Trip Details

Do you have a passion for teaching and an understanding attitude towards children? As a voluntary participant on this project, you would gain invaluable skills and experiences during your gap year while making a difference to children’s lives. Based at a Karen Hill tribe school, the project aims to have a positive impact on the English literacy levels in Thailand by providing excellent quality English teaching to the children. For volunteers, the experiences you will have, and the skills you will learn will be invaluable as you share cultural exchanges with local people and other project volunteers.

As part of your role, you will be expected to plan and prepare experiential learning opportunities for the children which will develop their knowledge of English and inspire them to embark on a pathway to future success. How you teach the children is up to you, but the more fun and enjoyable the activities are, the more memorable the learning will be. You may also be asked to take part in renovation and construction work to ensure that the school environment meets the needs of the children.

During your stay, your accommodation will be in the heart of the tribe, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Close to the Myanmar border, the area is incomparable in its beauty and is famous for the abundance of variety in foliage and wildlife. If you love nature or have a keen interest in biology, you will be in your element in this location!

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects by teaching them English
  • Give you a unique, life changing experience amongst the Thai tribes and facilitate cultural exchange
  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching

Trip Itinerary

Get a taste of authentic Thailand! Teach at the local Karen Hill tribe school and explore some of the country’s most spectacular national parks!

Live among the Karen Hill tribe in their village. You will get the chance to teach English at a local school and help out with renovation and construction efforts. You will also get to enjoy one of Thailand’s most breathtaking views, as the village is set amid Kaeng Krachan National Park, known for its abundance in biodiversity and incomparable beauty.

Sunday
Hua Hin
If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival. Depending on your previous week’s program, you will be transferred to Hua Hin after brunch
Dinner at Hua Hin accommodation.

Monday to Thursday
Kaeng Krachan

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Kaeng Krachan
  • Morning ritual at the school with the children (singing the national anthem)
  • English teaching
  • Break
  • English teaching
  • Assist in the canteen to prepare lunch for the children
  • Lunch at the school
  • Rest time
  • Renovation work, cleaning, painting & activities/games with the children
  • Dinner

Friday
Hua Hin

  • Breakfast at the school
  • Morning ritual at the school (singing the national anthem)
  • Teaching
  • Break
  • Teaching
  • Assist in the canteen to prepare lunch for the children
  • Lunch at the school
  • Drive to Hua Hin
  • Explore the coastal city of Hua Hin, have dinner and spend the night there

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

From mid-March to mid-May and all of October when schools are closed you will stay in Hua Hin and we will provide english camps for the local children.

Trip Accommodation

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s most popular beach destinations and is located only 280 kilometers Southwest of Bangkok. Hua Hin is where the city meets the sea. Scrumptious seafood, lively markets, never-sleeping bars, long beaches and palm tree-decorated landscapes make up this bustling town!

Accommodation & Food

Our centre is located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province amidst green surroundings. The accommodation consists of spacious rooms. There is a common area with a refrigerator, hammocks and a large communal swimming pool for you to chill.

Available Room Types

  • Standard shared rooms 4 people share on single gender basis
  • Private rooms 1-4 people
  • Comfort rooms 1-2 people

Food Arrangements
All the meals served at the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits.

Facilities
Most of your day will be spent in Hua Hin city centre, where all amenities can be found.

Activities & Events
Monday Evening
You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Wednesday Evening
You will go to the night market in Hua Hin city. Try some of the delicious local food that is freshly cooked and instantly served to you. Taste a variety of inexpensive street food.

Friday Evening
You will go to the Cicada Market, a colorful night market offering freshly cooked food from different shopkeepers. Look around the many art exhibitions, see the local handmade products and souvenirs which are very attractive and listen to live music featuring local artists.

Sights & Surroundings
Hua Hin, is a lively fisherman-town and popular tourist destination, and it has a lot to offer besides just sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming at its golden beaches. Not only are there plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries to choose from, but visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, shops, markets (including a popular night market), and Hua Hin’s Vana Nava water park.

You might also consider visiting Khao Tekiab, a mountain at the end of the beach with a temple atop that overlooks the beach.

Hua Hin is also surrounded by beautiful national parks and you might decide to go slightly further afield to explore the likes of the Pa La-U Waterfall, located 60 km west of Hua Hin in the south side of the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Alternatively, 45 km to the south of Hua Hin is the mystical Phraya Nakhon cave for the more adventurous!

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Singburi
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Udon Thani
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

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Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa