Thailand (Transitioning Program)

Learning Enterprises is aware of the current  political situation in Thailand. At this point in time, we remain hopeful of being able to serve the Phichit community in 2015. However, LE’s primary concern is, and always will be, the safety of its volunteers and staff. As such, in the coming months we will be closely evaluating the program’s future and our ability to serve the community this summer. We ask that all applicants to LE Thailand note this ongoing evaluation and keep up-to-date with the current situation in Thailand and with our program directors.

Quick Facts

2015 Dates:    Monday, June 15th to Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.

  • Duration:             7 weeks
  • For a more detailed explanation of the dates, please see the addendum below.
  • Volunteers should plan to arrive in Bangkok no later than June 15.
Number of Volunteers 20
Language Requirements None, but basic greetings are essential.
Village Setting Rural villages and towns
Living Conditions AC and hot water will be available in most places. Internet may be available but not reliable to western standard.
Students’ Proficiency Level
K-12, some may be teaching adults. Basic simple (conversational) English
 
Extra self-initiated service project (see Program Structure tab)

For questions not answered on this website, contact the 2015 Program Director  Contact Mira

Program Structure

Town Service Component:

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The Thailand Program brings to Learning Enterprises a table a fresh and innovative approach to service. Volunteers will need to come to Thailand with an open mind and an ability to adapt to the present circumstances. To this end, each volunteer will be asked to be of service to his or her students, host families, and/or school on a daily basis: conducting study groups on the weekends, offering specialty lessons outside of the curriculum on their days off, and helping in their host families’ yards or houses are a few examples.

Moreover, in addition to being generally of service, the volunteer should “lead by serving others,” and plan, organize, and implement a service project with their students that will benefit the community in which they are living. Volunteers should execute a service project that can make a tangible impact to the host community, and one that can be completed within the timeframe of the program.

Examples of previous service projects include:

  • English book drive
  • Painting a Mural
  • Recycling
  • Creation of classroom revision material
  • Teaching a health class
  • Building a playground!

The ideal volunteer for LE Thailand: 

  • Takes initiative and is resourceful [Teaching and living abroad can create unexpected challenges]
  • Is open-minded and independent [You may be the only volunteer in your village]
  • Is a leader and service orientated [ Volunteers complete service project: see above]
  • Takes initiative and is resourceful [Teaching and living abroad can create unexpected challenges]
  • Is open minded and adapts to living in a different culture [Living conditions, culture and traditions greatly differ to those of the US and UK]
  • Understands the program begins the moment of acceptance [Teaching takes place through the school year, volunteers must be prepared to teach full classes in state schools]

Your Host Community

thai pp2The volunteers will be placed in the Phichit province and will be assigned to teach at their respectfully designated schools.

Phichit province:

  • Province in north central Thailand approximately 210 miles (340km) from the capital of Bangkok.
  • Bigger towns of Phichit and Taphanin. About 60 miles (100km) from the larger city of Phitsanulok.
  • Province made up of rural towns and villages. Most have paved, albeit pot-holed, roads but seriously lacking infrastructure such as pavements, street lights etc.
  • Hospital just outside Khao Sai .9 miles (1.5km). Major healthcare facilities in other larger towns.

Village/Towns:

  • Basically a hybrid of suburbs and a rural village; paved roads but poor infrastructure.
  • All houses will have running water but might not have automatic flushing toilets.
  • Some houses will have air conditioner.
  • Some houses will have hot water.
  • Internet should be accessible from most houses and/or schools, but not convenient to Western standards.
  • Climate: Very hot and humid!!! Mid-to upper-90s Fahrenheit/low-to-upper 30s Celsius). Rainy/overcast most days, but still very hot. Bring sunblock and mosquito repellent! Phichit have a high prevalence of Malaria or Dengue fever, but you can never be too careful!

Host Families:

  • The families may or may not have a child.
  • The food is usually diverse with lots of vegetables and meats – pork is a particular staple in most Thai meals. Vegans and vegetarians fare very well; however keeping Kosher or Halal is virtually impossible.
  • The host families are very hospitable. Open yourself to your surroundings and you will learn far more than you have expected.
  • Most host families are Buddhist and may participate in religious ceremonies.
Another important mind-set for the program would be to embrace the culture with an open mind and the volunteers may find that the Thai students are not the only ones who are being educated. Keeping an open mind will pave way for a true exchange of ideas and knowledge and will “expand horizons” for the volunteers and their students, host families, and the community as a whole.

Teaching

thai pp4Our mission is to increase access to education and this could mean bringing the class to the student. Volunteers teach classes during the school year. (The Thai school system vacations in March-April and October).

 

  • Volunteers teach in nearby schools.
  • Volunteers will inherit teachers’ classes throughout the program’s stay.
  • Each class can be as small as 10 students or as large as 50 students.
  • Volunteers also teach classes after school to teachers and other community members.
  • Volunteers teach between 20-23 hours per week.

Volunteers should not be surprised by at times overwhelming attention from students and teachers. They will likely be so grateful to have you in their schools and want to spend time with you.

The most important aspect of teaching is to HAVE FUN! You are not subjugated to the norms of teaching: mix things up and have a great time while learning in the process. Creativity is key. Volunteers are encouraged to use creative methods in the classroom and to focus on the communicative side of the English language rather than on grammar. You can accomplish this through games, theatre, songs, arts and crafts, or whatever you’re in to; we want our volunteers to bring their own personality into their lessons.

Additional Information

For more information, please read the addendum and projected expenses. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, queries or concerns.

Thailand Addendum, PY 2015: a field guide to life in country.

Thailand Projected Expenses, PY 2015: Please note that all expenses are estimates and can vary depending on personal spending habits.

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