Thailand Teaching Volunteers
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  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Seeing the children’s confidence grow each day
  • Seeking out Surin’s gentle giants for an Asian elephant ride!
  • Experiencing the real Thai lifestyle and becoming an important part of the local community

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Teach in Thailand and help Thai Children prepare for a better future by teaching them English in the rural Surin province in North-Eastern Thailand.  Your help and hard work will enable them to gain the important skills to look forward to a brighter future. In your free time you can experience the wonderful local Thai culture.

 

Being involved with this programme will enable you to gain valuable skills as well as benefiting the children you work with. Furthermore, by living in a traditional Thai village setting, you will soon become a valued member of the local community.


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What will I be doing?

  • Your Role as a Volunteer (2 - 12 weeks)

  • A typical itinerary (2 - 12 weeks)

Your Role as a Volunteer: 2 - 12 weeks

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Destination info

Thailand is just a beautiful country – outstanding natural gorgeousness, impressive architecture, eye-catching temples, lovely, friendly people and just the best Thai food you ever ate and a lot cheaper than over here.

 

You will be spending your time as a volunteer in Surin is in NE Thailand. The Gateway to the East, Surin, is a fascinating mixture of traditional Thailand with a strong Khmer and Laotian influence. Sitting on the border of Cambodia, the province of Surin is also known as the Elephant Province due to its large numbers of the majestic animals that can be seen almost everywhere.

  • Location: Surin, NE Thailand

During this programme, you will have the opportunity to teach English mainly in primary schools and you may have th opportunity to teach at secondary schools, as well as teaching children with special needs (the latter two options are available on request only and you will need qualifications). Unlike schools in the Western world, there are no special classes for children with learning difficulties, so helping these children may prove a challenge at first however the rewards are clear and worthwhile.

 

Your time in Surin will give rural Thai children the opportunity to learn English with a native speaker. Tourism is the dominant industry in Thailand and most international companies with operations in Thailand expect a competence in both written and spoken English, so by offering your teaching assistance you are enabling the children a brighter and gainful future.

A typical itinerary: 2 - 12 weeks

Destination info

Thailand is just a beautiful country – outstanding natural gorgeousness, impressive architecture, eye-catching temples, lovely, friendly people and just the best Thai food you ever ate and a lot cheaper than over here.

 

You will be spending your time as a volunteer in Surin is in NE Thailand. The Gateway to the East, Surin, is a fascinating mixture of traditional Thailand with a strong Khmer and Laotian influence. Sitting on the border of Cambodia, the province of Surin is also known as the Elephant Province due to its large numbers of the majestic animals that can be seen almost everywhere.

  • Location: Surin, NE Thailand

Your typical week will consist of volunteering Monday to Friday with a free weekend to relax or travel. On your work days you will be picked up from your accommodation around 8am and taken to the school. You will be returned to your accommodation at the end of each day, usually around 3-4pm. Our project coordinators will work alongside you throughout your day to answer any questions that you may have and to help you organise your day. All of our coordinators have experience helping our volunteer teachers to organise daily schedules and with lesson planning.

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What's included?

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bangkok on arrival
  • Breakfast in Bangkok
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Surin
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Assistance from local coordinator

What's not included?

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food
  • Return transfer

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum 17 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health. Please be prepared that you may be working with volunteers of all ages.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

You will be staying in one of several shared volunteer houses in a twin share room. Each house has self catering facilities including a hob, sink, toaster, kettle, fridge and utensils.

 

Meals

Meals are not included in the programme, however, eating out is incredibly cheap in Thailand. It is just a short walk to one of the many local restaurants where a meal can be purchased for as little as 100 baht (around £1.80).

 

Is this trip for you?

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Orientation

On arrival at your project location your project coordinator will help you settle in to your accommodation before going for evening drinks on the famous Khao San Road. The following day you will be taken on a tour of Bangkok and the local area as well having a welcome meal so you can get to know your fellow volunteers. Your guide will also talk you through your volunteer schedule.

 

The following day you will be travelling to Surin in the north of the country, departing from Bangkok mid-morning you will travel by train to Surin which will take approximately 7 hours. On arrival you will be taken for some food and another orientation at the Surin volunteer base.

 

In the morning of day 4 you will be able to experience Thai Culture as you visit one of the nearby temples where you will have the opportunity of giving alms to monks, this will be followed by a welcome ceremony at the temple where a blessing, bracelet and holy water will be given. Later on in the day you will begin your volunteer work.

 

All project staff work closely with volunteers and are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. What is Surin like?

Surin is located in the area of north east Thailand known as Esaan. The province of Surin is home to approximately 1.4 million people with approximately 40,000 living in the main city centre area. Surin offers visitors the best hospitality Thailand has to offer. The area is largely untouched by tourism and as so the way of life remains honest, safe and fun. Visitors to Surin can expect a very warm welcome from the locals of all ages.

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2. What visa do I need?

When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.

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3. Do I need any vaccinations?

As we are not medically trained we cannot give you medical advice. You must make an appointment to see your GP or travel nurse who will be able to give you the best and most up to date travel health advice and more information about vaccinations.

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4. Is Thailand safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

All bedding is provided but if you wanted to take one as well then you can.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.

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7. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.

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This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Overall rating: (9/10) (5 reviews)
Thailand Teaching Volunteers

Zoe Pope - September 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing, unforgettable, whole traveller experience, new friends, new experience, fun

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole thing! The teaching was amazing and is almost making me want to do the whole experience again. Starfish Surin are so helpful and even helped us plan a weekend trip to the national park and a ride on the elephants.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Stay calm, don't panic too much when you get there Budget your money from the moment you get to the country Have fun and enjoy every moment

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Thailand Teaching Volunteers2014-09-05

Sanaya Dhir - February 2014

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Enlightening experience, enjoyed almost every minute, would do it again in a heartbeat!

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(6/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Being close enough to the border to be able to visit Cambodia, and seeing an elephant walking along in the park.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be relaxed, and be prepared to go with whatever happens, and have faith that the team will keep you safe.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thailand Teaching Volunteers2014-02-01

Veronica Wang - July 2013

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Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

No

Thailand Teaching Volunteers2013-07-31

Shanglin Xin - July 2013

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A totally different experience and I met a lot of new friends

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The whole trip was remarkable

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take sth can prevent the insects with you' Keep in touch with the airport pick up guy Take enough money with u

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thailand Teaching Volunteers2013-07-27

Andrea Newcombe - July 2012

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Incredible, unforgettable, made some life-long friends, exhilirating, so worthwhile!!!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The teaching was absolutely fantastic!!! the children in the school I was in were just very friendly and welcoming, and the staff there helped us a lot and again supported our time there. Also, the town we were staying was lovely, although it was quite small there was plenty for all the volunteers to do at night time and during the weekend. Elephant trecking and bamboo rafting was a real thrill of my trip, and something I will never forget!!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with an open mind and one that is willing to go with the flow as things can change quickly and you need to adapt. Relax and Enjoy, it will honestly be one of the best experiences of your life :) Even though Thailand is cheap, you will be surprised how much you can spend, so take enough for the time you are there for!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Thailand Teaching Volunteers2012-07-09

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