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 place. Community work is critical and you will find volunteering is a really making a difference here. Social development issues such as unemployment and lack of education is high. Our teaching programs support children who need support and education. With two fantastic project locations Surin (in Northern Thailand) and Phang Na (in Southern Thailand) you can really live in parts of Thailand that are away from tourists which make your Thailand volunteering trip something special that you can remember forever.
Surin: Our teaching programme in Surin gives 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!
Phang Na: 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 & Burmese Migrant 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.
For our teaching program in Thailand, you will be teaching in local schools and community centres. Most volunteers work in government primary schools in Thailand with children aged from about 7 to 12 years old. The schools vary in size, from small sub-district schools up to much larger schools with more facilities. On average there are between 20 to 30 students per class, but some schools may have classes as small as 12 students and others have classes with up to 40 children.
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.
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.
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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- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Airport Transfers (for Surin)
- Location orientation – a walking tour showing you the local markets for food, ATMs and amenities.
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location.
- Transport to project sites
- Donation to school
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Airport Transfers (for Phang Na)
- Medical and travel insurance (compulsory)
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Lindsey Reding: Phang Na 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.
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.
- The nearest airport for the Phanga Na Teaching program is Phuket Airport ( HKT ). For Surin Teaching the nearest airport is Bangkok.
- 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. For the Surin Teaching Program your airport transfers are included.
- You can get visas on arrival for Thailand.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. You can get in touch with our team if you need travel insurance organised.
- 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 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.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Surin: You will arrive to Bangkok and spend the first two days in Bangkok before being transferred to Surin. Your first two days in Bangkok will include a tour of the city. After reaching Surin you will be given another orientation by the local team who will introduce you to the local projects.
Phang Na: You arrive into Phuket airport. On the first day, our dedicated staff will take you through an introduction workshop to give you 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. 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).
For both location our local teams will go with you to the project while offering feedback from previous volunteers and worksheets that have been used to help them plan their lessons.
Weekends : are free for your leisure and you only volunteer Monday to Friday.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Thailand:
Phang Na: Your accommodation will be a local guest house in the heart of Kuraburi. 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 the 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.
Surin: The accommodation in Surin is in dormitory style shared houses close tothe centre of town.The rooms are clean and comfortable, and all rooms are equipped with fans. The bathrooms are shared with your fellow travellers and have Western style toilets. There is a basic kitchen for you to use, and of course the accommodation has WIFI.
For both locations all meals 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.
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.
WHY 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.’