local region. In Ubud, you will be based in the heart of Bali, with close proximity to the Ubud Monkey Forest and the beautiful rice paddies. If you love history and culture, you will also find amazing attractions such as Ubud Palace and the various Hindu temples, shrines and holy sites dotted around the area. The centre of Ubud is also a great place to hang out with new friends ‘“ filled with yoga spots, vegan cafes and bohemian shops, you’ll find island culture to be relaxing, peaceful and laidback.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Bali &Thailand:
Accommodation in Phang Na will either be at a local guest house or within a friendly homestay together with other volunteers. And your accommodation in Ubud will be simple, traditional housing shared with other people on the same program. We encourage community living in both travel destinations so that you can make the most of your immersive travel experience, living, eating and sleeping like a local ‘“ whilst having like-minded volunteers to share your travels with. We believe that having the best social and support group is what makes a volunteering experience unforgettable and truly life changing, so rooms are often shared. For private accommodation or rooms with air conditioning, please contact us in advance and we will do our best to arrange.
Housing will also be close to local shops and amenities and are often walking distance from your place of work. Transport and transfer will also be arranged on your behalf to make your time here as convenient and smooth-running as possible. Breakfast and dinner will also be provided throughout your time volunteering with us and will be local Thai cuisine and traditional Balinese cuisine.
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 Bali 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.’