Koh Samui is a stunning tourist island situated in the Gulf of Thailand. A playground for holidaymakers; beautiful beaches, a myriad of seafood restaurants, and a buzzing nightlife, it is not hard to see why the Island is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. However, what a lot of people do not realise is that there is another side to the island. Behind the bright lights and shiny resorts there is poverty and destitution.
Most government-run schools in Thailand suffer greatly from underfunding. Thailand simply doesn't have the available money required to keep education as its priority. Teaching materials are severely lacking and antiquated. Computers are few and far between, if any at all! Lesson plans and curriculum's suffer immensely, but most importantly so do the students. In places like Koh Samui, where tourism is the number one industry, to find a job of any kind, English is a prerequisite, and any Thai with an ability to speak even the most Basic English stands a better chance of breaking free from poverty. With just a Basic English ability, prospects are improved considerably. That where volunteers come in!
Volunteers joining this project do not necessarily need experience in teaching (although experience and qualifications will help volunteers to feel more comfortable, more quickly), just a good knowledge of the English language. Volunteers will be guided through the teaching process by the local team of trained, English speaking staff who have several years of experience teaching English to Thai school children. Lesson plans, teaching materials, guidance and confidence will be there waiting for them when they arrive.
- Spend time helping kids from poor underdeveloped communities at a poor and underfunded school
- The children and the school are genuinely thankful of all of the support our volunteers can give them
- Giving these kids the tools from which they can gain genuine opportunities of employment in Thailand's booming tourism industry
- Living on one of Thailand's most stunning islands in the Gulf of Thailand
- Accommodation in a modern, well-equipped Volunteer House, located close to the beach
- 24/7 support and advice from a dedicated team of coordinators on the island
- Free weekends to explore, relax or travel
- A guided tour of bustling Bangkok city (Optional Extra)
Bangkok Weekend (Optional Extra – US$100):
Volunteers can choose to be collected at Bangkok airport and spend the first night at the guesthouse located on amazing Khao San Road, in the heart of Bangkok. Here they will meet fellow volunteers, and be taken on a guided tour of the city, including a welcome lunch at a popular Thai restaurant. Volunteers are then assisted to the coach terminal where they board a comfortable coach and make their way to Koh Samui Island (including a ferry ride). This is a fantastic way to begin a volunteering placement and is highly recommended.
NOTE: Arrival dates (when opting to include the Bangkok Arrival Weekend) are the first and third Friday of each month in order to start your placement on the following Monday. Volunteers opting to make their own way to Koh Samui will not be met at Bangkok airport and must arrive on the Island on a Saturday or Sunday morning in order to begin the volunteer placement on Monday.
2015 - Due to school exams and school holidays, English teaching and childcare is not available from March 13th to May 15th and from September 18th to October 31st.
For a list of fees for this program click here.
Areas of focus:
- Koh Samui, Changwat Surat Thani, Thailand
Extra details:Fee required
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome