The volunteer is expected to work as a regular teacher in the school, but in a specialized role with specific objectives. Most volunteers will have 18-22 class hours, but will work as a team with a Thai teacher of English.
Team teaching is encouraged for several reasons:
The Education Ministry sees the development of the Thai teacher’s ability to use English as critical to the success of the program and the future of the school. Such teacher development, whether through team teaching or seminars, will continue to benefit the school long after the volunteer has gone. The volunteer is expected to live a modest life that is in keeping with his/her role as a faculty person in a private Christian school. Other duties of volunteers may include such things as assisting with English Camp, Christian Education and other tasks.
Volunteers should demonstrate a mature and active Christian faith and an exemplary moral lifestyle. They should be in good health, emotionally mature, and open to learning about and living in other countries. Those who wish to serve as English teachers should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field.
Those who will be teaching specific subject matter need to have the commensurate degree (math for math teachers, elementary education for those teaching elementary students). Valid teaching certificates and TOEFL certificates are plus.
No teaching experience is required, but volunteers should have English as their first language and speak without a strong accent. They should be familiar with the rules of English grammar and be able to express themselves clearly in English.
A two-year commitment is desired.
The program will ensure that legal documents required for living in and working in Thailand, to include a work permit, a renewable one-year visa, and other documents as needed, are provided to the volunteer. The program will also provide an orientation to Thai life and culture, including an introduction to Thai language and policies of the Education ministry of the Church of Christ in Thailand and church's schools.
Volunteers will receive some support locally that may include the following: