Teaching English Bangkok

Thailand

Teach English in a friendly vocational college in central Bangkok. Work with small groups to develop the student’s confidence and English communication skills. Ideal base to explore the many sites in vibrant Bangkok.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Bang Na - suburb of Bangkok
  • Start dates: July
  • Duration: 4 - 6 weeks
  • Age requirement: 20+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £695 / €835 / $940 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers teach English to students aged between 15-21 years old at the college in the city of Bangkok. Your role will be to work in the English department at the college, focusing mainly on speaking and listening skills. The students are extremely friendly and love having volunteers who speak English, the extra support in lessons generates a lot of excitement and fun!

You will design interactive lessons through role plays, new vocabulary sessions, quizzes and competitions.

Local teachers from the college help to suggest topics for you to cover during your sessions. Your role is to help the students to practice English as much as possible, focusing mainly on developing the students speaking and listening skills.

Working days and hours

Volunteers run sessions at the college for around 2-4 hours per day from Monday-Thursday.

Other volunteers

There are usually around 1-2 volunteers at one time with a maximum of 2.

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.

Start dates

2017: 3 Jul (4-6 weeks), 17 Jul (4 weeks)

2018: 2 Jul (4-6 weeks), 16 Jul (4 weeks)

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Teaching English in Bangkok volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

English classes often have a large number of students and so it can make a big difference to have support from volunteers who can run small group sessions with the students to practise English.

The students at the College rarely have the chance to meet and learn English from international English speakers and so volunteers help them to develop their listening and speaking skills.

The additional lessons run by volunteers provide a unique opportunity for students to excel at English and help the students build their confidence in conversational English.

“We love having Pod volunteers at our College since they really help the students increase their confidence in talking to foreigners in English. We are thankful for the time and effort that volunteers give to help us.”Teacher Poonsuk, Head of the English Department

How is the Teaching English in Bangkok project making a difference?

Pod has been supporting the College in Bang Na since 2007, providing volunteers as additional English teachers supporting students in their lessons. The college has over 4000 students and over 100 teachers with subjects including computer science, marketing, accounting, and secretarial skills. The college offers valuable further education to young students from a mixture of economic backgrounds.

The English Department supports the education of around 400 young people in furthering their education from age 15-21. Many of these students will go into industries where language skills will be needed; English is the main language for the tourism industry in Thailand but in Bangkok it is also integral for international businesses and other employment opportunities. Confidence in English can open doors to new career paths or access to further education.

The project provides volunteers that help students 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.

Where will I be living?

For the first four weeks, volunteers live in hotel which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the project. You will have your own comfortable room with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom, TV and fridge. The building also has a roof garden to relax in. Volunteers staying longer than four weeks can choose to extend at the same hotel or look into alternative hotels or locations. Bangkok has an amazing variety of accommodations and so many people like to explore their options.

There are many sites to visit in Bangkok as well as exploring outside of Bangkok on your 3-day weekends. Popular choices include the beaches on the island of Koh Samet, visiting the ancient city and temples of Ayuthaya and the Bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • 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

On your placement:

Teaching volunteering placement

  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Accommodation (4 weeks) - your own room
  • Induction
  • Support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office
  • 24/7 emergency back up by phone and email
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

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 is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
4 - 6 weeks £695 GB Pounds
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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

Discount of £95 per person for friends / partners sharing a room

400

The number of students volunteers support in furthering their education

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Ellie

Pod UK Manager

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

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Thailand Teaching English Bangkok volunteer – Krupali

    “I really enjoyed my experience in Thailand. Teaching the children in Bang Na was educational for myself as a volunteer, as it enabled me to enjoy the culture and spirit of the Thai teachers and students.”

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  • Thailand Teaching English Bangkok volunteer – Max

    “The whole experience was very rewarding and worthwhile. The staff and students I interacted with during my time in Thailand were all very friendly and the students were very enthusiastic about improving their English.”

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  • Thailand Teaching English Bangkok volunteer – Wolfe

    “This was one of the best experiences of my life and one that I will not forget. The most rewarding part of this whole experience was the bond that we made with the students and teachers.”

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