Volunteer in Chiang Mai
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Volunteer in Chiang Mai, Thailand: As a English Teacher

Come and Join us as a volunteer in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My name is Fai and I run a small language center and here we teach conversation skills.

We realize the importance of English and having fun while learning. Volunteer in Chiang Mai, Thailand headquarters is about 15 minutes drive from town so we have no tourists and very few foreigners.

The students have no opportunities to use English in conversation so we love for volunteers to come and help them practice speaking out loud with games and activities while learning new material.

Generally, the students’ level of spoken English is beginner or intermediate level. Some of them are developed by volunteers and reach an advanced level.

What we offer? To a volunteer in Chiang Mai

  1.  Teaching techniques. If you are already a teacher we can share our experiences.
  2. Exploring the local Uthaithani areas (hot springs, caves, mountains, markets, waterfalls) during free time.
  3. Eating local and traditional Thai food both at the school and around the area.
  4. Show volunteers how to cook by using different techniques. Some dishes I have taught before to volunteers are: honey toast, green curry, shabu shabu, tom yum soup, padthai, papaya salad etc.
  5. Meet local people around Uthaithani. They are always eager to get to know volunteers because they don’t see a lot of foreigners.

Note: If you are not a native speaker but you have experience in teaching English or are confident that you can teach, you are still very welcome. We can offer guidance on what to teach and how to teach it if you need it.

If you are not Native speaker but you are confident to speak English we are welcome.

Teaching Details

  • Skype lesson with adults : 18.50 – 22.10 on the weekday and 13.00-15.40 on the weekend. These lessons are split between the volunteer we have. Typically 40 minutes per class. 3-5 classes per volunteers
  • 3. Saturday – Sunday: There are 4 classes each day. They start at 9.00 am and end at 12.00 pm. We have 4 volunteers at the time. so, 1.5 – 3 hours per person during the weekend.

‘The way it works is that most of the Skype lessons take place after dinner from 18:50 till 22:10 – so it’s 5 lessons 40 mins each. But volunteers don’t always have all 5, usually less. It depends on how many volunteers are there at a time. On average it’s 4 Skype’s in the evening and sometimes one or two Skype lessons earlier – between 15:00 and 18:00.’

A past volunteer says –
  • Monday – Friday: The evening class is from 16.30 pm- 18.00 pm. ( Switch between 4-6 volunteers)
  • Skype lesson with adults : 18.50 – 22.10 on the weekday and 13.00-15.40 on the weekend. These lessons are split between the volunteer we have. Typically 40 minutes per class. 3-5 classes per volunteers
  • Saturday – Sunday: There are 4 classes each day. They start at 9.00 am and end at 14.30 pm. We have 4 volunteers at the time. so, 1.5 – 3 hours per person during the weekend.
  • The age and size of the class depends on which day it is.
  • Maximum 5 hours a day on Monday-Friday/ 6 hours on Weekend max 25 hours a week

Volunteer in Chiang Mai & Living

  • The school is on the first floor, the rest of the house is my home where you will also live! We even have a nice rooftop where it’s possible to have cookouts and watch the sunset.
  • We provide a bedroom with an bathroom connected. In the bedroom is a fan, mosquito net, pillow, blanket and mattress. Depending on how many volunteers we have, you may be sharing the room.
  • On the first floor is a small refrigerator that you may use!
  • Food: 3 meals/day. Note: Please bring your own toiletries and towel with you

‘The accommodation in Chiang Mai it is really nice, in comfortable small houses, two/three people in each and the property has a great garden where volunteers can hang out’

A past volunteer says –

You will take the Minivan from Mhochit bus station. You can buy the ticket at platform number 3-4. Also in the terminal is at the ticket window number 24. The trip costs 150 THB and lasts 2-3 hours before you arrive at the bus station where I will pick you up (minivans leave every hour).

What else?

‘They’re “rewards” for good work are very encouraging 🙂 If people work 3 weeks for them, they give them a free day trip to the Elephant Sanctuary or 5 days of free accommodation in Pai. If you work 4-5 weeks and you do a great job you will get both.

A past volunteer says –

We recommend that when travelling that you have your own travel insurance cover in place.

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