Teaching English in Thailand


Only a quarter of Karen children have the chance to complete their secondary education. Joining one of our Teaching Placements will put you at the forefront of helping these less privileged children learn and develop, to ensure their future is one of opportunity. Learning English for Karen students is critical. It allows students to expand their employment opportunities and increases their social status.

Our teaching placements are available to all. We simply ask all participants to have a good standard of speaking and writing English, be able to think on your feet, work well with others, be self-motivated and above all, be flexible!

The Project

As a volunteer teacher, you will be primarily focusing on spoken English and developing the confidence of the students. The local teachers are often good at teaching the grammar and structure of the English language but when it comes to speaking, many lack confidence and won’t have good pronunciation skills. Children enjoy the fun elements that our volunteer teachers often inject into lessons, especially activities like songs and games, which help bring English alive.

Volunteers can also help by teaching other subjects alongside English. Depending on your skills and interests, you could get involved in organizing extra-curricular activities such as art, drama, music, sports, and more.

The schools are government run with Primary school students aged from 7 to 12 years and Secondary schools aged between 13 -16. Each school varies in size, from small sub-district schools up to much larger schools with more facilities. On average, there are between 20 to 30 students per class.

You will usually be teaching for between 2 to 4 hours a day, and on average most volunteers spend another 8 to 10 hours a week lesson planning. Alongside this to ensure levels of English teaching remain sustainable, we encourage volunteers to spend time with Karen English teachers to help increase their confidence. 

How do I find out more?

To find out more about the costs, dates, how to apply and much much more then please visit our applicant information pages which can be found here


“When you travel you not only do it through space and time, you also do it through people’s lives. And some of them will end up being part of your own.”

Isabel Gibert, Teaching English – 2014 

“Despite what we’d been told, the initial ‘2 week window’ it takes to get used to the village life, we both felt straight at home. The Karen are extremely welcoming and easy-going.”

Benjie, teaching English – 2014 

Click > here < to find out more about the amazing stories our past volunteers have brought back with them.


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