Thailand Tropical Island Teaching and Beaches

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1. In Brief

Thailand continues to be one of the most tempting destinations for those adventurous travellers who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins.

Koh Tao is most definitely the jewel in Thailand’s royal crown, famed for its laid back atmosphere and immaculate coral reef diving. However, in recent years the island's land resources and coral reefs have come under increasing threat from rapid, unregulated and unsustainable development. Join our teaching project and help to improve the conversational and written English of the local children, whilst at the same time fostering international relations and enjoying all this exotic country has to offer.

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover this land of intense beauty
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Learn how to teach English as a foreign language!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Thailand
Activities Working with children
Teaching
Work towards your FREE TEFL Certificate (3 week placements)
Relax on white sand beaches in your free time
Learn about Buddhism & meditation
Transport

Make your own way to the project site

Accommodation Backpacker-style accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The initiative on Koh Tao has been running since 2008, having been set up by members of the local community to help preserve their local culture, land resources and coral reefs. The initiative has three components, land conservation, marine conservation, and education, each contributing to the preservation of the island.

The main aim of the teaching project is to help out at the local school, giving the children of the island the opportunity to practice their conversational English. In conjunction with the Thai curriculum, we also encourage our volunteers to bring in new and exciting subjects such as environmental awareness to help support wider conservation objectives for the island at grass-roots level. Topics such as the importance of the environment, marine life and related eco-systems are all encouraged by the school to help the children value and protect these precious resources on Koh Tao. The project tries to achieve this through fun, creative and engaging activities both inside and outside the classroom.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst on your placement you will work with other international and local volunteers to help teach the children using your initiative and creativity, making the most of limited resources to teach English as a foreign language. This will give you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Thai culture, helping you to make a difference to the future conservation and prosperity of the island whilst at the same time making lasting friendships with your welcoming hosts and the wonderful children.

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.
 

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project is located on the beautiful island of Koh Toa off the east coast of the mainland Thailand. You could fly into either Koh Samui or Surat Thani airport and then make your own way to the project village via boat, car or bus. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.  Upon arrival at the main island pier you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to your accommodation. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst participating in this project you will be staying in a clean and comfortable local guesthouse in simple shared rooms.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food is not provided as part of this programme. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! All meals are based on fresh produce that is purchased from the local area.  Enjoy fragrant Thai specialities, such as mild coconut curries, fragrant steamed rice, or dumplings.  Enjoy your meals alongside your fellow volunteers in the comfort of your peaceful surroundings.

4. The reviews

An experience I will never forget  | 8 May 2017
Thailand was just amazing! The children are so friendly, all the staff are so welcoming, and it i...

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I will always remember teaching in Koh Tao  | 6 Feb 2017
I went out to Koh Tao to teach for 3 weeks and I loved every minute. The island is beautiful, alt...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, diving, sailing or even sea canoeing.  Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.
 

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,145

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Koh Samui (USM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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