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Thailand is a wonderful country to volunteer in. The welcoming attitude of the Thai people, their desire, at all ages, to learn English and the beauty of the landscape coupled with the integrity of Thai culture makes Thailand an ideal place for volunteering. Although a hugely popular tourist destination Thai people have the second worst English ability in South East Asia. Volunteer English teachers are desperately needed to build students confidence and encourage them to use their English language skills. There are many different ways that you can teach in Thailand even if you have no prior teaching experience.
There are many reasons for wanting to volunteer abroad and whether you are taking a Gap Year, career break or working vacation, Travel to Teach can introduce you to all aspects of this extraordinary culture.
As an English teacher in Thailand most volunteers will work alongside a Thai English teacher helping in areas such as pronunciation and general conversation. However, the Thai teacher often encourages you to take the lead role in the classroom, since their level of English is almost always lower than the volunteers’. Therefore, you will often find yourself leading the class, sometimes on your own. Standing up in front of class for the first time can seem like a frightning experience, particularly as most of our volunteers have no previous teaching experience. To help prepare our volunteers we provide them with a teaching introduction, teaching handbook and materials as part of our induction weekend. We also try to make sure that inexperienced volunteers are eased in gradually, that they are not left to teach on there own at the start of there placement and allow them to work in pairs if they wish.
Apart from our fees, you must pay for:
No qualifications wanted, Good knowlegde and command of English.
Food is paid for by our volunteers. Often when we teach in schools we are invited to share the school lunch with our fellow teachers. T2T has a welcome dinner and frequent "parties" and we often cook meals in our dorms. Apart from that participants are responsible for their meals. T2T has dorms in Nongkhai, Namsom and Chiang Mai. Please see individual location pages for more information. Volunteers living in dorms are responsible for keeping their accommodation clean. In smaller villages we offer Home stays, which means that you will be living with a family where you can expect to live at the typical standards. You will be in a clean friendly environment but don't expect any luxuries. We will supply you with the telephone numbers of our local T2T English speaking personnel.
Vaccinations: You should tell your doctor that you are likely to go on a jungle trip in Northeastern Thailand and that you will live in villages in Isan. Keep in mind, Nongkhai is considered to be an urban area and one need not worry about malaria pills for staying exclusively in Nongkhai. Also visit the WHO\'s (World Health Organisation) Travelers health information
Insurance: One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.