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Choose from one of four camp locations when you join the 21-day cultural immersion and English-teaching volunteer trip in Phuket with Camp Thailand. Select a school in Phuket Island, Cha-Am Beach, Chiang Mai, and Buriram in the heart of Thailand. Camp Thailand also gives you the opportunity to work on your TEFL/TESOL certification online or onsite, and will help you find a paid English teaching placement at a Thai school once you’ve completed the program.
In addition to volunteer teaching, you’ll be taking trips, touring local sights, hanging out at beaches, snorkeling and boating, and sampling restaurants and pub crawling on this fun-filled visit to Southeast Asia. More than 3,000 volunteers have participated in Camp Thailand programs, making a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of many. The teaching volunteer program is unique because you earn your internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification as part of the program, and is included in your fee of $1,499. Click here to learn more and register!
Visit Bangkok, the “City of Angels,” when you volunteer to teach English to Thailand’s Buddhist monks with Love Volunteers. You’ll work in temple schools alongside a Thai teacher to provide free daily lessons, helping the students and others improve their English language skills and learn more about other cultures and places. No experience is needed for this placement, however completing a TEFL course before traveling abroad is encouraged to provide context and experience. While on this project, you’ll be able to learn about Buddhist philosophy and Thai culture while teaching English overseas.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and a busy, vibrant city that’s filled with ornate shrines. Visit the Rattanakosin royal district, home to Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Go sightseeing at Wat Pho Temple, with its enormous reclining Buddha. Wat Arun Temple is across the river, and is popular for its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. You can stay two weeks or longer and program fees begin at $968. Learn more and apply here!
If you’re a teacher looking for meaningful travel abroad, or a student studying education and wanting experience in the field, take a look at this teaching placement in Zanzibar, Tanzania with Khaya Volunteer Projects. You’ll help to provide assistance at primary schools, working with students to practice their English-speaking skills, and tutoring one-on-one in math. Support persons with disabilities in a remedial classrooms, check homework, and prepare learning material for the next day.
Spend your free time visiting the beaches of Zanzibar, or check out Cheetah’s Rock, a wildlife sanctuary that lets you get hands-on with rehabilitating animals. The cost for this program begins at $410, and you can stay from one to eight weeks. Read more and apply here.
Volunteer to help the school children in San Ramon, Costa Rica improve their English-speaking skills on a placement with uVolunteer. If you have Spanish language skills, you’ll be able to work with students, focusing on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Teaching assistant tasks include carrying out lesson plans and testing and grading students, with the guidance of a qualified teacher. Your presence in the classroom allows students to practice their conversational English – an ability that can lead to a job in tourism or business.
During your free time, you can trek outdoors and visit the Else Kientzler Botanical Garden or take a hike at a cloud forest reserve. San Ramon also has numerous museums, restaurants, and shops for day trips. Program fees begin at $245 per week, with a minimum stay of three weeks. Learn more here!
This low-cost English teaching internship in Surin, Thailand is offered by Ground, with stays lasting from two to 12 weeks. You’ll assist at the Ban Tar Klang School, helping teachers with English language lessons and making it fun and interesting for the students, who will be able to apply language abilities in their future careers. You also may share your skills and knowledge in music, arts, and sports.
While in Surin, visit the Green Market, a popular breakfast destination. The Surin National Museum is a cultural favorite, with a focus on the Khmer ruins and elephant herders. The San Lak Meuang is an amazing shrine, and Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center allows you to see the entire silk-making process. The program fee is $655. Learn more and apply here!
Help improve English language education in Panama by volunteering with TeachPTY in Pedasi. This after-school program encourages cross-cultural awareness and improves English-speaking skills for underprivileged third grade students at Plinio A. Moscoso Elementary School. Teaching English abroad is an excellent choice for young professionals, college students, and recent graduates who want an unforgettable travel experience that keeps giving.
While you’re in Panama, visit Isla Iguana, a national wildlife refuge surrounded by a coral reef and a great place to snorkel and scuba dive. Check out the Canas Jungle Zipline Adventure, the largest zipline in Panama, that races you through a rainforest. Other weekend activities include stand-up paddle boarding, whale watching, horseback riding, cycling through town, and exploring Parque Nacional Sarigua. Program costs start at $1,501 for two weeks, with stays up to three months. Read more here.