Teaching English in Southern Thailand

“Join a small group (2 - 6 people) of English teaching volunteers in a rural region of southern Thailand, close to Suratthani. Two hours of lessons per day with focus on pronunciation and conversation. Weekends off to explore.”


Assist local English language teachers | Focus on pronunciation and communication | Design your own lessons using games, arts and songs | Work on your own or as a pair | Stay at a rural resort in Donsak | Easy access to ferries to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao | Suratthani just 45mins' drive | Two hours of lessons per day | Weekends off |

Description of Teaching English in Southern Thailand

Even if you’ve travelled in southern Thailand before, this four week teaching English as a volunteer project will help you experience life in Southeast Asia from a completely new perspective.

You’ll be situated just a short drive from Suratthani with chances to avoid tourist crowds and discover rural regions offering an authentic experience rather than just another day at the beach.

The Thai people that you’ll be living and working with are just so hospitable and welcoming to volunteers and it’s impossible not to make friends as well as attempting to learn a bit more of the language other than simply ‘sawadikap’ or ‘sawadika’.

Secret scenic spots and ferries to nearby islands turn weekends into real events as well as offering opportunities to get a deeper understanding of southern Thailand from an insider’s point of view.

What does a teaching English position entail?
You’re invited to teach lessons for around two hours per day from Monday to Thursday. Lessons run from 8.30 in the morning to 3.30 in the afternoon. Lesson planning will also be part of your day as well as getting to know the kids at lunch and break times. Depending on the age and understanding of the class, you’ll be undertaking a variety of lessons in English including: games, arts, crafts, listening and comprehension practice. Be warned – the kids love karaoke so make sure you bring your singing voice!

Your main role as an English teacher will be to help build children’s confidence in talking to foreign people and also to improve their conversational and listening skills. You’ll be responsible for creating fun, interactive and inclusive lessons with art, games, singing and creativity essential ingredients for a successful experience both for volunteers and students.

Volunteer groups tend to be between one to six English language speakers who will be expected to work alongside permanent local English teachers who tend to focus mainly on grammar and vocab. As a native English speaker you’ll be mainly focusing on pronunciation and oral communication. Local teachers will always be close at hand to assist and support volunteer teachers.

Where will I be based?
Accommodation for English language volunteers will be in the Donsak region, approximately 45mins’ drive from Suratthani. This area is rarely visited by travellers who are much more interested in getting to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao by ferry.

Although amenities are restricted in this rural region you’ll have plenty to do and a much more authentic experience. The actual accommodation for volunteers is a traditional Thai resort set in a spacious tropical garden complete with orchid beds, a lake and a freshwater stream to swim in.

At weekends you’ll be free to explore the local area or take a ferry to one of the famous islands of southern Thailand. As Donsak is situated on the coast it’s easy to catch a boat ride as part of a frequent ferry service as well as being able to nip to Suratthani if you fancy a night on the town.

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2021: 22 May, 5 Jun, 19 Jun, 3 Jul, 17 Jul, 31 Jul

Responsible tourism

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Environmental responsibility:
Volunteers are accommodated in simple shared accommodation with low environmental impact. While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.

The Impacts of this Trip

Social responsibility: We work with the local schools and headteachers so that volunteers are fully supported whilst living at the rural project location. Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility: For over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The schools which we work with in Thailand are supported by the charity through grants for sports equipments and educational resources. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the project which provides employment for local staff. While volunteers are in-country, volunteers buy locally and support local businesses and markets.

We work closely with the community in the Don Sak region of Surat Thani in Thailand. We work with head teachers, teachers, schools and volunteers so placements will be matched to specific school depending on their skills and experience and the current needs of the projects while they are in Thailand. All the schools are Thai government schools and schools range in size from 100 to 300 students. Volunteers teach English to students aged from 6-15 years old. This project location is ideal for those who would like to teach English while experiencing real Thai culture off the tourist track.

The children at these schools here rarely have the chance to meet foreigners since this is not a popular tourist destination so a native English speaker is incredibly valuable, helping them to develop their listening and speaking skills and building their confidence to use English. This volunteer placement will allow you to become fully immersed in the local community and Thai culture since during your stay you will be able to visit local markets, temples and traditional farms to help local small businesses.

This trip has been screened against our policies for working with vulnerable children.


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