Volunteering abroad is a way to make a worthwhile contribution to another country while simultaneously broadening your life experiences.
Volunteering can be a life-changing experience. You will be immersed in the culture and language of the people. Learning about them first proves to the people whom you deal with that your interest is “them”.
Whether for a career break or just a mere vacation, volunteering on the Thai-Burma border is the best place to be. The great beauty of Thailand and its environment, and the welcoming attitude of both the Thai and Burmese people are some of the reasons why Thailand is an ideal place to volunteer as an English teacher.
Although Thailand is a hugely popular tourist destination, the level of English is quite low in most areas. Volunteer English teachers are desperately needed to build students’ confidence and encourage them to use their language skills.
If you want more of a challenge, you could volunteer to teach in the Burmese refugee camps or to teach Burmese migrant workers in the border parts of Thailand and Myanmar. The Burmese people are known for their superb hospitality. Young or old alike, they are very eager to learn and to be educated. Since they are the most vulnerable people in Thailand, it just makes your effort all the more meaningful.
As a volunteer teacher in the Thai-Burma border, you are making a difference to the lives of the people you are teaching. I really encourage you to offer some of your talents and time to teach as a volunteer here in Ranong.
Mr. Ronald Lida