Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Thailand: Volunteer Teaching

Hua Hin, Thailand

Description

LocationHua Hin, Thailand

Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment

Cost: from €300 EUR Project Fee for the 1st week – see Costs tab for more information

Includes: 3 meals a day, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Keywords:

  • For this particular program, the aims and objectives fall under the jurisdiction of the Thai government. In recent years, the government has placed a continued emphasis on the teaching of the English language. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one of the lowest in Asia.
  • Our aim is to continue to improve the children’s prospects by teaching them English. On the other hand, you will also gain teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!
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Introduction

Give back to the local Thai community and spend time with local students as you teach English in schools in and around Hua Hin. And enjoy the beach too!

Teach youngsters in local schools in the morning and have a blast on the beach in the afternoon. This is a chance to do good and feel good at the same time. You will help students to broaden their minds and have a cultural exchange as you teach English and assist local staff with your own creative ideas, songs, games, and other fun activities.

Daily Life

This program consists of working with students in various schools teaching English. We have strong relationships with several child development centers, kindergarten, primary and secondary schools and the age of the students may be anywhere between 2.5 and 18.

Many of the schools are open to new concepts and approaches to teaching. This means that you may be able to share your new ideas and teaching strategies that might complement the local Thai teaching methods or style.

Our teaching program serves a dual purpose: of course, it is meant to help children in rural Thailand to have a chance to speak more English (usually even their teachers are not fluent speakers).

Secondly, it will give you an insight into the Thai education system, as well as a  good chance to develop friendships with students and teachers.

You will leave the centre between 08:30 and 09:30 depending on the school. Expect to teach for 2-3 hours. Lunch will usually be served at the school and you will leave school each day after the morning session.

The school shows respect to the King of Thailand through a ceremony daily and you might be asked to take part in this unique morning ritual.

Please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October) as well as public holidays. During such times you can join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community. In the event that the need in this time is at the local child development centre, please keep in mind that you will be working with young children who will require a much different approach than primary or secondary school. Please use your creative skills through song, dance, games, and repetition to help young children to learn and enjoy their introduction to basic educational concepts.

Itinerary

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Thai Do’s and Don’ts, Thai Culture Lessons and Thai Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Visit a famous Buddhist temple nearby
  • Lunch
  • Visit the beach

Extra Activities

Tuesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evening

You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Friday Evening

You will go to the Cicada Market, a colorful night market offering freshly cooked food from different shopkeepers. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs which are very attractive and listen to live music featuring local artists.

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be met at Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) International Airport by a project representative and brought to the project HQ upon arrival.

Our centre is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. From our accommodation and you can use our bikes to ride to a few convenience stores nearby.

Please keep in mind that refrigerator space is limited and to prevent insect infestation open food items are not allowed in the rooms.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Conversational English
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
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Costs

Costs

€300 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes

  • 3 meals per day ( 2 meals on weekends)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation
  • In-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations.

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