Love Volunteers

Education & Teaching Supporter

Chiang Mai, Thailand show on map
Help to increase the level of education and future employment through supporting the local staff. Students and teachers can practice their English with native speakers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

On this essential education program, volunteers are placed in schools which have high levels of staff shortages as a result of limited funding and inadequate resourcing. Schools are always thrilled at the opportunity to welcome native English speakers. Regardless of whether volunteers have a teaching background, their presence alone gives students and faculty the chance to practice their English skills as they would in the real world. The role of a teaching English volunteer can be varied as it takes into account the needs of the school, the time of year, as well as the volunteers comfort level. Volunteers play an invaluable role in teaching children and supporting their educational needs, helping them to increase their chances of higher levels of education, and thus the chance for future employment and a brighter future.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide English language skills and teach other subjects to vulnerable children in Thailand
  • Teach and interact with marginalized children in Thailand
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Thailand’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle
  • Expose volunteers and children to different people and cultures

Volunteers play an important role in helping improve the education of the impoverished children of Thailand. On day one of their teaching placement, each volunteer will be paired with a Thai teacher. They can simply help out with daily lessons or if they have the confidence and the drive to do their own lesson planning, they can lead their own class. The students love it, and it gives Thai teachers the chance to catch up on projects and paperwork. Please note, all volunteers who will be working directly with children must file a certified police background check before their start date. Volunteers will give back on this great program by sharing their knowledge and helping children achieve their goals, while also gaining the chance to learn so much about the children and people of Thailand. This promises to be a very beneficial program for both volunteers and the wonderful children of Thailand.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Teaching English and other subjects to children attending the school
  • Assisting teachers and volunteers in classes
  • Teach subjects the volunteer has an interest in (i.e. sport, music, art)
  • Create games in English for the students and spend time playing with students

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the Volunteer House

7:45am Travel to the project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with program supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Volunteers break for lunch, provided at the Volunteer House, for several hours each day as per the local custom.

4:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:45pm De-brief with the program supervisor

Evening Volunteers have free time in the evening to relax in the comfort of the volunteer house and prepare their evening meal or explore the city and dine out at one of the many eatery options.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd week of every month with volunteers arriving on FRIDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Thailand's "Rose of the North" is a breath of fresh air compared to its Southern rival. Rich in cultural diversity and natural wonders, Chiang Mai maintains a relaxed and authentically Thai atmosphere. Whether strolling the back-streets of the old quarter, visiting a temple, nodding in passing to orange clad monks going about their day or tucking in to some delicious Thai fare, visitors are sure to delight in what this city has to offer. Not forgetting that nature is on the very doorstep and a short ride outside the city are ample rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, hot springs and tranquil villages. There really is something for everyone!

Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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 (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact, Passport and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch on weekdays provided
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration Fee included
Airport Pickup at Chiang Mai International Airport

You will be met on arrival into Chiang Mai by our local representative and taken back to the Volunteer House to settle in, relax and meet with fellow volunteers and your hosts. The following day the Orientation Weekend begins, designed to give an insight into Thai culture, learn some basic Thai words and phrases, negotiate the public transport system, including getting to and from your project and basically set you up to get the very most out of your placement from day one. The two day orientation is a great chance to see a little of this fascinating city with the help of expert guides and in the company of other volunteers.  It will also allow you to purchase a local SIM and data package should you wish, withdraw or exchange Thai Baht and ask any last minute questions.

    • Arrival Day: FRIDAY 8AM - 8PM
    • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
    • Arrival Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Code: CNX)

    Accommodation

    Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a volunteer house conveniently located within easy reach of the city. Rooms are dormitory style and split by gender with 2 – 4 volunteers sharing.

    All rooms are air-conditioned for comfort and the house has all the amenities a volunteer requires including western-style bathrooms, hot running water, bed linen (volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries), kitchen and laundry facilities and Wi-Fi available 24 hours a day. Easy!

    Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
    Food & Beverages

    Accommodation on this program includes daily breakfast at the volunteer house and lunch on weekdays at the program site (included in the program fee). Dinners are self-catered which provides an excellent opportunity to explore the city and dine at one of the numerous eateries offering Thai or international cuisine. Volunteers are also welcome to make use of the kitchen facilities at the volunteer house to prepare meals.

    Thai dishes use an abundance of fresh ingredients, herbs and spices and are a taste sensation. Be sure to try the coconut based curries such as Kaeng Khiao Wan’ (Thai Green Curry) and fruit based salads such as pomelo and green mango. Delicious!

    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
    Flight Tickets
    The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in Chiang Mai. 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.
    Vaccines
    If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.
    Costs (Prices in USD)
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    $1,208.00
    5 weeks
    $1,328.00
    6 weeks
    $1,448.00
    7 weeks
    $1,548.00
    8 weeks
    $1,688.00
    9 weeks
    $1,808.00
    10 weeks
    $1,928.00
    11 weeks
    $2,048.00
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $2,178.00
    Average fees
    $242.00/week

    You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Crowdfunding Service
    Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.
    Deposit (15%)
    The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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