Teaching English is one of the ways to volunteer in Thailand, with the support of native speakers and teachers, the volunteer can connect and interact in a more natural and enriching way with the children. The volunteer program for teaching the English language is important, since with dedication and support young children have the opportunity to finish their studies and learn new skills that help them to develop better from day to day.
It is a project that allows you to get to know Thailand first hand, it allows you to become another Thai. All the volunteers that are part of this project play a fundamental role in the care and teaching of these children.
Approximately 100 children aged 3 to 5 years are taken care of. Generally, volunteers are there to help full-time staff, so it’s important that you are a flexible person with a lot of initiative.
If it’s your first time teaching young children, do not worry, it’s a very rewarding experience and volunteering activity. You will never receive a bad gesture from these little ones, on the contrary – they will be excited and curious about your arrival.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
The role the volunteer plays will depend on the school and your interests. You are assigned a Thai teacher, with whom you can go to class and help them with the lessons and daily classes. However, for any volunteer who has the confidence and ability to plan their own lessons according to school schedule, they are welcome to lead their own class. Students love it, and it gives Thai teachers the opportunity to catch up on projects and paperwork.
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS OF ENGLISH, STATIONERY AND BOOKS
SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR ENGLISH CLASSES
We know that it can be a little complicated to take the rhythm in a class, especially if it is your first day, so we leave you a list of suggestions for topics you can teach the children:
- Days of the week / months of the year
- Nearby places
- Countries / traveling vocabulary
- Things in the house
Also these are some activities that you can plan and carry out with the children:
- Memory (vocabulary and definition / image)
- Word searches
- Dialog-type games
- Bingo (with numbers, images, vocabulary, anything)
- Spin the bottle (conversation / vocabulary, no kissing)
- Simon says
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF A VOLUNTEER
To support and be part of a volunteering experience in Thailand, you must be 18 years of age or older. It is also important that you master spoken and written English.
If you are not an expert in teaching children, do not worry, teaching credentials are not required for volunteering to teach English in Thailand.
It is very important that you present in the application process of your volunteering the following:
- Criminal record certificate before your start date
- Copy of your passport
The dress code in Thai schools is formal. It is not considered appropriate to wear clothes that are too tight or show too much.
Volunteers are required to use:
- Non-tight pants or long skirts (knee-length)
- Shirts that cover your shoulders and chest (non-tight)
- Volunteers will also be asked to remove their piercings and cover exposed tattoos.
Furthermore, smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited in educational centers and accommodation. During the time you are at school, all volunteers are asked to refrain from smoking (even off-site).
SCHEDULE AND PLACE OF WORK
A volunteer is always free to go and leave the school whenever they want. But if you decided to be part of this experience, you are expected to stay at the school for most of the day, so that way you get to know the staff and students as well as possible.
It is important to plan and prepare lessons. Consult your assigned teacher a day before. Keep in mind that to prepare and plan a lesson, you must follow a simple procedure on how to plan and lead the class. Try to cover the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in the period of one hour of class.
Here’s a basic guide on how inexperienced volunteers can plan lessons:
- Introduction to the class and a brief warm-up and fun activity.
- Presentation of new material / review of material already covered.
- Practice of the presented material.
- Conversation activity then writing activity using the covered material.
- A quick activity to finish.
DAILY SHOOL SCHEDULE
- 8:00 Morning assembly
- 8:30 Classes start
- 11:10 Lunch break
- 12:10 After lunch, there is another assembly and classes start again
- 16:20 Classes finish for the day
The schedule assigned to the volunteers will also be given when you start volunteering.
THE WORKPLACE – HOW TO ARRIVE?
All volunteers who are part of the English Language volunteer program are responsible for their daily transportation to and from the home of volunteers and their assigned school.
Most volunteers walk to the projects (approximately 20 minutes away). The volunteers often see this as a way to learn a little more about the place.
Generally, you should reserve between €1.50 – €3.00 per day for transportation.
- Transport by Songthaews (Thai-style minibuses) is usually 20 THB (€0.70) per trip.
- The tuk tuks (motorized three-wheel rickshaws) are more expensive, but faster. A trip can cost you approximately 50 THB (€1.60).
On your first day, the volunteer coordinator will accompany you to the school and introduce you to its administration. Volunteers travel with the coordinator that day on local transportation so you can learn how to get to the school and return for the next days you volunteer.
COSTS OF THE PROGRAM
The total cost of the English Teaching volunteer program in Thailand starts at €700 per 2 weeks. Every additional week costs €160. (The price in dollars is indicative).
The prices of the volunteer program of teaching English are in euros, so the exchange of currencies will be affected. You can check the currency exchange rate in the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Airport pick-up
- Accommodation during your volunteering
- Breakfast every morning
- Lunch at the project every working day (dinner isn’t included)
- 2-day orientation (includes a half-day tour of the city, cultural dinner and show)
- Local coordinator
- 24/7 assistance