Kindergarten Education in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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You will be working in various kindergarten and childcare centres located around Chiang Mai, with the children ranging from 2.5 to 6 years old. Your work at the centre will typically be for 2-3 hours in the morning, from 09:00 – 11:30 AM.

Due to a shortage of teachers, many children’s development centres and kindergartens in Chiang Mai have up to 30 children in a single classroom, making it difficult for one teacher to give each child the attention they need. Your assistance will be crucial in helping local teachers manage the classroom effectively.

Using your creative skills, such as singing, dancing, games, and repetition exercises, you will help young children learn and practice their English, as well as introduce them to basic educational concepts. Many local Thai teachers are not fluent in English, so your help will give children a chance to practice their English at an early age and increase their overall learning experience and confidence in speaking to foreigners.

You may have the opportunity to assist with feeding and playing with the children, organizing various activities, and occasionally helping with cleaning tasks. You might also be involved in caring for the children by preparing their meals, and assisting with basic hygiene .

Before going to the placement, you will work with local coordinators to review the teaching lessons, materials, and activities for the day to ensure a continuous and effective learning experience for the children.

It is vital to always be punctual for teaching activities, adhere to class schedules, and come prepared with creative and engaging lesson plans. Patience is also key when working with students who have diverse personalities. Additionally, you are expected to actively participate in other program activities, ensuring that you make the most of your stay and create memorable learning experiences. 


Chiang Mai is a city in northern Thailand known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. It is a popular destination for tourists, with attractions such as ancient temples, night markets, and trekking in the nearby mountains. In addition to its religious sites, Chiang Mai is also famous for its vibrant night markets, where visitors can find a variety of local crafts, souvenirs, and delicious street food.

Project Tasks

  • Interact with the kids, teaching basic English
  • Gain practical experience in teaching young children
  • Help and support the local teachers and staff

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a nice volunteer house with all the standard facilities like WiFi, hot showers and aircon/fans. Rooms are single gender and fit 4-8 people. Private rooms can be booked for an additional fee. We also have an open and lovely lakeside where you can get some fresh air. There is also a beautiful dining area where you can have a cup of tea and coffee and hang out with fellow volunteers. Table tennis is also available!

3 meals a day are provided, and 2 on weekends. All the meals served inside the accommodation are homestyle, vegetarian-friendly and you can expect that they will be typically Thai style dishes, including plenty of rice or noodle dishes with vegetables and occasionally some meat and fish will be provided as well, along with seasonal fruits for dessert.

While we do our best to accommodate our participants, what we provide for most meals is local cuisine. If you are a picky eater or allergies, have dietary restrictions, or if you think that you will not be satisfied with the local dishes provided, you might want to consider supplementing our menu with your own western type foods and snacks that are more to your liking. 

All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $455
  • 2 Weeks - $575
  • 3 Weeks - $825
  • 1 Month - $1055
  • 2 Months - $2155
  • 3 Months - $3150
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion



If you love working with young people, are energetic and want to inspire the furture generation, then yes absolutely! No teaching qualifications are required for this project. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Most of our programs will include a 1 day orientation on the first day, which will include things like a walk around the local area, explanations of where everything is, ATMs, how to get local sim cards, etc, and lessons on cultural norms and what to expect.

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Chiang Mai Airport (CNX), Level 1, Door 5. You must arrive between 08.00 and 16:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times you will need to pay an additional fee for any extra night’s accommodation, and a private transfer to our accommodation.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to the accommodation in Chiang Mai, it takes around 30-45 mins by Taxi/Song Teaw. This is not including any delays that may occur.        

Monday to Friday

Teaching sessions can be in the morning or afternoon depending on the school and its requirements. A regular day in the program may look like:

  • Breakfast at the Centre
  • Teaching at Kindergarten/Childcare centre
  • Lunch
  • Prepare lessons for the next day
  • Dinner at the Centre
  • Visit ancient temples – Chiang Mai is home to over 330 Buddhist temples, many of which are centuries old. Some of the most famous temples include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.
  • Explore the night markets – Chiang Mai has several night markets, where visitors can shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, and local cuisine. The most popular markets include the Sunday Night Walking Street and the Night Bazaar.
  • Trek in the mountains – Chiang Mai is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests. Visitors can go trekking, hiking, or mountain biking in the nearby Doi Inthanon National Park or Mae Sa Valley.
  • Learn about the local culture – Chiang Mai has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can learn about traditional crafts, music, and dance at places like the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center or the Lanna Folklife Museum.
  • Take a cooking class – Thai cuisine is famous worldwide, and visitors to Chiang Mai can take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional dishes like pad Thai or green curry.
  • Attend a festival – Chiang Mai hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Yi Peng Lantern Festival and the Songkran Water Festival.

Minors traveling to Thailand


Minors traveling to Thailand with/without parents/legal guardians are required to adhere to instructions of the Thai immigration. For more information, please check here.

Modest clothing (covering the knees and shoulders) is required while on school grounds.

You are more than welcome to bring teaching materials/resources for your class such as:

  • Interesting board games
  • Books/Comics
  • Balls
  • Musical instruments
  • Worksheets
  • Cultural items of interest
  • And anything else you think will help!

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: TH – Holidays – All Programs


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