Volunteer Teaching in Thailand
Do you want to travel across Thailand and discover the wonders there for an affordable price? Are you looking to not only travel, but also leave behind a positive impact through teaching children vital English language skills? Then this program to Volunteer to teach English in Thailand is what you’re looking for!
Thailand is a beautiful country with a long and rich history. Famous landmarks like ancient ruins and exquisite temples abound here, as well as a rich wildlife making their home in gorgeous natural scenery.
As English has become the universal language of economic opportunity, it has become critical for Thai children to become fluent in the language if they wish to be competitive in the job market and lead successful and rewarding adult lives.
Sadly, primary and secondary schools in less fortunate and rural areas are struggling to keep up with this drastic increase in demand for English education. To fill the gap, several Buddhist monasteries in Thailand run private schools to help improve the English skills of local disadvantaged children.
When you join this program, you will teach kids in one of the Buddhist run schools in Thailand and help provide a better and more successful future for the kids in your care.
Do you want to greatly improve the lives of local children and make sure they are able to find jobs in their adult life while also travelling through and exploring this fascinating country? Then contact IFRE at the nearest opportunity to learn more about this project!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
Working as a volunteer in the Teaching English Project in Thailand, you will work 4-5 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Your precise duties will vary depending on your skills and placement, but generally you can expect to be teaching English, teaching other subjects like math, science, health and personal hygiene, planning and leading creative extracurricular activities, helping with homework and assisting with administrative duties when needed, such as record keeping, curriculum planning and fundraising.
Your work will help the children succeed later in life by providing them with vital English skills. You will also provide relief to overworked local teachers who cannot possibly meet the increasing demand for an English education, allowing them to provide a better education and reach out to an even greater number of kids.
Volunteer Teaching in Thailand :Skills and Qualifications
No formal education or experience is needed to volunteer as an English teacher in Thailand. However, you should be a kind and patient person with a deep love for children. You should also be passionate about improving lives through teaching, and fluent in the English language. Volunteers who are native English speakers or who possess prior teaching experience will have an advantage, but this is not required
Volunteering as an English teacher in Thailand is a rewarding experience and your days will be filled with fun and excitement.
On your arrival in Thailand, you will be collected at the airport by our local staff and taken to your accommodation. Then, the next morning you will receive an orientation from our staff on the country, safety procedures and the rules and regulations of the project.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Thailand, your local coordinator will escort you to your school and introduce you to the local teachers. You will spend the rest of the day getting to know them, as well as learning about the school and your duties in the coming project.
Weekdays: Your work as a teacher starts on the second day, and while your precise schedule will be different every day, in general it will look like this:
6.00 to 7.30 AM: Breakfast is served at your volunteer house, which you can enjoy together with your fellow volunteers at the house.
7.45 AM: At this time you leave for a rewarding day of teaching English at your placement school, where you’ll spend the rest of the day until 3pm.
12.00 PM: At noon you’ll have a break for lunch together with your new local colleagues, at which time you’ll have a great opportunity for some cultural immersion.
3.00 PM: At this time your volunteer work for the day is over, and you’re free to explore everything Ayutthaya has to offer for the rest of the day.
6.45 PM: Finally you’ll be served a delicious Thai dinner at your volunteer house, allowing you to do some cultural exchange with your fellow volunteers.
Volunteer Teaching in Thailand: Dates and Fees
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
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 $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fees (US$)
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
When you volunteer as an English teacher in Thailand through IFRE, we provide you with safe and comfortable accommodation in our volunteer house. Here you’ll be living with other volunteers from all over the world, giving you plenty of chances for some cultural exchange, and stay in comfortable bedrooms shared with the shame gender and equipped with modern bathroom facilities. You will be provided with two authentic Thai meals a day and our local coordinator will be nearby at all times to support you.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
You’ll have plenty of free time to explore and discover Thailand while you volunteer as an English teacher. During the week, you’ll have time in the morning and after your work finishes to explore Ayutthaya, and your weekends are completely free to travel all over and discover the best places in all Thailand.
Learn more about some of the exciting things you can do while volunteering in Thailand.
Safety and in Country Support
Volunteers’ primary concern is usually safety, and here at IFRE we take this concern with the utmost seriousness. We have a long track-record of more than 20,000 safe and happy volunteers, and thus know exactly what it takes to ensure your safety and comfort. We’ll support with anything you need prior to departure, and while at your project our in-country coordinator will be available to assist and support you.
Read more about our commitment to safety and in-country support.
Volunteer Teaching in Thailand : FAQs:
Arrival and Departure
We strongly recommend our volunteers to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok to take part in our Teaching English volunteer project in Thailand. Kindly send usyour final flight details beforehand so that we can arrange your pick up from the airport. In case you miss your scheduled flight or if its delayed, contact us at the earliest possible time, so that a new pick schedule can be arranged.IFRE does not offer any kind of airport drop off service for your departure, so you’ll have to book this yourself.
To work on our English volunteering project in Thailand you need to obtain a tourist visa. You can get the visa by visiting the nearest Thai embassy. However, Visa on arrival is also given to the passport holders of 21 countries. For more details on visa on arrival
In order to extend your visa while in Thailand, your visa should have a minimum validity period of 60 days or more. The tourist visa can be extended at the Thai immigration office in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket.
You should always take the needed vaccinations as per the recommendations made by the CDC for volunteering in Thailand teaching English program. Kindly have a look at the list provided below:
- Diphtheria and tetanus
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow fever
- Japanese encephalitis
If you want to know more details then you can visit the CDC website and consult with your local medical doctor at home to determine what vaccines you need.
For further readings:
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 a variety of schools within the area, and also frequently lend our volunteers to additional 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 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 teaching?
Whenever possible you will be teaching in a small group of 2-4 teachers. Additionally, your local coordinator will be on hand to assist in the classroom with translation as needed, and will also help you with the planning of lessons and support you inside the classroom throughout your Thailand volunteer teaching experience.
Do they have a teaching curriculum?
There is a set official curriculum in place in Thailand. However, schools prefer volunteers to focus on speaking and communication, as these are by far the most critical parts of the English education that greatly benefits from fluent and/or native speakers.
You’ll also get to flex your creativity and design your own lesson plans, and with the help of your local coordinator you’ll be picking suitable topics and lessons. If you’re uncomfortable with designing your own lessons, you can also use the Speak First Curriculum, which we have adopted and is freely available on MES English.
Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?
While it’s not required, we encourage our English teacher volunteers in Thailand to donate their own materials so as to limit the impact on school resources. Your local coordinator will help you source all the materials you need and can also provide assistance with photocopying and printing.
Why volunteer in Teach English Volunteer Project?
Joining our Thailand Teach English Volunteer Program gives you a chance to thoroughly dedicate yourself to teaching crucial English skills to those with limited resources and economic opportunities, securing a brighter future for them.
Share your love of the English language and work alongside fellow educators
Through this project, you will get to share your love of the English language in primary and secondary schools, working closely with local teachers and learning from them in the process.
Get real world experience working in a classroom
As a volunteer teacher overseas in Thailand, you will get real world classroom experience in a new and exciting environment teaching unfamiliar and challenging curriculums.
Opportunity to Educate Children
You will get to help kids with their spoken and written English, which is a great platform for providing critical skills the kids will greatly appreciate both in the short and long term.
Understand the Education System of Thailand
While volunteering in a teaching project in Thailand, you will get firsthand experience with a foreign and interesting education system that is sure to be quite different from the one you’re familiar with. This will give you valuable experience in teaching English to those who do not speak it already.
Gain valuable work experience of teaching international
This volunteering opportunity doesn’t just benefit the kids, but also you by giving you valuable work experience teaching in a foreign country which will be incredibly useful for your future career and academic prospects.
Elevate the level of education in rural areas of Thailand
Many people in Thailand face incredible hardship in their struggle to educate themselves and their kids and learning the English language. By joining this Teaching volunteering program in Thailand you’ll get to alleviate these hardships and provide easy access to English education to the rural Thai communities in Ayutthaya.
Other Volunteer Opportunities in Thailand
There are many ways for you to do some good in Thailand. You can
Work in an orphanage,
Care for elephants,
Work in the health sector,
Help with childcare and child development and much more.
Contact IFRE today for more information.
Volunteer Teaching Opportunities Worldwide
English is a sought-after skill in much of the world, but sadly there are many children not given proper access to education. IFRE aims to solve this problem by arranging English teaching volunteer programs all across the globe. Below is a list of some of our most popular teaching projects:
- Bali - Teaching English
- Cambodia - Teach in Schools
- China - Volunteer English Teaching
- India - Teaching English
- India - Teaching in Slum
- Nepal - Teaching English
- Sri Lanka - Teach English
- Thailand Surin - Teaching English Project
- Ghana - Teaching English in Rural Schools
- Kenya - Teaching English
- South Africa - Teach english in School
- Tanzania - Teaching english
- Uganda - Teach english in School
- Argentina - Teaching English Project
- Brazil - Teaching Project
- Costa Rica Cortes - Teaching English
- Costa Rica Sanjose - Teaching English
- Ecuador - Teaching English in rural and urban schools
- Guatemala, Xela - Teaching English
- Guatemala, Antigua - Teaching English
- Peru - Teaching in Rural School