Teach English Volunteer in Thailand

This project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who enjoys teaching English to children with very little or no understanding of English.

Teach English Volunteer in Thailand

Ever wanted to visit Thailand during your holidays but wanted your experience to be really different and meaningful? Why not volunteer at our project partners Teach English to Children programme in Surin, Thailand and at the same time experience the none tourist side of Thailand. Our partner is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to come to Thailand and teach English to children. No experience is necessary, just the determination to have fun and make a real difference to young people’s lives. Volunteers are needed to teach English in a number of schools across Surin, as many schools have no English teachers at all. The children vary in age across the schools from 6 to 16. Volunteers will live in self catering shared accommodation in Surin, which is the administrative capital of Surin province, one of Thailand’s poorest regions. Volunteering with us gives volunteers a chance to interact with the local community and experience Thailand in an authentic and meaningful journey.

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  • Cost

    1 week MYR 2410 (approx. £460)
    2 weeks MYR 3035 (approx. £580)
    3 weeks MYR 3670 (approx. £700)
    4 weeks MYR 4310 (approx. £820)

    MYR – Malaysian Ringgit

    Includes: Food during weekdays (lunch & dinner), accommodation, airport pick up, Ecoteer Responsible Travel Lifetime Membership

    Excludes: International and internal airfare, camera fees, visa application/fees, private transfers, meals and accommodation when travelling independently or on Off Days, insurance, personal incidentals and any item not stated in the list above


    Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.

    Please make an initial inquiry by telling us about yourself and what project you would like to join. Contact us here

    To make a booking, please contact us here.  We will then email you back with more information and the application form.  Please complete the form and send back to us so we can confirm your reservation and inform you how to make the deposit payment. If the deposit is not received within 2 weeks from the date your reservation is placed, your reservation will be cancelled automatically. Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account. Once a deposit has been paid we will email you our Know Before You Go guide, which will give you useful information to help you prepare to volunteer.

    Cancellation Policy

    a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.

    b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:

    c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
    8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
    3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
    2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST

  • Teach English
    Volunteer teach English in Thailand to children will involve many different skills and activities. From simple classroom lessons such as the alphabet, telling the time, colours, days of the week, to more advanced lessons involving grammar. Lessons are meant to be fun and therefore games are also an important element of the learning process. The accommodation includes free internet access and numerous teaching aids for volunteers to lesson plan effectively.

    Explore Thailand during free time
    Volunteers are also provided with bicycles and are encouraged to explore in their time off. Staff will do all they can to show volunteers around and make sure they make the most of their visit to Surin.

  • Shared accommodation with other volunteers

    Volunteer House

    Living area to discuss about lesson plans

    Western styled bathrooms

    A bookshelf of worksheets and guide books for lesson planning as well as novels for volunteers to reead during their free time. A completed set of a computer and a printer is available for volunteers to use.

    An equipped kitchen for volunteers to make snacks and meals whenever they are hungry

    A local restaurant located just 5 minute walk away from the house. They serve Thai food as well as some basic western dishes.

  • 2014
    Oct 31st
    Nov 7th & 28th
    Dec 12th

    Jan – 9th & 30th
    Feb 6th

    For dates in 2015, kindly state your preferred starting date and we will check the availability for you.

  • 1. What are the requirements to join this volunteering project?
    Volunteers will need to be able to speak English to be able to communicate with the facilitator. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

    2. How many hours do volunteer work per day?
    Classes are held in the morning and in the afternoon

    3. Do I need to apply for visa to join?
    Most volunteers and gap year students who are interested to volunteer in Thailand will be given a tourist visa upon arrival which is either 15 or 30 days depending on the volunteer or gap year student nationality.

    4. Is this program suitable for families with children?
    This teaching English to children volunteering programme is not suitable for volunteers coming with young children.

  • To make an enquiry or to book, kindly email us using our Contact Us form.


“When I first saw the advert to teach English as a volunteer in Thailand, I was a bit apprehensive because it meant that I would be arriving in a foreign country on my own. I need not have worried because June the Volunteer Organiser met me and she was so friendly and quickly put me at ease. We travelled to Surin the following day to the volunteer accommodation. The house is lovely, it’s only about three years old, very modern with lovely wet rooms. June the Volunteer Organiser only lives 3 minutes walk away. In the evening we would go to June’s house or she would bring us home cooked food. The food was lovely and June is an amazing cook. June did everything to make my trip as worthwhile as possible and would take me out in the evening to sample the area’s attractions.Each day the volunteers would be driven to the school where we were teaching. The Director and the teachers of the school made you feel most welcome and had great respect for you.The teaching wasn’t difficult and the children were most respectful. They really enjoyed the lessons and the input from foreign teachers.I would recommend volunteering to teach English to everyone. It’s such a worthwhile experience and I am so pleased that I did it and will never forget the wonderful children that I taught”
Karen Azar

“I’ll be back”
Tan Huc Huey

“I volunteered in Surin teaching for six weeks. My experience with the organization cannot be faulted.

When I arrived at Surin both June and Adrian was there to meet me and escort me the short journey to the volunteer house.I taught a variety of children aged between 4 and 10 from 9am until 2pm at a local school. The children were eager to learn, respectful and also very cute! Having June with me in the classroom supporting me was a god send! Initially June would explain to the children in Thai what I was asking them to do. But the kids soon got used to my teaching style and needed less and less translation. The other teachers at the school were so friendly and approachable-they may not be able to speak much English but a smile goes a long way.This is not my first time in Thailand or volunteering in different countries. I have volunteered with much larger organisations which either left me feeling abandoned in a strange scary country or have babied me and not allowed me any freedom. I feel that this programme have been able to find the right balance which has left me feeling like I have people there to turn to but I am able to have my independence too.I came to Thailand in hope to make a real difference-it really isn’t the same to just hand out donations! The children need education and this way you Really are making a difference. I cannot recommend or praise this organisation enough for the hard work and commitment to the volunteers.”

“For  anyone looking for great volunteer work that also includes lovely accommodation, and I would highly recommend this program! June is an awesome person to work with and is super helpful with everything. I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to come here and volunteer, be prepare for an amazing experience!”

“Teaching and living in Surin has been an incredible experience that will bring life long memories! Teaching the kids and playing soccer with them was a truly fun and rewarding experience and the life in Surin with other volunteers was really fun. All of this was possible thanks to June’s great help throughout the stay.”

“I taught English to Children in the mornings and Novice monks in the afternoon. The organisation of our stay was brilliant and everyone was so kind and welcoming. It was a truly great experience which I would recommend to anyone, I only wish I could have stayed longer”

“I recently volunteered in a Teach English project based in Surin and found it to be both a genuinely fun as well as truly rewarding venture. I was looked after every step of the way by the kind individuals in charge of running the programme and I really got the sense that the organization cared far more about the well-being of both the volunteers and the students than they did about turning a profit – unlike other schemes advertised online. I would definitely do it again and would also implore anyone with time to spare in Thailand to get in touch.”

“I spent a fantastic 3 weeks volunteering at both schools in November 2011. June and Adrian where both extremely helpful, diligent and proved to be excellent hosts during my stay with them. Prior to that experience I had little teaching experience and as a direct result from the placement and others since, have now decided to pursue ESL as a career! Surin is a hidden gem, off the tourist map and a real Thai experience. Anyone looking for that authenticity and to try their hand at teaching some truly inspirational children should definitely volunteer with Lemongrass Volunteering. For a nominal amount the rewards in return are immeasurable. Go on, If you don’t have a go, you’ll never know!”

“The placement was what we expected and a lot more, we really enjoyed it, had a lot of fun and got a lot of experience from our time with Ecoteer. We would love to come back and do some more volunteering at some point in the future!”
Martin and Amy

“Staff support was excellent and way beyond my expectations. June called into us daily, escorted us to class and also escorted us on a trip at the weekend. June and Aor took us out many evenings for food and drinks as well as cooking Thai meals, barbeques etc for us. It was almost like we were guests rather than volunteers. Overall, we were extremely well looked after and the visit was a very social one.”

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