Certificate of completion (on request)
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24/7 local support network
Food & meals (as specified above)
Accommodation (as specified above)
Orientation & full safety briefing
Airport pick-up on arrival
Teach English to Children in Koh Samui, Thailand
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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.
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:
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.
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.
LocationKoh Samui, Thailand
Where you will be volunteeringKoh Samui, Thailand
Volunteers will be teaching English to children.
Where you'll be stayingKoh Samui, Thailand
Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.
Nearest AirportBangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand
<p>The program fees listed includes the $299 registration fee.</p>
What’s Not Included
Return airport transfer (unless mentioned above)
In-country trips and excursions
Additional foods and snacks
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.
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