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Teach English on an Island - Thailand

  • Live on a stunning and fun tropical island
  • Stay in a beach bungalow
  • Island tour, night food market visit
Location Koh Phangan
Start dates 2014: 8 Nov
2015: 10 Jan, 30 May, 25 Jul, 7 Nov
Duration 6 weeks
Availability Spaces available
Cost £1395 / $2220 - see pricing table below

How will I make a difference?

By volunteering to teach English at primary schools in Thailand you can help the children develop their confidence by inspiring them to improve their English skills.

In Thailand, English is important as it's the number one language in tourism. Koh Phangan has rapidly developed over the past few years and many of the jobs on the island relate to tourism so English ability is particularly important in this location. A volunteer English teacher is really valuable since they can help to improve the speaking and listening skills for the students on the tropical island.

Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Thailand Teaching English reviews.

Volunteer teaching English in Thailand: What will I be doing?

A normal week will involve around 8 hours of English lessons from Monday to Friday. The school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. Volunteers are required to plan and prepare for all lessons on school days, but this can be done by one the local swimming pools or on the beach under a palm tree! You will teach the lessons with another volunteer. You will develop your communication, organisational and teaching skills, while living an amazing lifestyle on a tropical island.

Your role is to focus on improving speaking and listening skills and building the children's confidence to communicate with foreigners. Volunteers design lessons which are lots of fun and include interaction, including games, art, songs (the Thais love karaoke!) and any other creative activities. Teaching in Thailand is an unforgettable experience and the Thais love to have fun. There are generally between 4-8 volunteers.

More about the project

We work with 9 schools on the island of Koh Phangan. All the schools are Thai government primary schools and the schools range in size from 50-300 students. Volunteers teach English to primary school children aged from 4-12 years old on the stunning and exciting tropical island of Koh Phangan, off the South East Coast of Thailand. Volunteers are supported by volunteer manager Eiu who lives on the island who can support you throughout your time at the project.

Location and free time

Koh Phangan is a popular destination for backpackers and travellers and has plenty of facilities to make it a comfortable and exciting place to live. Koh Phangan is a laid back, friendly and fun island with an atmosphere that means people usually stay a lot longer than intended!

At weekends you are free to explore the island. As well as stunning beaches, there is great snorkelling and diving opportunities and jungle and temples to explore inland. There is a lively social scene with many bars and restaurants and of course the infamous full moon parties!

Volunteer accommodation

You will have your own room in a beachside resort  in the Sri Thanu area of Koh Phangan (on the north-west coast of the island).

Each room has an en-suite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. They are fan rooms (not air con). The rooms have 24 hour electricity and WiFi. The hotel has a TV area, space to relax, and is close to other shops and bars.

There is a great restaurant at the accommodation that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has WiFi and there are plenty of restaurants nearby, giving you a good choice for eating. There is also an excellent night food market in Thong Sala (nearby town) offering many inexpensive dishes.

What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced PoD UK team
  • Single point of contact - Ellie is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth information booklet on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to PoD
  • Teaching volunteering placement
  • Being met on arrival on Koh Phangan and transfer
  • Accommodation - your own room in a beautiful beach resort!
  • Daily transport on teaching days (where required)
  • Induction to your school, timetable and syllabus
  • Thai language and culture training
  • Budget for teaching resources
  • Activities: Koh Phangan island tour, night food market visit
  • PoD polo t-shirt
  • Thai SIM card for your mobile phone
  • Support from local team
  • Support from PoD UK office
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Specialist crisis management insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the PoD community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.

How volunteer fees are set

PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.

Child protection

PoD is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.


6 weeks £1395 €1655 $2220 $2385
  Discount if sharing a bungalow with a friend/partner:
Per person £90 €105 $145 $155

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com


We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information


PoD UK Manager



Ellie in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!

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