English Teaching Internship in Surin, Thailand

Surin, Thailand Children & Youth Development



Based in Ban Tar Klang village, about 53km outside of Surin Town, this internship invites you to teach English to students at the Ban Tar Klang School. During your stay, you will assist local teachers with developing and carrying out English language lessons. You will be able to help them make lessons fun and interesting for the local students, who will be able to apply their language abilities to their careers later on.


For children living in poverty, learning English can be a way to escape the cycle and to build bright futures where they can pursue greater educational and career opportunities later on. English has become an increasingly important language to know worldwide, and can be particularly important in areas that are popular among international tourists or that depend on tourism for their local economy.

Field conditions

As an intern, you can expect to work in mornings and afternoons (with a break for lunch) at the Ban Tar Klang School, about 53km outside of Surin Town. Each day, you will work with a local teacher to develop interesting, fun, and engaging English language lessons for local students, and may have the opportunity to teach as well. You’re also invited to impart some of your own skills and knowledge through other lessons and activities such as music, arts, and sports.

Arrival and orientation

Once you arrive to the airport, GROUND staff will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. They’ll also brief you on the local culture, do’s and don’ts, safety, emergency contact information, and details about the area where you will be staying.

During the first full day of your program, you will meet with your program leader to learn about your project’s history, the organization you’re working with, and important information about your role as a volunteer. You also will have the chance to meet the local people you’ll work with, and start developing your plan and goals for the duration of your trip.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

During your trip to Thailand, you will stay first at the Lab D hostel in Bangkok, then at the Maneerot Hotel for your second day in Surin, and finally you’ll stay with a host family for the duration of your internship. The house you’ll live in will be basic but comfortable, with a private room or dorm, a shared bathroom with a shower and squat toilet, and a small kitchen. There is no air conditioning, but there are fans throughout the house. Living with a host family is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Thai culture and make lifelong friends!


Volunteers will be staying with a host family.


from $328 USDper week

from $328 USDper week


What’s included

  • Transportation

  • Some meals

  • Airport transfers

  • English-speaking station guide

  • Accommodation

What’s not included

  • Other expenses

  • Tips

  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization

  • Activities

  • Sim cards

  • All drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Insurance

  • Equipment and materials for teaching

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on Fridays year-round.

GROUND partners with local communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. Through customized journeys, GROUND helps students and business teams to strengthen leadership skills, build resilience, and teach cross-cultural understanding. These transformational programs leave a lifelong legacy for both GROUND participants and local communities.

GROUND started as a department of the award-winning destination management company, Khiri Travel, helping Khiri’s tour operators and travel agents worldwide organize educational trips in Southeast Asia. As demand for these trips grew, Khiri Travel created an educational travel department and expanded from its original base in Indochina to additional countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

In 2008, Khiri Travel came across the remote community of Sambor Prei Kuk on the main road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Afflicted by poverty and far away from the big cities, this community sits close to archaeological treasures from the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom of the 7th century. A coalition including university, government, and international NGOs was created to help improve the local residents’ livelihoods in a sustainable way. Khiri Travel was asked to participate as the tourism sector partner to organize community-based tourism to help alleviate poverty and promote conservation.

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