Teaching English in Thailand

Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand

Quick Overview

Our English teaching program in Thailand is based in Phang Na in the beautiful Andaman region of Southern Thailand. This peaceful and picturesque region was destroyed in 2004 Tsunami and is home to some of the most underdeveloped communities in the country. Our English teaching volunteer program is designed to help provide accessible education for children and your contribution will support the continuing education and cultural empowerment efforts that are necessary to help young people earn a living after they leave school. Many of the Thai children in Phang Na will go on to make a living within the tourist industry and having a good grasp of the English language is critical to helping them secure jobs in the future.

This program plays 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.

What’s Involved

For this English teaching program, you will be teaching in local schools or working in conjunction with the Burmese Migrant Project. 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.

Resources such as past volunteer lesson plans, ideas for lessons, as well as full use of the office will be given to you. Daily meetings with your local Thai team will help you in your role as a teacher and give you direction.

Schools finish around 15:30, allowing you to enjoy the rest of your day exploring the surrounding areas or relaxing back at your accommodation. With so much to do in the local area and with popular areas of Phuket and Koh Samui at close travel distance, you can enjoy a fully immersive travel experience in in Phang Na.

All The Details

Phang-nga, Thailand

2017 Semester Periods:
1st semester: 16th May until 7th October 2017
2nd Semester: 1st November until 10th March 2018

You can choose to join on any Saturday of the any month (May, June, July, August, September, November, December 2017 & January, February 2018)that fit in the Semester dates above. For dates beyond 10th March 2018 please mail hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

All our rates are in GBP £

For 8 or more weeks email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks 7 Weeks 8 Weeks
£749 £999 £1199 £1399 £1549 £1749 £1849

Online TEFL Course rates: 

50-hour Online TEFL course : You pay  £100 (Regular cost is £169) 

100-hour Online TEFL course: You pay £199 (Regular Cost is £249)

For details on the courses and how to get these rates mail hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

What’s Included?

  1. Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Accommodation
  3. Experienced bilingual local staff team
  4. Lunch on school days in school
  5. Location orientation – a walking tour showing you the local markets for food, ATMs and amenities.
  6. Weekly intern assignments.
  7. Project training with the local Program Manager
  8. 24 hour support in your location
  9. A mentor will be assigned to you and you will have meetings daily with the Program Manager.
  10. Bicycles – we provide bikes so you cycle to project sites
  11. Transport to project sites
  12. Donation to school

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Flights to the program destination
  2. Airport Transfers
  3. Breakfast and Dinner
  4. TEFL Course
  5. Medical and travel insurance (compulsory)
  6. Visa costs
  7. Vaccinations
  8. Personal shopping and gratuities
  9. Local excursions

Local Team On Ground

Lindsey Reding: 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.

Nattaya ‘Nat’ Sektheera: Thailand Program Leader

With a clever wit, and an unfailing sense of social justice, Nat’s responsibilities include project management, administration, community relations, and graphic design. Nat’s professional experience includes time with the Elephant Conservation Network, the geoinformatics journal of the Asian Institute of Technology, and a number of other positions at NGOs. Nat’s willingness to help with whatever is needed, and her deep friendships in the communities make her a very important part of the team. Nat loves to travel and you should ask her about her travel stories to Egypt and Japan.

Getting There

  1. The nearest airport for this program is Phuket Airport ( HKT )
  2. You will need to arrange a taxi or take a bus from Phuket to reach Kuraburi, PhangNa. Our local team can arrange this for you.
  3. If you wish to book flights to Thailand fill in this form.
  4. You can get visas on arrival for Thailand.
  5. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
  6. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  7. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Thailand. 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.
  8. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  9. For support on any of the above email us hello@volunteeringjourneys.com

What your first day looks like:

On the first day, our dedicated staff will take you through an introduction workshop to give an overview of your time with us. This first day will provide an introduction to teaching and the selection of resources that are available for you to use in the classroom. We understand it is a lot to take in when you first arrive, so ask any questions on your mind.

You will also get a culture orientation- the main do’s and don’ts, so that you don’t unintentionally offend anyone during your time in Thailand (simple things like taking your shoes off when entering a home).  

We will go with you to the project and help plan lessons, while offering feedback from previous volunteers and worksheets that have been used to help them plan their lessons.   We make sure that you have a good introduction to the teachers at the center, and they will be looking out for you during your time here.

Weekends :

Phang Na is located just a few hours away from the popular areas of Phuket, Koh Samui and Khao Lak, so there are plenty of places you can visit at the weekend. Within the Phang Na region, you can also enjoy the beautiful beaches and go swimming or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, or you can visit nearby attractions such as the waterfalls at Si Phangnga National Park, Khaolak-Lumru National Park or see the elephants at Phang Nga Elephant Park.  

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Thailand:

Your accommodation will be a local guest house in the heart of Kuraburi – a small rural village. All rooms are shared and you will have access to a common lounge area with other volunteers on the program, so there will be plenty of people to meet when you’re out there. We encourage community living and there will be plenty of social hours for you to meet and greet. We also place you at convenient walking distance to local shops and amenities and we arrange project transport so you can get to work easily every day.

Your accommodation will be a short walk from our local partners office that you can use for your lesson planning and where you can find resources and other aids for teaching. WiFi will be available at our office if you need to use this.

Breakfast and dinner will be at the local morning and evening markets where you can get authentic local Thai cuisine. The food is fresh and delicious at these markets and its a great way of soaking in local culture and seeing how the locals live. There are some great options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. If you need Western options you will have to go to the nearest tourist resort.


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 and on arrival. 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 children on our Thailand Program.



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