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Volunteer Teaching English with Openmind Projects

Teach English using activity-based methods as a volunteer in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal. 

Overview

Volunteer teaching English in Thailand

Why volunteer to teach overseas?

Poor English skills are often a barrier for young people in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal to getting good jobs. In Southeast Asia, methods for teaching are often outdated and teachers can lack basic English themselves.  By volunteering to teach English, you can help young people in Southeast Asia improve a key skill that could lead to a better future.

Teaching with Openmind Projects

Openmind Projects’ teaching philosophy promotes activity-based learning, or ‘learning by doing’. We help students learn to communicate in English using real life situations that are relevant to them. We have more than ten years experience successfully helping students (and teachers) to improve their skills this way.

How Openmind Projects will help you

You don’t need to be a teacher or have a TEFL certificate to volunteer to teach with us. At our Volunteer & Cross Cultural Training you’ll learn about activity-based learning, develop lesson plans and practice in a classroom situation before you start your project.

Volunteer Work

Openmind Projects emphasizes activity-based learning. Volunteer teaching in a Buddhist temple school.

What does a volunteer teacher do?

Our volunteers usually teach two to four lessons per day. You will mostly carry out lessons on your own, sometimes working with a local teacher. Resources are limited, so all you may have is a black- or whiteboard, any local props you can find, as well as the main resource – you!

We have a range of projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal. You could be working in a large town school, a rural village or a temple school. You can use your free time to take part in daily life with the children. Sports, cooking and other out-of-school activities are a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and practice English with your students.

How you will teach with Openmind Projects

Openmind Projects encourages teaching English through activity-based learning. We teach using real-life situations that are relevant and interesting to students where new knowledge can be applied quickly.

During your training, you will develop lesson ideas and practice in a classroom environment before you start your project.  Lesson plans are included in your handbook and we have a range of resources at our Training Center. We will also put you in touch with previous volunteers at your project for advice on lessons and activities.

Apply and we'll suggest the best English Teaching project for you in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Nepal.

Projects

  • Hoh Kam

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    Hoh Kam Pittayasan School

    Northeast Thailand


    For volunteers who want to stay in a typical Isan village by the Mekong river.

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Hoh Kam, Nong Khai province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Dongsavath

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    Dongsavath Kindergarten & Primary School

    Laos


    Experience small village life and learn about many Lao cultural activities!

    Project type: Holiday Camps
    Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Laos
    Location: Dongsavath
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Guesthouse

     

  • Holiday Camps

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    Holiday Camps

    Northeast and South Thailand; Laos


    Have a blast teaching at a holiday camp with children while sharing their culture. Help give poor children and students an extra and free chance to learn for a better future!
    Project type: Holiday Camps
    Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Laos
    Location: Nong Khai
    Krabi
    Laos
    Accommodation: Training Center
    Volunteer House
    Homestay

     

  • Soon Dek Lek Ban Pako

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    Soon Dek Lek Ban Pako

    Northeast Thailand


    Wonderful opportunity for the volunteer who wants to care for young children!

    Project type: Child Care
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Ban Pako, Nong Khai province
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Training Center

     

  • Wat Keaw Kro Wararam

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    Wat Keaw Kro Wararam Secondary Temple School

    South Thailand


    Wonderful for volunteers who want to learn about Buddhism and Buddhist temple life!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Krabi
    Accommodation: Volunteer House

     

  • HUC

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    The Helpless Upliftment Center (HUC) Orphan Home and the Creation International School

    Nepal


    Awesome opportunity to work with underprivileged children near the roof of the world!

    Project type: Child Care
    Teach English
    Country: Nepal
    Location: Kathmandu
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • TaLar AurKlah LC

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    TaLar AurKlah Learning Center

    West Thailand


    For the very adventurous volunteer willing to work with Burmese/Karen refugee and migrant children in a very simple school while immersing themselves in their daily lives and culture far off the beaten track! A truly unique opportunity!

    Project type: Burma Refugees
    Child & Health Care
    Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Umphang District, Tak Province
    Accommodation: Volunteer House

     

  • Chitwan Elephant Project

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    Chitwan Elephant Project

    Nepal


    Incredible opportunity to work with elephants in Nepal!

    Project type: Ecotourism
    Teach English
    Country: Nepal
    Location: Chitwan National Park, South Nepal
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Tonal Dek

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    Tonal Dek Village Schools

    Cambodia


    Wonderful opportunity to work with poor children while experiencing life in a small Khmer farming and fishing village on the famous Tonlé Sap Lake. Suitable for the independent volunteer!

    Project type: Teach English
    Country: Cambodia
    Location: Tonal Dek Village, near Siem Reap
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Guesthouse

     

  • Phu Khao Khouai

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    Phu Khao Khouai

    Laos


    Simple village life; beautiful mountains; pioneering ecotourism site.

    Project type: Ecotourism
    Teach English
    Country: Laos
    Location: Ban Na
    Ban Had Kai
    Ban Yang Kua
    Accommodation: Homestay

     



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    Nonghan Wittayakon School

    Northeast Thailand


    Great experience to teach young children and experience a small Isan town!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nonghan, Udon Province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Sunshine Home

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    Sunshine Home

    West Thailand


    Unique chance to work with infants from Karen and other hill tribes.

    Project type: Burma Refugees
    Child Care
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Mae Pa, Tak province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Battambang Children's Home

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    Battambang Children's Home

    Cambodia


    Great opportunity to support disadvantaged children to become reintegrated into their community.

    Project type: Child Care
    Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Cambodia
    Location: Battambang
    Accommodation: Volunteer House
    Homestay

     

  • Nong Khai Training Center

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    Nong Khai Training Center

    Northeast Thailand


    Stay in Nong Khai with our local staff and trainees while teaching them English and computer skills, with the possibility of working on another project in the town.

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nong Khai
    Accommodation: Training Center

     

  • Koh Klang

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    Ban Koh Klang Nursery and Primary School

    South Thailand


    Incredible opportunity to teach young children in a Muslim island village.

    Project type: Child Care
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Koh Klang, Krabi province
    Accommodation: Volunteer House

     

  • Tessaban 3

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    Tessaban 3 Primary and Secondary School

    Northeast Thailand


    Excellent for volunteers who want to teach children and teenagers and stay at our Openmind Projects Training Center

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nong Khai
    Accommodation: Training Center

     

  • Vieng Khuk

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    Vieng Khuk Community Health Center

    Northeast Thailand


    Great place for volunteers with a medical background to work in a health center on the banks of the Mekong River.

    Project type: Health Care
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nong Khai Province
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Training Center

     

  • Tree Top Explorer

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    Tree Top Explorer

    Laos


    Support responsible community based tourism teaching English to local guides and experience the thrills of the jungle.

    Project type: Ecotourism
    Teach English
    Country: Laos
    Location: Ban Nong Louang, Champasak province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Arunrangsee

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    Arunrangsee School

    Northeast Thailand


    Good for volunteers who want to teach young children and stay at the Openmind Projects Center!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nong Khai
    Accommodation: Training Center

     

  • Chitwan Community Development

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    Community Development Project in Chitwan

    Nepal


    Fantastic opportunity to help develop ecotourism in a spectacular setting!

    Project type: Ecotourism
    Teach English
    Country: Nepal
    Location: Gawai village, Chitwan
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Ban Nong Kok

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    Ban Nong Kok Primary School

    South Thailand


    How about a small Muslim village near the fantastic Ao Nang beach? Here's Ban Nong Kok!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Ban Nong Kok, Krabi province
    Accommodation: Volunteer House

     

     
  • Hat Kam

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    Hat Kam Wattana School

    Northeast Thailand


    For the volunteer who wants to help a small village while staying in our center in Nong Khai.

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Nong Khai province
    Accommodation: Training Center

     

     
  • Phu Wua

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    Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary

    Northeast Thailand


    Great opportunity for nature lovers who want to live in a village teaching English and supporting community based ecotourism!

    Project type: Ecotourism
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Ban Kham Pia, Nong Khai Province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Samrong Hospital & Secondary School

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    Samrong Hospital & Secondary School

    Northeast Thailand


    An opportunity for volunteers with an interest in health services to improve care by teaching English to hospital staff while assisting with clinical work.

    Project type: Health Care
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Samrong district, Ubon Ratchathani province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Organic Farm Ao Nang

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    Organic Farm near Ao Nang

    South Thailand


    Interested in sustainable farming Thai style? Here's your chance!

    Project type: Conservation
    Teach English
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Krabi province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Ban Dung Wittaya Secondary School

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    Ban Dung Wittaya Secondary School

    Northeast Thailand


    A great opportunity to teach older students while staying in a small Isan town with a host family!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Ban Dung, Udon province
    Accommodation: Homestay

     

  • Goseiykett

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    Goseiykett Temple School

    Northeast Thailand


    Interested in learning about Buddhism while teaching in a rural temple? Here's your chance!

    Project type: Teach English
    Teach IT
    Country: Thailand
    Location: Ban Pako,
    Nong Khai province
    Accommodation: Training Center

     



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