Thailand Teaching Volunteers
2-8 weeks from $1,452
- 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!
Want to find out more?
Download more trip information and detailed itinerary
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. 2020 dates for the festival will be 13th-15th 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!
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
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.
Minimum age for this programme is 18.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months' validity remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight, or onward travel, ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60 day tourist visa.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
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.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.