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All projects that are either located at a school and/or include teachers and/or students as the primary participants with a focus on teaching and learning (e.g. English Clubs, English Competitions, Reading Clubs, Tutoring, etc.)

English Clubs

English Clubs can be valuable for a number of reasons.

  • They can offer students more personalized interaction with a native speaker, thus improving students' English.
  • They can provide a safe and productive after school activity, potentially keeping students away from more dangerous things.
  • They can also ultimately prompt community involvement by strengthening relations between students, parents, teachers, and, if applicable, the SAO.

After School Reading Club and Camp

This page includes both an after school book club that was started by a volunteer at her local school and a reading camp that came about as a result of the club.

Baking in English

Why not share some of America's homemade wonders with your students?

English Club Activities

Fun ideas to start an English Club in your school!

Junior Tour Guides

This is a high school student club, which meets biweekly with school and SAO support.

World Map Project

The World Map Project is a popular project that many volunteers find achievable and beneficial for students. The final product is a colorful painted map of the world in the form of a mural. The process teaches students to follow directions, work as a team, and learn a little geography and English at the same time.

Youth Groups

Motivate the youth to work together. Activities and project ideas available here.

Project Hope: Youth Civic Service Group

Create a team made up of the youth in your community to lead and implement projects [Quilen]

Youth Activities

Games and activities focused on team-building and problem-solving skills

Youth Banner Painting Contest - Sufficiency Economy Theme

Have the youth in your community compete in a banner making contest. Add a theme!

Youth Mentor Program

Create a mentoring program in your community to provide youth with positive role models.

Cultural Exchange

This page can include things like giving Thai students American names, World Wise School projects, and teaching about US geography, food, or customs.

Using American Names in the Classroom

The students wear their nickname name tags in class and use those names during speaking activities. Alternately, we use their Thai nicknames (spelled in English) for assignments. You can also use a name card and write their Thai nickname in English on one side and their American name on the other. Their names are a good place to start when teaching phonics.

Paintbrush Diplomacy

Paintbrush Diplomacy provides people around the world the opportunity to do an art or writing exchange project with your students. They provide the supplies, as well as some pieces of art from elsewhere around the world.

Video Conferencing with American Classrooms

This is a great Goal 3 project in which the volunteer used her ICT skills to set up videoconferences for Thais in her community to share with American classrooms.

English Competitions

Many Thai school districts (ESAOs) and English Resource & Instruction Centers (ERIC) like to do English competitions. They are an opportunity for the stronger students to develop their skills in an extra-curricular setting. This page is meant to be an index of English competition activities with links to pages dedicated to describing each type of activity.

Essay Competition

Have the students write their own essays to submit in a contest.

Do you have parents and teachers asking you if their child can “reyan piised”? Well, we can’t teach at all the schools in our Tambon or every student, but there’s a way to get the students who really want to learn English show their interest. Get the SAO to host a Student Essay Contest and offer prize money for the winners. Then you can tutor the winners. Here are some documents: Contest Plan, Student Application, Evaluation Form (English) (Thai) [Kathlyn & Will 122]

Impromptu or Prepared Speech

Instead of having the students memorize a random story, have them write their own with your help!

Students memorize a speech. Teachersoften prepare the speech for them, especially in primary school. However, as a volunteer you can experiment with giving the students more involvement in the speech-writing process. Consider a speech about food. Maybe the student can't write the whole structure him- or herself, but you can have them brainstorm about food vocabulary and ask them what their favorite foods and fruits are and include this information in the speech. Hopefully, the students will learn more that way.

Prathom Level Speeches: Food [Scott 119]

Spelling Bee

A spelling bee is a competition in which students are given words and compete to spell the most correctly. Host one at your school!


Telling a story is one type of activity that can be used for English Competitions in your school, ERIC center or ESAO. By telling a story, perhaps also using pictures or puppets, it encourages the students to understand the language they are using and to build their self-confidence.

Prathom Level: Snow White [Scott 119]

Other Subjects

Projects revolving around subjects other than English.

School Music Programs

This project focuses on music, but the idea can expand to any topic that a volunteer is passionate about and can raise interest about within the community or school. Similar programs could develop for sports, art, chess, etc.

Storytelling Programs

Programs for a community reading night and for preparing your students for competitions.

Teaching Something (other than English)

One PCV has found a way to integrate one of his unique skills into his Peace Corps service: he spoke fluent Korean.

SEED - Speak English Every Day

Exactly what is might sound as. With this project idea, promote your students and school to get using English around the school.

Resource Centers

This kind of project takes advantage of an unused room or building in your community or school by setting the space up as a place that students or community members can come to learn during their free time. The space can be a used for independent learning, computer or internet access, as a small library, or as a meeting space for English lessons or weekly trainings, or all of the above!

Special Education

This section has been added as a resource for volunteers interested in working with children and adults with disabilities in their schools and communities.