DMU Square Mile – English Teaching in Bangkok, Thailand

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10002709


All DMU students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Successful applicants are likely to have been involved in DMU Square Mile activities in the past, be able to demonstrate the desire to get involved with the initiative, or be studying for a TEFL qualification with #DMUglobal. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


DMU students will have the opportunity to deliver interactive English teaching workshops to young people in a local primary school in Bangkok, as part of a week-long visit to the city.

The opportunity will improve education for hundreds of children currently studying at the local school. Education is a fundamental right of all children and the primary tool by which they can better themselves and escape current living situations. The ability to speak English is possibly one of the most important skills sought after by young people in Thailand. It opens up a large number of opportunities in terms of employment, and a good knowledge of English is often required for Thai students to be accepted onto higher level studies.

Whilst in Bangkok you will engage with the local school through a number of activities. This will primarily be through supporting English teaching for students aged 10 and 11, and there will be opportunity to engage with the students in other classes and take part in other activities, such as sports. This trip will be suitable for DMU students thinking about going into teaching or have completed a #DMUglobal TEFL qualification and are interested in working with young people or teaching English overseas.

This opportunity with #DMUglobal demonstrates De Montfort University’s commitment to the public good by working in partnership with different communities.

From participating in this opportunity students will have the chance to learn how to lead and develop academic sessions for young people learning from professional teachers in Thailand. Moreover, the trip is also designed to help improve your communication skills and initiative.

Cultural activities

This trip will include a number of different cultural based activities. The group will have the opportunity to explore Bangkok by day and by night. There will be opportunity to visit local historical temples such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, going on a river cruise and also sampling Thai cuisine.

Travel and accommodation

 Flights, accommodation and transfers for this opportunity will be booked by DMU Square Mile.

Contact details

Visa information

British nationals can enter Thailand without a visa for 30 days for tourism or business purposes and your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Thailand. Entry to Thailand will normally be refused if your passport is damaged or has pages missing.

Students of other nationalities should contact the Royal Thai Embassy for advice on visa and entry requirements.

If you do need a visa, the #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway.

You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 3 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £850
  • Students will also be required to pay for: cultural visits, transport for sightseeing, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am