Hill Tribe English Teaching

Set in the incredible scenery of the Kaen Krachan National Park close to the Myanmar border you will have the chance to experience the authentic Karen Hill tribe way of life while teaching English or providing community construction support and other highly valued and well needed tasks in some of the countries most spectacular national parks

we need you in Thailand

  • Although Thailand's economy is improving, there is still a wide gap between the rich and the poor.
  • The majority of Thailand's poor live in rural areas, with a lack of education being a main contributor to poverty.
  • Due to economical developments, environmental degradation is evident. The decline of biodiversity and deforestation is increasing.
  • The expliotation of animals in Thailand is a big problem. With many being beaten and held in small cages for the tourist trade.


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can you help?

  • Teach English to schools in a traditional hill tribe village
  • Teach the children English and any other subjects you wish, such as geography, maths and environmental issues
  • Interact with the community, gaining a true cultural experience
  • Inspire the children to learn and teach them about your own country!

can you do?

  • Teach English conversational skills, reading and writing
  • Teach basic grammer, phrases and pronounciation
  • Get involved in teaching other subjects, after school activities or sports
  • Get creative and find fun ways to teach through games, songs and drawing

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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  MIN AGE: 16+




This is an incredible opportunity to gain a real insight into the traditional way of living. You will be staying up in the hills of the tribe community and will get the chance to experience their way of living and their ancient traditions. You will be teaching at a Karen Hill Tribe School, teaching English and other subjects to the local children. Teaching is informal and you are free to be as creative as you like! You can also get involved in other projects around the school, such as construction and renovation, keeping the school a nice environment for the children.

You can also get involved in after school activites or events in the community. This a true cultural immersion experience, set amongst the most stunning scenery.  


Kaeng Krachan is set in the incredible scenery of the Kaen Krachan National Park close to the Myanmar border you will have the chance to experience the authentic Karen Hill tribe way of life. This placement is off the beaten track and really allows you a deeper and more authenic travel and volunteering experience. 

Project Tasks

  • Teach English to hill tribe children
  • Get involved in other tasks in the school and community (such as school renovation)
  • Interact with the hill tribe and learn about their culture

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in dedicated volunteer accomodation within the hill tribe community in Kaeng Krachan National Park, for a real cultural immersion experience. You will be living amongst some stunning biodiversity and mountain scenery, including lakes, waterfalls and the jungle. Rooms are single gender and shared between around 2 to 4 people per room. The showers are only cold water, but you will have a western toilet. Facilities are basic but comfortable. Wifi is not available but you can purchase a local SIM for data. 

3 meals a day (2 on weekends) are provided and will be homemade Thai style. 



Anyone interested getting off beaten path and wanting an authentic cultural experience, this could be the project for you! No experience is required, so inspiring teachers are welcome to gain some valuable new skills in the classroom. 

  • Accommodation
  • 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
  • Airfares
  • 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.

Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost. This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.

A transfer coordinator will meet you upon arrival into Bangkok airport and will arrange your transfer from the airport to the Mo Chit Northern Bangkok bus station and then further on to Singburi bus station, where you will be met by one of our local coordinators who will take you to the Volunteer Centre.


  • If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival
  • Stay overnight at Hua Hin accommodation.

Monday to Wednesday-

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Kaeng Krachan
  • Morning ritual at the school, then English teaching
  • Break
  • English teaching
  • Help to prepare the children’s lunch
  • Lunch at the school
  • Free time
  • Activities and games with the children
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Morning ritual at the school, then English teaching
  • Possible trip to a nearby waterfall
  • Lunch at the school
  • Learn to weave a traditional bag
  • Free time
  • Activities and games with the children or community projects
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast at the school
  • Morning ritual at the school, then English teaching
  • Teaching
  • Break
  • Teaching
  • Help prepare lunch for the kids
  • Lunch at the school
  • Transfer back to Hua Hin
  • Time to explore Hua Hin and stay overnight there

*This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances

**From mid-March to mid-May and the month of October, schools are closed. During these months you will volunteer at English camps in Hua Hin.

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.

With a long sandy coastline and jungle-topped islands anchored in crystal blue waters Thailand is a tropical getaway and favorite traveling destination for holiday makers and volunteers from all over the world. Thailand’s culture is generous, warm and outgoing and the cuisine is world renowned for a tropical abundance of fresh and varied flavors of spicy, sweet, salty and sour. 

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.

November to Febuary is the best time to visit Thailand, with a pleasent temperature through most of the country. From March to May temperatures can get very hot. The monsoon rains start from about June to October. Showers usually are quite predictabe and come in short bursts, so this time of year can be great to visit, as everything is so green and there are fewer crowds!

Temperatures are around 30 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!

Vietnam has one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia, creating a rich history with ancient traditions dating back thousands of years. It also has a large Chinese influence. Elders are very well respected in Vietnamese culture, the older you are, the more respect is shown to you. ‘Saving face’ is a concept shown by most Vietnamese people and is thought of as extremely important in their culture. This means that if you feel angered or annoyed by someone, you do not show it and remain respectful. If you lose your temper/ are rude, then this is seen as losing face and therefore a loss of reputation and self-respect.

Vietnamese is the most widely spoken language, other languages include Chinese, Khmer, Cham and tribal dialects. Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are the main religious beliefs in Vietnam, and you will find many temples dotted around the country. You will often see the local people giving fruits and burning incense to give as offerings.

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Hi Lauren,    Thankyou and yes I had the most amazing experience! I have attached a few photos we took in Sing Buri, I’ll send some photos of the kids once I get the photos on my phone onto my computer 🙂    Highlights of the trip:   -Interacting with the kids, who are so genuinely excited to see you. …

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Highlights of the trip: Being able to ride the bikes through to village to work each day, the flexibility of free time opportunities and the great opportunity to be able to help out through this amazing program.   Being able to see the village and being taken to various locations to visit temples or the markets or shopping centres. was a …

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  Some of the many highlights for me was partaking in the english camp which was a 2 day camp with5 different schools all participating. The kids and all the teachers and especially Kate made the whole trip so enjoyable. Meeting and living with all the other volunteers was also a big highlight. The food was great, especially having lots …

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Hey Lauren! I went to Thailand with a group of 5 girls from Australia in mid-July. I had such an amazing time in Thailand volunteering and teaching English. It furthered my desire to become a teacher in the future. My highlight of the trip was in the English Camp with the year fives from all different schools. I loved working …

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