Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand


Our English teaching program in Thailand gives you the chance to get beneath the country that tourists see, and discover the incredibly friendly people and unique culture that define this beautiful country. Community work is critical and you will find volunteering really makes a difference here. Social development issues such as unemployment and lack of education is high. Our teaching programs support children who can benefit from English literacy.
Our teaching programme in Thailand is based in Surin giveing you the unique opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the local community, and experience life in a typical Thai town. With support from our team you will teach English in a local school where the students wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to interact with native English speakers. The majority of the students are young learners and can get very excited when you arrive!

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What is involved

For our teaching program in Thailand, you will be based in Surin, Northern Thailand. Surin is a vibrant Thai town, and whilst not as developed as big cities, it is packed with character and charm. The people are friendly, the food is tasty, spicy, and cheap; and spending time here will be an unforgettable and authentic Thai experience. The teaching program is ideal for students on a gap year, studying, or looking for an alternative holiday as you can make a real difference as a volunteer teacher abroad.

As a teacher you will get the opportunity to teach in local primary/elementary schools and occasionally local secondary/high schools depending on your comfort levels and ground needs. We usually place our volunteers in primary schools teaching children aged between 6 and 12 years old. With emphasis for volunteers teaching spoken English, you’ll spend your time creating lessons that can increase your students’ vocabulary and also communication skills. Past volunteers have left behind a number of teaching aids to help you with your lesson planning and local coordinators are always available to offer advice and support. On average there will be between 20 to 30 students per class, but some schools may have classes as small as 12 students.

It is possible to work in a secondary school on request; here the children will be from about 13 to 16 years old.The ages of your students will range from kindergarten age to sixth graders aged up to 12 years and you will be teaching one hour of English a week to grades 1-3 and two hours of English each week to grades 4-6. You will be co-teaching with a Thai English teacher who will guide you and support you whenever you need and the teachers we work with are always open to new teaching techniques, so you can rally contribute something positive to each lesson.

Our teaching programs play a vital role in helping Thai children learn important life skills such as English and to build confidence as they grow and develop as individuals. Volunteering to teach English in Thailand will help to break the poverty cycle and it will give you a chance to engage in meaningful travel whilst forming deep connections with all those you meet along the way.

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What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing, culture orientation and project training before we take you in for your program.


Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. All your meals breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the accommodation unless you are at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Kerala or India. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other volunteers.

Weekend activities

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala
Be sure to visit the famous backwaters of Allepey and stay overnight on a traditional houseboat

Munnar Tea Plantations

Green tea plantations. Munnar, Kerala, India
For a adventure hike with incredible panoramic views, the Munnar Tea Plantations are not to be missed.

Varkala Beach

Varkala beach
We also recommend taking a trip to Varkala Beach, which is a couple of hours from Kochi but absolutely stunning.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with our 3 day Delhi and Taj Mahal Weekend Experience. Email us for details.

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