Teaching English in Schools

Use ready made lessons designed to follow the Thai National Curriculum and give a focus to your teaching.

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.

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Suitable for


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 likke 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. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
English at Good level of education level
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteer Teacher Thailand are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Krabi is a famous rock climbing area three hours away.Good for a weekend stay.
Phi Phi Island popular with tourists. .
For absolute silence and natural beauty stay in a floating hut on the 120 mile long Cheowlin Reservoir.
Phang Nga Bay has longboat tours to James Bond Island - good for a day out.
Lam Pi waterfall for an afternoon swimming.

Water Sports


What's included?
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.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

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
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
35 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Khao Lak, Phang Nga/Thailand between 4 weeks and 35 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Teacher Thailand will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 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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