Travel to the mountainous area of northern Thailand, a region famous for its beautiful views, unique culture, and the elephant keeping hill tribes that reside here. This internship is an excellent opportunity to genuinely experience the unique Karen hill tribe culture, as well as gaining teaching experience and helping to significantly improve the English language knowledge of the villagers.
During your time on project you will work alongside other like-minded volunteers and receive relevant training from our experienced staff. A lot of your time will be spent in and around the local school; teaching English and elephant conservation to children, lesson planning, and building relationships with the local teachers. You will also attend nursery and after school clubs to play with the younger children of the village, and teach English to Mahouts and other adults in the evening.
You will be an essential part of the community team; planning and leading your own classes, after the initial training, as well as helping to train new volunteers and interns who also want to experience teaching. With your help, we hope to expand the community project further, to include more lessons at the school, as well as introduce a consistent conservation/environment related syllabus that local children will learn from.
As you will be working and living in a Karen hill tribe village you will become truly immersed in this fascinating and friendly community, as well as having the chance to learn the local language (Pakinyaw) and Thai while interacting around the village. There is also the opportunity for you to hike with mahouts and their elephants, a couple of times a week, as they roam in the surrounding forest.
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Thailand or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Teaching positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies. Qualification for possible GVI positions is at the sole discretion of Global Vision International.
All internships are geared at developing your leadership and role model skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.
As an intern on this program I've had what I can genuinely say to be some of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. Living and working closely with the Karen people of Huay Pakoot village, I've gained firm friends, learnt a great deal about Karen culture, helped the villagers sustain their environmentally sound traditional way of living, been involved with the education of the village children, and fallen in love with this remote, lush and stunningly beautiful part of Thailand.