WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
By participating in the Frontier-Thailand Paid Teaching Programme, you'll be helping your students improve their level of English and bringing a fresh approach to teaching styles and lesson types.
Teaching is not just about transferring knowledge; it is about building confidence and trust and about forging friendships. Before long, you'll find that your students become like a family to you and you’ll enjoy attending local festivals or exploring Thailand’s spectacular countryside with them, or simply telling stories.
Your Paid Teaching Placement will take place at a relatively privilidged private school close to Singburi. Unfortunately the less privilidged schools of the region cannot afford to employ short term paid staff and so rely upon voluntary teachers from other programmes.
Another problem facing the region is that highly skilled teachers tend to flock to Bangkok where the promise of a higher salary and a greater chance of finding employment are a strong lure.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your placement in Thailand starts with an orientation weekend in Bangkok in which you take a cycle and boat tour of the city, get your bearings and socialise with the other participants. This is followed by a two week training period in Singburi which includes teacher training and introductions to Thai culture, language, customs and the opportunity to go on excursions. You will meet students and nearby schools, as well as observing lessons with both Thai and foreign teachers. You will then have the opportunity to practise teaching with your peers and in the local schools before beginning the placement itself.
Once you have completed and passed the course you will be issued with a teaching certificate and you will be guaranteed a placement in a school, receiving a monthly stipend relative to the region, usually between $425 and $680, and teaching 20–30 hours per week. You will be making and executing your own lesson plans, and this will give you the perfect opportunity to experience real Thailand, make a difference to the future generations, immerse yourself in Thai culture and make friends for life with your welcoming hosts and the wonderful children.