Teaching English in Thailand with IVHQ

Key Information


Application Deadline: 06/02/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Volunteering

Ref: 10007560


Departure Date: 02/07/23

Return Date: 31/07/23


£1750: the estimated cost for travel and programme fees including meals and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: vaccinations, DBS check, public transport in country and return to the airport for departure and visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £400

Additional Funding: Turing Scheme Grant: £480 (+ £110 extra and a further payment of £905 as a contribution towards the cost of travel for students who meet the Turing Scheme definition of being from a 'disadvantaged background')


Accommodation: Booked and provided by IVHQ

Travel: Students will be required to book their flights independently


General Enquiries: dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, but it would be particularly relevant to those who have completed a TEFL qualification or are intending to complete a TEFL, those studying BA English Language with TESOL and those keen to pursue a career in teaching.


There are a maximum of 10 places available. Students are recommend to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


DMU Global in cooperation with our partner International Volunteer HQ, are offering DMU students the chance to spend 4 weeks volunteering teaching English in Thailand in summer 2023. By participating in this opportunity you will be volunteering to assist in local primary and secondary schools in Hua Hin, Thailand. Volunteers gain teaching experience while passing on valuable English language skills to students.

English is highly valued in Thailand due to its potential to increase employment opportunities in the country’s booming tourism industry. As a volunteer English Teacher you’ll assist in local schools helping to teach English to students aged between 6 and 18 years old. Many students haven’t had the chance to meet fluent English speakers before and your authority as an expert in the language makes a big difference to the pace at which they learn.

When you volunteer as an English teacher in Hua Hin you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to language learning for local students
  • Helping students learn a skill that will increase their job prospects
  • Developing your communication skills whilst gaining teaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in Thai culture and discovering Thailand’s rich history

Volunteers on IVHQ’s Teaching projects are encouraged to come prepared by completing some relevant training, such as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. Although formal teaching qualifications are not required to participate in this opportunity as volunteers are supported by local staff, taking a TEFL course enables you to gain more from the experience.

For more information about IVHQ and the specific volunteering opportunities in Thailand, please visit the IVHQ website.

Practical information

Hua Hin is a city on the southern coast of Thailand, a three-hour drive from Bangkok. You will be accommodated in Hua Hin, located in the hilly countryside of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Students that participate on this volunteering experience will be provided with a shared room (single gender) with other volunteers. The package also includes three meals a day during the weeks and brunch and dinner on the weekend, airport pick-up, program orientation and 24/7 in-country support.

This 4 week programme fee has a Registration Fee of approximately £250 ($299) that students will need to pay to confirm their place. In addition you will be required to pay the Program Fee of approximately £740. Students will receive the following financial support for this opportunity:

  • All students – £400 DMU Global bursary + £480 Turing Scheme funding
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds – The above amounts plus an extra £110 Turing Scheme Funding, and a flight cost bursary of £905.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

De Montfort University is the only higher education institution in the UK to be a global hub for one of the Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 16 to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. The SDGs were introduced by the United Nations in 2010 with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people by 2030.

Through our activities at DMU, we aim to contribute to all of the UN SDGs in a variety of ways. This DMU Global volunteering opportunity specifically gives students the chance to engage with the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Learning Objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and competencies that enhance your studies and boost your employability. Through participation in this volunteering opportunity in Thailand we expect that students will develop the following:

  • A greater sense of societal responsibility and civic mindedness, by engaging in behaviours and activities in the best interests of society.
  • Respect for other cultures, beliefs, world views and practices.
  • Cross-cultural empathy and the ability to understand cultures and how different people perceive situations, emotionally respond to them, and how to behave as a way of showing understanding.

Cultural Activities

Volunteering as an English Teacher in Thailand will provide many opportunities for intercultural learning. As students will be volunteering for 3-6 hours per day, there will be plenty of time to explore Hua Hin, a resort city on the southern coast of Thailand, a three-hour drive from Bangkok and its surroundings. It’s a region renowned for its beautiful beaches and interesting history, making it an incredible destination to explore.

Hua Hin is a resort city where you can relax on the beach, haggle over handicrafts at a night market, enjoy a traditional Thai massage, try out water sports, take a day trip to Kaeng Krachan National Park and Pala-U Waterfall or indulge in the delicious local cuisine. You can also travel further afield in Thailand, heading north for three hours to Bangkok, or to Historic Kanchanaburi, or south to Krabi or Phuket.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Thailand is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are expected to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Thailand.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.