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Teach English in Thailand with Openmind Projects

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Teach English in Thailand with Openmind Projects


Teach English overseas the different and fun way with Openmind Projects!  Improve the futures of the underprivileged in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.

”Their spirit, enthusiasm, and personalities constantly amazed me and I was proud to call them my students.”  Zach from Canada

You can teach English overseas the fun and learning by doing way at schools, orphan homes, national parks, temples and school camps in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.

Teach English at schools in Thailand
Enjoy the trappings of a Thai town, village, or island school and help some of its young people improve their English or computer/IT skills.

”The day I had to stand up in front of the school to say goodbye, which I only managed to say two sentences before I burst into tears, was extremely emotional.  I was torn between the emotions of going home to my family whom I was missing and leaving an even larger loving family behind.”   Deborah from Australia

Teach English at schools in Cambodia 
Enjoy a village near the famous Angkor Wat and the fascinating Tonlé Sap Lake or volunteer at an orphan home in Cambodia and help its young students learn English or use computers for a better future!

Teach English at Buddhist temples in Thailand
a perfect opportunity to teach English and experience Buddhist culture in ways that ordinary tourists never do!

”Sometimes it’s good to get out of the classroom and learn from casual social interaction.”  Volunteer Anniko from Australia
 
Teach English in schools for Burmese, hill tribes and refugees in Thailand
On this incredible volunteering overseas placement you’ll be working among Karen and other minority hill tribes while teaching English in the fascinating region of Mae Sot on the Burmese border or the stunningly beautiful village of Umpang in the surrounding mountains.

”Some of the most amazing people in the world.  People who, regardless to their condition, always make you feel welcome, and treat you with almost excessive kindness.”   Chloe from Australia
 
Teach English in scenic Thai island projects
Teach English to charming island children, relax on peaceful beaches, and enjoy Thailand's stunning nature in your free time.

Teach English at child care projects in Thailand, Cambodia or Nepal 
Volunteering with underprivileged children you help lighten their lives while making friends for life.

Why teach English overseas in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal

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English is increasingly important for everyone. Having good English skills opens new and better job and study opportunities.  
 

Why teach English overseas the Openmind way

We believe in letting students "learn by doing"= speaking and listening.  Let them improve their English through conversation and dialogue instead of simple repetition or rote learning . Read about Openmind Projects' Learning Philosophy for volunteers teaching English abroad in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal.

Traditional English teaching in Southeast Asia is based on rote learning: students learn by heart and focus on repetition instead of immediately using what they have learnt.  This means that students can speak very little English on their own when they leave school.  As an English teacher you can play a very important role in remedying this situation: you help them improve their conversational skills.  When they improve their language skills by practicing their English, listening to and speaking English with you, new and better job and study opportunities will open for them!  You make a difference!

Learning by doing is activity and motivation based.  Students learn English vocabulary and phrases, and then immediately use what they learned in a real situation in, for example, a dialogue, simple role play or game.  And they have fun, sanook in Thai, while they learn!
 
Help a poor girl to learn English and you help her go on to advanced studies.  Help a poor teenager to speak English and you help him or her to find a better job.  Help poor villagers learn English and you help them to develop local community based eco tourism which is less dependent on outside tour operators who keep a substantial share of the income.  Help poor farmers to speak English and you can help them to sell their rice, fish, or handicrafts without middlemen. 

Teach English overseas if you enjoy working with people—children, teenagers, or adults—who lack access to greater learning opportunities.  Get some valuable modern teaching, learning by doing, English experience. Teaching English overseas helps you understand that you can impact the life of a poor child.  
 
Teaching English overseas could be the ideal option for you.  Gain an insightful and one of a kind teaching experience with Openmind Projects abroad while absorbing a new culture.  Interact with locals in their daily lives.  Contribute to a better future! 

 

Where you can teach English overseas in SE Asia, Thailand, elsewhere

You can teach English in ThailandLaosCambodia, and Nepal.  Our projects include schools, nurseries, orphanages, health centers, national parks and eco tourism villages.

Request a Teach English abroad recommendation.

Teaching English with the help of Openmind Projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal
You normally teach 2-4 lessons per day, mainly conversational English.  Some ex pat teachers conduct lessons on their own, while others team teach with local teachers.  Some choose to combine teaching English with sports, music, or arts and crafts.  Take time to prepare your lessons.  All you may have is a black- or whiteboard so you are the main resource.  With your help students and teachers can improve their conversation skills, a ticket to moving out of poverty.  

Use your free time to have fun with the kids in sports, eating and singing, joining in their daily lives.  This is an excellent way for them to learn English in an informal setting and for you to bond with local people, blend into their culture.  Some ex pat teachers set up informal after-school English clubs.  Talk about your world and they will tell you about theirs.  You stimulate their imagination, they satisfy your curiosity!

Team teaching English with local teachers has been used with great success in Japan and Korea, and can be just as effective in our projects.  You’ll learn more about it during your 3 day Training at our Training Center in NongKhai, Thailand.
 
Bangkok post about openmindprojects's team teaching.Read about Team Teaching in The Bangkok Post by Sven Mauleon, Openmind Projects, and Elisabeth Lee, Queens University, Canada.
”To practice their new knowledge in English, the policemen established a checkpoint just outside the box.  In half an hour they fined 38 persons for not wearing helmets when driving their motorbikes; most of these were farangs.  I kept myself in the background as I felt a bit responsible for the fines!"   Volunteer Finn from Sweden

Teaching English in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Nepal
You mostly teach Basic English to poor students. Before leaving home you receive an online Volunteer and Teacher Guide.  It includes a Teach English Handbook with many ready-to-use English lesson plans and activities. 

The training is learning by doing: before you leave you'll prepare and present a short lesson plan in a local school classroom! This makes it easier for you to step with confidence into your own classroom at your placement. 
 
Teacher Training overseas in Thailand with Openmind Projects
Our 3-day Cross Cultural Volunteer Training will give you essential skills and confidence to teach Basic English to poor children in SE Asia.

Our training is based on our learning-by-doing philosophy: you learn some local vocabulary and phrases that are useful for daily life inside and outside the classroom.  Then you immediately use what you learned in dialogues and simple role plays during the training.  You also use it to go eating and shopping.  It means that if you want to eat, you have to learn some of the language!

You'll learn the essentials of Southeast Asian culture during your Cross Cultural Training.  You'll have the chance to sit down with our dedicated young and local staff trained especially to help you adjust to local culture and teaching.  They come from the local grassroots projects where our volunteers work.  They'll share their ideas and experiences so you get an immediate feeling for local culture with very supportive local friends who welcome you.  You'll get a first-hand introduction to local culture from local people!


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How you teach English abroad as a volunteer in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Nepal.

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Our volunteers normally teach 2-4 lessons per day, mainly conversational English. Some volunteers conduct lessons on their own, while others team teach with local teachers. Some volunteers choose to combine teaching English with sports, music, arts or crafts. Ask the school teacher what you can do. You can gain new insights into local culture and create strong relationships with local people!


You’ll have time specifically to prepare your lessons. We urge you and local teachers to do it together. All you may have is a black- or whiteboard so you are the main resource for students and the teacher, who often speaks limited English. With your help the students and the teachers improve their conversation skills, a ticket to moving out of poverty and up the occupational ladder!

”Sometimes, it’s good to get out of the classroom, and learn from casual social interaction.” Volunteer Anniko from Australia

Use your free time to have fun with the kids in sports, eating, and singing. This is an excellent way for students to practice their English. It helps them learn in a fun way, and you’ll quickly build relationships with local people and blend into their culture. Some volunteers set up informal after-school English clubs, another way to build close relationships with students. Talk about your home country, open the minds of your students to your world, so different from theirs! They will tell you about their world, so different from yours!

When you teach English abroad you easily become something of a local celebrity! You bring a new world with you and immerse yourself in theirs!

How you teach English abroad the Openmind Projects way

Students who learn by doing improve their language skills much more rapidly than learning by repetition. They retain what they learn much more readily. Read more about Openmind Projects Learning Philosophy for volunteer teaching abroad.

The traditional local teaching English style is based on rote learning; students learn by heart focusing on learning by repetition rather than by actively using what they learn. Thus most students can speak very little English when they leave school. So overseas volunteers play a very important role in helping to improve the conversational skills of students. They get a chance to practice, to listen to, and to speak English, invaluable skills that open many new opportunities for them!
Learn then use and apply what you just learned! Learning by doing is activity and motivation based: listening, speaking, doing. Students are taught English vocabulary and phrases, and then immediately use what they learned in a dialogue or a simple role play, for instance. They have fun while they learn!

Teach English in Thailand with Openmind Projects