Teaching English Project (Surin, Ayuthaya)

volunteer teaching english project in thailand
  • Share your passion in teaching English to children
  • Work with local schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Practice Thai while immersed in the local culture through carefully-screened homestays
  • Learn to cook famous Thai dishes, explore beautiful natural wonders and discover the historic and cultural ruins in your downtime

Would you like to broaden your teaching horizons in the Land of Smiles? Due to the growth of tourism, trade, commerce and globalization, English is becoming an increasingly important subject to learn in Thailand. Often, a good ability to read and write in English will mean they can secure seats in good universities and ultimately, get well paid jobs. However, there are schools which are resource-poor and lack enough skilled educators. The impoverished attend these schools, and improving the grasp of the English language is near impossible without proper guidance. Hence, our volunteers will help the children to improve their English skills. You’ll teach conservational English as well as from the official curriculum and you’ll be encouraged to hold debates and discussions. This will make the children learn quickly and ensure they become confident individuals capable of believing in themselves. Teach English in Thailand, and help the local children have a better future while basking in the tropical sun of the beautiful country!

School holidays in Thailand runs from March 18 to April 26 and from September 16 to October 25. The project will be unavailable during this time. For Surin, placements will not be available in September and April due to exams and school holidays.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in Thailand, you will be placed at the local primary schools and teach students aged between 6 to 12 years old in a class. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Educating children regarding personal hygiene
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

When young Thais have good English, they can not only enroll in better higher educational institutions, but also get higher paying jobs and more work opportunities, especially in tourism and hospitality. However in the schools where our volunteer project is located at, the children often find it very hard to improve their English language. English taught in the public schools is basic at best, and teachers do not have the proper training to teach correct pronunciation or grammar. With our volunteers, the students will be able to hold debates and discussions and this will help them to comprehend the language better through improved grammar and vocabulary. Your presence will encourage the students to speak English, and gradually build their confidence.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer project in Thailand beyond a fluency in English. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the students. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

This project is located in Surin and Ayuthaya.

Surin is located in the northeast region of Thailand about 450 kms from Bangkok and has a population of about 100,000. The town is known for its elephant festivals, silk, jasmine rice, ruins, temples and Buddhist shrines. Volunteers can enjoy the City Pillar Shrine, Wat Burapharam, Surin National Museum, art galleries, Phanom Sawai Forest Park, Khmer ruins, Ban Buthom Basketry Village, handicraft markets, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Surin is also known for its incredibly friendly people.

Ayutthaya was once the capital city of Thailand and is 76 kms from Bangkok. It was also one of the largest cities in Asia, before it was razed to ground by invading Burmese army. Today, Ayutthaya is a modern city that contains many fascinating relics and monuments from medieval times. The city is known for its magnificent ruins, temples and palaces. Volunteers can get lost wondering through wats and museums and learn about the historical city, now a UNESSCO World Heritage City. In free time and on weekends, volunteers can take a 20 minute bus ride into Bangkok and get lost in its vibrant surroundings.

During the project, volunteers will have the weekend to travel around Thailand and enjoy the Thai culture and landscape. The southern part of Thailand is known for its pristine beaches and is very popular with tourists. The northern areas include forests and hills and have many popular trekking and hiking destinations. The urban centers of Chiang Mai and Bangkok are famous for night life, good restaurants and also have many other attractions like temples, markets and museums.

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