Teaching English in Thailand


Only a quarter of Karen children have the chance to complete their secondary education. Joining our Teaching English Project 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 English Project is 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 Teaching English 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. 

The Project Dates

Our Teaching English Project runs all year round. Volunteers can join the project in either May/June, October or January*. This is in line with the Thai school year. Volunteers are expected to arrive in Chiang Mai in the last week of the previous month. 

*Please note due to the Thai school term ending in March, only three month placements are available for placements beginning in January.

To Apply

To apply to join our volunteer project, please submit a completed application form. After your application has been reviewed, we will invite you to attend a short, informal Skype interview.

The online application form can be found here. A downloadable application form is also available through clicking this link.

The Fundraising Pledge

All volunteers are required to sign a fundraising pledge. This pledge not only covers your in-country volunteer costs but also ensures you can be part of making a contribution to building sustainable futures for the Karen.

As a not-for-profit charity, we will ensure that, after costs have been met, all money raised by our volunteers is spent on charitable activities which improve the lives of the Karen people in Thailand.  

Three Month Teaching Placement Pledge = £1,000

Longer Than Three Month Placement Pledge Teaching Placement Pledge = £1,500

This includes a £200 non-refundable deposit which secures your place on the project. The final pledge is due one month before your project start date. 

This cost covers:

- One-night residential training and induction in York 

- Return transfer from Chiang Mai to the project 

- Administrative costs in the UK and Thailand

- Support from dedicated staff both in the UK and Thailand

- Accommodation in your village

- Three meals per day

- Volunteer information pack

- KHT T-shirt

Not included:

-  Your air fare

-  Insurance

-  Visa expenses

-  Vaccinations

-  Spending money (approximately £70 per month)

How do I find out more?

Click here to read about the amazing stories our past volunteers have brought back with them, or to find out about what to expect then please visit our applicant information page here

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“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 this link to apply today!