Trip Details

Get a taste of authentic Thailand! Teach at the local Karen Hill tribe school and explore some of the country’s most spectacular national parks!

Live among the Karen Hill tribe in their village. You will get the chance to teach English at a local school and help out with community entrepreneurial efforts. You will also get to enjoy one of Thailand’s most breathtaking views, as the village is set amid Kaeng Krachan National Park, known for its abundance in biodiversity and incomparable beauty.

You will be staying in one of the most beautiful natural areas of Thailand: Kaeng Krachan National Park. This park is well-known for its abundance in biodiversity and its wide variety of flora and fauna. It truly is a haven for biologists and nature lovers. The Karen Tribe Teaching program takes place in local Karen Hill tribe villages close to the border with Myanmar.

In recent years, the government has placed a continued emphasis on the teaching of the English language. Despite this, English literacy rates in Thailand remain one of the lowest in Asia.

During the Karen Tribe Teaching program, you will assist the school by giving English language lessons to the children, as well as helping out with community enterprise efforts. Some of the locals are preparing banana chip snacks or other items for sale to supplement their incomes.

You are always welcome to arrange extra activities and games for the children, who love to swim in the nearby river. At the end a school day, you may even help walk the kids back to their homes.

Besides the teaching program, there is a lot to see and explore in this beautiful location. As part of the program, we will take you to a local market and an outstanding waterfall, where you will be able to swim!

To experience the full potential of this program it will help to be open-minded, and a nature lover, as well as, willing to assist and understand the needs of the Karen people and culture.

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the educational prospects of village children by teaching them English
  • Gain a unique, life-changing experience among a Thai hill tribe community and facilitate meaningful cultural exchange
  • Gain invaluable, practical experience in teaching

Trip Itinerary

Weekly Schedule

Sunday
If this is your first week, you will be transferred directly from Bangkok to Hua Hin upon arrival. Depending on your previous week’s program, you will be transferred to Hua Hin after brunch
Dinner at Hua Hin accommodation.

Monday to Wednesday

Kaeng Krachan

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Kaeng Krachan
  • Morning ritual at the school with the children (singing the national anthem)
  • English teaching
  • Break
  • English teaching
  • Assist in the canteen to prepare lunch for the children
  • Lunch at the school
  • Freet time
  • Possible opportunity for helping local entrepreneurs or painting & other fun activities/games with the children
    Dinner

Thursday

  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Breakfast
  • Morning ritual at the school with the children (singing the national anthem)
  • Visit a nearby waterfall
  • Lunch at the school
  • Karen traditional weave bag, decorate their own bag with beads
  • Free time
  • Possible opportunity for helping local entrepreneurs or painting & other fun activities/games with the children
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Hua Hin
  • Breakfast at the school
  • Morning ritual at the school (singing the national anthem)
  • Teaching
  • Break
  • Teaching
  • Assist in the canteen to prepare lunch for the children
  • Lunch at the school
  • Head back to Hua Hin
  • Explore the coastal city of Hua Hin, have dinner and spend the night there

Evenings and Weekends

After a day of creative exploits, you can choose to explore the area or head further afield on the weekends. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends through the week and travel further afield at the weekends!

Please note:

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

From mid-March to mid-May and all of October when schools are closed you will stay in Hua Hin and we will provide English camps for the local children.

Trip Accommodation

Kaeng Krachan is the largest National Park in Thailand and is located close to the border with Myanmar. Our accommodation is set on the school compound of a Karen Tribe village inside the park. It is located approximately 65 kilometers from Hua Hin. 5 hours from Bangkok.

Kaeng Krachan National Park consists of jungle, mountains, hills, lakes, waterfalls and rivers. This area is well-known for its very high rate of biodiversity and tropical vegetation.

About the Accommodation
The accommodation is located on the school compound of a Karen Tribe village in Kaeng Krachan National Park. At this great location, you will live inside a Karen Tribe Village with basic facilities. You will have the chance to be immersed in the Karen culture at this unique site. You will be able to access WIFI in communal areas. The rooms are shared with up to 4 people on a single-gender basis.

Food Arrangements
Three meals will be provided each day at the accommodation. These are typically Thai-style consisting of, Rice, noodles, vegetables, and meat. Vegetarian options are also available.

Facilities
There is a local shop inside the village where participants can buy their necessities. However, there is no ATM available. Although you don’t need much money at all during your stay in the village, please make sure to bring some cash with you to fulfill your own needs whenever necessary.

Activities & Events

Throughout the week, we will take you to a local market, visit beautiful natural sceneries and a waterfall. There is also a river nearby where the local Karen children love to take a dive in. You are free to join the fun at any time or walk around to enjoy one of the most beautiful and untouched areas of Thailand.

Sights & Surroundings
Kaeng Krachan National Park, with it’s high rate of biodiversity and tropical vegetation, is heaven for nature lovers. Kaeng Krachan has it all: wild animals, beautiful trees, plants and flowers, stunning mountain sceneries and hills, beautiful rivers and lakes and an authentic local tribe population.

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

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Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
DBS, Police Background Check
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa