Applications for LE Thailand open November 1, 2018!
Tentative Dates: June 24, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Orientation: June 24 - 27
Midpoint Break: July 14
Closing: August 10
- Location: (Phichit Province- North Central Thailand)
- Language Requirement: (none)
- Setting: (Rural)
- Duration: (6 weeks)
- Volunteers: (10 Volunteers)
- Living Conditions: (Basic)
After orientation, volunteers will travel to their first teaching location and teach for two weeks. Volunteers will reconvene with their fellow volunteers after the two weeks for a quick weekend trip in Chiang Mai. During this midpoint break, volunteers will swap stories and teaching ideas with the fellow volunteers, explore the wonders of Chiang Mai, and visit a local elephant sanctuary. Midpoint break serves as a memorable experience that connects volunteers with one another with an experience they will not soon forget.
After midpoint break, volunteers will travel back to their original teaching location for another four weeks. The program will then conclude with a one day closing session. Closing sessions is a mandatory sessions that is an opportunity to reconnect with other volunteers and provide feedback to the program they have participated in.
- flexible: volunteers will face unexpected challenges and obstacles teaching and living abroad
- outgoing: taking the initiative to begin an interaction with members within the local community first, without being prompted to do so
- open-minded: living conditions, culture and traditions are very different from the US or UK
- independent: volunteers are responsible for teaching full lessons by themselves without supervision or guidance
Volunteers will be staying in Phichit, a province in North Central Thailand approximately 210 miles (or a 4 hour drive) north of Bangkok. The province is made up of rural towns and villages. Most have paved, pot-holed, roads but lack infrastructure. Phichit is located on swampland, so be prepared for mosquitoes, lizards and all kinds of bugs. Volunteers should prepare to bring their own bug spray as it tends to be more expensive in country. Malaria is not a problem, but certain diseases should be vaccinated against before travel - see your physician or a travel vaccine specialist before departure.
All houses have running water but might not have automatic flushing toilets. Most houses will have air conditioning and all will have running water. Internet should be accessible from most houses and/or schools, but not convenient to Western standards. Host families are very hospitable and host communities are very friendly. Most are Buddhist and may participate in religious ceremonies.Weather is extremely humid with intense rains, volunteers should remember to bring comfortable and breathable clothes as they will be sweating frequently.
The teaching situation will vary for each individual school and for each volunteer. Volunteers will be teaching at public school during the normal school year in Thailand. Volunteers may be teaching at elementary, middle or high schools. Age may range quite a lot, from kindergarten to high school and even adults. Volunteers might find one class they have prepared for cancelled without notice and they might be asked to teach an entirely different class.
Class size may also vary, ranging from ten to twenty or more individual students. Every school will have basic supplies such as whiteboards and markers. Many school even have small TV’s with HDMI ports for laptops and powerpoints as well as projectors. However, it is important not to completely rely on having these materials at all times due to the variable teaching schedule volunteers are likely to have. Volunteers are encouraged to speak English as much as possible and to encourage students to try to speak English.
The service project is a requirement that includes each volunteer teaching an after school program. The program may range from 3-5 hours per week. For example, one volunteer taught how to play a piano melody on Mon, Wed and Friday after school for one hour each day. The after school program may range from teaching extra english lessons after school, teaching your favorite sport, or teaching a musical instrument.
SOME AWESOME THINGS ABOUT THAILAND
- Teachers are held in very high regard. Volunteers are treated with respect by students and coworkers.
- The people are generally extremely hospitable and will go out of their way to make you happy.
- Food is cheap and some of the best food you will ever eat. You will not go hungry.
- Thailand is a monarchy, meaning that visitors to this country must show respect to the royal family.
- ”555” means lol in Thai
MEET YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ALEX!
Alex Armstrong is a senior at U.C. Santa Cruz majoring in Political Theory. Alex is from a small town within the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, belonging to California. Alex never knew what sort of experiences he would get to have with the help of LE, but he found out as a volunteer last summer.
Alex is now back as the Campus Director at his school and will be leading the Thailand program in country as Program Director. Alex's interests include anything and everything belonging to the subjects of piano, motorcycles, or Muay Thai.
Interested applicants can reach Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.