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Teaching English to Communities in Phang Nga, Thailand

Volunteer to Teach English to adults in Phang Nga and become TEFL certified

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Program Type

Volunteering

Location

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga

Program Focus

Teaching

2 weeks from

£1,045.00

Code: THAL0181P
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Travel to Phang Nga and become a fully qualified TEFL teacher. Put your skills to good use teaching English in a local Thai community, giving them the opportunity to aim for a better future. Discover the fascinating culture, white sand beaches and tropical jungles of the breath-taking Andaman region in your free time.
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Project Life
Project Details
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The Team
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Overview

Travel to the southern province of Phang Nga, located near to tropical beaches, hidden caves and lush rainforests, and earn your TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certification while leading English classes for local adults.

While receiving your TEFL training you will teach classes for the wider community. Once certified, you will lead your own classes in community centers and schools, giving locals the opportunity to learn English and aim for a better future.

Use your free weekend to learn about the Thai culture and language, cooking delicious local meals, exploring your stunning surroundings or just relax and take it all in.

Testimonials

"Admittedly, I was surprised by the amount of time I spent working on lessons, and by the effort I put in. The course really challenges you to consider what will (and won’t) work in the classroom. However, the hours I spent working out of the classroom benefited me massively, when the time came to teach a class. The GVI staff was so friendly and supportive – they couldn’t have made it any easier for me and my fellow volunteers!"

- James Wilson, (United Kingdom)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

Monday to Friday

Each day will start early with a typical breakfast as you prepare for a days’ teaching. While working to achieve your certification, most of the day will be spent with a qualified TEFL trainer, preparing lesson plans and teaching resources to assist in your evening classes at the local community center.

Once certified you will have your own class that you will be expected to prepare and plan in order to deliver an effective lesson. Fridays will be spent in local schools, gaining teaching practise and using your TEFL training to assist in English classes for children.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be at our base camp in shared dormitories with access to running water and electricity. While basic, the base is a fun place to relax and really get to know your fellow volunteers.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

Through your provision of TEFL classes, English courses are structured into four week blocks, with your class going through a formal evaluation at the end of each block before advancing onto the next level. Between each 4 week block of lessons there is a 2 week break, where you will take part in various other community projects, such as teaching in local schools, training local English teachers or environmental education, contributing to the long-term sustainability of our work.

Our main goal is to keep these English classes running so that the community can learn English in order to benefit from the increase in tourism in the area. We aim to provide enthusiastic TEFL-certified teachers to meet our goal and make a real difference in the community.

Personally, you will gain invaluable teaching experience as you work your way through your own challenges in creating and delivering exciting and interactive lessons.

How this project makes a difference:

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday

Each day will start early with a typical breakfast as you prepare for a days’ teaching. While working to achieve your certification, most of the day will be spent with a qualified TEFL trainer, preparing lesson plans and teaching resources to assist in your evening classes at the local community center.

Once certified you will have your own class that you will be expected to prepare and plan in order to deliver an effective lesson. Fridays will be spent in local schools, gaining teaching practise and using your TEFL training to assist in English classes for children.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be at our base camp in shared dormitories with access to running water and electricity. While basic, the base is a fun place to relax and really get to know your fellow volunteers.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

Through your provision of TEFL classes, English courses are structured into four week blocks, with your class going through a formal evaluation at the end of each block before advancing onto the next level. Between each 4 week block of lessons there is a 2 week break, where you will take part in various other community projects, such as teaching in local schools, training local English teachers or environmental education, contributing to the long-term sustainability of our work.

Our main goal is to keep these English classes running so that the community can learn English in order to benefit from the increase in tourism in the area. We aim to provide enthusiastic TEFL-certified teachers to meet our goal and make a real difference in the community.

Personally, you will gain invaluable teaching experience as you work your way through your own challenges in creating and delivering exciting and interactive lessons.

How this project makes a difference:

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

Monday to Friday

Each day will start early with a typical breakfast as you prepare for a days’ teaching. While working to achieve your certification, most of the day will be spent with a qualified TEFL trainer, preparing lesson plans and teaching resources to assist in your evening classes at the local community center.

Once certified you will have your own class that you will be expected to prepare and plan in order to deliver an effective lesson. Fridays will be spent in local schools, gaining teaching practise and using your TEFL training to assist in English classes for children.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be at our base camp in shared dormitories with access to running water and electricity. While basic, the base is a fun place to relax and really get to know your fellow volunteers.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

Through your provision of TEFL classes, English courses are structured into four week blocks, with your class going through a formal evaluation at the end of each block before advancing onto the next level. Between each 4 week block of lessons there is a 2 week break, where you will take part in various other community projects, such as teaching in local schools, training local English teachers or environmental education, contributing to the long-term sustainability of our work.

Our main goal is to keep these English classes running so that the community can learn English in order to benefit from the increase in tourism in the area. We aim to provide enthusiastic TEFL-certified teachers to meet our goal and make a real difference in the community.

Personally, you will gain invaluable teaching experience as you work your way through your own challenges in creating and delivering exciting and interactive lessons.

How this project makes a difference:

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

As tourism develops in Thailand, there are an increasing number of jobs available that require English.  In order for local adults to get these jobs, they must be able to speak English.  GVI is working directly with these friendly and hardworking communities to provide needed English education resources.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our Phang Nga field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Thailand!

Optional Side Trips

Take advantage of the amazing sites and scenery the Andaman region of Thailand has to offer. There are endless opportunities to visit islands, beaches, parks and caves and many can be done on weekends. While on the ground, we are here to help so make sure to ask our field staff to assist you with planning trips.

Explore the amazing Khao Sok National Park, including the stunning Cheow Larn Lake and 740km² of rainforest and which is home to elephants, leopards, tigers, deer, monkeys, lizards, birds, and the Rafflesia  – the largest flowers in the world, 90cm across with a unique aroma…of rotting flesh! Take a day trip for a quick sample of the park’s delights or stay overnight and discover even more – perhaps in one of the jungle tree houses, or even on a bungalow that floats on the lake. Trek through the jungle, kayak around Cheow Larn lake visiting spectacular limestone caves, swim in idyllic waterfalls or just relax and see what you can spot!

Khao Lak is a very popular tourist spot close by, with beautiful, seemingly endless beaches, so many dining options you’ll be spoilt for choice and hundreds of spas offering massages and treatments at reasonable rates. With a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury resorts to hostels, Khao Lak offers you the chance to spoil yourself for a few days, whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge a little.

The Similan and Surin Island groups, both under the protection of their Marine National Park status, are home to some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the region. You can take a day trip, stay on a live aboard boat or even stay overnight on the islands themselves.

Phuket Island, about 90mins south of Khao Lak and renowned for its colourful night life is also a great stop-off for divers and snorkelers, but if you’re not the diving type you can explore Phang Nga Bay by speed-boat or sea kayak, stopping off at James Bond Island, made famous by the 1974 film ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’ before visiting the floating Sea Gypsy village. Phuket is also very popular with surfers, playing host to annual surfing competitions, though there is a great ‘secret spot’ near Khao Lak…if you’re interested GVI staff will show you the way!

Neighbouring Krabi Province is a treasure trove for intrepid travellers; from the crystal clear Emerald Pond to the epic 1,237-step climb up to the Buddha image and stunning views at the Tiger Temple Cave to the enchanted scenery and pools of Than Bok Khoranee National Park to the shopping and late night bars of Ao Nang to the chilled out beaches of Koh Lanta Island to the parties of Phi Phi, where ‘The Beach’ was filmed – the options are truly endless!

Further Travelling Opportunities

Thailand is a country with a whole range of fantastic places that you could visit. If you have the time and budget, you could consider going to see the following; the waterfalls of the picturesque Khao Yai National Park, the mountain town of Chiang Mai, the local tribes of Nam Province, the beaches of Ko Tao and Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park, the golden kingdom of Ayuthaya, the temples and nightlife of Bangkok and many more…

 

The Team

Jolyon Briggs
Conservation Coordinator

Meet Jolyon, our Conservation Coordinator in Phang Nga. He joined GVI on a conservation internship in Kenya in 2011 and worked with one of our partners; Conservation Volunteers Australia, before joining the team in Thailand.

His favourite aspect of being on base? “The environments we are working in out here are incredible, diverse and just so beautiful. Plus there’s great places to swim and relax in your free time.” Having Jolyon around base is pretty great too, he rips it up on the saxophone, the guitar and he sings. (Although we have it on good authority that he can’t dance).

Jolyon’s highlight since working with GVI? Designing and implementing two separate research projects in partnership with the Department of National Parks. “So far so good!”

Sophie Lemberger
Base Manager

Meet Sophie, our Base Manager in Phang Nga. She initially joined GVI as a TEFL intern in 2010, then joined us in Kenya before becoming a part of the team in Thailand.

Her highlights since working with GVI? “Living as a part of a Karen hill community for 11 months was one of the best experiences of my life. When I was working with GVI in Kenya, I was also lucky enough to be a big part of setting up the health project before handing it over to one of the National Scholarship Program participants.”

What does Sophie think the volunteers bring to the project? “They assist all of us a lot – we couldn’t run the projects without them. They also bring a lot of energy, ideas and enthusiasm along which always keeps me motivated.”

Jill Walker
Assistant Director of Programs

Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she’s based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”

When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”

What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Dee Drinya Totrakool
Country Director

Meet Dee, our Country Director for Thailand. When she’s not busy dealing with stakeholders or site visits, Dee likes to be active, either out in the woods or in a gym. “I aim to live healthy happy lifestyle so working out or outdoor activities keep me sane and happy!”

She loves what she does because GVI and its volunteers are contributing directly to local communities. “It’s a proven capacity building program and it’s a self-sustaining way to run a project and give back to local communities.”

Although Dee only joined us in May 2013, she’s already had a major impact on the ground. She describes her proudest accomplishment so far as managing to secure two additional elephants to join GVI’s herd. “It took me almost a month of living in the village in order to talk to the people, following their lead, and making it happen.

Kathryn Morris
Country Expert

Meet Kathryn, one of our most intrepid outdoors(wo)men. Her plan was to join GVI as a temporary office intern – gaining some work experience while spending time discovering a new country. She liked us so much that she decided to stay!

A lot can be said for Kathryn’s positive outlook on life… Even after telling us about an accidental full-frontal flashing of a Nepalese hotel staff member, followed by projectile vomiting all over a restaurant because of food poisoning, she smiles and says “At least my fellow travellers were entertained!”

Kathryn, aka Giggles, loves being at HQ because of the absence of traditional ‘office wear’ and recommends baby wipes as her one travel must-have to everyone – for that inevitable waterless shower.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • An Emergency First Aid course
  • Training and materials necessary for project activities

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Phang Nga

Phang Nga province is located on the Andaman Sea and is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, numerous national parks and stunning scenery with a wide range of attractions. Phang Nga is made up of white sandy beaches, tropical islands, amazing limestone rock formations and a rich culture. Our project base gives volunteers the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture with chances to explore local attractions on your project downtime.

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