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Volunteer with Children in Thailand

Live and work in tropical Phang Nga province and teach English to children

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Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga

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$2,090.00

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Discover Thailand's idyllic Andaman region when you volunteer with local communities. Help them to improve their future opportunities by teaching English in local schools. Experience the traditional Thai culture which tourists miss out on and explore the unspoiled white sand beaches and tropical jungles in your free time.
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Overview

Travel to the exquisite and idyllic Andaman region and experience white sand beaches and tropical jungle as you become immersed in the local culture. Contribute to helping the communities improve their future opportunities while living and working in a side of Thailand that so many tourists miss out on.

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 culture.

You will have the opportunity to experience a culture and a way of life that most tourists miss on the normal tourist trail. Visit local natural highlights such as limestone rock formations, amazing caves and white sandy beaches with crystal emerald waters. Learn how to cook Thai food, speak basic Thai, and immerse yourself in this vibrant and welcoming culture.

Testimonials

"Life on base was something that worried me before I arrived. Sharing a bedroom with 11 others, living out of a backpack and no hot water? How was I going to cope? I can honestly say that life on base is great. Everyone works hard to keep the camp clean and tidy and it really does feel like home. It’s nice to get back from a hard day at school and just chill out with everyone and share stories. I have made friends from all over the world and have never laughed so much in my life."

- Jodie Martin, (United Kingdom)

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What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

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Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Course Life

Monday to Friday

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 conservational 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.

Field Conditions

Our base is small but comfortable with shared facilities, with enough space for people to relax together or in private. The GVI base has access to cold running water, electricity and internet connection. While on project you will also receive simple yet delicious Thai meals cooked locally.

Accommodation Upgrades

Also, if you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Course Details

In the community where you will be teaching your presence is invaluable. Classrooms are often overcrowded and teachers need enthusiastic volunteers like you to ease their workload, give the children some extra attention and more exposure to spoken English. You may be teaching with fellow volunteers, assisting local Thai teachers or occasionally teaching your own classes.

You will also be required to practice English with the wider community, providing them with the language skills to be able to take advantage of the increase in tourism in the area.

Our goal is to help our local partner communities develop by providing the children with the necessary skills for improving their future opportunities, all while highlighting the importance in preserving and appreciating the fascinating culture.

How this project makes a difference:

GVI works directly with local schools to provide hardworking English teachers for the Thai children.  Because of the growth of tourism in the area, English teachers are in great demand.  Most good jobs are in the tourism industry and require conversational English skills and by providing these kids with English education, they will have the opportunity to improve their futures and break the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday

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 conservational 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.

Field Conditions

Our base is small but comfortable with shared facilities, with enough space for people to relax together or in private. The GVI base has access to cold running water, electricity and internet connection. While on project you will also receive simple yet delicious Thai meals cooked locally.

Accommodation Upgrades

Also, if you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Program Details

In the community where you will be teaching your presence is invaluable. Classrooms are often overcrowded and teachers need enthusiastic volunteers like you to ease their workload, give the children some extra attention and more exposure to spoken English. You may be teaching with fellow volunteers, assisting local Thai teachers or occasionally teaching your own classes.

You will also be required to practice English with the wider community, providing them with the language skills to be able to take advantage of the increase in tourism in the area.

Our goal is to help our local partner communities develop by providing the children with the necessary skills for improving their future opportunities, all while highlighting the importance in preserving and appreciating the fascinating culture.

How this project makes a difference:

GVI works directly with local schools to provide hardworking English teachers for the Thai children.  Because of the growth of tourism in the area, English teachers are in great demand.  Most good jobs are in the tourism industry and require conversational English skills and by providing these kids with English education, they will have the opportunity to improve their futures and break the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Project Life

Monday to Friday

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 conservational 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.

Field Conditions

Our base is small but comfortable with shared facilities, with enough space for people to relax together or in private. The GVI base has access to cold running water, electricity and internet connection. While on project you will also receive simple yet delicious Thai meals cooked locally.

Accommodation Upgrades

Also, if you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Project Details

In the community where you will be teaching your presence is invaluable. Classrooms are often overcrowded and teachers need enthusiastic volunteers like you to ease their workload, give the children some extra attention and more exposure to spoken English. You may be teaching with fellow volunteers, assisting local Thai teachers or occasionally teaching your own classes.

You will also be required to practice English with the wider community, providing them with the language skills to be able to take advantage of the increase in tourism in the area.

Our goal is to help our local partner communities develop by providing the children with the necessary skills for improving their future opportunities, all while highlighting the importance in preserving and appreciating the fascinating culture.

How this project makes a difference:

GVI works directly with local schools to provide hardworking English teachers for the Thai children.  Because of the growth of tourism in the area, English teachers are in great demand.  Most good jobs are in the tourism industry and require conversational English skills and by providing these kids with English education, they will have the opportunity to improve their futures and break the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield, either before or after your program. Below is some information on trips and travel options in Thailand.

Optional Side Trips

Take advantage of the amazing sites and scenery the Andaman region of Thailand has to offer. There are endless opportunities to visit islands, beaches, parks and caves and many can be done on weekends. While on the ground, we are here to help so make sure to ask our field staff to assist you with planning trips.

Explore the amazing Khao Sok National Park, including the stunning Cheow Larn Lake and 740km² of rainforest and which is home to elephants, leopards, tigers, deer, monkeys, lizards, birds, and the Rafflesia  – the largest flowers in the world, 90cm across with a unique aroma…of rotting flesh! Take a day trip for a quick sample of the park’s delights or stay overnight and discover even more – perhaps in one of the jungle tree houses, or even on a bungalow that floats on the lake. Trek through the jungle, kayak around Cheow Larn lake visiting spectacular limestone caves, swim in idyllic waterfalls or just relax and see what you can spot!

Khao Lak is a very popular tourist spot close by, with beautiful, seemingly endless beaches, so many dining options you’ll be spoilt for choice and hundreds of spas offering massages and treatments at reasonable rates. With a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to hostels, Khao Lak offers you the chance to spoil yourself for a few days, whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge a little.

The Similan and Surin Island groups, both under the protection of their Marine National Park status, are home to some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the region. You can take a day trip, stay on a live aboard boat or even stay overnight on the islands themselves.

Phuket Island, about 90mins south of Khao Lak and renowned for its colorful night life is also a great stop-off for divers and snorkelers, but if you’re not the diving type you can explore Phang Nga Bay by speed-boat or sea kayak, stopping off at James Bond Island, made famous by the 1974 film ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’ before visiting the floating Sea Gypsy village. Phuket is also very popular with surfers, playing host to annual surfing competitions, though there is a great ‘secret spot’ near Khao Lak…if you’re interested GVI staff will show you the way!

Neighbouring Krabi Province is a treasure trove for intrepid travellers; from the crystal clear Emerald Pond to the epic 1,237-step climb up to the Buddha image and stunning views at the Tiger Temple Cave to the enchanted scenery and pools of Than Bok Khoranee National Park to the shopping and late night bars of Ao Nang to the chilled out beaches of Koh Lanta Island to the parties of Phi Phi, where ‘The Beach’ was filmed – the options are truly endless!

Further Traveling Opportunities

Thailand is a country with a whole range of fantastic places that you could visit. If you have the time and budget, you could consider going to see the following; the waterfalls of the picturesque Khao Yai National Park, the mountain town of Chiang Mai, the local tribes of Nam Province, the beaches of Ko Tao and Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park, the golden kingdom of Ayuthaya, the temples and nightlife of Bangkok and many more…

The Team

Jolyon Briggs
Conservation Coordinator

Meet Jolyon, our Conservation Coordinator in Phang Nga. He joined GVI on a conservation internship in Kenya in 2011 and worked with one of our partners; Conservation Volunteers Australia, before joining the team in Thailand.

His favorite aspect of being on base? “The environments we are working in out here are incredible, diverse and just so beautiful. Plus there’s great places to swim and relax in your free time.” Having Jolyon around base is pretty great too, he rips it up on the saxophone, the guitar and he sings. (Although we have it on good authority that he can’t dance).

Jolyon’s highlight since working with GVI? Designing and implementing two separate research projects in partnership with the Department of National Parks. “So far so good!”

Sophie Lemberger
Base Manager

Meet Sophie, our Base Manager in Phang Nga. She initially joined GVI as a TEFL intern in 2010, then joined us in Kenya before becoming a part of the team in Thailand.

Her highlights since working with GVI? “Living as a part of a Karen hill community for 11 months was one of the best experiences of my life. When I was working with GVI in Kenya, I was also lucky enough to be a big part of setting up the health project before handing it over to one of the National Scholarship Program participants.”

What does Sophie think the volunteers bring to the project? “They assist all of us a lot – we couldn’t run the projects without them. They also bring a lot of energy, ideas and enthusiasm along which always keeps me motivated.”

Jill Walker
Assistant Director of Programs

Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she’s based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”

When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”

What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Dee Drinya Totrakool
Country Director

Meet Dee, our Country Director for Thailand. When she’s not busy dealing with stakeholders or site visits, Dee likes to be active, either out in the woods or in a gym. “I aim to live healthy happy lifestyle so working out or outdoor activities keep me sane and happy!”

She loves what she does because GVI and its volunteers are contributing directly to local communities. “It’s a proven capacity building program and it’s a self-sustaining way to run a project and give back to local communities.”

Although Dee only joined us in May 2013, she’s already had a major impact on the ground. She describes her proudest accomplishment so far as managing to secure two additional elephants to join GVI’s herd. “It took me almost a month of living in the village in order to talk to the people, following their lead, and making it happen.

Kathryn Morris
Country Expert

Meet Kathryn, one of our most intrepid outdoors(wo)men. Her plan was to join GVI as a temporary office intern – gaining some work experience while spending time discovering a new country. She liked us so much that she decided to stay!

A lot can be said for Kathryn’s positive outlook on life… Even after telling us about an accidental full-frontal flashing of a Nepalese hotel staff member, followed by projectile vomiting all over a restaurant because of food poisoning, she smiles and says “At least my fellow travellers were entertained!”

Kathryn, aka Giggles, loves being at HQ because of the absence of traditional ‘office wear’ and recommends baby wipes as her one travel must-have to everyone – for that inevitable waterless shower.

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What's Included

  • 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)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Our Impact

Location

Phang Nga

Phang Nga province is located on the Andaman Sea and is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, numerous national parks and stunning scenery with a wide range of attractions. Phang Nga is made up of white sandy beaches, tropical islands, amazing limestone rock formations and a rich culture. Our project base gives volunteers the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture with chances to explore local attractions on your project downtime.

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