Programme: Volunteer with Children Phaeng Nga You will be teaching English in local schools so that children can develop their language skills in order to work towards better future education and work opportunities, while we aim to help the community overall to improve their quality of life through education and maintain their unique Thai culture.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities at the base camp. Those staying at a home stay will live with a local host family. There is running cold water available for showers and cooking. Drinking water will be provided. Flush (or bucket flush) toilet facilities are available, and participants share all base duties, including cleaning and other chores. Those staying in home stays may assist with some cooking and cleaning.
Does the project require any special preparation? Staff in the field will provide pre-departure training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel. It is not essential that you purchase a book before coming, but reading (even skimming) one of the following methodology books will give you a good foundation for what's to come, and will prove useful to you after the course if you continue teaching.
TEFL Methodology Learning Teaching by J. Scrivener: A very user-friendly and comprehensive guide sourced on many TEFL training courses which covers teaching techniques for TEFL and some reasoning behind them. More than a Native Speaker by D.B. Snow (TESOL) A handbook written by a volunteer teacher who had to figure it all out on his own.
You can access these websites to understand what ideas and opportunities about English Language Teaching are out there. www.teachenglish.org.uk (British Council and BBC) www.tefl.net
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. The majority of your time, Monday through Friday, will be spent teaching English classes and assisting local teachers, playing games and leading educational activities that will improve the eager children’s conversational English.
Although rewarding, your days can be long and tiring as you keep up with the children’s energy and enthusiasm, but both the children and their families are extremely appreciative of all your hard work as you see the difference you can make first hand.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Volunteers need to be fluent in English.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Phuket and Takuapa. At the base camp and work locations we adhere to a strict code of health and safety. All staff are first aid certified and anyone staying on base receives a health and safety briefing upon arrival.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and there will be organized side trips planned for weekends. In this time you could take part in our side trips, relax at the program base or visit the numerous beaches, islands, caves, and national forests for which the region is famous.
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate).
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Learning how to cook a number of tasty Thai dishes, including some regional favorites
Learning the basics of the Thai language
Complete immersion in the local culture
What's Not Included
Medical and travel insurance
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Additional Information Field staff advise that you enter the country using a tourist visa. For most nationalities a 30 day visa can be obtained upon arrival . If you are staying longer then 30 days then you should apply for a tourist visa in your home country. Please check with the immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit, or see www.cibt.com for visa application advice and information.