Thailand’s government is continuously looking to improve the quality of English in the country. Therefore, schools and agencies are eager to bring native English speakers to Thailand to teach, giving students the English education they need to succeed. This project aims to provide volunteers with the necessary TEFL certification and teaching practice they need to find employment.
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Koh Samui, Thailand's second largest island, is located in Chumphon Archipelago province. This island is home to the original Full Moon party, an all-night beach party in celebration of the full moon. Though filled with five-star resorts and spas, there are still many opportunities to get a true taste of Thai culture, whether it’s eating Pad Thai, watching Ram Thai (“Thai Dance”), or attending the traditional Songkran festival.
Both the TEFL course and teaching placement are located on Koh Samui. The course is held in Bophut, north of Koh Samui’s most popular resort area of Chaweng, and the teaching placement will be held in Mae Nam, on the north shore.
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be taken to a guesthouse and treated to an authentic Thai-style dinner. After breakfast the next morning, you will meet with the project coordinators for a ‘Welcome to Thailand’ orientation about the country, its culture, its customs and more. After the orientation you will go on a guided tour of Bangkok to get a real taste of Thailand’s unique culture.
TEFL Course: Prior to your English teaching experience, you will attend an intensive 4-week Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course in Bophut. Here you will learn the skills and methodology needed to teach English. This will include classes in language acquisition, classroom management and lesson planning.
On the first day you will have the opportunity to meet the other students in the course and will receive all the necessary teaching material. Certified teachers will provide you with 120 hours of classroom training in preparation for your placement. After passing the exam and completing the course requirements, you will be awarded a globally recognized TEFL certificate, detailed report and letter of recommendation.
Teaching Experience: Now that you have received your certification, you will begin the 2-week teaching experience of the project, working at a local government school. The school is located in the underdeveloped area of Mae Nam. You will teach children aged 6 to 12 with varying levels of English. For your first 8 hours of teaching, you will be under the supervision of an experienced TEFL qualified project manager.
This volunteer experience will not only help you become an exceptional teacher, but will also give you time to search for post-project employment.
A typical day: During your teaching experience, you will work Monday through Friday for 6 hours a day. After breakfast at 8:00 am, you will arrive at the school to set up the classroom and later welcome your students. Before your midday lunch break you will teach a few English lessons, which will continue in to the afternoon. After school you will have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. Your weekends and evenings will be free to spend as you wish.
Special Summer Course: From June 8 to 29, 2018, we will offer a special 3-week course. The course runs six days a week for extended hours.
Those who complete the TEFL course can go on to seek full-time employment through Samui’s school and agency networks. The project coordinators will help you prepare your application and assist with your job search. While we cannot guarantee job placement, having an English University Degree is a plus, increasing your chances for a better placement and higher salary.
Holidays: This project will not run in March or April, 2018 due to school closures.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 18
- Enthusiasm and flexibility
- Immunizations (consult your local travel clinic)
Past volunteers have thoroughly enjoyed spending their days off sunbathing on Bophut beach. For those of you who love to shop, the town of Chaweng along Beach Road is where you will find shops selling trendy clothes and a bazaar for knickknacks and souvenirs. Maybe you want to seek out the nightlife instead. Lamai is famous for its club and bar scene. You may want to celebrate completing your TEFL course with one of the many pub crawls along Lamai Road. If you are more of the adventurous type, there are fantastic elephant treks in Samui. Lastly, Thai cuisine lovers should try a cooking class to learn how to make delicious Thai dishes at home. Sign up for a class with Pai Cookery Class opposite The Super Pro Resort.