Volunteer in Thailand with Friends for Asia

First Day of the 2021 Thailand School Year

Monday, the 17th of May, 2021 is the official start of the Thailand school year, for most schools throughout the kingdom. Although most schools planned to start, and continue indefinitely online, with Covid cluster outbreaks in different areas of the country, the government just announced yesterday, the allowance of allowing schools to reopen with in-person classes immediately. Therefore, most schools will be starting online, but transitioning to in-person classes at school throughout the week. Our programs are open in Chiang Mai, and we have quite a few volunteers coming to take part in our different teaching projects over the coming months! Although Covid is still lingering things are reopening, Thais are getting vaccinated, volunteers are signing up, and over the course of the coming months, we are optimistic that we will see more re-openings of the tourism sector travel restrictions eased soon!


Thailand Volunteer Teaching Projects


Kindergarten Volunteer

Available in Bangkok

For children this age, school is all about planning activities, building social skills and learning how the world works. So if you plan on signing up for the Kindergarten Teaching Project, prepare to have a lot of fun. During the school hours, you’ll spend your time looking after children aged 3 to 5 in one of Bangkok’s slums.

Rural Schools Volunteer Project

Low Cost English Teaching Volunteer

Available in Chiang Mai

The Friends for Asia Low Cost English Teaching Volunteer Project offers a candid view of daily life in Thailand. Ideal candidates will be keen on getting an inside perspective on a side of the kingdom that tourists and volunteers in bigger cities rarely encounter. In the countryside surrounding Chiang Mai, government schools have little chance of attracting international teachers.

English Education

English Education Volunteer

Available in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

A lot of Thai students grow up thinking that their English ability is next to nil. But sometimes, a few confidence-boosting classes with a native speaker – where they’re understanding more than they expected to and communicating right back – is all it takes to change their minds. As a volunteer English teacher, you become a catalyst for student development.

Teaching English to Novice Monks

Teach English to Buddhist Monks Volunteer

Available in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Of all the opportunities to volunteer in Thailand, teaching English to Buddhist monks commands the strongest following. Each of our volunteers is assigned to a specific Buddhist temple, where they instruct novice monks in daily English lessons. This sort of candid, behind-the-scenes access to a working Buddhist monastery is difficult to match.

International University for Monks

Teacher’s Assistant at International University for Monks Volunteer

Available in Chiang Mai

Buddhism has always been a catalyst for higher education across Asia and Thailand, and in this assignment, volunteers step into an authentic university setting. The student body is budding Buddhist monks from across Thailand and Asia, fostering a dynamic international atmosphere. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates with an interest in the higher teachings of Buddhism.


Thailand Teaching Volunteer Start Dates for 2021

  • May 17, 2021
  • June 7, 2021
  • June 21, 2021
  • July 5, 2021
  • July 19, 2021
  • August 2, 2021
  • August 16, 2021
  • September 6, 2021
  • Project Closure for mid-Thailand School Year break
  • November 1, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • December 6, 2021
  • December 20, 2021