Duration & Fees
Please note: The currency conversion is an estimate based on today's exchange rates and is to be used as a guide only. All payments to Amanzi Travel have to be made in Pounds Sterling (GBP)
Project Start Dates are on the first and third Mondays of each month. Volunteers are requested to arrive the Friday before the start of their project for their two day orientation.
Start Dates for 2020
6 Jan | 20 Jan | 3 Feb | 18 May | 1 Jun | 15 Jun | 6 Jul | 20 Jul | 3 Aug | 17 Aug | 7 Sep | 2 Nov | 16 Nov | 7 Dec | 21 Dec
Note: This project is closed for Thailand Summer Break and Mid-Thailand School Break
£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure
- Accommodation during orientation and for the duration of the project
- Airport transfer on arrival (departure transfer can be arranged through project staff on the ground - approx 5 USD)
- Breakfast daily and Lunch during the working week
- Two day orientation including half-day city tour, cultural dinner and show
- Support from onsite co-ordinator
- 24 hour emergency assistance
What's not included
- Visas if required
- Insurance to include cover for repatriation
- Police background check
- Lunch at weekends and dinner daily
- Activities during the weekend in surrounding area
- Transport to and from project on working days (approx 2 USD each day)
- Work in a Thai school helping to influence the future of these wonderful young Thai children
- The opportunity to teach your own English class
- Meet and make friends with other volunteers from all over the world
- Live and work in beautiful rural Thailand
- Spend weekends relaxing and exploring the vibrant City of Chiang Mai and surrounding area
Thailand is a country with great appeal with ancient capitals, forests, mountains and exciting festivals that are truly captivating. Chiang Mai, in the north of the country, is one of the most popular cities for tourists from all over the world who come to take cookery or massage courses, to trek to the maountains or to visit remote hill tribes. Volunteers see a different side of Thailand, something that the average visitor misses altogether, and also have the satisfaction of knowing that they have changed lives in small but significant ways during their volunteer placement to this beautiful and exciting country.
The daily commute for volunteers to this project will take them through some of Thailand’s most authentic neighborhoods. All of the schools in this project are in the City Centre and most are within the boundaries of the ancient moat. Some schools are part of larger temple complexes which have their own monastic communities and Buddhist shrines. Other schools are in their own grounds and they are all different with anything from 100 - 1,000 pupils. Volunteer teachers can choose to work with whichever grade they prefer.
In Thailand, the school day begins with the raising of the flag and the singing of the national anthem. Pupils - who all wear uniform - line up in their classes. This assembly is a good chance to say a few "Good Mornings" and encourage the pupils to practice the conversation skills they are learning. Then it is off to the classroom for lessons until lunchtime. Lunch is provided for volunteers who can choose to take it with the pupils or the Thai teachers, or even pop out for some street food to near the school.
The Daily School Schedule is normally as follows:
| 8.00 am
|| School Morning Assembly
| 8.30 am
|| Morning Classes Begin
| 11.10 am
|| Lunch Break
| 12.10 pm
|| After Lunch Assembly afternoon Classes Begin
| 4.20 pm
|| School Ends for the Day
Teachers of English in Thailand’s schools are good with grammar but what's missing is the fluency that comes through practice in a English-speaking environment. The presence in the schools of the volunteer teachers, irrespective of their teaching experience, helps the pupils and the teachers to take their skills from the textbook and use them in the real world. For many of these students this is the only chance they have to interact with a Westerner and because the classroom is worlds away from the tourist scene, volunteers have a unique opportunity to influence the way the students grow up and think about overseas cultures.
The role of the volunteer in the classroom will depend largely on their own comfort level. All volunteers are paired with a Thai teacher and they can either accompany this teacher and help with the daily lessons, or - if they would like to - they can prepare their own lessons and lead their own class which is a great buzz and very rewarding. Needless to say the students love having lessons with a volunteer teacher and it give Thai teachers the chance to catch up on projects and paperwork.
Lesson planning is important but in-depth plans are not necessary. A simple plan of how the lesson will be conducted is fine and volunteer should attempt to cover all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - in a one hour class. Most lessons follow the structure below:
- Introduction to the class and a short fun warm up activity
- Presentation of new material/review of already covered material
- Practice of the material presented
- Speaking activity then writing activity using the material covered
- A quick wrap up / closing activity
Topics for lessons could include colours, numbers, time, days of the week and months of the year, sports, food, countries of the world, places around town and things at home or at school. Any volunteer ideas of new ways to bring the lessons to life are really appreciated and creativity is so welcome.
Most of the schools use student textbooks and workbooks in their English courses, many of which are poorly written. Despite this volunteers are asked to use the textbooks and follow the curriculum where possible in order to maintain continuity. Teaching volunteers are welcome to use pictures and teaching materials from their own country which can be fun and very educational and make a real difference for the school pupils. It is great if volunteers can bring some resources with them from home, like posters, books, pencils, stickers etc as resources within the school are quite limited.
The time that volunteer teachers will spend in class will depend on the needs of the school as well as the time of the year, but normally it will be between 10 and 20 hours a week. Anyone who is particularly keen to spend more time teaching, planning and generally helping out will be warmly welcomed.
It is great if volunteers have teaching experience however no formal teaching qualifications are required just enthusiasm and a desire to help as well as fluent written and spoken English skills.
A full two-day orientation programme is arranged for all volunteers and will include a half-day city tour, cultural dinner and show.
Volunteers are responsible for their daily travel to and from the Volunteer House and their school. Many volunteers take the opportunity to walk so that they can take in more of Chiang Mai during their placement. There are several forms of transport available at different prices for those who would prefer to travel in this way. Volunteers will be accompanied by the volunteer co-ordinator on their first day and will then travel with their fellow volunteers for the remainder of the time and work alongside the teachers.
At the centre of Indochina, is the Kingdom of Thailand – as it officially known. Thailand nestles between Burma, Laos and Cambodia above and Malaysia below, with the Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman Sea to the west.
Thailand’s second largest city of Chiang Mai is known as the Rose of the North and visitors can experience homestays in local villages, rural jungle treks and 13th century Buddhist temples. The islands on Thailand’s east coast consist of Koh Phangan, Koh Toa and Koh Samui, which are famous for Full Moon parties, diving and tourism respectively and of course white sandy beaches and coral reefs. While Koh Phi Phi was hit by the 2004 Tsunami, it is also the home of ‘The Beach’ and iconic limestone cliffs. Other synonymous activities with Thailand are Muay Thai boxing, Thai cooking courses, mountain climbing, elephant riding, river rafting, canopy walking, learning to dive and holistic retreats.
The capital city Bangkok is the country’s political, commercial and cultural hub, as well as being the gateway to Thailand for most travellers arriving by air. The city is a mixture of old and new, with high rise skyscrapers, old temples, the Royal palace, wide dominating motorways and little shops on street corners. The city is used as a hub to travel around the rest of the country and its many islands, as well as the surrounding countries. Thai people are, as throughout Asia, extremely warm and welcoming and cannot help but wear that huge Asian smile.
Highlights of country
- Includes jungles, mountains, islands and beaches
- Warm and friendly Thai people
- Learn to dive in Koh Tao
- Legendry Full Moon parties on Koh Phangan
- Easy access to other Asian countries for further travel
Thailand has a tropical climate almost all year round. Southern Thailand has two seasons; the wet season and the dry season, which are the different on the east and west coasts. The east coast has rain between September and December, while the west has heavy storms from April through until October. The south of Thailand receives the most rain, with around 2,400 mm falling each year, which is 1,000 mm more than central and northern Thailand.
Northern Thailand’s seasons are more defined. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry, except for expected rain between February and March. From November to March, there are cooling breezes in northern Thailand while the temperatures rise between March and May.
Population – 66.80 million
Capital - Bangkok
Currency – Thai Baht (THB)
Official languages – Thai
Time difference – GMT + 6
Telephone - +66
I was not expecting much besides enjoying my stay in Thailand and planning some lessons for primary English classes, but my experience as a 1st grade English teacher proved to be a very fulfilling one. Although my stay of three weeks passed by very quickly, I was welcomed by the students and faculty and was appreciated as a teacher. I developed a fondness for the children of the primary School, whose abundant smiles, love for Gangnam Style, and enthusiasm in the classroom cultivated my love for teaching. Additionally, the friendly and helpful staff made the lovely place of Chiang Mai feel like home. My contribution to the children’s English education may have been minute, but I hope that the content they learned will have a lasting impression.
Clarissa, USA (Chiang Mai English Teaching Volunteer)
I developed a fondness for the children of the primary School, whose abundant smiles, love for “Gangnam Style,” and enthusiasm in the classroom cultivated my love for teaching.
Clarissa, USA (Chiang Mai English Teaching Volunteer)