Thailand is a developing country famous for a diverse environment and beautiful beaches, numerous natural resources and stunning natural attractions. Thousands of tourists travel to the country every year making Thailand one of the most popular tourist locations in the world. Despite this fact, most Thai people have limited English speaking skills so its a great destination for work abroad.
By volunteering with local schools you can offer children the opportunity to get first hand native English language assistance to help them learn English, providing them with a valuable opportunity to improve their language skills. Your presence in the classroom helps to fulfil the demand of the community to help school children gain skills that can assist their success in education and personal development.
This project is located in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand - approximately 2 hours north of Phuket on the coast. Volunteers work in partnership with local communities and local organizations to increase the long term benefits of education to the local population by teaching English to local school children; assisting local teachers in English language teaching; working with rural communities to improve their English for developing community-based tourism.
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Volunteering at the local schools and in the community gives Thai teachers and students the opportunity to practice their English skills with fluent English speakers. Students gain confidence in the English language providing them with skills to help with future employability. Teachers who have limited resources will benefit from volunteer teachers assisting with their classes. For those volunteers staying in home stays, in addition to working with local schools, you will aid your host family and community in gaining valuable skills that will help them continue to support and develop their community based tourism projects. This is an incredible opportunity to exchange culture and language.
The priority identified by the communities of the region is English language teaching. There is an endless demand for native speaking English among schools around the country. Program volunteers play a key part in meeting this demand by providing direct support in schools with limited or non-existing English language programs. All of this takes place in and around the region’s breathtaking natural beauty, temples and ancient ruins of past kingdoms.
The day always starts early, with a breakfast that normally consists of pancakes or rice porridge and helping with chores around base camp (if staying at our partners site). Monday through Friday you will travel to local schools to provide English lessons and activities for the children. In the evenings you will be responsible for making sure you are prepared for the next day of teaching. If you're staying in a home stay, you will provide the same volunteer assistance as above based on the demands of the community.
Our partner works together with local communities and organizations in Thailand, and around the world, to help communities develop in sustainable ways while still preserving their unique cultural identity. In Ban Nam Khem, our partner supports the effort of its local partners to increase the long term benefits of education to the local population by:
- Teaching English to local school children
- Assisting local teachers in English language teaching
- Working with rural communities to improve their English for developing community-based tourism
Volunteers will work alongside trained Thai teachers within the local schools, supplying free English language lessons for the school children. Volunteers working in rural home stay communities will have the opportunity to practice English with their home stay families, as well as with community members interested in gaining skills to use for community-based tourism.
Ban Nam Khem is located in the Andaman region of Thailand - approximately 2 hours north of Phuket. This region is most famous for the surrounding islands, white sandy beaches and karst mountain formations which jut dramatically out of the land and sea. Ban Nam Khem is a mostly rural district. Being close to town, our partners base camp gives volunteers the opportunity to be completely immersed in the local culture. Weekends provide the opportunity to enjoy the natural highlights and cultural destinations within the region. Home stays are located in more rural areas and provide complete immersion within Thai communities.
You have a choice of staying at our partners base camp in the town of Ban Nam Khem or at a rural home stay with a Thai family. The base camp is a centre for teaching and training and you will share dorm style accommodation with 10-12 other volunteers who are teaching or obtaining a TEFL qualification. Cooking and cleaning are done on a rotational basis with other volunteers. Volunteers can also choose to live with a traditional Thai family. Both options are basic but they do have electricity and running water. Food at the home stays will be simple yet delicious Thai meals.
Age & Required Experience
Though there are no specific qualifications or experience necessary to book on to this project, applicants do need to be over 18, have an educational or experience background equivalent to that required to gain entrance into a higher education institution, have an interest in language, and strong verbal and writing skills. Non-native English speakers must have a high proficiency of English language ability in order to meet the project demands effectively. Prior background knowledge in teaching techniques is an advantage, although not essential as there is opportunity to learn, whatever your level. Everyone must be able to work as part of a team and should be very enthusiastic, adventurous, have a good sense of humor and be respectful of the host country's environment and culture.
When & How To Apply
This program is offered throughout the year however it can get booked up in advance. We recommend applying 8 weeks before your intended start date to ensure you have submitted all of the required documentation. All you need to do is click 'Apply Now' above and complete your application in full! Make sure you tell us as much information as possible about you, who you are, what you do and your motivations for wanting to join a project like this. Once complete, pay your application deposit of £100 to book a spot on your desired date! One of our dedicated members of staff will then call you to go through your next steps and finialise your booking.
For the first two days volunteers will take part in an orientation to assist you with the very basics of teaching English and Thai language and culture. Trained program staff will provide you with the skills, resources and support you will need to undertake the project work and will be available at anytime throughout your stay. During your volunteering experience you will work in a nearby school teaching children and/or assisting Thai English teachers.
All our programs are run by our extremely experienced partners, whose highly skilled and well-informed staff will be on hand to offer their full support throughout the duration of your trip and will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
Volunteers should get a return flight to and from Phuket, Thailand (KBV). Alternatively you can fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok and take a bus (approx 10-12 hours).
Thailand is a country with a whole range of fantastic places that you could visit. If you have the time and budget, you could consider going to see the following:
- The wildlife of the picturesque Khao Sok National Park
- The mountain town of Chiang Mai, the local tribes of Nam Province
- The beaches of Ko Tao and Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park
- The golden kingdom of Ayuthaya
- The temples and nightlife of Bangkok
- All food and accommodation (family home stay extra)
- Airport transfers
- 2 day orientation
- The training and materials necessary for project activities
- Basic Thai lessons
- 24-hour in-country support
- 24-hour emergency phone line
What's Not Included
- International travel
- In-country travel to meeting point in Phuket
- Any vaccinations recommended for the trip by your doctor
- Any trips and travel not already included in the program