As an international language English has become so important as most of the information about new
scientific innovations, ordinary news and others are in English. More people are traveling from one country
to another needing to learn some common language. English has been the common language for them to
communicate. In Asia, it has been a focus among the students for their future career as a result of
globalization. For young people or students, learning English to speak and write well means preparing for
the future. But in most of the schools in Asia, English is taught by local teachers who may not be able to
speak fluently. Therefore, these schools are in need of native speakers to teach their children English.
These schools can't afford to hire native speakers. Therefore, any westerners who can speak English and
want to volunteer are very much welcomed by the government authorities, school teachers, students and
the communities as a whole.
Working days: Monday - Friday (In Nepal Sunday to Friday)
Work load: 4-5 hours/day
Office time: 08:00 - 16:00 hrs.
Starting date: open throughout the year
We provide guidance how to teach children of non-native English speakers. Please click here to
see some examples which will be used for your teaching. Click here to see "TEACHING GUIDE"
You can travel during weekends and after office hours during weekdays. Utilize your extra time to
help children and the community who are in dire need. You can teach English and also French in
some schools, work with disadvantaged children, coach and play sports etc. For volunteering you
will need to be over 18 years of age.
Destination countries and locations:
There are two types of schools in Thailand; government and private. Our teaching program is mainly with
government funded schools. Teachers are regarded as government officers and usually have very good
reputation in the society. Students also respect them very much. They stand up every time you enter the
class room and say, “Good morning/afternoon, teacher!” It is common that students “WAI”, a Thai way of
showing respect to superiors, even if they meet teachers on the way, or in the market.
All the schools have semester system. First semester starts from mid-May remains until the end of
September or the first week of October. The second semester starts from first week of November until
March. It is good to avoid holiday period in school, however, if you can not find the suitable time, then we
can organize extra classes in Secondary schools or you can work in child development centers which are
normally open all year round.
Thai students start to learn English from Grade 1; however, it is difficult to find high school students who
speak fair English. English courses are designed focusing mainly on grammatical work. Students, in
general, shy to speak English due to lack of confidence. However, they are eager to learn and eager to try
with native speakers. Those who speak also not original English, you need to correct the pronunciation of
many words. You have to assess the level of English first before you start teaching, then you can make your
mind what to teach and from which level to start. Teaching is, therefore, very flexible and simple. You will be
teaching practical conversational English using your own skill or talent e.g. by telling story, playing games,
performing drama etc. whatever way you like. The supervisor at school assigned helps to develop the
lessons. You will work 3-4 hours a day during weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 8 am and 4 pm.
- Teaching in temple school
This school is one of the oldest primary schools. It is managed by the local government (Municipality or
Tedsaban). The school is located at the historical area of Ayuthaya, a world herritage site. The children in
the area see and meet many tourists and are very interested in learning English so that they can speak to
the tourists. Volunteers are needed as the school cannot afford to employ full-time native English
speakers to teach the children. There are approximately 178 students at this school. They range from 5-12
years of age. There are 7 teachers at the school. You will be required to teach conversational English, help
teachers to teach lessons and students to write short stories and essays. You will also be involved in
helping the children with singing and plays and be involved in sports and games. You may also join the
children on any trips and camps that are scheduled during your time at the project. You will also be
involved in helping the teachers with their spoken English.
(Dhammigarat Temple). School will organize summer classes for the volunteer to teach conversational
English, students will be of mixed aged ranging from 7 up to 15 yrs (Grade 1-9). The school is quite poor
which you can imagine from the facts that there are no proper walls between the classrooms and school
building is old and made of wood.
Ang Sila is a fishing village about 5 km away from Chonburi provincial town. Ang Sila was formerly one of
the oldest seaside resorts. The village is famous for its cottage industry, producing stone mortars and
animal sculptures, like elephants, horses and tigers. Ang Sila also boasts a number of seafood
restaurants. On the beach, one can find villagers shelling fresh oysters. A wide array of local handicraft are
also available for sale to tourists. Nearby is the famous Bangk Saen Beach that has enjoyed lasting
popularity. Approximately 13 kilometers from the city of Chon Buri, it branches off to the right-hand side
from Sukhumvit Highway, at kilometers 104, for a distance of 3 kilometers. Stretching along the beach
front, is a 2.5 kilometer Road. Along the beach, one finds vendors offering drinks and seafood snacks
such as squid, mussels and spicy steamed-fish-cakes for sale. One can rent deck chairs and rubber
rings for swimming. Fresh water bathing facilities are also available. The many restaurants that line the
beach have recently been improved to become more neat and orderly. Bang Saen is ideal for visitors with
limited time who wish to relax with their family and friends. It also offers several hotels and bungalows for
4. Ban Pong Primary School
- Teaching in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand
Primary school which has children from Nursery up to grade 6 with the total no. of students about 100, Age
ranges from 3-15 years, Mixed boys & girls, Class size: ~20. There are only 5 teachers. An English teacher
can speak English. Ban Pond is a small village located just outskirts of Chiang Mai City, behind Mae Jo
University. Area has easy accessibility to Chiang Mai City (30 minutes drive or local bus ride).
Other countries - more details coming soon....
a beautiful foothills of historic Palace called Changunarayan. The village is about 15 km north from
downtown Kathmandu connected by a road. The primary school is happy to have volunteers to teach
of southern Nepal. This community is far behind in terms of education and economic status. Their children
would be benefitted if they could learn English.
Cambodia - Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
|A home-stay Teaching
|A primary school