Teach English to Buddhist Monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $968 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



On this trip, you will have the opportunity to teach English to Thailand’s Buddhist monks in temple schools. Your exact role will vary based on your placement and comfort level, but you can expect to be paired with a local teacher who you will assist with daily lessons. The goals for this project are to provide free language lessons, expose non-English speakers to native speakers to improve their pronunciation and conversational skills, and engage in cross-cultural interaction.

You do not need background experience in education or childcare to sign up, though it would be beneficial and those volunteers with qualifications in either area are highly encouraged to apply. You should have some knowledge of the local language to communicate effectively with students and staff, but this is not a prerequisite. Completing a TEFL course prior to joining the program will be beneficial in providing context and experience in your English teaching placement.

Arrival and Orientation

Once you arrive to Chiang Mai, local staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to the volunteer house to settle in. The next day, you’ll start your orientation, which will give an overview of Thai culture as well as some basic words and phrases, plus insights into public transport, your day-to-day activities, and much more.


During your stay in Thailand, you will live in a volunteer house close to the city. Dormitory-style, gender-separated rooms house two to four volunteers each, and are air conditioned. The house has western-style bathrooms, hot water, bed linen, kitchen and laundry facilities, and wifi. You will have breakfast provided at the house, and lunch at the program site. You will be able to cook your own dinner or try the restaurants nearby.

Field Conditions

Chiang Mai is a gorgeous city in the north of Thailand, rich in cultural diversity and natural wonders. Enjoy exploring the old quarter, visiting temples, meeting monks, and trying delicious Thai food. You also will be close to waterfalls, rainforests, hot springs, rivers, and small villages to explore. On this program, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways, with a few of your tasks including:

- Helping to teach English to novice monks

- Playing games and reading to others in English

- Teaching general knowledge and skills

- Assisting the teacher with administrative duties and cleaning the classroom

Your exact duties will depend on the time of year and the needs of the school, and you can expect to work 10 to 20 hours each week. You’re invited to help with planning and other projects at the school, including administrative duties and more. A typical schedule will look like this:

7:00am Breakfast

7:45am Travel to the Buddhist Temple School

8:15am Pre-start meeting with program supervisor

8:30am Volunteering duties start – you also will break for lunch in the middle of the day

4:30pm Volunteering duties end

4:45pm De-brief with the program supervisor

During the evening, you’re free to explore the area, check out different restaurants, or relax with your fellow volunteers.

Your Impact

During your stay on this program, you will be able to help in a variety of ways. Not only will you help local novice monks with their English language skills – particularly pronunciation and conversation – but you also will be able to engage in cross-cultural exchange among a group of people who have led sheltered lives. In turn, you will be able to learn about Buddhist philosophy and Thai culture.


Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Volunteers will be teaching English to monks in a classroom.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), Chiang Mai, Thailand


<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$968 USD

What’s Included

  • Certificate of completion (on request)

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

  • Project placement & onsite supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food & meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation & full safety briefing

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)

  • In-country trips and excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional foods and snacks

  • Travel insurance

  • Vaccinations

  • Visas

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round with volunteers arriving on Friday. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.


A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)


Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more


Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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