Teaching in Asia
Volunteer in Asia and combine your travels with our exciting program which takes you through Kerala in South India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. We believe that travel should be responsible and we also believe that you should see as many new places as possible so that you can expand your mind, broaden your horizons and learn more about the different cultures in our world. This unique volunteering program will help you tick all of those boxes and you will get to explore some of our planet’s most beautiful destinations along the way.
This volunteering experience includes English teaching and community development and will involve you working closely with young children of all ages in poor, disadvantaged communities. We also promote community living so you will be housed with compassionate and curious travellers just like yourself, so you will always have someone to share your amazing experiences with at the end of a long day. Not only will our program take you to the most incredible destinations and allow you the chance to give back as you travel, but you’ll meet some awesome people too and maybe even make some friends for life’¦
This volunteering in Asia experience covers three stunning locations in Kerala in South India, Galle in Sri Lanka and Phang Na in Thailand. The volunteer projects you will take part in include English teaching in local schools and kindergardensand working with local grass root organisations to assist them in empowering communities through education.
You can choose from a 6 week volunteering experience or a 12 week volunteering experience, both with equal time spent across all three destinations in Asia and with ample free time in evenings and at weekends for you to enjoy your own free travel.
With each location, your accommodation and travel will be pre-arranged by our team so you can focus all your energies on the volunteering work at hand. You will be placed with likeminded people and will always have a team to support you, plus we will provide the necessary orientation and training with each project.
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport (Only in India and Sri Lanka)
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Breakfast and Lunch (Only in India and Sri Lanka)
- 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 *
*We provide basic resources such as school books. Please bring your own resources from home if needed. We recommend bringing iPads or your computers so you can find online lessons. Photocopying and printing or buying materials you need for projects is at your own expense.
Getting to your Program and other bits..
- In India you will be picked up from Cochin International Airport (COK)
- In Sri Lanka you will be picked up from Colombo International Airport (CMB)
- In Thailand the nearest airport is Phuket Airport (HKT)
- You can get on arrival visas in Sri Lanka and Thailand and E-Visas to be collected on arrival in India. Our pre-departure guide will give you advise on the visas.
- For help with flights and insurance please fill in this form.
- 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.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Asia. 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.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
In India: Our program will be in the Fort Kochi area where you can expect to work in local schools helping children or with adults who want to learn English. You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. In the evenings you are free and can enjoy yoga or cultural activities with other volunteers who you will be living with. Our volunteer program in Kerala involves living in our volunteer house and full staff support will be given. Resources will be provided for the projects.
In Sri Lanka: Volunteers will be working in the Galle area in local kindergartens and primary schools. You will be volunteering at the local community centre Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 1:30 PM helping with teaching, playing games and organising activities for children. Evenings are free for you to relax or visit the local sights. Volunteers will be living in a communal volunteer house with all meals provided. Full staff support will be provided on the program.
In Thailand: Volunteers 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.
There’s plenty of free time across all three locations to do your own exploring. In South India’s Kerala region, hire a houseboat for the weekend to explore the backwaters of Cochin and experience life as a local on the water, or take a hike up to the amazing Munnar Tea Plantation for panoramic views and lush greenery. In Sri Lanka, hit the beaches and enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving in Hikkaduwa or plan a day trip to the capital of Colombo to soak in the sights of colonial architecture. And in Phang Na, you will placed just a few hours from the famous tourist destinations of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Teaching Volunteers:
Community living is something we encourage for all of our volunteers ‘“ this is the best way to make friends and fully immerse yourself into a new culture! So all rooms will be shared with another volunteer in the program and there are also communal areas in each house for after-hours socialising. Rooms will have fans and an en-suite bathroom, although private upgrades and air conditioning will also be available if you place your request in advance. Meals will be provided daily (this includes breakfast and dinner) and all project travel will be taken care of. In Thailand your daily meals will be at the local food markets where you can pick up fresh food and fruits of your choice. In all locations meals are local cuisines of that area. Western options are available if you go to local cafes and restaurants.
WiFi is available in most accommodation and we can also provide you with a country sim card to keep you connected at all times.
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, Thailand or Sri Lanka 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.’