Teaching English in Schools

founded in 2004
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Volunteer teaching English to children in schools in Thailand
Have the unique chance to teach in primary and secondary schools
Run your own class and use guidelines to meet the Thai National Curriculum
Enjoy your free time by visiting island, jungles and breath-taking beaches
Use ready made lessons designed to follow the Thai National Curriculum and give a focus to your teaching. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

You don't need teaching experience, just enthusiasm



When you have settled in and acclimatised, you will start your volunteering work with a briefing on the project, the lessons and how to teach them. We work in teams and your school teaching team will make its own lessons, using our extensive library and with help and advice from us.


When that has been done and you have a good idea of how to present the lessons to your classes, you will be ready to teach.

The schools are within easy travelling distance from our base, so we will take you in the mornings and bring you back when schools finish in the afternoons. Once you have made sure you are ready for the following day, you will be free to enjoy our beautiful resort village.


Volunteers get Saturday and Sunday off. They prepare lessons on Monday, and teach Tuesday to Friday, usually leaving from the office at about 08.00 each morning and returning after school in the afternoon.

However, volunteering can vary greatly and you need to be prepared to be flexible. For example, maybe you will be put on an English Camp and need to travel to one of the islands … it’s good fun, the island kids really need you, but the days may not work out as the usual Tuesday-Friday teaching.


Let the kids and the culture enter your heart, and teach with the enthusiasm of someone who knows they are making a big difference to others’ lives.


We have the curriculum for each school year and have made lessons to match the schools’ programmes. This means your input is relevant to the children’s education and brings added value to the work of the schools. We keep records of what has been taught which in turn show what should be taught next. It provides a continuous programme so your teaching matches what  has already been taught, and what will be taught in the future. You will be another brick in the wall – of achievement.


Our lessons contain A4 laminated pictures and words to match – all with Velcro tabs. This provides a visual aspect to go with the hearing and saying. Having the children run out to the board to slap the pictures next to the words provides movement. This method involves four of the senses and is a powerful learning tool, which  has been recognised as “Accelerated Learning.”


Traditional methods are formal and involve the children sitting, listening, repeating and writing. The volunteers’ active lessons engage the children.  A teacher reported “The children enjoy the volunteers’ lessons. Now, they are hungry for English!”


Your skill in speaking English is valuable in the classroom. Instead of the traditional method of sitting at the teacher’s desk, you can move around the classroom speaking and listening to every child. A smile and a nod at a child’s answer is an invaluable confidence booster to that child.

You will be expected to spend one day in the office learning what you will be teaching and four days teaching.We have the curricula to guide you and we have the lessons. You will not be expected to teach alone. 

Many of our schools are quite a distance from our base. Teams of volunteers are taken to hotels closer to the schools. Each team takes their week's lessons in a box. The schools pick up their designated team each morning at the hotel and return them in the afternoons. At the end of the week everyone is brought  back to the office to repair and return their materials. They are then free for the weekend with their bed reserved in the guesthouse. Monday - a new week and a new set of lessons.

The groundwork of curriculum planning means that each volunteer's input is an important part of a continuum.

We cannot serve all of our 20 schools all year because most volunteers choose to come in June to August (the rainy season). However we can serve a small proportion for the whole school year. This year one of these schools came first in the league table for the province. A combination of a good Thai teacher and enthusiastic volunteers made this possible. First out of 300 in the end of year English exam. 

Our volunteers have made themselves a good reputation because they go into a class knowing what they are going to teach and with the materials to teach the lesson.. You can help build on this reputation

In November 2015 the project was awarded the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Green Award for Excellence. It was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana.

Typical day

The classes in the schools vary in size but could be as large as 40 children. These children are respectful and keen to learn. Please note that they are children and can behave like children. In our orientation we will give you simple guidelines to show you how to manage a class without raising your voice.

You will find that the laminated pictures, flashcards and velcro boards give you real flexibility.  You can hand out pictures to the children and get them to run out to the boards and slap the picture next to the word. This can be a race or a team game. For children who are used to sitting still for the whole lesson, games like this bring a change of tempo and provide a refreshing change.

An impotant part of the lesson is the worksheets which you will copy and hand out in the class. We have given every child has a card folder for his or her worksheets. Your worksheets go in the folder to join the ones from previous volunteers. At the end of the year each child has a folder full of completed work which they can take home to show their parents. 

Free-time activities


You work five days a week. This gives you two days off a week … enough time for seeing islands and jungles, not to mention 30km of beaches.


The beautiful family resort of Khao Lak, on the Andaman coast with over 20 kilometres of tropical beaches, will be your base. There are many places to visit in this region and usually new friends to share your trips. Fabulous ‘tropical paradise’ beaches. There are waterfalls, temples and national parks in the area for a weekend away.


The Similan Islands are located some 50km off the Khao Lak coast. Belonging to a national park since 1982, they offer their visitor a preserved natural environment made of white powder sand beaches, crystal-clear warm waters, and primary growth forest. Read more

Patong beach in Phuket is popular for nightlife. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, beer bars, Go Go Bars and of course night clubs. Read more

Phang Nga Bay is one of the prime destinations in southern Thailand. Similar to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Phang Nga Bay features tall limestone karsts rising from the sea, pierced by caves and tunnels. There are about 50 of these islands in the bay. The most popular way to visit the bay is by sea kayak, as this is the only means of transportation that can enter the tunnels and reach the hongs. A hong (which means ‘room’ in Thai) is a lagoon enclosed by the limestone cliffs, featuring mangrove trees, tropical plants, and fabulous local fauna. Read more

The Surin Islands are located a short distance from the border with Burma, some 100km northwest of Khao Lak. As with the Similans, they belong to a national park and offer great scuba diving and snorkelling spots.  Several trails through the jungle permit great hiking in a virgin environment. Read More

Khao Sok National Park is located some 40km northeast of Khao Lak. Covering an area of over 700 km², it is known as the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Its national park status has protected it pretty well through the years, and the addition of the Cheow Lan Lake by the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam in 1987 has even increased its attractiveness. Hiking, kayaking, and cruising on the lake are the main activities to enjoy in this unspoiled area of southern Thailand, which almost offers a journey back to time to its visitors. Read more

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English at Good level of education level
Required Documents
Police record statement from local police (Freedom of Information)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Adaptability - and the ability to smile and say "Okay."
Initiative to ask for information. Forgotten what an adverb is? Ask and you will be reminded - not a problem.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Volunteer Teacher Thailand

Fees pay for airport pickup, shared accommodation & registration fee.
Registration fee 110 USD pays for office rent, equipment, photocopying, colour printing, internet, lesson materials and taxis to and from the placement hotels each week.

Airport Pickup at Phuket International Airport

Lora the Taxi or her driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to the guesthouse in Khao Lak, 45 miles - just over an hour. As you leave the Arrival Hall turn left and wait near the illuminated blue bank kiosk. She will come to you.


Our base guesthouse in Khao Lak has clean dormitory accommodation, plus restaurant and bar. It is run by an English man and his Thai wife. Friendly couple.
Four nights a week are on placement at a hotel in or near a small Thai town. These have double rooms. If you want a private room it will cost 6 USD extra per night. The dorm and shared bedrooms are aimed at giving you good accommodation at a budget price.
All accommodation has western style bathrooms.
The placement hotels do not have dining facilities but the nearby town has cafes and food stalls.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport (HKT) in Phuket. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 35 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
35 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$62 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteer Teacher Thailand will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteer Teacher Thailand during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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