Is Teaching in Thailand right for me?
Volunteer teaching in Thailand is perfect for anyone who loves working with children, and wants to gain practical classroom experience.
Getting teaching work experience in Thailand is especially useful if you’re planning on becoming a teacher. It will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews. Even if you don’t work as a teacher, you’ll learn personal skills like planning that can be applied to any career.
No experience? No problem! You will have a full induction on your arrival in Thailand, and we have regular workshops to help you. During the workshops, you can discuss lesson plans and challenges and exchange ideas. Projects Abroad staff are also there to support you and give advice whenever you need it.
You can join for a minimum of one week, but the longer you teach in Thailand, the greater an impact you can have on your students. When deciding on your dates, keep in mind that the school closes mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to the end of October.
What will I do on the Teaching Project?
You’ll work with children at public primary and secondary schools. You’ll be involved in the following activities:
- Help students improve their English conversational skills at your teaching placement
- Gain invaluable teaching work experience in Thailand by assisting local teachers, or by leading classes
- Attend teaching workshops to share ideas with volunteers and to cover useful teaching techniques
- Help with other subjects and extracurricular activities such as art, drama, music, and sports
- Help run basic English lessons for children or adults during school holidays
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Help students improve their English conversation
Your main role as an volunteer teaching in Thailand is to boost your students’ confidence levels when communicating in English. With well thought out lesson plans, you can deliver fun, engaging, and educational lessons. You can do things like create role plays using characters your students can relate to, or play a round of speaking Bingo!
Gain invaluable teaching work experience in Thailand
You will develop professionally from observing, assisting, and eventually leading your own activities or lessons in Thailand. We encourage you to spend time planning your classes, and reach out to teachers for advice and support.
Attend teaching workshops
Each month on every second Thursday, time is set aside for a workshop and meeting in the afternoon. You can use this time to talk to other volunteers and Projects Abroad staff about your time at your placement, discuss problems, and share activities that have worked for you.
Help with other subjects and extracurricular activities
Depending on your placement and your interests, you may be asked to assist with or lead extracurricular lessons. In the past, some volunteers have run an English club, or helped with soccer lessons. Chat with your Volunteer Advisor before your departure to Thailand, and we can match you to the school that would be the best fit for you.
Help run basic English lessons for children or adults during school holidays
You can help teach English during school holidays for regular school placements. During this time, we organise a variety of holiday programmes including basic English lessons and fun educational activities in Krabi. We also arrange adult English classes in the local community. You’ll have more independence in these sessions, so you’ll need to plan ahead.
Where will I be working in Thailand?
You will work in public primary and secondary schools based in Krabi. Some school placements have basic resources like chalk boards instead of an interactive smart board. This will require you to think out of the box with how you lesson plan and teach.
Krabi is a small town, with an approximate population of 400,000. Besides seeing locals, you’ll come across many tourists. Take advantage of your free time to explore attractions like the Buddhist Tiger Cave Temple. This unique temple is famous for its 1,237 stairs, which lead to a golden Buddha statue on the mountain summit.
As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you will live with a friendly host family or in shared bungalows. You’ll have a modest and comfortable room, with basic amenities.
A typical day on the Teaching Project in Thailand
Your day will begin with breakfast in your host family home. All teaching volunteers will be collected by transport organised by Projects Abroad, either from your host family home or from a prearranged spot.
As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, a typical day will begin around 8.30am and end at 1pm, Monday to Friday. This may differ depending on your placement.
Teachers in Thailand dress smartly and you are expected to do the same. For female teachers, pack skirts that reach past your knees, trousers that cover the ankle, and make sure to wear shirts with a collar, or that cover your chest and shoulders. For males, shorts are not allowed, but trousers that reach your ankles are suitable. Wear shirts with a collar. For both male and female, closed, smart shoes are a must.
On arrival at your placement, you can join the morning ceremony with the national anthem and morning prayer, or plan for the day ahead. You’ll begin as a teaching assistant and as you gain confidence in the classroom, you’ll take the lead on activities, or on a full lesson.
During lunch, you’ll eat a packed meal from home. You may be asked to organise some sport or music activity during the lunch break.
Depending on your placement, you’ll teach lessons in the afternoon, or lesson plan for the following day. At your placement, you’ll have a teaching supervisor who you can ask for help or get ideas from. Your transport will collect you at the end of your day.
Free time in the evenings, or weekends can be used to travel around Krabi, or Thailand! Eat your weight in delicious Pad Thai, sip beverages on Ao Nang’s beautiful beaches, relax in your host family home, or meet up with volunteers to catch up.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to help students improve their conversational English. This gives students a better chance of securing good jobs in the future, and a chance to create global networks with visitors to Thailand.
There are many obstacles in English language teaching and learning in Thailand, such as inadequately equipped classrooms and a lack of educational resources. Students often lack the confidence to speak English with their teacher and classmates. They also don’t have many opportunities to practice speaking in their daily lives.
You can offer invaluable help in improving not only the student’s, but also the teachers’ phonetics, pronunciation and grammar.
Sound English skills are just one of the goals you’ll work towards as a volunteer English teacher in Thailand. We’ve identified four long-term, sustainable goals we want to achieve in Thailand:
- Improve English
- Increase literacy
- Improve classroom support
- Encourage learning through creativity
Help us achieve these goals by volunteering to teach English in Thailand.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of Southeast Asia. Thailand is an unforgettable country with plenty of enticing things for you to get up to in your free time.
One of the highlights of volunteering in Thailand is the pristine beaches. With stunning snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, it’s a great destination to choose if you’re interested in marine life. For others, there’s always the chance to relax on the beach in the warm glow of the sun.
One must-see while you’re there is the Tiger Cave Temple. With its rich history and ornate statues, it’s an experience not to miss. Be prepared for a steep walk up 1,237 steps! But once you get to the top, the views make it all worth it.
Exploring the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, with its mysterious caves and sparkling waterfalls, is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.
We run many different projects in Thailand, so there will likely be other volunteers relishing in this experience with you. You can choose to travel alone or with other volunteers.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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