Volunteering in Community Education in Thailand

Join the uVolunteer Community Education Project in Thailand and improve the prospects of youngsters from neighboring Cambodia by teaching English. Many Cambodian families cross the border in search of work, but their children often struggle to receive an education because they don’t speak Thai. Through the charitable endeavors of the monks at temple Wat Klong Phet in Trat, Cambodian children are taught Thai and other subjects.

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As a community education volunteer, you will provide extra opportunities by teaching English in 50-minute classes and playing sports with children within the temple’s outdoor space. This interaction is key to building confidence and helping the students develop skills that will improve their quality of life.

The goal of the project is to have students attending the temple’s classes successfully integrate into local schools.

Download the program brochure to find out more about the Community Education Project in Thailand

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Thailand
  • Location: Trat
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Int. English
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Region: Trat Province
  • Project Site:  Buddhist temple
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer House
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: Yes

Your role as a volunteer

Tourism is Thailand’s number one industry, and English language proficiency can be the key to a good job for young adults. However, schools in rural areas like Trat often have limited resources and can’t afford to employ a native English-speaking teacher.

With your help, elementary school students can develop their conversational English skills and fine-tune their spelling, grammar and pronunciation. As a teaching English volunteer, you’ll help equip under-resourced elementary school pupils with this sought-after skill to improve their prospects.

Both native and non-native intermediate English speakers are welcome to join the project, working with students aged four to 12 as a teacher’s assistant in schools throughout Trat. No formal teaching experience or qualifications are necessary. There will always be a Thai/English teacher available during your classes to supervise and help with language translations.

Find out more about teaching English in Thailand by downloading program information brochure.

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Thailand
  • Location: Trat
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Int. English
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Region: Trat Province
  • Project Site: Buddhist Temple
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer House
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: Yes

Your role as a volunteer

As a teaching English volunteer, you will plan and deliver lessons for classes of 20 to 30 elementary school pupils or work with smaller groups to provide more individual assistance. Volunteers assist teachers with conversational lessons, encourage pupils to use their English and help out with workshops in the school holidays.

Volunteers are welcome to bring educational materials to assist with English lessons, including flashcards, board games, and books.

Tasks may include:

  • Teaching English classes
  • Interacting with youngsters to build confidence and skills
  • Playing with children and teaching sports
  • Preparing food and supervising mealtimes

Work schedule

Community education volunteers work at the temple four days a week, from Monday to Thursday, for a minimum of four hours each day. Your schedule will be finalized when you arrive.

Journey to work

The temple is located about 25 minutes by taxi from the volunteer dormitory.

Closed dates

This project is open year round

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