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Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand (Surin)

Are you looking to experience the authentic rural lifestyle of eastern Thailand? Do you want to provide a better future for children in need while also having a lifechanging experience travelling in a fascinating part of the world? Then read on to learn more about our Volunteer Teach English Thailand program.

Thailand is a beautiful country filled with warm and welcoming people, and Surin is no exception. Here the rugged nature presents gorgeous scenery at every turn, and the lifestyle is authentic and rural, hidden far away from the usual tourist traps.

Sadly, rural areas like Surin suffer greatly from inadequate access to education. This is especially true when it comes to English, as demand for fluency in the language has skyrocketed in recent decades, in large part due to the massive size of the tourist industry, and rural public schools have been unable to keep up.

Thus, volunteers are critically needed to help provide the kids with the education they need, arming them with English language skills that will greatly improve their chances for a job and rewarding career in their adult lives. Not only that, the love and attention you will provide will not go unnoticed and will inspire the children and give them a whole new outlook on their future.

Do you want to help build a brighter future for disadvantaged children in rural Thailand while also going on the adventure of your life? Then contact IFRE and enquire about becoming a volunteer teacher in Thailand program today!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you work as a volunteer in local elementary school in Thailand, the school day usually runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm, from Monday to Thursday. You will spend most of this time working directly with the children teaching English but may also be asked to assist with other tasks when not in the classroom.

Through your work, children who would otherwise never learn English are given a chance to learn the language, and thus be competitive in the job market later in their lives. This knowledge will open a great many doors for them and is sure to inspire them to greater heights than they ever could’ve reached without your assistance.

Skills and Qualifications:

The only qualification required of Volunteer English teachers in Thailand is to have a mastery of the English language at a fluent level, as well as a great love for working with and helping children succeed. You should be kind, patient and willing to go outside of your comfort zone to tackle new and exciting challenges. No prior teaching experience is required, but still greatly beneficial.

Itinerary (sample one week):

Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok

You’ll be picked up at the airport in Bangkok and escorted to your accommodation on Khao San road. You’ll then get the chance to do a bit of exploring before heading out for a fun and relaxing evening with your fellow volunteers.

Day 2 – Bangkok city tour

On the second day you get to enjoy Bangkok through a city tour including many of the famous temples, palaces and landmarks as well as an exciting river cruise.

Day 3 – Train ride to Surin and project orientation

After experiencing Bangkok, it’s time to head to Surin on a train ride through gorgeous scenery before settling into our volunteer house in Surin and receiving your project orientation.

Day 4 – Meet the Students and Staff

Before starting your volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you’ll get a day to be introduced to your new colleagues and familiarize yourself with the school and your classes going forward.

Day 5-7 – Teaching time, 8.30am-3.30pm, Monday – Thursday

Now it’s finally time to start your teaching work. You’ll be working in a government school and not only provide the kids with valuable skills but also learn a great deal yourself about rural Thai life.

Day 8-10 – Weekend exploration or end of project

Spend your 3-day weekend exploring Surin and surrounding Eastern Thailand or set out on a trip to nearby Cambodia. If you’re on a short program of one week then this is the end of your volunteer experience, but otherwise you’ll get to relax and refresh yourself before returning to the classroom the following Monday.

Volunteer Schedule

Your time as an English teacher in Thailand will be a greatly rewarding experience and your days will be jam-packed with fun, excitement and great experiences.

During this teaching English volunteer opportunities in Thailand you will be teaching English from 8:30am to 3:30pm from Monday to Thursday (except the first week where you’ll spend the Monday getting to know the school, teachers and students).

You can expect to teach roughly 4 hours per day in the classroom on average, with the rest of the workday filled with various other tasks as required. After the conclusion of the school day, you are free to spend your time exploring Surin or returning to our volunteer house to relax and have dinner.

Local Team & Daily Support

Our volunteer English Teaching program in Thailand is highly organized. Local staff will accompany you to your project every day, and each morning you will set out with a small group of fellow volunteers and a local staff member. You will be transported by Jeep for the 10 to 15-minute ride to the school, during which you’ll drive through beautiful rural Thai villages.

Once at the school, you will work for roughly 4 hours before the local staff member brings you and the rest of the volunteers to lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you return to the school and continue working until the end of the school day at 3:30pm.

Through this system, our local staff stays with you and ensures that you have an amazing volunteer experience. This has been a great success, and all our volunteers have been greatly satisfied with the support, attention and assistance received from our excellent local staff.

Volunteer Teaching English in Thailand: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

Click here to find the start date of surin - 2020

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The program fee needs to be paid in GBP to directly to the country coordinator before the project start date.

Volunteer Program Fee (in Pounds (GBP))

Weeks Surin: Teaching
  1 Week   £448
  2 Weeks   £511
  3 Weeks   £574
  4 Weeks   £637
  5 Weeks   £699
  6 Weeks   £762
  7 Weeks   £825
  8 Weeks   £888

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • One day Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Train transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation in Surin shared house
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Food (food are cheap in Surin)
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Accomodation and Meal

When you join volunteer English teaching program in Thailand, You will be provided with accommodation in the form of our safe and comfortable volunteer house. Rooms here are equipped with nice beds and sheets, as well as modern bathroom facilities. You’ll be sharing the room with volunteers of the same gender, and while no meals are provided, you will have a kitchen to prepare your own food as well as many different options for food located nearby.

Read more about our accommodation for volunteers in Surin.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

During your time in Surin you’ll have a great amount of time during the week after the school day to explore and discover rural Eastern Thailand. You’ll also have three full days every weekend to go on trips all across Thailand as well as Cambodia, the border of which is located very close to Surin.

Learn more about some of the amazing ways to spend your free time while volunteering.

Safety and in Country Support

We always make sure that our volunteers feel safe, comfortable and looked after. To this end we provide extensive support both prior to your departure as well as during your project. While volunteering, a local coordinator will be available to you at all times should anything happen that you need advice or assistance with.

Read more about our commitment to the safety and support of our volunteers.

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Volunteer Teaching English Thailand :FAQs:

Arrival and departure

Volunteers taking part in our Teaching English volunteering project in Thailand need to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. Before arriving you need to send in your complete flight details in advance so that the necessary pick-up arrangements can be made. If you miss your scheduled flight or if it’s delayed, you should immediately contact us at the earliest so that a new pick up schedule can be arranged for you.

For airport drop offs, you have to arrange it yourself, as this is not included in the project fee.


You need to get a tourist visa for working in this project. You have to obtain the tourist visa by visiting the nearest Thai embassy. It is always advisable to get the visa beforehand to avoid any kind of problems on arrival. Visa on arrival is issued to the passport holders of 21 countries.

You can extend your visa while you are in Thailand, but you have to get it extended before 60 days of its expiry date. The tourist visas can be extended at Thai immigration in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket.


You should take vaccinations as per the recommendations made by the CDC for working in for volunteering in Thailand teaching English project. Please follow the list provided:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rubella
  • Influenza

For more details visit the CDC websites and consult with your doctor at home.

For further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

What is the name of the school I would be placed in during my teaching English volunteer project in Thailand?

IFRE works with many schools that are run by Buddhist temples to help provide crucial English education to the underprivileged Thai children. Thus, we frequently lend our volunteers to these schools when there is need. As we continually respond to the needs of the local community, the exact school(s) you’ll be working at will be made clear by our in-country staff once you apply.

What is the age range of the students in the school? How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

We work mainly with primary schools run by Buddhist temples where the children are aged 5 to 11. The smaller rural schools in the villages usually number about 100-300 children, while the ones in the inner city are far larger. Generally, classes are quite large, with approximately 30-40 children in each one.

Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while volunteering teaching in Thailand?

Where possible you will teach in small groups of 2-4 teachers. Your coordinator will also be on hand to assist in the classroom with translation, as well as assist with lesson planning when needed.

Do they have a teaching curriculum?

The children have a set government curriculum taught by their Thai English teachers. However, the Schools would rather that volunteers focus on speaking and communication, and this allows volunteers to be creative and design their own lesson plans. Your coordinator can help you pick suitable topics and assist you with planning. For those who would rather follow a structured teaching English volunteer program in Thailand, our local office has adopted the Speak First Curriculum, a resource that is freely available on MES English

Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?

We encourage our volunteers to donate their own materials so as to limit the impact on school resources. Your coordinator can help you source all necessary material locally and can facilitate photo-copying and printing for you.

Is there any other important information that you want to share?

English is a very important subject in Thai schools and forms part of the core curriculum. Children who develop their English language skills have a huge advantage moving into higher education or finding employment. Historically the Thai school system put emphasis on complex and often impractical grammar exercises. However Thai schools are now appreciating the contribution of native English-speaking teachers more and more as the focus shifts towards communication and practical usage.

Sadly, many rural schools do not have the funding to hire full- time native English speakers and as such are very grateful for the support of volunteers. In exchange, as a volunteer English teacher in Thailand, you will have a memorable time learning about rural Thai culture and the challenges that Thai teachers face. You will also meet some of the most charming and hardworking students ever!

The focus of your volunteer work will be communication and encouraging the children to have fun learning English. You will be responsible for planning your own lessons and will be provided a range of topics to choose from. Don’t worry, as you’ll have plenty of time to get prepared and will be given advice and lesson materials to help you with your planning.

This Surin, Thailand volunteer teaching program is an exciting opportunity to experience life in a rural Thai school. You will be supported by a bilingual coordinator and working in small groups you will plan and teach English lessons for students aged 5 -16 in local schools. Your coordinator will give you full details of your timetable and school location during your orientation

Why volunteer in a Teach English Volunteer Project?

Volunteering in this Program lets you completely immerse yourself in teaching English to those who have limited resources and economic stability.

Share your love of the English language and work alongside fellow educators

Volunteering in this project allows you to actively teach in orphanages, primary schools and secondary schools where you are completely free to share your love of the English language while collaborating with local educators.

Get real world experience working in a classroom

As a volunteer teacher overseas in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to teach English abroad and get a real-world experience of teaching a class in a different environment with unfamiliar curriculums. You may encounter challenges, but the rewards will outweigh any difficulties.

Opportunity to Educate Children

Volunteers in this project get the opportunity to teach young children in rural schools of Thailand. Volunteers will lead English classes and train students on both spoken as well as written English. This proves to be a great platform for the volunteers to provide much needed education to these children.

Understand the Education System of Thailand

Another key benefit of volunteering in teaching project in Thailand is that volunteers get to learn about a new and different education system which in itself will be an enriching experience. This will help volunteers become familiar with the education system of Thailand and make it easier to practice learning foreign teaching methods.

Gain valuable work experience of teaching international

Volunteering abroad in Thailand benefits not only the children but the volunteers as well. It helps you gain valuable work experience of teaching in a foreign country which can come in handy in your future career as well as academic prospects.

Elevate the level of education in rural areas of Thailand

The majority of the population in rural Thailand face a lot of hardships educating themselves and learning the English language. So, by participating in this Teaching volunteering program in Thailand, you’ll be able to provide easy access to learn English and elevate the overall level of education in the rural Thai communities all over Surin Province.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand

IFRE arranges many different projects for you to make a difference in Thailand. You can

  • teach English to Buddhist monks,
  • care for elephants,
  • Provide healthcare,
  • Work in an orphanage,
  • Help with childcare and development and much more.
  • Contact IFRE today to find the perfect project for you!

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    Children are in need of a proper English education all over the world. To help provide economic opportunity for these kids, IFRE arranges teaching volunteer programs in many different countries. The list below is made up of some of our most popular teaching projects:

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