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School & English Teaching Support

Koh Samui Island, Thailand show on map

Help in underfunded school to build an educational curriculum and teach English to improve the students chances on future employment.

The program

This essential education program is located in Koh Samui - a stunning tourist island situated in the Gulf of Thailand. A playground for holidaymakers, it is not hard to see why the island is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. However, poverty and destitution in this stunning location is rife, and its schools suffer from under funding and low staffing levels. Teaching materials are severely lacking and antiquated and computers are few and far between. Lesson plans and curriculum’s suffer immensely, but most importantly so do the students. English is a prerequisite for many jobs in Koh Samui given its tourism market, which is why the ability to speak even the most basic English stands a better chance of these children breaking free from poverty. Volunteers on this wonderful program will be working directly with children to improve their English language skills – and by doing so – improving their chance for a brighter future.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide English language skills and teach other subjects to vulnerable children in Koh Samui
  • 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

How you can help

Volunteers joining this important project will play a crucial role helping impoverished children gain the skills required for a good job in future. English is an essential skill for these children in Koh Samui, and volunteers are greatly improving students chance at breaking the poverty cycle and leading a happier and healthier life. For this teaching placement, volunteers no not need experience in teaching (although experience and qualifications will help volunteers to feel more comfortable, more quickly), however do require a good knowledge of the English language. Volunteers will be guided through the teaching process by the local team of trained, English-speaking staff who have several years of experience teaching English to Thai school children. Lesson plans, teaching materials, guidance and confidence will be there waiting for volunteers on their arrival in Koh Samui. Volunteers will find this to be a fantastic experience and hugely rewarding. The children and the school are genuinely thankful for all of the support volunteers can give them.

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:

7:30am Breakfast a the Volunteer House

8:15am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is taken on the project site from 11:30am to 2:00pm as per local custom

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:15pm De-brief with the program supervisor

Afternoon/Evening Free time to relax, keep in touch with friends and family, socialise, run errands and explore the Island

Dinner is self-catered and can be prepared in the Volunteer House or eaten out at one of the cafes, bars and restaurants nearby.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round on the first and third FRIDAY of every month. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Koh Samui lies perfectly on the Thai Gulf only a short boat ride away from the largest marine park Ang Thong. With some of the most stunning white sandy beaches, best seafood restaurants and epic night life scene, Koh Samui really does have it all! Other island attractions include coral beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian; the nearby butterfly garden and aquarium; a snake farm; a monkey theatre at Bo Phut, and a massive seated Buddha image on Fan Isle.

For a taste of Thailand, Island style, away from the hustle of the city Koh Samui is the perfect choice.

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact 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 from 08:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch on weekdays provided, Breakfast while in Bangkok
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration Fee included
    Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

    Volunteers are collected at Bangkok airport and spend the first two nights at the volunteer guesthouse located on amazing Khao San Road in the heart of Bangkok. Friday is free to settle in before commencing the orientation and city tour on Saturday.  

    On Sunday volunteers are assisted to the coach terminal where they board a comfortable coach to Surat Thani and ferry to Koh Samui Island. What a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement!  

    The airport pick-up, all accommodation and transport are arranged by our local team and included in the program fee.   

    • Arrival Day: FRIDAY 6AM TO 9PM
    • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
    • Arrival Airport: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (Code: BKK) 

    Accommodation
    Volunteers arrive into Bangkok and spend their first two nights in a guesthouse complete with all amenities and located in central Bangkok.

    Once on Koh Samui Island volunteers are accommodated in one of two comfortable volunteer houses located in a small community on the island. Rooms are shared between 2 - 4 volunteers and split by gender. Air-conditioning is provided (at an additional cost) for the comfort of volunteers during the summer months.

    All standard amenities are provided in the volunteer house including western bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities and WiFi. Bed linen is provided but volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries.   

    Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
    Food & Beverages

    In Bangkok, breakfast is included as is a welcome meal on Saturday whilst the day is spent enjoying this vibrant city in the capable hands of our local team.

    Volunteers are provided with lunch during the week at the school (included in the program fee). Breakfast and dinner are self-catered and volunteers can either purchase items from local markets and shops and prepare food in the volunteer house or take the opportunity to sample the delights of Thai cuisine at one of the many restaurants and eateries within easy reach of the volunteer house.

    Thai food uses lots of fresh ingredients including an abundance of herbs such as coriander, lemongrass, ginger and Thai basil. Coconut based curries are common and seafood features often. 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 Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. 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)
    $1,654.00
    5 weeks
    $1,872.00
    6 weeks
    $2,091.00
    7 weeks
    $2,298.00
    8 weeks
    $2,516.00
    9 weeks
    $2,735.00
    10 weeks
    $2,953.00
    11 weeks
    $3,160.00
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $3,379.00
    Average fees
    $348.00/week

    You can volunteer at the project site in Koh Samui Island/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.
      Asia South-Eastern Asia Thailand  Koh Samui Island, N/A

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