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Teach English in Schools in Thailand

If you love kids and want to make a difference in rural Thailand then our very cool School Placement (Teaching English) program in Thailand is for you. No qualifications or TESL is needed!

Teaching in rural schools will not only help the students broaden their minds, but it's also a rewarding experience for you. The way you get to teach is entirely up to you. For example, you may create real-life situations, games and other activities while utilising the English language. There is a lot of freedom for your own creativity to bring new forms of teaching and ideas into the classroom!

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Program Description

This program gives you the chance to work with students at various schools in the Singburi area, teaching English. The schools we work with on the government approved program are primary and secondary schools and the students will range from age 4 to 21 in some cases.

The schools like a non-formal approach to teaching. This means that we will not have to stick to the local Thai teaching methods or styles, and you will be free to choose your own way of teaching and will be free (and encouraged) to bring new ideas into class.

Our teaching in Thailand program means you'll not only get to help children in rural Thailand to have a chance to speak more English, (usually even their teachers can't), but also it will give you an insight into the Thai education system. Not only that it's a great way to make friends with students and teachers.

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The Aims & Objectives of Teaching English in Thailand Program

For this particular program, the aims and objectives fall under the jurisdiction of the Thai government. In recent years, the government has placed a continued emphasis on teaching the English language. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one the lowest in Asia.

Our aim is to continue to improve the children’s prospects by teaching them English. On the other hand, you will also gain teaching experience, which is an invaluable life skill! Especially while travelling!

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Typical Week

Monday to Friday
You will leave your accommodation between 7am and 9am depending on the school. You'll be expected to teach for 3-6 hours. Lunch will be served at the school and you will leave the school each day at around 3pm or 4pm.

Thai schools show respect to the King of Thailand through a ceremony and you might be asked to take part this unique morning ritual.

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Things to note

  • Please take note of the long holidays (mid-March till mid-May and October) as well as public holidays. During such times, renovation work happens, with the option to join special classes and English camps that are regularly requested by the local community.
  • Thailand is a tropical country with occasional violent storms, heavy rains and floods. During such times, the above schedule may be subject to change. 

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What you need to take part

  • A good level of English (spell correctly and use grammar correctly)
  • Additional equipment (we encourage you to take items and books from home as well as other teaching aids)
  • Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.
  • No Criminal Record

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Accommodation options

You will be located in the outskirts of Singburi, it's a really interesting town 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895.

Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see. No tourists!

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Standard Accommodation

Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car).

The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people. All rooms in these houses have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room. All rooms have a private western style toilet and cold showers (actually refreshing in the heat of Singburi).

All doors and windows are fitted with mosquito screens and there are 2 fans in every room. Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi

All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

Comfort Class Accommodation

This accommodation is located in one of our Eco Houses. This option has comfortable, spacious and uniquely designed bedrooms with air-conditioning and hot water showers.

We recommend this accommodation for those who enjoy a little more privacy and mod cons.  Single as well as double rooms are available on the premises. The comfort class accommodation is located seperately from the two standard participant residences and so it is noticeably quieter.

Comfort class includes a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet any other fellow participants.

All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

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Things to note

  • No alcohol is permitted in any of our accommodations, most of the houses are within walking distance of a local shop and there is even a makeshift bar provided by the friendly locals in Twin House and Brown House.
  • There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you will be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by by foot.
  • There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodation houses.
  • Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool.

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Activities & Events

Tuesday Evening
Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!

Wednesday Afternoon
This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.

Wednesday Evening
You will have the option to attend a Thai BBQ at a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening
There is a trip to a shopping mall (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)

Sights & Surroundings
Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.

You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 - 3 hours either by mini-van or bus from our Singburi. We provide detailed information about this each week.

 

Climate


The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

Dry season: November - end of February. 

During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.

Hot: March to June. 

During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 40°C).

Rainy: July - October. 

This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly but when it does rain, heavy flooding is not rare.

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