Program posted by: Volunteer teachers in Thailand
Posted on: February 13, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it is like to spend your vacation volunteering with a community that appriacates you for helping them. Communities that cannot understand you because your speaking English, but welcomes you with open arms. With schools in Thailand it is good if your willing to learn a new language like Thai. We had volunteers with no expereince, English not even their native language, have come and have learnt how speak Thai, have learnt more about themselves and are still volunteering with us after 12 months. If you really want to experience cutlure, spicey food, beautiful scenery, easy life style and to see how other people live the world, we are the volunteering organization we can help you.
Volunteer teachers help small schools in Thailand, which has been forgotten about. These schools are despreate for foreigners to help children learn English. Our schools are underprivileged and are under funded,We at volunteer teacher help these schools by finding volunteer teachers. These school are normally small with a maximum of 350 students. Our smallest school has only 137 students. Volunteer teachers expose students their their culture through learning English as a foreign language.
Thailand will make a big change in 2015 with the opening of the ASEAN Community. This change will be disastrous for the average Thai workers if they do not learn English adequately before this time. According to the ASEAN labor laws, workers from other ASEAN member countries will be able to compete with Thais for jobs in Thailand. The person who has the better job skills AND better command of English will get the job. This will a huge departure from the days when Thais had (and will have until 2015) preference over foreigners in terms of getting jobs.
This is why we need to help these school which not only have low budgets,also have a low standard of education. Just by volunteering at our schools, you could change one of your students lives. All students that go to these small schools never reach university. Not because their not good enough, because it is because they just can't afford it.
If you really want to make a change in peoples lives, better someones life other than your own. Volunteer as a teacher withhttp:volunteerteachers.org.
Not only will you gain cultural experience, you could help children that real need your time and patience that on the long term could change their ideas or future.
I will tell you a true story of student. Her parents were farmers. We had an American volunteer. He was great. This student was so curious of the volunteer, she kept going to his home asking questions about America and her English homework.
But, this volunteer gave up his free time and ended up teaching her not only at school, but at her home. Today that student is an English major and has a great job due to the fact she had been exposed to the volunteer, she gained knowledge of English and foreign culture. She worked and studied at university to get her degree. Her and the volunteer teacher are today still great friend and even helps her when she has problems. She says the volunteer is her mentor, her Idol.
""Education is the most powerful weapon which you can change the world." Nelson Mandela