Teach English to Children in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $878 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



On this trip, you will have the opportunity to help children in Koh Samui build bright futures by teaching English. You will be placed in a school that’s underfunded, with a great need for a helping hand from volunteers to give their time and support. You do not need teaching experience to sign up, as students will be able to learn some important pronunciation and conversational skills just from working with a native English speaker. The goals for this project are to provide language skills and educate other subjects to vulnerable children, improve their future prospects and break the cycle of poverty, 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 Bangkok, local staff will pick you up at the airport and take you to the volunteer guesthouse on Khao San Road, where you will stay for your first two nights. On Saturday, you’ll have an introductory orientation and city tour, and then on Sunday, you will board to coach to Surat Thani, then ferry to Koh Samui Island, where you’ll begin your volunteering placement.


During your stay in Thailand, you will first live in a guesthouse in central Bangkok, which includes all amenities and a welcome meal. Once you arrive to Koh Samui Island, you will stay in one of two volunteer houses located in a small island community. Rooms are split by gender and sleep two to four people at a time. Air conditioning is provided at an additional cost during the summer. Amenities include western-style bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, wifi, and bed linens. During the week, you will have lunch at the school, though you will need to provide your own breakfast and dinner, which you can purchase from local shops or try at local restaurants.

Field Conditions

Located on the Thai Gulf, Koh Samui is home to white sand beaches, amazing seafood restaurants, and excellent nightlife. While you’re there, check out the coral beds at Laem Set and Thong Takhian, the Ang Thong marine park, the butterfly garden and aquarium, the snake farm, the Bo Phut monkey theater, and the seated Buddha image on Fan Isle. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways in this program, with a few of your tasks including:

- Teaching English and other subjects to children

- Assisting teachers and other volunteers in classes

- Teaching subjects that you have an interest in, such as sports, music, and art

- Creating games in English and spending time playing with students

Each day, you can expect to work between four and six hours, and while your schedule may change, it generally will follow this format:

7:30am Breakfast

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

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

4:00pm Volunteering duties end

4:15pm Debrief with project 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. Providing English language lessons will help local Thai students with their higher education and career prospects later on. Learning language skills from native speakers is a great way to improve pronunciation and conversational abilities, allowing the students to speak more fluently.



Koh Samui, Thailand
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Koh Samui, Thailand

    Volunteers will be teaching English to children.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Koh Samui, Thailand

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand


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

1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week

$878 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 on Fridays. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week 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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