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THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH AND OTHER SUBECTS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN SINGBURI

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

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

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.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 17. No qualifications or experience required, but you must have lots of enthusiasm and initiative and if teaching English, you must be fluent in the language.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the nearest Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in children, children's welfare, education.

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PROJECT CONTENT

You'll teach in both primary and secondary schools, where the age of the students can range between 4 to 18 years old. With certain schools your schedule can be flexible and you may have some say in what classes and age groups you prefer to teach.

Subjects that you'll teach may alter, depending on the current activities in the schools. These may include English, Environmental Issues, Current Festivals, or even Physical Education. Your teaching schedule will vary between 3 to 6 hours per day, Monday to Friday; allowing for plenty of time to immerse yourself in teaching but also giving you time for exploration and sightseeing.

The Teaching program serves a dual purpose:

  • You'll help children in rural Thailand learn to speak English and gain confidence. Often many of the local teachers are not up to standard themselves in their use of English, so exposure to your pronunciation and use of the language is excellent for the children and very beneficial for them.
  • It enables you to gain an insight into the Thai education system while giving you a chance to make lifelong friends with your fellow students and teachers.

An Example of your First week:
Thai schools start off each day by showing respect to the King of Thailand in a morning ceremony. You may be asked to join the 8 o'clock ceremony and also the Thai exercises that are done at the start of each day.

Monday and Friday:
Your day will be spent on a tour of the schools and all their facilities, while organizing the range of classes you will be teaching for the duration of your placement.

Tuesday & Thursday:
In the evenings after classes you’ll have the opportunity to explore Singburi town and the local shopping mall.

Wednesday:
You will only teach in the morning - after lunch you will be rewarded with an excursion to the local swimming pool and a special Thai dinner afterwards!

Weekends are always free to relax at the Eco-House, or to take a local taxi into town. You can also extend your sightseeing to include visiting the many famous sites in central provinces. You could even take a bus to Bangkok City for the weekend.

*Note: Thailand is a tropical country with occasional storms and heavy rains. This means that the above schedule may be subject to change.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND ... Thai Cultural Festivals!

Teaching is not available during school holidays, so please take the school holidays into account when choosing your dates. Holidays are as follows:

  • Mid March to Mid May
  • The Month of October

Public holidays are taken at the Schools' discretion. During such times, there is the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community. If you are unsure about how seasonal breaks may affect your placement, please ask us.

The Songkran Festival (Thai New Year, mid-April) is a particularly an eye opening and fun experience!

REQUIREMENTS: Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process.

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ACCOMMODATION

Your home will be one of three 'Eco Houses' located approx 8-15km from the town of Singburi in central Thailand and walking distance from the local villages of Tha Kham or Tha Chang.

The houses are designed to sleep 30 – 70 people at a time, allowing for single gender shared rooms with private Western style bathrooms, where the water is always cool, perfect for Thailand.

All houses have a communal area for eating, relaxation and free WiFi. You will encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

FOOD:

Food is included during your stay. The meals will be of typical Thai origin, including plenty of rice dishes. Three healthy and delicious meals will be provided each day, carefully balancing Thai food for the Western tongue.

Vegetarians can also be catered for.

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On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive you'll be met by the Project staff and taken to the project site. You'll usually have an English speaking Thai co-ordinator present with you throughout your stay. ATM and amenities can be found in close proximity to the project location.

On arrival there you'll be introduced to all the other volunteers and the local project team. Your adventure has begun :-)

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