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PROJECT NAME: KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION
LOCATION: CHIANG MAI
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
You will be working in various kindergarten and childcare centres located around Chiang Mai, with the children ranging from 2.5 to 6 years old. Your work at the centre will typically be for 2-3 hours in the morning, from 09:00 – 11:33 AM.
Due to a shortage of teachers, many children’s development centres and kindergartens in Chiang Mai have up to 33 children in a single classroom, making it difficult for one teacher to give each child the attention they need. Your assistance will be crucial in helping local teachers manage the classroom effectively.
Using your creative skills, such as singing, dancing, games, and repetition exercises, you will help young children learn and practice their English, as well as introduce them to basic educational concepts. Many local Thai teachers are not fluent in English, so your help will give children a chance to practice their English at an early age and increase their overall learning experience and confidence in speaking to foreigners.
Before going to the placement, you will work with local coordinators to review the teaching lessons, materials, and activities for the day to ensure a continuous and effective learning experience for the children.
Chiang Mai is a city in northern Thailand known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. It is a popular destination for tourists, with attractions such as ancient temples, night markets, and trekking in the nearby mountains. In addition to its religious sites, Chiang Mai is also famous for its vibrant night markets, where visitors can find a variety of local crafts, souvenirs, and delicious street food.
- Interact with the kids, teaching basic English
- Gain practical experience in teaching young children
- Help and support the local teachers and staff
Food & Accommodation
During your stay in Chiang Mai you will be staying in a nice big volunteer house with all the standard facilities such as WiFi, bed linen, showers and fans. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis with 4-8 people per room.
Three meals on weekdays are provided, with two meals on weekends (usually breakfast and dinner). Mostly Thai style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served.
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2 Weeks - $450
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2 Months - $1795
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1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
If you love working with young people, are energetic and want to inspire the furture generation, then yes absolutely! No teaching qualifications are required for this project.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Most of our programs will include a 1 day orientation on the first day, which will include things like a walk around the local area, explanations of where everything is, ATMs, how to get local sim cards, etc, and lessons on cultural norms and what to expect.
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Bangkok BKK (Suvarnabhumi) Airport, Level 2, Entrance 4. You must arrive between 06.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving on Saturday (or during the week), you will need to pay US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation or arrange your own accommodation. You will also need to pay $50 for a private transfer to our accommodation.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the airport to the accommodation in Hua Hin, it takes around 4 hours by public bus and then a shuttle bus.
Monday to Friday
Teaching sessions can be in the morning or afternoon depending on the school and its requirements. A regular day in the program may look like:
- Breakfast at the Centre
- Teaching at Kindergarten/Childcare centre
- Prepare lessons for the next day
- Dinner at the Centre
- Visit ancient temples – Chiang Mai is home to over 333 Buddhist temples, many of which are centuries old. Some of the most famous temples include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.
- Explore the night markets – Chiang Mai has several night markets, where visitors can shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, and local cuisine. The most popular markets include the Sunday Night Walking Street and the Night Bazaar.
- Trek in the mountains – Chiang Mai is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. Visitors can go trekking, hiking, or mountain biking in the nearby Doi Inthanon National Park or Mae Sa Valley.
- Learn about the local culture – Chiang Mai has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can learn about traditional crafts, music, and dance at places like the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center or the Lanna Folklife Museum.
- Take a cooking class – Thai cuisine is famous worldwide, and visitors to Chiang Mai can take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional dishes like pad Thai or green curry.
- Attend a festival – Chiang Mai hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Yi Peng Lantern Festival and the Songkran Water Festival.
Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.
You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class such as:
- Interesting board games
- Musical instruments
- Cultural items of interest
- And anything else you think will help!
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Thailand is a fascinating and exotic country to explore. Through volunteering, you’ll gain a love in the people, culture, scenery, cuisine and in the overall lifestyle of Thailand.
We offer diverse project options catering to many different interests. Volunteering is the ideal way of assimilating into the local Thai culture and experiencing the real lifestyle in Thailand.
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Temperatures are around 33 degrees on average throughout the year. If in the North of Thailand in the winter, evenings can get quite chilly, so bring some warm clothes too!
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