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Teaching English in a Buddhist Temple school (Ayutthaya)!
How would you like the opportunity to become immersed in Buddhist culture while also helping to teach English to young students? Do you feel called to make a difference in the life of disadvantaged Thai children?
Global Crossroad had a unique volunteering teaching English in a Buddhist temple school in Thailand that will prove to be an extraordinary experience!
Thailand is a beautiful country to visit. The rich history and culture of the country is spectacular in the many ruins and temples found across the country.
The people are friendly and warm-welcoming, earning the country’s nickname as the “land of smiles”.
Sadly, Buddhist temple schools (public schools which are run and managed by Buddhist temple/monastery) in Thailand are unable to provide sufficient education to its students, especially when it comes to the English language. As tourism is a vital industry in Thailand, and English has become the universal language of economic opportunity, the demand for this skill has skyrocketed, leaving local teachers overworked attempting to meet it.
When you volunteer in a Buddhist temple school in Thailand, you will have the opportunity to explore Buddhist and Thai culture, as you help children brighten their futures and employment opportunities. For centuries, Wats (Buddhist temples) have served as educational institutions for young Thai students. Although the influence of Western society has led to many changes in the educational system, Wat schools still function as a place of learning for many students.
By joining the volunteering teaching English in a Buddhist temple school in Thailand, you will experience a reciprocal opportunity to give and to gain. You will be immersed in temple activities and constantly exposed to Thai and Buddhist culture that is deeply rooted in Thai society. This is primarily a teaching English in Thailand project, and as a volunteer you will teach students from primary and lower secondary school on weekdays, leaving evenings and weekends free for self-exploration and entertainment
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
When you join this monastery volunteering program in Thailand, you will work in temple schools to teach children conversational English. Responsibilities of volunteers include activities such as:
- Teaching Basic English
- Developing children's English conversational skills
- Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
- Organizing and developing educational and creative activities
- Supporting teachers
- Assisting school administrations with operational tasks, fundraising and curriculum development
This volunteer in Buddhist temple school in Thailand is meaningful project. Through this work, you will help improve the English skills of disadvantaged children. This will help them find lucrative job opportunities in a country that have large tourism industry. Also, your shared experience will help them learn valuable life skills and become a better individual in the future.
Skills and Qualifications
No specific qualifications are required to join this volunteer at the Buddhist Monastery in Thailand. However, your understanding of Thai culture and language can help improve the experience for you and your students. You should also have fluency in the English language.
Volunteering as an English teacher in a Buddhist temple school in Thailand is indeed a fun and satisfying experience. Observing the temples and interacting with its residents will allow you a deeper knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. Besides, it is also an amazing opportunity to immerse in local cultures and traditions.
Upon your arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and transfer to your accommodation. You will receive an orientation the following morning from our project staff.
- First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Thailand monk teaching project, you will be escorted to your placement and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
- Weekdays: - A typical volunteer day is as follows though your precise schedule and responsibilities will change depending on the placement and your skills.
- 7.00 AM - 7.30 AM – Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
- 7.45 AM – Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that each volunteer is working at.
- 12.00 PM – Break time for lunch
- 3.00 PM – Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing.
- 6.45 PM– Dinner time.
Volunteer Teaching English to Monks in Thailand: Dates and Fees
Ayutthaya Start Dates
Ayutthaya Volunteer Programs start every Monday of each month.
Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in Thailand programs at the world’s most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Thailand application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee . You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (volunteer house, host family)
- Food (3 local food day)
- Airport pick up and transfer
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The Thailand volunteer experience program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day
Accommodation and Meal
Our volunteer house in Ayutthaya provides a home away from home for our volunteers in Thailand. There you will share a comfortable room with volunteers of the same gender that come equipped with comfy beds, bedding and fans. Free Wi-Fi is of course provided, and nearby facilities includes internet cafes, grocery stores, restaurants and public transport. Volunteers in Ayutthaya will be provided breakfast and dinner each day.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
During your volunteer project in Thailand you will generally be working five hours a day from Monday to Friday. Thus, you have time in the mornings and evenings to sightsee and explore the area around your volunteer placement, whether it’s Surin or Ayutthaya. Spend your free time and weekends exploring natural and cultural splendors in Thailand.
Safety and In Country Support
Global Crossroad takes your safety very seriously, and we sensibly examine all our placements to safeguard this. We also implement even checkups to ensure that our standards are sustained, and our staff will always be available to support you if anything happens.
Volunteer Teaching English to Monks in Thailand: FAQs
Arrival and Departure
You have to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok for our monastery volunteer program in Thailand. Global Crossroad advises all of its volunteers to come to Thailand one day before the start date of their volunteer projects.
Before boarding your flight to Thailand, do inform our local country coordinator about your arrival and departure time so that airport pickup can be arranged on time. But we don’t offer airport transfer facilities to our volunteers after the completion of our projects.
Tourist visa is needed to work in our Teach in a Buddhist Temple School volunteer project in Thailand. We highly recommend applying for a tourist visa by visiting the official. You can learn more about Thailand’s visa requirements and policies here
Vaccinations for Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Yellow Fever are necessary.
Why volunteer with monks?
Volunteering in monastery is an eye-opening experience. Your devoted work helps the monks to be familiar with the global English language.
You will make a difference.
Volunteering can have a real and valuable effect on the deprived monks in Thailand. By helping them learn and understand the English language, they would be able to share their feelings to the outer world.
You will get deep knowledge about Buddhism
While participating in monk teaching volunteer programs in Thailand, you will spend time with monks, teaching English. In the process, you will get a close insight and be enlightened about the Buddhist practices.
You will become a part of everyday life in a monastery
You will stay in the monastery with the monks. So, this project is a great way for international volunteers to have a platform to teach English to Buddhist monks or nuns and at the same time become a real part of the close monastic community.
Other Volunteering Projects in Thailand
Global Crossroad arranges many other volunteering opportunities in Thailand. You can
work with elephants in Chiang Mai or Surin,
provide crucial healthcare,
help renovate and rebuild schools,
provide childcare and much more.
Contact Global Crossroad at the nearest opportunity to find out which project fits you best!
Other Teaching English to Monks projects worldwide
Young monks are often unable to learn sufficient English, and Global Crossroad arranges projects aimed at teaching them English in several countries around the world. See the list below for some of our most popular projects in this vein: