indoor20092011 079The Indoor teaching programme aims to develop the conversational English skills of students for whom English is generally their third language (after their tribal tongue, and Thai). Most lessons are taught in government schools, with English camps set up during school holidays. The teaching schedule usually includes taking lessons at a local Buddhist temple, running gentle activities in the children's ward at the main hospital in town, and sometimes informal adult education classes.

Volunteers are instructed on methods of teaching, lesson planning, and how to enter the plans into our Lessonplanning Database. The database carries records of every lesson, and is of vital importance to the continuity of the curriculum and the progress of individual classes.

  • Length of stay: Minimum 2 weeks; Maximum 12 weeks
  • Fee: programme fees start from 11,000B; registration fee 7,000B
  • Requirements: National criminal record check; full health insurance; agreement to Terms & Conditions; registration payment; full payment in advance



slider3 5In the northern areas of Thailand, such as Chiang Rai, many of the local people have not been fortunate enough to have access to any type of formal education, most commonly those without Thai citizenship - some are required to work in the fields with their families, others are too poor to be able to afford the travelling costs, resources or uniforms. Free education is not automatic for stateless children. For those able to go to school, resources are at a premium, staff are hardpressed, and the free education will end for many, before those with citizenship would be able to graduate. There is a real need for volunteers to assist in the education of not only young children, but also adults from surrounding hill tribes and local villages. These lessons and activities take place in a variety of venues, with a range of ages and abilities, and minimum of resources.

The volunteer work schedule can vary from year to year, and term to term, as villages become accessible after the rains have finished, or a new school asks for volunteers to come to teach. Currently, the schedule includes helping at four different childcare centres, three schools, a hospital, a Buddhist temple, as well as lessons for local hilltribe tour guides, Mirror staff, and local children each week.

Download this file (Indoor Teaching Information Booklet - F2016.pdf)Indoor Teaching Guide[Information on the methods and skills of teaching]1548 kB

Read more: Indoor programme details

The method of teaching used by our volunteers should make learning, and teaching, a much simpler and easier process - ideal for children learning their 3rd or 4th language, and for volunteers who often do not have any teaching experience. The following notes are important for all future volunteers, and we hope that you will prepare for your stay at Mirror by thoroughly studying this section.

It is important to note that we rely solely on donations of resources for teaching. If volunteers can bring resources with them, or buy them locally, this is very helpful. If photocopies are wanted for teaching, we ask that volunteers pay for these copies themselves, as the fee paid does not cover extras such as this. It is also much more fun to make/draw/paint your own resources rather than photocopy them.

Read more: How to prepare for a lesson

enquiryformIf you have already registered with an agency, then this is not the form you need to complete. Click the following link to access the correct form: Volunteer Information Form

This form is for applications to join directly via our organisation, not through an agency. Please click 'Read more' to go to the enquiry form.

Read more: Indoor Volunteer Enquiry Form


The deposit should only be paid once an application has been approved and confirmed.

This page is only for volunteers applying independently - not through a volunteer agency, or as part of a group with a specific project. If you are in doubt, please email us at  to confirm.

The payment is a confirmation of your placement on our programme, subject to our prior agreement, and within the caveats set down below. The payment includes advance admin costs, transport, and food costs, with a surcharge to cover the PayPal fee. Balance of payment (total fee minus the deposit must be paid at least two weeks prior to arrival).

Please do not pay this fee if

  • you have not yet applied using our form
  • you have applied but not received a response from our staff
  • you have not been successful with your application
  • you have been asked to wait until further notice

Also, please note that this fee

  • is non-refundable, under any and all circumstances
  • is non-transferable





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