Teaching English at SSRU in Bangkok, Thailand

Key Information


Application Deadline: 05/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Other, Volunteering

Ref: 10008465


Departure Date: 13/07/24

Return Date: 24/08/24


£750: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


Additional Funding: All students are eligible to receive £720 from the Turing Scheme and for those who identify as from a 'Widening Participation' background this amount is uplifted to £1790


Accommodation: Accomodation will be provided by SSRU

Travel: Flights will be booked independently by the student


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £750 (approx) for flights. Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, and visa

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £5 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All undergraduate students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. To qualify for the DMU Global and Turing Scheme funding for this opportunity students need to meet at least one of these ‘Widening Participation‘ criteria. Applicants must be native speakers of English and any teaching experience will be a plus. Priority to TESOL & English students or those that have completed a TEFL qualification prior to travelling to Thailand.

After the initial application, students may be invited to a follow-up interview before formally being offered a place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


A maximum of 10 places are available for DMU students.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


DMU Global in cooperation with Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU), Bangkok, are offering DMU students the chance to spend 6 weeks volunteering as English teachers. As part of this programme, you will help teach SSRU students the English language, and you will also be immersed in everyday Thai life and culture. Teaching will be within the Faculty of Management Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and the Demonstration School. 

The SSRU campus is of historic origin and was once a part of the Dusit Palace, the royal compound of King Rama V, in central Bangkok, the transportation, business and education centre of Thailand.  You will stay on-campus in good quality accommodation at the SSRU Palace Hotel. Everything you need is available locally – restaurants, convenience stores, a post office, hairdressers, launderettes, banks, Internet cafés and local markets.

The Summer Teaching English Programme will help SSRU’s Thai university students improve their English. You will play a vital role in the creation of an English speaking environment for undergraduate students and you will get to know them and learn about their lives and culture. The programme will run for six weeks commencing Monday 15 July – Friday 23 August and the normal working week is Monday through to Friday, except Excursion Wednesdays. Weekends are free for you to enjoy.

Practical information

On arrival in Bangkok you will be picked up from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok and will travel to SSRU Palace Hotel. Students that participate in this volunteering experience will be provided with a single room room at the SSRU Palace Hotel. The package also includes breakfast and lunch on campus during the week, an orientation including cultural training, and cultural activities such as basic Thai language classes, a Thai cooking class, Thai souvenir workshop and a cultural tour of Ayutthaya.

Morning classes operate from 8:00AM to 11:00AM. Afternoon classes operate from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. The day ends at 4:00PM and is often a great time to chat with your Thai counterparts and learn more about them.

The cost of the programme and accommodation is fully funded by SSRU. Students will be required to pay for flights (approx. £750) and personal expenses i.e. dinners and activities/food in the evenings and at weekends.

Students will receive the following financial support for this opportunity:

Cultural Activities

Outside of the time spent volunteering, there will be plenty of time to explore the buzzing metropolis that is Bangkok. Bangkok is the Asian megacity incarnate. Its vast urban sprawl – home to 22% of the Thai population – is studded with gleaming golden wat (Buddhist monasteries), towering skyscrapers, teeming markets, multi-lane highways, and clusters of village-style houses that show just how far Bangkok has come over the last 50 years. Needless to say, there’s a lot to see and do!

Feast on Bangkok’s famous street food, browse thousands of stalls at Chatuchak Weekend Market, Marvel at Wat Pho, stroll around Lumphini Park, cross the Chao Phraya river to explore Wat Arun, visit the Grand Palace, take in the view from the Mahanakhon Observation Deck or climb the steps to the top of the Golden Mount. You can also travel further afield in Thailand, visit the ancient capital of Ayyuthaya and explore it’s enigmatic ruins or perhaps you could head to Historic Kanchanaburi and visit the beautiful Erewan National Park.