Teaching in Thailand

Spend three or four weeks in the remarkable city of Chiang Mai supporting the education of local children through this rewarding and unforgettable volunteer experience. Become a global citizen and immerse yourself in the unique and inspirational culture of Thailand whilst taking in the very best activities and attractions this historical city has to offer.

Program Overview

By participating in our Teaching in Thailand volunteer experience, you’ll have opportunities to prepare and implement weekly learning activities as you help teach English and other related subjects in a local school. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to experience the wondrous sights and attractions of the historical, mountainous city of Chiang Mai as you shadow, assist and support the local teachers and students. This program offers the unique and unforgettable experience of a local homestay – live and eat with a traditional Thai family who will welcome you as their own!

Project Details:

  • Project Activities: Students will spend their first few days exploring Chiang Mai and getting familiar with Thailand, its culture and the language whilst staying in a local guesthouse with a local Thai family. The focus of the program is supporting, assisting and shadowing local teachers and students, in a full-time teaching capacity. Local staff will guide students to enable maximum cultural immersion on weekends through a range of exciting activities and excursions. 
  • Project Availability: Two intakes per year in June-July and November-December. Each intake has a capacity (maximum enrolment) of 20 students. Places are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply today to secure your unique placement. Please note: customised placements will be considered on request.
  • Project Duration: 3 or 4 weeks
  • Working Hours: Daily schedules will vary, but generally teaching days at the school will involve shadowing and supporting teachers and students and when appropriate, leading your own classes. Students will be at the school 40 hours a week. On weekends and days off, students are free to explore Thailand and experience everything this beautiful country has to offer. A number of excursions are also included in this program.
  • Location: Students will volunteer in government schools, often located in temples, providing education to working class, migrants and minority groups and other disadvantaged local populations.
  • Excursions: There are several excursions within this program, including a Chiang Mai city tour (with temple visit), a visit to the central markets, a traditional Thai cooking class and an ethical elephant program.
  • Support: 24-hour on-site support from Site Director
  • Police check is required
  • Minimum Age: 18+
  • Language: English – a basic Thai language class is included upon arrival.

Highlights

This Teaching in Thailand program gives you access to incredible opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture, make international friends and networks, and explore iconic sites throughout Chiang Mai.

Here are a few of the key highlights that will make your Teaching in Thailand program unique and fulfilling:

  • Immerse yourself in the local Thai culture learning about the customs and the language
  • A popular travel destination in southeast Asia away from the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital city
  • Unforgettable homestay accommodation, living and eating meals with a local Thai family that will make you feel like part of the family
  • Take part in activities that are designed not only to promote team building, but cover cultural awareness as well
  • Make lasting contacts and friendships with the people you meet
  • Enrich the lives of the local community through teaching and various other activities to support the students and staff
  • Add valuable support to the local teachers and schools who are typically under-funded and under-staffed
  • Make a significant difference to local students by providing additional support, often one-on-one, to help them learn English and other areas of the core curriculum

$150 of each volunteer’s program fees will be provided as a donation to the local school that hosts each student. These donations assist the school in buying much needed supplies, teaching materials and supporting students in need.

Sample Itinerary

Draft Schedule (3-4 weeks):

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Chiang Mai airport, meet the CISaustralia on-site support staff and be transported to accommodation (local guesthouse).

Day 2: Welcome to Chiang Mai

  • Morning – Meet CISaustralia on-site support staff to attend local orientation – including health and safety briefing
  • Group lunch
  • Afternoon – Thai cultural values training and case studies
  • Evening – Welcome dinner

Day 3: Chiang Mai city tour

  • Day – Visit Chiang Mai’s most beautiful and important temple and the bustling central market, learn to speak Thai and use public transport
  • Evening – Check-out of guesthouse accommodation and travel to your homestay to meet your host family

Day 4: First day at the school

  • Morning – Meet CISaustralia on-site support staff at your homestay and travel together on public transport to your local school, meet the staff and start to learn about teaching in Thailand
  • Afternoon – At the school

Days 5-8: At the school

  • Days – Shadow, assist and support local teachers, and lead your own classes when ready

Day 9: Cooking class

  • Morning – Visit a local market to collect ingredients before heading to a cooking school where you will learn to cook a 5-course meal, from soup to mango sticky rice!

Day 10: Free day

Days 11-15: At the school

Day 16: Ethical Elephant Program

  • Day – Learn all about the amazing elephants and their connection with the Thai people at a sustainable elephant reserve. Don’t miss the opportunity to feed and bathe these majestic creatures!

Day 17: Free day

Days 18-22: At the school

Three weeks only:

  • On the final day of teaching, volunteers will give their donations to the school and say farewell

Days 23-24: Free weekend

Day 24 – Volunteers on a three-week program: check-out of homestay and program departure

Four weeks only:

Days 25-29: At the school

  • On the final day of teaching, volunteers will give their donations to the school and say farewell

Day 30: End of program

  • Day – Check-out of homestay and program departure

Excursions

During your orientation and teaching program in Chiang Mai, you will be integrated into the culture. Included in your program fees are a number of excursions arranged by your CISaustralia Site Director.

This program may include the following experiences/excursions:

  • Chiang Mai city tour – visit Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao, two of Chiang Mai’s most iconic and beautiful temples. The Worarot Central Market is a maze of vendors selling everything from fresh flowers to fishing nets and live frogs.
  • Welcome dinner with your CISaustralia on-site support team and other students on the program.
  • Chiang Mai Sustainable Elephant Program – learn all about these amazing animals. Get ready to feed, wash and bathe them!
  • Traditional Thai cooking class – visit a local market and learn all about the ingredients in Thailand’s famous food. Then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.

Please note: excursions are subject to change.

Your weekends will be free to further explore this beautiful city and country!

Location

From its ever-busy cities, historic temples and palaces, and pristine, postcard-like coastlines and beaches, Thailand is a one-stop shop that has a bit of everything. The ever-friendly and polite Thai people are full of smiles (Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’). Whether you thrive off of busy streets with countless vendors and outdoor dining, or prefer walking among thousands of years of history, or relaxing on a stunning beach, Thailand has something for you.

This program is located in and around Chiang Mai, 700km north of Bangkok, with a population of around 150,000 (greater metropolitan population of around one million). A historic city that dates back to 1296, Chiang Mai sits beautifully amongst the highest mountains in the country and has over 300 Buddhist temples.

The city is known to Thai people as the ‘Rose of the North’ and is a popular tourist destination for Thai and foreigners alike who come to experience the great climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere, amazing food and to explore the surrounding mountains.

Popular activities include trekking into hill tribe communities, hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand’s tallest mountain), savouring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife and witnessing the city’s many festivals and cultural celebrations.

Accommodation

Upon arrival and during the program orientation in Thailand, students will be housed in a small guesthouse in central Chiang Mai. Rooms have air conditioning, hot water, Wi-FI, TV, towels, sheets and pillows.

The accommodation for the remainder of the program will be a local homestay. This is a very unique aspect of the program and adds an important cultural element to the overall experience. All rooms have a fan and hot water, with western beds and mosquito nets. During the week and on weekends, breakfast and dinner will be provided, either by your host family or local restaurants. Lunch will be provided at the school in consultation with the project staff. Breakfast will often be quite simple – toast and jam or eggs and rice. Lunch and dinner will be larger meals with multiple options. All food is of course based on local Thai food (with a particular emphasis on rice).

On the sustainable Elephant Program excursion, students will be expected to purchase their own lunch and dinner. There are a multitude of amazing restaurants in Chiang Mai and staff will be happy to provide recommendations.

Program Fee & Dates

Session 1: June-July (3 weeks)
There are typically two intakes per year in June-July and November-December. Each intake will have a maximum enrolment of 20 students. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: customised placement dates will be considered upon request.
Application Deadline30 March 2019
Arrival Date28 June 2019
Departure Date21 July 2019
Program Fee A$ 2,999
OS-HELP A$ 9,063
Session 1: June-July (4 weeks)
There are typically two intakes per year in June-July and November-December. Each intake will have a maximum enrolment of 20 students. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: customised placement dates will be considered upon request.
Application Deadline30 March 2019
Arrival Date28 June 2019
Departure Date27 July 2019
Program Fee A$ 3,199
OS-HELP A$ 9,063
Session 2: November-December (3 weeks)
There are typically two intakes per year in June-July and November-December. Each intake will have a maximum enrolment of 20 students. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: customised placement dates will be considered upon request.
Application Deadline25 August 2019
Arrival Date22 November 2019
Departure Date15 December 2019
Program Fee A$ 2,999
OS-HELP A$ 9,063
Session 2: November-December (4 weeks)
There are typically two intakes per year in June-July and November-December. Each intake will have a maximum enrolment of 20 students. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: customised placement dates will be considered upon request.
Application Deadline25 August 2019
Arrival Date22 November 2019
Departure Date21 December 2019
Program Fee A$ 3,199
OS-HELP A$ 9,063

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Volunteer project placement
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program dates within designated times)
  • Accommodation – 2 days in a guesthouse upon arrival, 22 or 28 days (for 3 or 4 weeks) in a local homestay
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (excluding Elephant Program excursion day – breakfast provided only)
  • Donation to school in Thailand
  • Excursions – as per sample itinerary
  • Daily transportation to/from project location
  • 24/7 on-site support – Site Coordinator, Project Leaders and Country Site Director
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Health insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Police background check
  • Personal travel and spending money
  • Transcript, syllabus or academic credit

Each intake will have a maximum enrolment of 20 students. Places will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: customised placement dates will be considered on request.

$150 of each volunteer’s program fees will be provided as a donation to the local school that hosts the volunteer. These donations assist the school in buying much needed supplies and supporting students in need.  

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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