Teaching & Childcare Volunteers in Thailand
Make a difference as a volunteer in rural Thailand!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: THTC
Duration: 2 - 8 weeks
Make a difference as a childcare or teaching volunteer in rural Thailand. Help out at a pre-school childcare centre in a temple volunteering with amazing local kids, or get hands-on in a classroom teaching English in schools in an incredible rural area of Thailand. Begin with two days in Bangkok, then experience authentic Thai life in stunning Surin. Explore the beautiful surrounding countryside or hop across to nearby Cambodia in your free time.
- Kick off with two days in Bangkok, including a city tour and boat ride
- Make a difference as a childcare or teaching volunteer in Thailand in rural childcare projects or schools
- Meet amazing kids as you educate and inspire as a mentor and teacher and gain brilliant work experience for your CV
- Experience life in a stunning, rural area of Thailand with long weekends off to explore the beautiful countryside or hop across the border to Cambodia
- Meet and work alongside other volunteer and make new friends
Make a difference as a childcare or teaching volunteer. Help out at a pre-school childcare centre with amazing local kids, or get hands-on in a classroom teaching English in primary schools in an incredible rural area of Thailand.
Arrival & Orientation
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
You will arrive into Bangkok on day one, where you will be met at the airport and taken to a Bangkok guesthouse on the famous Khao San Road. You can take some time to relax and explore the area before meeting up with the other volunteers in the evening for your first real taste of Thailand.
Day 2: Bangkok Tour
On day two you will enjoy a city tour, visiting some of Bangkok’s legendary landmarks, temples and palaces. You can sample some tasty Thai street food and soak up the buzz of Bangkok, as well as taking a tour of the klong’s of Bangkok on a brilliant boat ride.
Day 3: Transfer to Surin, Welcome Meeting and Orientation
Today you will be transferred by train to the project location in Surin, in the heart of rural Thailand (accompanied journey of 6-7 hours). When you arrive at the project you will receive a full orientation, introducing you to your teaching or childcare placement and your volunteer role.
Day 4: Meet the Kids and Staff at Your Project
You will get the chance to meet the kids and staff and introduce yourself to everyone at the school or childcare centre where you will be volunteering.
You will be volunteering at either a childcare or teaching project from Mondays-Thursdays. A volunteer co-ordinator will accompany you to your project every day, departing Surin around 7:30-8:00am. Your volunteering day will end around 2:30-3:00pm.
You can choose from EITHER a childcare or teaching placement:
As a childcare volunteer you will be working with pre-school kids aged less than 5 years old, at a temple setting in a rural Thai community. By making education fun for the local kids, you can help them to become more confident and improve their social skills. Duties include:
- Teaching the kids basic English
- Playing games
- Singing songs
- Teaching them about health and hygiene
- Doing arts and crafts activities
- Helping out with schoolwork
- Preparing the kids’ lunches
- Settling them for their afternoon nap
Your other volunteer role is to help renovate and maintain the childcare centre, ensuring that the kids have a welcoming and inspiring environment in which to learn.
As a teaching volunteer you can help empower children, teaching English to children between the ages of 6 and 15 years old, assisting teaching staff to deliver inspiring and engaging lessons to local kids near Surin. Volunteer duties include:
- Reading practice
- Writing practice
- Listening practice
- Speaking practice and conversation
- Games and activities
You will teach around 16 classes per week, with each lesson lasting for around 50 minutes. Each class has between 30 and 60 students.
Free Time Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free time for you to do your own thing. Surin is close to the Thai/Cambodian border, so you will get the chance to enjoy a fascinating mix of Thai and Isaan culture and experience an authentic taste of Thailand. You are perfectly placed to explore this beautiful rural part of Thailand, or hop across into neighbouring Cambodia to see the sights on a short break.
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To begin your Thai travels, you’ll need to arrive into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok between 6am and 10pm on your start date where you’ll be met and taken directly to your Bangkok accommodation for a two night stay. Airport pickup is included. You will then travel by train (accompanied by a guide) to Surin. Please note that at certain times of the year the train journey may be replaced by coach travel.
You can depart at any time on your end date. A return transfer back to Bangkok is not included but the local team can help you arrange this. As the journey from Surin to Bangkok takes around 7 hours we strongly recommend you spend an extra night in Bangkok after your programme and fly home the day after your programme ends. Our co-ordinators in country can help you book an extra night in Bangkok.
Accommodation in a volunteer house is included for the duration of your stay in Thailand. You will spend your first two nights staying in a hostel in Bangkok. The rest of the time you will be staying in a volunteer house in Surin, in the heart of rural Thailand. The house is very basic but comfortable, and is located close to amenities including supermarkets, markets, internet cafes and ATM’s. The volunteer house has several shared bedrooms, bathrooms with showers, a kitchen and a living space. Volunteers will generally stay in multi-share rooms (sleeping 3-5 people) which include beds, bedding, basic storage, fan, and electric sockets. Wi-Fi is available.
Please note that it can get very hot in the house, particular in the summer months, so do plan your trip with the weather and changing seasons in mind. You may feel more comfortable in the cooler months.
Meals are not included, but eating out is cheap, easy and tasty in Thailand. Alternatively, you can buy ingredients and prepare your own meals in the volunteer kitchen. We recommend you budget around £6-8 per day for food.
The minimum age to participate on this programme is 18.
Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain in Thailand for a maximum of 30 days, although regulations can vary if you arrive by land border (please check with the Thai embassy). If you wish to stay for longer, you will need to apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you depart the UK. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS previously known as CRB, or Criminal Record Bureau check and will need to have a clean criminal record.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an addition cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in 3 stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) will need verification of your identity - to do this you will need to take 3 original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. Once the post office verification is done it usually takes up to 2 weeks for your DBS to be processed, and your DBS will be sent to you directly in the post.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.