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Volunteer Teaching Thailand (Surin & Ayutthaya)!

Are you looking for an amazing travel experience in Thailand? Do you want to make a difference and teach English to disadvantaged children? Then keep reading about this fantastic volunteering teaching opportunity in Thailand!

Thailand is a great country filled with friendly and welcoming people. The history and culture here run deep, with countless ruins and temples scattered across the country. The scenery is equally impressive and white sandy beaches, dense jungle and rolling hills can all be found while travelling and volunteering here.

Sadly, there is a great lack of access to education for disadvantaged and poor children in Thailand. This is especially true in areas like Ayutthaya and Surin, where schools are hopelessly underfunded and undermanned, and thus unable to cope with the growing demand for an English education.

Thus, these schools are in desperate need of volunteers to bridge the gap, and this is where you come in. By volunteering in teaching English program in Thailand and providing access to critical English language skills, you will open many doors and economic opportunities for the disadvantaged children you care for. You will also motivate and inspire them to lift themselves out of poverty and create a better future for themselves and their families.

Are you interested in the adventure of a lifetime in an exciting country while also making a huge positive impact on the lives of kids? Then contact Global Crossroad for more information today!


Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

Your main responsibility during this teaching English volunteer program in Thailand will be to teach English to children in a primary school, with a particular focus on conversational English. Generally, your teaching time will run from 8am to 3pm, and you may be asked to assist with various other classroom and administrative activities during this time as well.

By providing greater English conversational skills to the children, you will give them countless economic opportunities and allow them to compete in the job market for lucrative jobs in the country’s well-established tourism industry. Not only this, your care and attention will be something sorely lacking in their lives and will greatly motivate them to reach greater heights and fulfill their true potential.


Skills and Qualifications

All you need to volunteer in this teaching experience is fluency in the English language and a great amount of love and passion for helping and working with children. You should be a kind, patient and flexible person who enjoys talking new and exciting challenges on a daily basis.


Volunteer Teaching Thailand (Surin): Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok

On your arrival in Bangkok, your guide will pick you up at the airport and bring you to your accommodation in Khao San road. You’ll have the rest of the day to get settled in and refresh yourself, before heading out for a night of fun with your fellow travelers and volunteers.

Day 2 – Orientation and Bangkok City Tour

On the second day of your Thailand teaching volunteering program, you will receive a fascinating city tour of the country’s capital Bangkok. You’ll get to see all the most famous sights of the city, before enjoying another day out on the town with your new friends.

Day 3- Train ride to Surin

It’s time to leave the city behind and travel into the countryside. The 8-hour train ride will take you across amazing scenery and through charming rural villages and is an experience all on its own. Once you arrive, you’ll be escorted to our volunteer house and you’ll have the rest of the day to settle in and relax.

Day 4 to 7 – Teaching in Surin

Finally, it’s time to do some teaching volunteer work in Thailand! You’ll spend your days until 3pm at the school engaging in various teaching tasks, and your late afternoons and evenings will then be free to explore everything Surin has to offer. See the volunteer schedule below for more detailed information about these days.

Day 8 to 10 – Free Weekend or Onwards Trael

If you’re only joining volunteer teaching English in Thailand for a week, this is where we say our farewells and you travel onwards to the next destination. For those with us longer, this will be your weekend where you can set out on longer tours and excursions across Thailand or nearby Cambodia before

Note: We do not offer Bangkok city tour for volunteers joining Ayutthaya program. It is only available for volunteers joining Surin Program


Volunteer Teaching Thailand: Program Dates and Fees

Ayutthaya Start Dates

Ayutthaya Volunteer Programs start every Monday of each month.

Surin Start Dates

Click here to find the start date of surin and sangkalaburi

Fees:

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.

Duration Ayutthaya Teaching
(Surin)- Includes one day
Bangkok Guided Tour
  1 Week   $260   $596
  2 Weeks   $440   $680
  3 Weeks   $620   $763
  4 Weeks   $660   $847
  5 Weeks   $810   $930
  6 Weeks   $960   $1,013
  7 Weeks   $1,110   $1,097
  8 Weeks   $1,260   $1,181
  9 Weeks   $1,410   N/A
  10 Weeks   $1,560   N/A
  11 Weeks   $1,710   N/A
  12 Weeks   $1,860   N/A

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
How your fee is allocated?

Ayutthaya program

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:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Surin program

Program fees cover:
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • One day Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Train transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation in Surin shared house
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Food (food are cheap in Surin)
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • 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

While volunteering in English teaching program in Thailand, you will be housed in our safe and comfortable volunteer house. Here you’ll share a pleasant room with comfy beds and modern bathroom facilities with volunteers of the same gender. There are no meals provided in Surin, but there is a kitchen that is available for your use and plenty of restaurants and street food located nearby. Volunteers working in Ayutthaya will receive breakfast and dinner.

Read more about our accommodation and meal in Thailand.


Free Time and Weekend Exploration

When participating in our teaching volunteer opportunity in Thailand, you will have plenty of time to travel and explore. After your work finishes at 3pm, the rest of the day is yours to discover everything Surin has to offer, and you have three full days on the weekends to go on longer tours throughout Thailand and even nearby Cambodia.

Read more about what you can do with your free time while in Thailand.


Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your safety as a volunteer incredibly seriously. Our projects and facilities are carefully vetted to ensure their safety, and a guide and coordinator will accompany you at all times to ensure a smooth volunteering experience.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.


Volunteer Teaching Thailand: FAQs:

Arrival and Departure

When taking part in our program, you need to fly into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. Please provide us with your flight itinerary prior to departure so that we can arrange airport pickup services for you. In the event of missed or cancelled flights, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can arrange a new schedule.

Be advised that we do not provide airport drop off services, but your local coordinator will be happy to assist you in booking this.

Visa

In order to join this English teaching volunteering program in Thailand, you will need a tourist visa which you can acquire by visiting the Thai embassy in your home country. For more information on visa please visit the following links:

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for traveling to Thailand:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever
  • Japanese encephalitis
  •  Rubella
  •  Influenza
For more details, visit the CDC website and consult with your medical doctor back home.

What is the age range of the students in the school? How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

You will teach children in primary school aged five to eleven, and the rural schools generally serve 100-300 kids and urban schools many more. Classes are quite large, generally between 30 and 40 students per class.

Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while volunteering teaching in Thailand?

Generally, you will work in conjunction with 1-3 other teachers, and your guide will always be present to serve as a coordinator and translator when needed.

Do they have a teaching curriculum?

There is a set curriculum in Thailand, but the schools generally prefer volunteers to focus on conversational English while volunteering. Your coordinator will assist you in structuring lessons, or you can follow the Speak First Curriculum, a resource that is freely available on MES English

Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use during my teaching English volunteer work in Thailand?

While the school has all the necessary materials, we encourage you to bring any books or similar equipment that you can to limit the impact on school resources.

Why Volunteer Teaching Thailand?

Volunteering in English teaching experience in Thailand is a rewarding and fun-filled time that allows you to immerse yourself in rural Thai life and customs.

Share your love of the English language and work closely with local teachers

By participating in this project, you get to share your love of the English language with children eager to learn and work closely with local teachers, giving you deep insight into the culture.

Gain real-world classroom experience

During your time in this project, you will gain valuable hands-on experience in a classroom which will greatly benefit your future prospects as a teacher abroad.

Opportunity to Educate Children

When you join volunteer English teaching program in Thailand, you’ll get to share your love and passion for children as you provide valuable English language skills to them. They are incredibly enthusiastic students who are eager to learn what you have to teach.

Elevate the level of education in rural areas of Thailand

Most people in rural Thailand face difficulties learning the English language, which leads to further poverty and economic inequality as they are unable to compete in the lucrative tourism job market. By participating in this Thailand teaching English volunteer project, you will help solve this problem and improve educational levels of entire communities.


Other Volunteering Projects in Thailand

Global Crossroad arranges many projects and experiences for volunteers in Thailand. You can
work with elephants,
provide childcare,
rebuild schools,
work in the medical sector and much more.


Teaching Projects Worldwide

English is a valued skill all across the world, and Global Crossroad arranges many different teaching volunteer projects all over the globe. For a list of our most popular teaching programs, see the list below: