Thailand Teach: Teaching English in Rural Thailand

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About

We aim to help local temple schools in rural communities by improving their English language skills. We initiate “cultural exchange” situations with participants by studying Thai culture, lifestyles, traditions, and daily life of villagers.

Your role as a volunteer will be to assist the local community through teaching primarily (but not exclusively) English, a skill in high demand in rural Thailand, due to the opportunities it can bring about.

Education and various kinds of vocational training are much needed in Thailand, especially in the rural areas and for unprivileged youngsters. The main target group are children (mainly primary school students and also some in secondary schools), also villagers and adults who would like to learn English. Through education, children and villagers feel empowered and get motivated to get to know the outside world through cultural exchange, hope, strength and joy.

Highlights
  • Community Based
  • Family run
  • 10+ years with over 2000 visitors

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Reviews

9.83 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 8.7
  • Safety 9.6
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Dylan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Safe, eye opening and life changing

Thailand Teach is honestly the best volunteer experience you could get. From a great homestay environment to great students, and to the nicest hosts. I came as a 16-year-old, alone, and rest assured, everything went safely and smoothly, so if you're looking to send your child or you are a youth yourself, don't worry, this is the safest trip you could find. I whole-heartedly recommend anyone to experience this themselves.

Click this link below to view my full account for the experience:
https://www.sgdym-dw.com/post/why-i-went-to-singburi-thailand-volunteering-experience

Southeast Asia is the hub for international volunteers. Teaching English, building houses, creating a sustainable environment or enforcing animal protection are all ways people are helping the local communities. Volunteering helps enrich your life journey, influence your perspective and gives you a chance to experience pure happiness. This all comes with an added bonus of being able to travel and live among friendly people, take in the rich culture, devour enchanting cuisines, and live the simple local life....

Best Regards,
Dylan Wu

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Juergen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Funtastic volunteering experience

Our family had a wonderful time with Rob and Pooh, who support the local schools with the volunteers. Poohs wholehearted way of making us feel at home (and the best thai-food on a daily basis) and Robs pragmatic and direct way of hosting are wonderful.
We felt at home in a different country. Home-stay gets a new meaning.
Thank you, Rob and Pooh, you supported us to grow as a family and enjoy the time. I think one of the feww places that support families with younger kids.

What would you improve about this program?
Bringing more people to this specific volunteering place to allow volunteering as a way to get to know people and the country.
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Kim
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience with Thailand Teach

I have a wonderful experience joining Thailand Teach. I have never expected that volunteering could be in such friendly, comfortable and easy environment and it's very much because of Pooh, Robert and all the family members, warmth, great hospitality that make me feel comfortable as part of the family. I strongly recommend this to first- timer volunteers, as it's such an eye opening and lifetime experience.

Dave
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I would just like to share my volunteer teaching experience with you. The month in Bang Rachan, Sing Buri was absolutely amazing and our hosts Rob and Pooh, made us feel like part of their extended family.
The teachers and students at the local temple school were enthusiastic, welcoming and receptive, making us feel extremely comfortable. The Students are a delight!!
Living with the Thai family in extremely clean and comfortable accommodation allowed us to embrace the true Thai culture and getting to know neighbours and locals in this rural community enabled us to experience many amazing things that are well outside any average Thailand holiday.
As an experienced Thai Restaurant cook, Miss Pooh serves meals that are better than anything I've experienced in top Thai restaurants and the variety was astounding. She is happy to share all her cooking secrets with you.
I could go on for hours about the generosity of our hosts who showed us all the local sights, introduced us to the best eateries and ensured all of our needs and requirements were fulfilled.
Witnessing locals constructing traditional brooms made from palm tree fronds, collecting coconuts and de-husking by the old traditional methods, grating coconut were just some of the many experiences.
One neighbour uses trained squirrels to collect nuts from high in the trees.
The Thai locals, by our standards are extremely poor, however, they are rich in terms of embracing a true sense of family and community.
Anyone contemplating a holiday to Thailand should consider a trip to Bang Rachan which is a couple of hours north of Bangkok and stay with Rob and Pooh. Volunteering at the local school is the bonus.
You will leave Thailand a lot richer for the experience.
I am planning my next trip for the new year !!!

Pablo Evaristo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible

We have spent 2 weeks with Rob, Pooh & family in their guesthouse. I have stayed with my wife and 2 kids (5 and 7 years old).
We have been in a school located in Bang Rachan, near the house as volunteers. Assisting in English classes with kids of this rural area.
I encourage everyone to try this experience to share some time in the schools with the local kids and stuff so you can understand better Thai lifestyle and culture and help the community.
The stay in the guesthouse has been awesome because Rob and Pooh are the best! They have helped us in everything as part of the family.
They prepare great food and you can learn how to cook Thai food.
You have to be prepared to live in the countryside, that means: hot, humidity, mosquitoes, some bugs, lizards and so on. If you are good with that you'll have a great time here.

Maéva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Looking forward to be back

I loved the 3 weeks that I spent with Robert, Pooh and their lovely family! It has been an incredible experience! I was a teacher for kids at the local school (very close from Robert and Pooh's house). The kids were adorable and it was a real pleasure to spend 4-5 days per week with them!
During the week ends, we were most of the time travelling (we went to Pattaya, Bangkok and Aytthaya) . Robert and Pooh helped us a lot to find places to stay while we were travelling and also helped us to plan our journey.
The homestay is located in the north of bangkok and it is really easy to go to bangkok by bus (approximately 2-3hours).
I would recommend this experience to any traveller looking for vacation in a great and authentic place with lovely people who loves to share their culture and their knowledge to make the stay of their guests as good as possible.

I am looking forward to be back in Singburi as soon as I can.

Thank you again Pooh and Robert :)

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Dorien
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great place to relax with family

Rob and Pooh are very nice people, you can ask them anything and they'll take you anywhere you want to go!

We stayed for almost a week with two children of 2,5 and almost 5 years old. Rob and Pooh went out of their way to make our children feel like home. They had toys for them and they played outside with Rob and Pooh's children and the neighbors kids. They really had a great time!

And so did we! Because of the save environment for the kids, we could really relax and talk with Rob and Pooh or read a book in one of the hammocks.

Foodwise, all the options were on the table. We could cook for ourselves in the shared kitchen or order something Pooh would make.
They took us to a big supermarket when we arrived to make sure we had everything we needed for our stay.
They meals Pooh made were delicious and she even showed me how to make a papaya salad.

We would really recommend staying with Rob and Pooh!!

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Jonathan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand Teach: Good People, Good Organization

Great family-run organization. Robert and Pooh are experienced hosts, and genuinely nice and fun people as well. They took good care of me and made me feel at home. They even took the time to show me around the area, the local sights, markets and temples. A local guide like Pooh is invaluable in learning about a place and connecting with it. The school staff and students were also great. Staff was very appreciative and the students were respectful and paid good attention in class. They were very enthusiastic, friendly, and really wanted to spend time with me. It was quite heart warming and overall a very satisfying experience. I would recommend Thailand Teach highly.

What would you improve about this program?
The younger students had very little English, and I had even less Thai knowledge. Sometimes this made giving directions difficult. I think some co-teaching (working directly with a Thai teacher) would have been useful here.