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Teach English on an Island - Thailand

  • Teach English and live on a beautiful tropical island in Thailand
  • Lead supplementary English classes for 4 – 12 year olds
  • Develop the children's English and creative skills through fun and interactive classes
  • Stay in a beachside resort in a perfect location to explore surrounding islands
Location Koh Phangan
Start dates 2016: 28 May, 23 July, 5 Nov
2017: 7 Jan, 29 May, 22 July, 4 Nov
Duration 6 weeks
Age requirements 18 +
Availability Spaces available
Cost £1395 / €1800 / $2220 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers on Koh Phangan focus on improving speaking and listening skills and building the children's confidence to communicate in English. Volunteers design lessons which are fun and include lots of interaction. Lessons may vary depending on age and ability but may include:

  • Interactive learning games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Listening or conversation practice
  • Games - the children love karaoke!

A normal week will involve around 2 hours of English lessons per day from Monday to Friday. The school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. You will teach primary school children aged 4 – 12 years old. You may teach on your own or with another volunteer.

During the school day volunteers only need to be at school for their lessons.  When you are not teaching you can plan and prepare for your lessons, this will take 1 – 2 hours per day. There are generally between 2-6 volunteers.

Teaching experience is not a requirement, we simply ask that volunteers are enthusiastic and imaginative and willing to learn as you teach. You can choose to do a TEFL Course before you go which you may find helpful for gathering resources and building your own confidence in Teaching English.

Hear from past Thailand Teach English on an Island volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Teach English on an Island reviews.



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How is the Thailand Teach English on an Island project making a difference?

Koh Phangan has rapidly developed over the past few years and many of the jobs on the island now relate to tourism.  The project provides volunteers that help local children build their confidence in conversational English. As English is important is the main tourist language in Thailand, English language skills open to doors to better jobs or access to further education.

Why are volunteers needed?

The children on Koh Phangan do not have the chance to meet and learn English from international English speakers and so volunteers help them to develop their listening and speaking skills and building their confidence.

Volunteers teach in local government schools where the majority of children are from low income families. Additional lessons provide a unique opportunity for children to excel at English.

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.

Where will I be living?

The project is based on the island of Koh Phangan in southern Thailand. Volunteers stay in a beautiful beachside resort in Sri Thanu, on the north-west coast of the island.

Each room has a bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower. They are fan rooms (not air con). The rooms have 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 there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

Volunteers use their free time to explore the island's beautiful beaches and landmarks. The main town, Thong Sala has an excellent night market and lots of bars, restaurants and cafes. Koh Phangan is in an excellent location to explore the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui.




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 Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to 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
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and 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 Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees

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.

6 weeks £1395 €1800 $2220 $2595
  Discount if sharing a bungalow with a friend/partner:
Per person £150 €195 $240 $280

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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