Checklist for Long-Term Volunteers
Below is a helpful checklist of every step in the process – from application until arrival.
All of these steps are required and all documents are required either for you to
receive a visa or work permit or for school accreditation purposes.
1. Application submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Recommendation forms submitted to email@example.com
3. Interview. The recruiter will inform you if you have been accepted by the screening
committee or if more information is needed.
After you have been accepted please begin gathering and submitting the following
5.Financial support (See the Cost of Living tab on our Life in Thailand page).
You may request a letter of endorsement from firstname.lastname@example.org
to include in your fundraising letters.
Please Note: All of our foreign teachers are volunteers.
7. Passport copy (must have at least 6 months of validity on it)
8. Birth certificates for your children
9. Marriage Certificate
10. Official transcripts of college courses
11. Copy of teaching certificate
12. Copy of diploma
15. International driver’s license: If it is possible that you will drive here please get an
international driver’s license before you come (Visit AAA’s webpage for International
driver’s license: http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html)
16. Insurance considerations: Limited accident insurance is provided for full-time teachers at
the school. While health costs are affordable here, please consider if you should get a more
comprehensive health insurance before you come.
17. Criminal Background check: Please submit a copy of a criminal background check done
within the past 3 years and done in your home country before you come. The cost of the
background check is the responsibility of the volunteer. If you need to get a background check done please contact email@example.com for an online link to a background check company. A background check may be done by
your sending organization. If so, ask them for a copy of it and then you can send the copy to
firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please click here for more information: Criminal Background Check).
18. Visa: You must have the appropriate visa in order to stay in Thailand. We’ll send you
paperwork for that once you’ve been approved by the screening committee; in order for you
to apply for your visa you must be within three months of your departure from the US.
(Please click here for more info: Visa Requirements).
19. Make travel plans (flights, etc).
20. Discuss housing, transportation, and other needs with us.
**Please note that all of these documents are required. Visa and Work Permit rules
require that you have transcripts of college courses, teaching certificates, and diplomas.
Accreditation requires that you submit a background check.
**If any submitted documents are in a foreign language besides English, the document
must be translated into Thai. Translation must be certified by a competent translator and
**There may be additional requirements after you arrive in Thailand in order for you to get
the appropriate visa and work permit. Human resource personnel at CRICS works hard to
stay informed of rules in Thailand and will inform you of what needs to be done. This may
include having a simple health check done by a Thai doctor. If a spouse or children come on
your visa you may also need to go to an embassy in Thailand for the embassy to verify that
they are your dependents.