Volunteer in Thailand

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It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed volunteer placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable camps in Thailand.
  • Cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Thailand we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

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Experience your own unique cultural adventure by volunteering and traveling in Thailand with TravelBud.

Why Volunteer in Thailand?

  • This program is for volunteers looking to experience a genuine Thai cultural adventure away from the tourists traps by teaching and traveling throughout diverse parts of Thailand for a short period of time (4 – 6 week options available).
  • If you’re new to ESL (English as a second language) teaching then this is the perfect program to get practical experience and to decide if you want to continue teaching.
  • You’ll also get an extensive cultural orientation course where you will learn all about Thai culture and you will have an opportunity to meet and hang out with other ESL teachers.
  • You’ll get an opportunity to help disadvantaged Thai learners acquire the skills needed to improve their lives and communicate across cultures.
  • This program includes extensive travel to each camp, covering +- 2000 miles across Thailand to +- 5 different provinces!

Travel Opportunities Volunteering in Thailand

Whether you’re looking to explore more of the country on your weekends off or planning to continue traveling after your volunteer program, there are plenty of beautiful and enriching travel opportunities in and around Thailand.

Chat to us if travelling widely is part of your plan. We’d love to offer advice and suggestions for exciting travel experiences.

Traveling in Thailand: Swimming in Khao Sok National Park and that crazy Bangkok traffic

Traveling in Thailand: Swimming in Khao Sok National Park and that crazy Bangkok traffic

The top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong

The top of Ngao Temple stairs in Ranong.

Khao san road in Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

Train in Thailand's Countryside

Train in Thailand’s Countryside

Koh Tao Island is situated in the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Koh Tao Island is situated in the gulf of Thailand and is one of the best diving spots for snorkelling and beginner divers

Do I Qualify To Volunteer at English Camps in Thailand?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to volunteer at English camps in Thailand.

You do need:

  • A first language English speaker
  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or European Union (EU Nationals excluding Irish Citizens will need C1 certification of their English proficiency)
  • In good physical and mental health
  • At least 18 years of age

How long is the volunteering contract for?

  • Placements are for 4 to 6 weeks.

Be aware that you will also need sufficient funds for the month you will spend in Thailand, as well as program fees and associated costs. See costs below for more detailed information.

Meet fellow English Teachers in Thailand and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Meet fellow English Teachers in Thailand and experience an adventure of a lifetime!

The beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Experience the beautiful coastal town of Hua Hin, Thailand.

Thai markets

You’ll get to explore authentic Thai markets and take in Thailand’s rich history.

Take part in an action-packed 5-day cultural orientation program

The cultural orientation program is a 5 day course which takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand and is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English at camps around Thailand.

You will get the chance to learn about Thai culture, religion, politics and learn the language from experienced instructors.

You will also have the awesome opportunity to volunteer with stray dogs at local partner organizations, meditate, learn about Buddhism and receive a Buddhist blessing at a local temple from the Dean of a local Monastery, take part in training in the martial art of Muay Thai and learn about (and create your own!) classical Thai arts and crafts.

During weeks 2 – 4 counsellors will travel to different parts of Thailand to work at camps. These camps last between 2 and 4 days, after each of which you will head back to Hua Hin to rest and relax for a couple of days, before heading off to your next camp in another part of the country.

Some camps may be back-to- back which means that you could spend around 6 days on the road before returning to Hua Hin.

  • All food during camp days is provided for.
  • All transport between different locations in the country and between camp locations and accommodations is provided for, meaning you can spend more time taking the experience in while letting us take care of the logistics.
You will get the chance to learn about Thai culture, religion, politics and learn the language from experienced instructors.

You will get the chance to learn about Thai culture, religion, politics and learn the language from experienced instructors.

TravelBud English Teachers in Thailand

Teachers pose for a photo during their beach barbeque in Hua Hin, Thailand. You’ll meet fellow teachers and make life-long friendships.

Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your orientation in Thailand.

Learn how to cook traditional Thai food as part of your Thailand cultural orientation.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin.

Teachers taking a stroll along the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Costs

Do I earn anything if this is a volunteer program?

English camp teachers receive free accommodation during their stay in Hua Hin and free accommodation and food at the English camps.

You will also receive transport to and from the English camps as well as a small stipend at the end of the program of $100 to $150.

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to volunteer in Thailand.

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Cultural Orientation, Guaranteed Placement and Support

Total

$1550

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$450

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 support

Guaranteed job placements at camps around Thailand. Payable 6 weeks prior to departure.

$1100

What is included in the TravelBud Enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
  • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
  • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Thailand experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Thailand, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What are the other costs involved?

The major initial costs are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Documents

These are variable prices which change constantly and depend on where you are from.

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

Your major expenses, excluding the enrollment fee, will be flights and travel insurance. These are variable prices which change constantly and depend on where you are from.

Our support manager will assist you with booking flights and finding the best insurance for you.

Aside from those costs, the following budget is recommended for a month in Thailand:

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TOTAL

$600

Food

Eating local food can dramatically reduce your spending.

$100

Accommodation

Accommodation throughout the program is provided, but participants must pay a refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded minus utilities.

$110

Entertainment and spending money

Depending on your needs and interests, these costs can vary. Chat to us if you need specific advice.

$250

Local Transport

Weekend travel, extra cultural excursions etc.

$100

Miscellaneous

Weekend travel, extra cultural excursions, outdoor activities, etc.

$150

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending. We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Thailand is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job at Summer camps is guaranteed.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the more unusual parts of Thailand, off the beaten tourist tracks as you enrich the lives of some of Thailand’s more underprivileged children with the skill of speaking English.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

When can I start my Volunteer Teaching Experience in Thailand?

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28May 2018
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How long is the volunteering contract for?

  • Placements are for 4 to 6 weeks.
Learn about Thailand's culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Learn about Thailand’s culture with your fellow teachers during your orientation.

Learn all about Buddhism in Thailand.

Learn all about Buddhism in Thailand.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Thailand

When you arrive in Bangkok, you can count on:

  • Airport pickup.
  • Hotel accommodation for the night.
  • Transport to Hua Hin where you will start your Cultural Orientation.

When you arrive in Hua Hin:

  • Your accommodation will be organised for you.
  • You’ll start your Cultural Orientation.

Week 1 (Cultural Orientation)

  • Learn about Thai culture, history, politics, language, religion and more
  • Get to know your fellow teachers
  • Participate in cultural excursions including:
  • A guided tour of a Buddhist temple and a blessing from a Thai monk
  • Visit beautiful local temples, take in the sights, and learn more about Thai culture
  • Volunteering with RescuePaws animal rescue organization
  • Visiting a local Thai market, learn bartering & get fresh produce
  • Participating in Muay Thai lessons
  • Participating in authentic cooking lessons
  • Celebrating at a fun beach barbeque we arrange for all participants, a great opportunity to bond with your new friends

Weeks 2 – 4

During weeks 2 – 4 counsellors will travel to different parts of Thailand to work at camps. These camps last between 2 and 4 days, after each of which you will head back to Hua Hin to rest and relax for a couple of days, before heading off to your next camp in another part of the country.

Some camps may be back-to- back which means that you could spend around 6 days on the road before returning to Hua Hin.

Teaching Environment

Volunteering at English camps is a fantastic way to gain experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Each camp will be different and you will work with many different students during the program.

These camps are fun and interactive. Energy, creativity and a good sense of humour will definitely help to make this a rewarding experience for you and your students.

Where will I be teaching?

Previous camp counselors programs:

  • Travelled over 2,000 miles across Thailand
  • To 5 different provinces
  • Took part in 7 camps including an island camp off the east coast of Thailand.

Do camps provide lunches?

Yes, your meals will be provided during your camps.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, you can volunteer and trave with your friend or partner.

Can I stay longer than 1 month?

Yes, we have 4, 8, and 12 week options! Chat with us and we’ll tell you more.

A teacher engages in interactive exercises at camps around Thailand.

A teacher engages in interactive exercises at camps around Thailand.

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

Your First Night in Bangkok

When you arrive in Thailand, you’ll be picked up from the airport and will stay a night in a Bangkok hotel.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel In Bangkok for your first night. Clean and modern.

Hotel room in Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room In Bangkok for your first night.

Hotel room in Bangkok with toilet and shower for your first night.

Camp Accommodation – What accommodation can I expect to have?

Accommodation will vary from place to place. One bedroom apartments for single occupants or two bedroom units for sharing are usually comfortable and modern, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Many Thai homes do not have kitchens, which might be unusual for you. There will generally be a rice cooker and a fryer, but this might be in the lounge rather than in its own room.

Comfortable and modern accommodation, with everything you need in terms of bedroom and bathroom amenities.

Rural Thai accommodation

An example of accommodation in rural Thailand. Read about Didi’s teaching adventure with TravelBud on our blog!

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

A typical lounge in rural Thailand.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will be able to live together. Otherwise, you might be living alone or sharing with another ESL teacher.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re available to talk you through the whole process!

Why Volunteer at Summer English Camps in Thailand with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Thailand. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Thailand, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Thailand and introduces you to Thai history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation

Your accommodation is included for the duration of your program.

Spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Bangkok

Within four days of the program start date.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your camp classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety in Thailand?

With a warm, friendly culture and many tourists passing through, Thailand is generally an easy place to live and travel.

Our teachers (both men and women) report feeling safe and accommodated during the time they lived in Thailand.

Public transport is efficient and safe to use.

How are the authorities?

The police in Thailand are helpful and friendly. However, if you are found with illegal substances, you will feel the severity of the law.

Thai policy on drugs is incredibly strict and carries serious consequences.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.
  • If you need to travel by boat, avoid boats which are overcrowded.

 

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