Teach English to primary school children on the stunning and exciting tropical island of Koh Phangan, off the South East Coast of Thailand. This volunteer project includes a 2 day TEFL course and certificate, island your, 1 day boat and snorkelling trip, night food market visit and on-going support from our own member of staff. Volunteers live on a stunning and fun tropical island in their own beach bungalow. A native English teacher is really valuable, building student confidence and quickly improving speaking and listening skills. Teaching in Thailand is an unforgettable experience and the Thais love to have fun. You will develop your communication, organisational and teaching skills, while living an amazing lifestyle. For the Thai people, English is important as it's the number one language in tourism. On Koh Phangan most of the jobs relate to tourism so English ability is particularly important in this location.
What to Expect?
A normal week will involve around 8 hours of English lessons from Monday to Friday. When you include the planning and preparation time as well, this is plenty, although you can get more involved if you would like to. You may teach on your own or in a pair with another volunteer. Your role is to focus on improving speaking and listening skills and building the children's confidence to communicate with foreigners. This means lots of fun and interaction, including games, art, songs (the Thais love karaoke!) and any other creative activities that get the kids using English. The school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. You are not expected to be in school when you are not teaching but you are expected to ensure that you plan and deliver good quality lessons. You will have plenty of free time after work and weekends to explore the local area. As well as stunning beaches, there is great snorkelling and diving opportunities and jungle and temples to explore inland. The island is a popular traveller destination and there is a lively social scene with many bars and restaurants and of course the infamous full moon parties!
- Program ID: # 1749
- duration: 1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Koh Phangan, Thailand Surat ThaniThailand9° 42' 27.7308" N, 100° 0' 6.0408" E
- Fitness level: Light Impact
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- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Teach Overseas
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I would highly recommend volunteering with PoD as it was the most rewarding experience I have ever had! From start to finish the service was impeccable, both in the UK and in Thailand, with any query or problem immediately resolved. The bungalows are simple but have everything you need and are right on the beach with incredible views over Koh Samui. That is not to say the teaching is without its challenges, but being able to overcome those challenges meant that I left Koh Phangan with a real sense of achievement. The teaching also allows you to really get a sense of the Thai culture, and the length of the placement means you get to know local people and really integrate into the community.
Amy, 18 years