Volunteering Teaching English in Thailand

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 will help equip under-resourced elementary school pupils with this sought-after skill to improve their prospects.

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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: Elementary Schools
  • 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.

Tasks may include:

  • Creating lesson plans Teaching English classes
  • Assisting teachers in grammar and conversational lessons
  • Encouraging students to practice their conversational skills

Work schedule

Teaching English volunteers work a 4-day week, from Monday to Thursday. Working hours are from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, and you will usually help out with four classes each day. Your time will typically be split across different schools throughout Trat, rotating daily.

During the school holidays, volunteers also help out at English camps, organizing fun and educational workshops.

Journey to work

The schools are within a 25-minute taxi ride from the volunteer dormitory. Closed dates The Teaching English project in Thailand is closed for summer from the third week of February until the second week of May and for winter break from the second week of October to the first week of November.

Closed dates

The Teaching English project in Thailand is closed for summer from the third week of February until the second week of May and for winter break from the second week of October to the first week of November.

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Project Reviews & Testimonials

I joined this program as an English 'teacher' - and this teacher was also a student in so many ways! I spent two weeks staying with Jack and his family in a village a few kms outside the town of Phonphisai.

I have travelled for longer periods doing 'normal' tourist things, but the experiences, emotions and human bonds that arose from this trip far exceeded those from any of my other holidays!

I was very nervous about starting at Tha Rue Jang school, but the teachers were very friendly and welcomed me almost as family.

The children's English skills were very limited but over the course of my stay we found many ways to communicate without language. I was teaching computer studies, but I hope I also helped with their English and confidence speaking English. Occasionally I found things challenging or difficult to deal with.

I'm not so sure what I, myself, had expected to gain from this trip but I know I gained so many great memories and experiences I never thought possible.

It was nothing like I had expected; as cliche as it sounds my time in Thailand was just that. I have to admit this trip was my first time traveling outside of my own country so my expectations were unlimited; I can remember having doubts and insecurities about traveling to Asia but looking back now I can hardly remember the exact feelings I had.

Thailand Information Brochure

If you are interested in joining the program in Thailand, you should download and read our destination guide.

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