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TEFL & Teaching

Koh Samui, Thailand show on map

Agency | GoEco

Work in Thailand with us and get a TEFL certification course and the chance to practice your English teaching skills at one of Thailand's government schools.


Koh Samui, Thailand's second largest island, is located in Chumphon Archipelago province.  This island is home to the original Full Moon party, an all-night beach party in celebration of the full moon. Though filled with five-star resorts and spas, there are still many opportunities to get a true taste of Thai culture, whether it’s eating Pad Thai, watching Ram Thai (“Thai Dance”), or attending the traditional Songkran festival. Relax.   

Both the TEFL course and teaching placement are located on Koh Samui.  The course is held in Bophut, north of Koh Samui’s most popular resort area of Chaweng, and the teaching placement will be held in Mae Nam, on the north shore. 

About This Project

Thailand’s government is continuously looking to improve the quality of English in the country.  Therefore, schools and agencies are eager to bring native English-speakers to Thailand to teach, giving students the English education they need to succeed.  This project aims to give volunteers the necessary TEFL certification course and teaching practice they need to find employment in Thailand and Vietnam.


Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be taken to a guesthouse and treated to an authentic Thai-style dinner. After breakfast the next morning, you will have a volunteer meeting with the project coordinators, where you will have a ‘Welcome to Thailand’ orientation about the country, its culture, its customs and more. After the orientation you will go on a guided tour of Bangkok to get a real taste of Thailand’s unique culture.

Volunteer Work and Contribution:

TEFL Course

Prior to your English teaching experience, you will attend an intensive 4-week Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course in Bophut. Here you will learn the skills and methodology needed to teach English. This will include classes in Language Acquisition, Classroom Management and Lesson Planning.

On the first day you will have the opportunity to meet the other students in the course and will receive all the necessary teaching material.

Certified teachers will provide you with 120 hours of classroom training in preparation for your placement. After passing the exam and completing the course requirements, you will be awarded a globally recognized TEFL certificate, detailed report and letter of recommendation. 

Teaching Experience

Now that you have received your certification, you will begin the 2-week teaching experience of the project, working at a local government school. The school is located in the underdeveloped area of Mae Nam. You will teach children aged 6 to 12  with varying levels of English. For your first 8 hours of teaching, you will be under the supervision of an experienced TEFL qualified project manager. 

This volunteer experience will not only help you become an exceptional teacher, but will also give you time to search for post - project employment.

Post-Project Employment

Those who complete the TEFL course can go on to seek full-time employment through Samui’s school and agency networks. The project coordinators will help you prepare your application and assist with your job search. Having an English University Degree is a plus, increasing your chances for a better placement and higher salary.

Typical day

During your teaching experience, you will work Monday through Friday for 6 hours a day. After breakfast at 8:00 am, you will arrive at the school to set up the classroom and later welcome your students. Before your midday lunch break you will teach a few English lessons, which will continue in to the afternoon. After school you will have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities .Your weekends and evenings will be free to spend as you wish.

Free-time activities

Past volunteers have thoroughly enjoyed spending their days off sunbathing on Bophut beach. For those of you who love to shop, the town of Chaweng along Beach Road is where you will find shops selling trendy clothes and a bazaar for knickknacks and souvenirs. Maybe you want to seek out the nightlife instead. Lamai is famous for its club and bar scene. You may want to celebrate completing your TEFL course with one of the many pub crawls along Lamai Road. If you are more of the adventurous type, there are fantastic elephant treks in Samui. Lastly, Thai cuisine lovers should try a cooking class to learn how to make delicious Thai dishes at home. Sign up for a class with Pai Cookery Class opposite The Super Pro Resort.

Water Sports

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)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Enthusiasm and flexibility
- Police clearance form
- Immunizations (consult your local travel clinic)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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Besides accommodation, food and airport pickup the fee includes:

  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
  • Pre-Departure Kit: All project details will be sent following registration
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Orientation: Weekend tour of Bangkok upon arrival

Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

We pick you up at the arrival day.


During the program you will have separate accommodations for the TEFL course and the Teaching Experience. The accommodations during the teaching placement is included in the cost, however you will have to select and pay for your own accommodation during the TEFL course.

During the TEFL course:
You can select 1 of the 2 options below as your accommodation during the course, all of which are in close proximity of the training center. When you register, let your placement coordinator know which option you would prefer (subject to availability) and we will make the booking for you.

Option 1 - Choeng Mon Beach Hotel
This hotel is right on the beach! The discounted rooms are the garden rooms near the back, with a rate of 12,000 baht for the course period. Included is use of the hotel's gym and swimming pool. Rooms include weekly cleaning and wifi. The hotel also has a restaurant and is only about 150m from the training centre.

Option 2 -  Choeng Mon Residence

This hotel is about 200m from the beach and about 200m from the training centre. There is an option (subject to availability) for twin rooms or queen beds. Rooms have air‐con, free wifi, hot water showers, TV, fridges and kettles and small balconies. The rate is 12,000 baht for the course period, including weekly cleaning.

During the teaching placement: You will stay in a volunteer house in Ban Tai on the northern tip of the island. The house has 3 bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a living area, 2 toilets and showers (1 with hot water), and a TV and DVD player for your enjoyment. There is also a communal swimming pool.

WiFi is available at the training center and in the volunteer house.

Laundry: Laundry services are available for an additional fee.

Guesthouse Hotel Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You will have to organize your own food while you are on the TEFL course.  Lunch is provided for the duration of your teacher placement but you will have to cook or purchase your own breakfast and dinner and all meals over the weekend.  The volunteer house during your teaching placement is located about a minute walk from the nearest convenience store.

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.
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)
6 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Koh Samui/Thailand between 6 weeks and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco 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, Koh Samui

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