Teach English, Bangkok
Thailand’s dynamic capital is one of Asia’s most popular tourist hubs, yet it’s not without problems of its own. Young people from around the country arrive looking for big-city opportunities, but are often greeted with harsh realities, like poverty and overcrowding. Teaching English is one way to help. Staying in family-sized rooms provided by Cross Cultural Solutions, volunteers work in local schools, community centers and day-care venues. Children can help out as teacher’s aides—or simply play with and inspire confidence in other kids, especially those with disabilities who tend to be stigmatized in Thai society. After school, volunteers can soak up the local color, exploring Bangkok’s myriad temples, bazaars and food markets. They can also do some learning of their own, through Thai cooking and language classes.