Teaching Internship

This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate or anyone thinking of getting a TEFL.

Immerse yourself in the local hilltribe culture by coming to stay with a family in a local homestay. As a voluntary teaching intern with the Kindres Spirit Elephant Sanctuary you will be teaching basic as well a intemediate English classes at the local hilltribe primary school which houses grades 1-6. Also, you will be able to teach some very basic english at the local nursery. In addition, you will have the amazing experience to join our elephant hikes. Some evenings will be spent running an after-schools club and tutoring members of the community.

The Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary  is set amongst the rolling hills of Nothern Thailand in a Karen Hill Tribe village. It is surrounded by a forest that is perfect for our elephants to forage in. 

The Karen Hill Tribe are originally from Myanmar but they migrated to Thailand in search of a better life during the wars many generations ago. Due to this they have their own language and culture, which volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and experience. They are keen weavers and are well known in Thailand for their elephant keeping. They make an income from their elephants and working the fields, mainly growing rice and corn using rotational slash and burn. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more first hand about their culture and even help out with the community when required.

This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate or anyone thinking of getting a TEFL and would like to help out a small hilltribe community. The applicants for this internship must have at least some previous teaching experience as well as a fluent knowledge of the English language. However, upon arrival there will be a small amount of teaching training provided. 

Teaching Internship Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture Get involved with the community Live in a homestay with a local family Teach at the local school Join our elephant hikes in your freetime

Suitable for


Typical day

You are expected to work Monday to Friday. On these weekdays you will wake up in the morning and have breakfast with our team before heading to the school with the kids. There you will be teaching children aged 6-12 years old. Your task is to imrove their writing, speaking and reading English skills. Evenings will be spent completing lesson plans, running after school clubs and sometimes tutoring. Twice a week, you will have the chance to join our elephant hikes and spend the afternoons teaching very basic English at the local nursery. During your spare time you can  explore the surrounding area or just relax in the village.

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 High School level
Required Documents
CV and Cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Must have some form of teaching experience.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

During your free time, you will have the opportunity to bamboo raft down the river, learn Muay Thai, go for a swim, learn how to weave or explore the nearby villages, towns and waterfalls.

Water Sports


What's included?
This fee will cover all of you food and accommodation whilst on project as well as your transport from Chiang Mai upon arrival and back again on out-take. We do not do airport pick-up, but do meet and pick-up our interns and volunteers from our designated hostel in Chiang Mai.
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.

You will be living with a hilltribe family on our project site. You will have your own room which is basic with a mattress and mosquito net and cold bucket showers with squat toilets. 

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Basic western breakfast, basic Thai lunch and dinner all included. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Chiang Mai/Thailand between 12 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary 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 Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International (CNX) in Chiang Mai. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
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