Teaching in Thailand and India
Our combined English teaching program takes you to Kolkata in East India and Phang Na in Southern Thailand. This program allows you to experience two completely different cultures and gives you the chance to explore two amazing destinations within the realms of one single teaching program. Taking a combined program with Volunteering Journey allows you to get twice the amount of travel without all the complicated travel logistics, and you will get the rare opportunity to learn about education in two completely different settings.
The peaceful and picturesque region of Phang Na was destroyed in the 2004 Tsunami and is home to some of the most underdeveloped communities in Thailand. Teaching here will mean that you can contribute to rebuilding communities and helping young children learn the life skills they need to secure jobs in the future. Whilst the education system in India leaves a lot to be desired and does not match the standards in the West. You will be helping a local grass root organisation with education programs for children living in slums. Resources are limited and you will be helping local teachers to improve schooling standards whilst also giving a helping hand to the struggling communities living in the slum areas.
In both locations, our English teaching volunteer program will help you engage in meaningful travel and will allow you to broaden your horizons and make deep connections with the people you meet along the way.
In India, you will be located in the urban slums of Topsia in Kolkata and here you will be teaching kids ranging from 3 years of age to 16 years of age. You will spend your time teaching in a local grass root organisation who provides free education to the children from the slums. It will be a hands on project and at times can be challenging but the children are passionate about learning and our local team will be on hand to support you every step of the way.
In Thailand, you will work in local schools and also with the Burmese Migrant Project to teach Thai children as well as Burmese and Muslim migrants. You will be teaching children from 5 years of age to 12 years of age and you will conduct 1 hour lessons with each class on the basics of the English language. A Thai English teacher will be working alongside you so you will have guidance as well as someone to bounce ideas off.
Both programs are unique destinations and offer ample opportunity to travel and explore two beautiful countries of South Asia. By connecting with local communities we hope to give you a real experience of life on ground. We expect our volunteers to be flexible and work with limited resources to plan lessons for their classes. You will get a choice of which level you want to work with or age groups. Their is opportunity to work with youth and adults if you are not comfortable working with children. You can teach English, Math, Sciences, Art based education, Sports based education or any games or activities that are suitable for your age group. Our local teams will guide you and help you as much as possible.
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport (Only in India)
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- All meals (Only in India)
- 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 need
Local Team On Ground
Shalini Deo: Kolkata 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 Kolkata Airport (CCU)
- In Thailand the nearest airport is Phuket Airport (HKT)
- Thailand has on arrival visas. India now issues E-visas for 4 weeks travel. Our volunteer guides will give you guidance on how to get your visas.
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In India: Our program will be in Kolkata where you will help a local grass root organisation with education for slum children You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. In the evenings you are free and can enjoy Kolkata or cultural activities. Our volunteer program in Kolkata involves living in a homestay. Resources are limited however local teachers at the centre 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.
In the Kolkata region of India, which is a historic city being the former capital of India and centre of the British Raj. Kolkata is near Darjeeling and the famous Sunderban Jungles where you can find the Royal Bengal Tiger. Make sure you take time to explore the Colonial as well as the Bengali areas of the city. Phang Na in Thailand, you will be located just a few hours away from the popular areas of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak or you can stay close by to enjoy some swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in India &Thailand:
We encourage community living because we believe that this is the best way to fully immerse yourself into the local culture and to make new friends for life. So our accommodation features shared rooms that will be shared with someone else on the same program. In Kolkata you will be in a homestay and in Thailand you will be in guest house. Each house will be clean, comfortable and modern. WiFi will also be provided for all of our volunteers and in-country sim cards will be ordered on your behalf so that you can stay connected to loved ones at all times.
In India meals are provided each day, however in Thailand you can go to the local markets for your meals. The food at the markets is fresh and very healthy. In both locations we will provide project travel to and from your accommodation. If you would like to upgrade to a private room or a room with air conditioning, please contact our team and we will arrange this for you.
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 India 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.’