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PROJECT NAME: ENGLISH TEACHING
LOCATION: SING BURI, THAILAND
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
For anyone who loves to work with children or desires to have a positive influence and inter-cultural learning, this program involves teaching english to primary school students of all ages within rural community schools in central Thailand.
The schools involved allow for a non-formal style of teaching in which creativity and alternative ways of thinking by global volunteers are encouraged to provide greater worldly context and educational assistance to the children. In this way you may be able to utilise your own style of teaching method if desired or simply utilise the existing Thai lesson criteria.
Despite the Thai government emphasising the importance of learning the English language, English literacy rates in Thailand are one of the lowers across all of Asia. Therefore, the aim of the program is to increase the conversational and theoretical English speaking ability of Thai children as well as enable volunteers insight into the education system and to give back to the local communities.
Sing Buri Province is approx 142 km north of Bangkok and was founded in pre-historical period. In the reign of King Rama V through consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west of the Chao Phraya River named as Sing buri in 1895.
- Teach English conversational skills to children of all ages
- Assist the local teachers and interact with them for a cultural exchange opportunity
- Teach basic pronounciation, grammer, reading and writing in English
Food & Accommodation
The volunteer centre is well established, clean and comfortable. Free WiFi is included in the large communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers. Safety deposit boxes are available (bring their own padlock). Showers are cold water only, however it’s very hot so this can be nice and refreshing! Bed linen, fans & mosquito protection are all included. Laundry facilities are available nearby for a small cost.
Volunteers should bring their own towel. Rooms have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room. All rooms have a private western style toilet and cold showers. Air-con is not included, but we can offer upgraded rooms at an additional cost if required. A security cash deposit of 500TBH is required for the key to your room, which is refunded to you upon departure. No alcohol is permitted in the accommodation, however local bars and shops are within walking distance.
For couples, families or anyone seeking upgraded accommodation, private rooms are available at an extra charge of US $150 p/room p/week. This must be booked in advance to guarantee availability. You will enjoy spacious, nice and private accommodation located close to the volunteer house stays so you still fee apart of the action. You’ll have single or double room, air-con, hot water showers, private bathroom, bed linen, towels, lockable rooms, and communal areas where you have meals and relax with other volunteers. You must request the private rooms well in advance when booking.
3 good meals are provided every day including filtered water, coffee and tea. Plenty of vegetarian options are served along with some meat dishes. You’ll eat authentic Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fragrant herbs and fruits. Volunteers may be expected to assist in cleaning up after meals depending on the placement.
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- 1 Week - $295
- 2 Weeks - $450
- 3 Weeks - $595
- 1 Month - $795
- 2 Months - $1795
- 3 Months - $2655
- Airport Pickup
- Local Transportation
- 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. This is a structured program where you can leverage the previous work of the many volunteers who have participated. For qualified teachers or aspiring teachers, you can be given a more autonomous hands on role as desired.
- 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
Volunteers in Thailand are encouraged to take up the orientation week to help you ease into the lifestyle and pace of Thailand. You will get to know your town and it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You may choose after the first few days to move straight into your chosen volunteer placement if desired or otherwise just enjoy the company of your new friends and extended family!
When confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October). During these times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local Thailand communities involved.
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, you will need to pay US$50 for an extra night’s accommodation, or arrange your own accommodation for the night.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday outside of pickup times, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
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).
Monday to Friday – You’ll normally deaprt the volunteer center between 7 and 9am depending on the location of the school. You’ll normally teach between 3 to 6 hours maximum. You’ll eat lunch at the school each day and normally leave the school around 3pm. Thai schools show respect to the King of Thailand through a ceremony and you might be asked to take part this unique morning ritual
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our local team will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer in Thailand you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist in resorts. Some suggested activities may include;
Tuesday Evening – Visit the night market in Tha Kham Thailand. Taste all types of Thai food and enjoy inexpensive shopping
Wednesday Afternoon – Use the swimming pool, enjoy a Thai massage or take advantage of the great prices in a shopping center nearby.
Wednesday Evening – Attend optional Thai BBQ in a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.
Thursday Evening – Enjoy an organised excursion to a shopping mall in Thailand (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, and western fast food.
- No extra requirements
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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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