Volunteer with Children in Thailand

Teach English to children in Southern Thailand.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Join us in Phang Nga, Thailand to teach English to students ranging from kindergarten to senior school level. You will be supported by our TEFL trained staff as you learn how to plan and deliver fun and impactful lessons, and develop your skills in teaching, leadership, teamwork and classroom management.

Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, UN SDG, #4, Quality Education and #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, by teaching young students English in Thailand’s province of Phang Nga, world-renowned for its breathtaking natural landscape.

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Included in your program

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Learn to make traditional Thai and Burmese food

Visit the Buddhist temples of Ban Nam Khem

Practice traditional Thai yoga massage

Master Muay Thai self-defence techniques

Raft along the Sok River

Hike to hidden waterfalls

Visit an untouched mangrove island

Sleep in a floating river bungalow

Connect with our alumni
Want to connect with some of our past participants about their adventures? Get in touch with hundreds of friendly ambassadors all over the world who would be more than happy to answer any questions.
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Dawn Lambert

11 Oct, 2018
I have just spent 4 weeks with GVI at Phang Nga and had a great time and wonderful experiences. I was on the healthcare project and for first 2 weeks I was the only volunteer on that project but I always had brilliant staff support and then for the last 2 weeks was joined by Ramzi which made the teaching more fun! The varied programme - teaching English to Kindergarten and teaching healthcare topics - made every day completely different. Also on alternate Fridays everyone worked together on a community projects like cleaning the temple. The free time was always well used- swimming and sunbathing on the nearby deserted beach, evening bonfires on the beach, weekly quiz, cycling and weekends away to explore Thailand! I was an oldie doing volunteering but it really didn't matter- everyone was very inclusive and I was able to partake in everything! I have volunteered previously with a different company but GVI were outstanding in comparison with their structure and passion to make a difference in the community. Thanks GVI- I hope to return soon

Rachael Smith

11 Oct, 2018
By the end of your time spent there you don’t feel like a tourist but more like one of the locals.

Julie Knecht

11 Oct, 2018
One of the many benefits of participating in the teaching program at GVI is that we are able to teach the same group of students regularly. This gives us, the teachers, the benefit of really getting to know them as people and understand their needs and specific learning styles. The other benefit of teaching the same group of students is we get to learn a little bit about Thai culture and how the students lead their lives. Sometimes this happens within the walls of the classroom, but in my case most of my learning has been with my students in the open classroom of Ao Luk.

Kate Fraser

11 Oct, 2018
After leaving Thailand I came back to Washington, DC to continue working for the student travel organization I had been with prior. Last summer they decided to run a pilot program that brought Japanese high school students to Harvard University for two weeks to study English. While I was not connected to the the project, I was so passionate about teaching English from my time at GVI that my supervisors let me leave my job for those weeks to teach on the program! Starting to lesson plan and teach again was such a great feeling, and I had no idea how much I missed it. Teaching English is a unique experience - always challenging and unpredictable - but most of all, rewarding. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of my time teaching in Thailand, and now I can say the same of teaching my Japanese students. The Japanese school I taught for has asked me to come back again and teach this summer, and I am really looking forward to it. So a HUGE thank you for all the great experiences in Thailand and all that you do! I am definitely hoping to have other chances to put my GVI teaching experience to use soon.

Aisling Gill-Dougherty

11 Oct, 2018
I don’t know where to begin! I am currently scrolling through all the photos attempting to put them in some kind of order! But reminding myself of what an incredible couple of weeks I had just endured! There are no words to thank you for such an amazing and life changing opportunity. It is hard to think that I started looking into gap year travel back in 2016 when I withdrew from uni having had no idea what I was doing in life. Back then I knew I something wasn’t right, either I wasn’t ready or I hadn’t found the right company to take me on board. Fast forward two years later and look what has just happened. All the credit needs to go to you for agreeing, for some reason, to let me to come out and join you. I cannot appreciate enough and find it absolutely incredible that you dedicated the whole two weeks to be with me, plus postponing your holiday……. I bet you would have second thoughts now you know me! I was humbled by your ability to think of absolutely everything, even if it did feel like we were in the middle of no-where! From grab-rails to ramps, you actually could not have done any more. And as for the project…….. you enabled me to be fully included and experienced everything, more than I could ever have imagined. I guess what was a massive priority of any travelling which people found hard to grasp, was the ability to meet, live and work with a variety of people from all walks of life. This trip was exactly that and more than met my expectations. Aside from the social, waking up every morning with a purpose of going to “work” was something that I have been trying to find all of these years. Especially sharing the experience with someone just as passionate as me. But it was not just work, it was a project which is close to my heart. This is the longest time I have spent away from home, especially abroad. Now I know that I am actually capable of flying to the other side of the world independently for a “job”, I truly believe that I could do anything. Now that I am back, I cannot stop taking about all the amazing experiences that we got up to, this just brings great happiness to my parents and they are just delighted beyond belief that everything worked out and appreciate all the work and time which you dedicated to make my dream a reality. Thank you so much once again for being there for me, especially when the Dugdale sisters were faffing around. It was just wonderful to have your calm and laid-back influence around when “the craziness” was kicking off. I promise to bring somewhat normal PAs next time! Regarding the Camillion Project, now I feel slightly more human and recovered, I will finish it next week and sent it to you, hope that’s ok. Hopefully, see you next summer, wherever you might be. Lots of love, Aislin xx

Sue Moger Burntwood

16 Aug, 2018
Having been involved in voluntary work in the UK in the past, and having found myself with time on my hands, I decided to take my volunteering further afield. So after researching projects and agencies abroad I decided on Teaching Children English in Thailand with GVI. At 58 years old my main concerns were fitting in with a group of youngsters, travelling on my own to a country I'd never been to before, the food, the language, the insects, the accommodation and, of course, my ability to do the tasks required. Funny thing was that it turned out that these were the same things most volunteers were concerned about. Age had nothing to do with it! During my time there I found myself teaching children of varying ages and abilities, I immersed myself in the Thai culture, released a turtle into the sea, visited waterfalls and even took part in a "creative" project and a sand shark building contest, (Not my usual bag!). I would return in a heart beat and my motto became "You can fit a round peg, in a square hole."

Jodie Martin

25 Nov, 2013
Life on base was something that worried me before I arrived. Sharing a bedroom with 11 others, living out of a backpack and no hot water? How was I going to cope? I can honestly say that life on base is great. Everyone works hard to keep the camp clean and tidy and it really does feel like home. It's nice to get back from a hard day at school and just chill out with everyone and share stories. I have made friends from all over the world and have never laughed so much in my life.

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