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Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

THAILAND

TEACH ENGLISH AND OTHER SUBJECTS TO CHILDREN IN THAILAND
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Volunteering, gap year and career break in Thailand

Teach English to students at various primary and secondary schools, ranging in age from 4 to 21. The schools accept a non-formal approach to teachingso you'll be free to choose your own way of teaching and may bring new ideas into class.


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SUMMARY FACTFILE
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Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Start Dates Projects start every Monday, all year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements Minimum age 17. No qualifications or experience required, but you should have a good level of English.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme

  • Full pre-departure support and assistance

  • Payment Protection Insurance

  • Accommodation

  • Food while on the project

  • Daily transport to and from your project

  • Local in-country team support and backup

  • 24-hr emergency support.

What's not included
  • Flights,
  • Insurance,
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
  • Airport  return transfer

Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

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WORK CONTENT

This program consists of working with students at various schools teaching English. We have strong relationships with several primary and secondary schools and the age of students may be anywhere between 4 and 21.

The schools accept a non-formal approach to teaching. This means that we will not have to conform to the local Thai teaching methods or style and you will be free to choose your own way of teaching and may bring new ideas into class.

Our teaching program serves a dual purpose: it is meant to help children in rural Thailand to have a chance to speak more English (usually even their teachers aren’t up to standard), and secondly, it will give you an insight into the Thai education system as well as the opportunity to make friends with students and teachers.

The aims & objectives of this program fall under the jurisdiction of the Thai government.  In recent years, the government has placed a continued emphasis on the teaching of the English language. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one the lowest in Asia.

Our aim is to continue to improve the children’s prospects by teaching them English.

Alongside this, you'll also gain teaching experience, an invaluable life skill!

Sample Schedule*:

Monday to Friday:

  • You'll leave the center between 7 and 9 in the morning depending on the school you're placed at.
  • Expect to teach for approximateely 3 to 6 hours per day.
  • Lunch will be served at the school and you will leave the school each day at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon.
  • Thai schools show respect to the King of Thailand through a ceremony every day and you might be asked to take part this unique morning ritual.

Weekends:
Weekends are always free time. Relax at the guesthouse accommodation, take a local taxi into town, expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the central provinces. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

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

School Holidays:

Please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and the month of October) as well as various public holidays. During such times, renovation work continues on our community development programme, which you'll have the option to join, plus the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community.

Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

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ACCOMMODATION:

Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car).

 The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people. All rooms in these houses 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 (refreshing in the heat of Singburi). All doors and windows are fitted with mosquito screens and there are 2 fans in every room.

Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities and services offered by locals (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item), but you can easily wash your clothes by hand.

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi 

FOOD:
Three healthy and delicious meals will be provided each week day, carefully balancing Thai food for the Western tongue. On weekends, there'll be Brunch (breakfast and lunch combined) and dinner. There is always water, coffee and tesa available in the accommodation.

FACILITIES:
There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you'll be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by foot. There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.

Equally, Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool!

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Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

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Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

Volunteering Project Teaching Children in Thailand on a gap year or career break with Budget Volunteering

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

ABOUT BANGKOK:
Bangkok is not for the faint hearted! This is South East Asia’s largest, most frenetic, over polluted, traffic congested capital city. But don’t let that put you off! This will all become part of the charm.

By day and night, Bangkok is fast paced - this is a city for indulgence and fun, with action at all hours. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of this country is to live and breathe it;

  • Visit the traditional floating markets on the outskirts of Bangkok, where traders sell their wares from wooden boats, weighed down by kilos of bananas and other exotic fruits as garlands of jasmine hang off the boats stern.
  • Walk through China Town early in the morning and watch stall owners carry boxes of merchandise that tower over them, weighing two or three times their body weight.
  • Snack on some fresh pineapple or watermelon carefully sliced by a roadside vendor as you soak in the sights and smells of the city before the midday heat encourages you inside to air conditioned safety.
  • Watch tuk tuk’s laden with people screech past, weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Enjoy some freshly cooked Pad Thai from a street vendor. This is a mixture of noodles and bean sprouts stir fried with an egg and served with a generous portion of chilli sauce, or for the brave, a heaping of additional dried chilli.
  • Take in sunset from a river cruise and marvel at Bangkok’s diverse skyline, from modern gleaming skyscrapers to the pointed gold roof’s of glittering temples.
Visit the Grand Palace, a decadent spectacle which used to be residence to the King of Thailand and now has a temple for the Emerald Buddha.

The grand palace is one of the most striking pieces of art in Thailand, with gargoyles, dragons and warriors incredibly re-constructed in glittering mosaics.

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