Thailand Teaching Volunteers
2-8 weeks from £749
- Settle into life in Thailand with a 2-day orientation in busy Bangkok
- Transfer to beautiful Surin and embark on an unforgettable volunteer experience
- Teach English to Thai children and help out around the school
- Watch the children’s confidence grow each day – a super-rewarding experience
- Stay in a volunteer house with like-minded people and enjoy your time off from the project
- Experience authentic Thai lifestyle and become an important part of the local community
Help Thai children prepare for a better future by teaching them English in North-Eastern Thailand. After a 2-day orientation in vibrant Bangkok, you’ll transfer to the beautiful Surin where you’ll volunteer in a rural school. Your help and hard work will make a real difference in the children’s lives, and the whole experience is hugely rewarding. Not only will you gain valuable teaching skills, but you’ll also enjoy a unique insight into Thai culture by becoming a valued member of the local community. Plus, you can explore the rest of Thailand during your time off!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
What to expect at the project
When you first arrive into Thailand, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Bangkok. You’ll enjoy two nights staying close to the legendary backpacker hub of Khao San Road. Spend your time here exploring, settling into Thai culture and enjoy a guided tour that’ll take in the biggest and best sights of this incredible Southeast Asian city.
On your third day in Thailand, you’ll be transferred to Surin where your project is based. The journey from Bangkok to Surin will take approximately 6-7 hours, and you will usually travel by train. On arrival, you will be shown your accommodation and receive a full briefing about your volunteer placement. The following day, you’ll meet the staff and the children at the school, and your volunteer placement will begin.
During your time at the project, you will have the opportunity to teach English mainly in primary schools and you may also have the opportunity to teach at secondary schools and teach children with special needs (the latter two options are available on request only and you will need qualifications). Unlike schools in the Western world, there are no special classes for children with learning difficulties, so helping these children may prove a challenge at first however the rewards are clear and worthwhile.
Your time in Surin will give rural Thai children the opportunity to learn English with a native speaker. Tourism is the dominant industry in Thailand and most international companies with operations in Thailand expect a competence in both written and spoken English, so by offering your teaching assistance you are enabling the children a brighter and gainful future.
Songkran: During Thai New Year (Songkran), all volunteer projects will be closed for a few days during the festivities, so you will have a break from volunteering at this time, but it is a great opportunity to enjoy the celebrations and experience Thai culture. 2019 dates: 13th-17th April.
Day in the life
On your work days you will be picked up from your accommodation around 8am and taken to the school. You will assist other teachers in the classroom and deliver lessons to the children. Your main focus will be teaching English, and you will help the children with their reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will also plan and lead fun games and activities in the classroom. This is your opportunity to get creative and engage the children and make them excited to learn!
Your day will finish around 2:30-3pm, when you will be returned to your accommodation. You can spend the afternoon relaxing, chatting to other volunteers and planning your lessons for the next day. In the evenings, you can either prepare meals in the volunteer kitchen or head out and eat in one of the local restaurants.
Your weekends are free to relax or explore. Surin is a beautiful region with plenty to explore. It is also close to the Cambodian border, so you could hop over for a long weekend of exploration and adventure!
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
This project gives rural Thai children the opportunity to learn English with a native speaker. Tourism is the dominant industry in Thailand and most international companies with operations in Thailand expect a competence in both written and spoken English, so by offering your teaching assistance you are enabling the children a brighter and gainful future. You’ll also be assisting the teachers in the school, who will value your contribution and creative input in the classroom.
This project is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience in a unique setting. You’ll be delivering approximately 15 50-minute classes a week, to classes of between 30 and 60 pupils. Our project coordinators will work alongside you throughout your day to answer any questions that you may have and to help you organise your day. All of our coordinators have experience helping our volunteer teachers to organise daily schedules and with lesson planning. You will come out of the experience with new skills and confidence as a teacher.
You’ll also experience the satisfaction of having made a difference in the lives of the children you teach. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the results of your work as the confidence of the children grows.
- Arrival airport transfer
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Bangkok on arrival
- Guided tour of Bangkok
- Breakfast in Bangkok
- Train transfer from Bangkok to Surin
- 2 - 8-week volunteer medical placement
- Twin share accommodation in Surin
- Assistance from local coordinator
- 24-hour emergency support
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Most meals
- Return transfer
Your first two nights in Thailand will be spent in a comfortable hostel near Khao San Road in Bangkok.
You will then be transferred to Surin, where you will be staying in one of several shared volunteer houses in a multi-share room. You will usually share with 3-5 people in a room. Beds, bedding and storage are included, and Wi-Fi is available.
The houses are basic but have self-catering facilities including a hob, sink, toaster, kettle, fridge and utensils, as well as communal living space. You will be staying near local amenities such as supermarkets and restaurants, where you can buy ingredients or eat out.
Meals are not included in the programme, however, eating out is incredibly cheap in Thailand. It is just a short walk to one of the many local restaurants where a meal can be purchased for as little as 100 baht (around £1.80). We recommend budgeting approximately £7-8 per day for food and drink.
You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 10pm; we recommend that you arrive before 3pm, if possible. You will need to make your own way back to Bangkok at the end of your trip, the journey takes 6-7 hours by train; if you wish to fly on your programme end date please arrange a flight that departs late in the evening on your programme end date or the day after to allow enough time to travel back to Bangkok.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
The minimum age to participate in this volunteer programme is 18 years old. Please be prepared that you may be working with volunteers of all ages.
British nationals can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an additional cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. It can take up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, which will be sent to you directly in the post.
What Is Surin Like?
Surin is located in the area of north east Thailand known as Esaan. The province of Surin is home to approximately 1.4 million people with approximately 40,000 living in the main city centre area. Surin offers visitors the best hospitality Thailand has to offer. The area is largely untouched by tourism and as so the way of life remains honest, safe and fun. Visitors to Surin can expect a very warm welcome from the locals of all ages.
What Can I Do During My Time Off?
You can explore the beautiful surroundings of Surin and relax. If you fancy travelling further afield, try Khao Yai National Park, one of Thailand's most rewarding reserves or alternatively the beautiful island of Ko Samet on the east coast is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. Cambodia is also close enough for you to visit on a long weekend.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
As we are not medically trained we cannot give you medical advice. You must make an appointment to see your GP or travel nurse who will be able to give you the best and most up to date travel health advice and more information about vaccinations.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.