Thailand is home to over thirty thousand Buddhist temples. The monks live, study and meditate in these temples all their life which are run from people’s donation. Many temples are actively involved in social work also besides doing their tradition work. Part of their social work involves running schools where children from poor family come to study. English is also one of many subjects that are taught in the school. The standard of English taught, however, isn’t good enough but despite this the temples continue to pay for the teacher as there is a dearth of trained English teachers in Thailand.
Join RCDP’s Teaching English in Buddhist Temple project and teach English to young students attending temple schools. Through your work, the students can improve their English and go on to have a good career. You will also find the children extremely eager to learn from international volunteers and will be generally well behaved.
No previous teaching experience or skill is required to volunteer. However, volunteers should be fluent in English but not necessarily be a native English speaker. You should also be flexible, patient and respect the Buddhist tradition of Thailand. Volunteers must also respect Thai custom and local people at all times.
The temples run primary and secondary school and volunteers will teach in them. You will teach local students (not monks) for five days a week from Monday to Friday and follow the official curriculum. You can always teach extra and share your stories of travel and tales of where you come from. You can also organize extra-curricular activities like plays.
The history of Ayuthaya is rooted in Thailand. Ayuthaya was once the capital city of Thailand and one of the largest cities in Asia before the invading Burmese army razed the city to the ground in the 17th century. The new city has been built around the still magnificent ruins. In your free time, volunteers can explore magnificent ancient ruins of Ayuthaya. The city is built in an island at the confluence of three rivers. During your free time, you can visit Bangkok only 2-3 hours away, or you can plan a visit to Konchanburi, Chiang Mai or the south of Thailand for spectacular beaches.