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What's best-Volunteer, group tour or independant travel?

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1. Posted by amytet (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hiya
I'm going to Thailand in April. I've got a place teaching english on Ko Pha Ngan or Ko Tao from May to August, but I'm having second thoughts as to whether I wouldn't rather just get a flight out to Bangkok and do whatever I want. I would have a bit of independant travel time whatever I do but I'm worried I might feel tied down if I go for the placement, especially on the Islands where I might meet other travellers. My original plan was to volunteer first to find my feet, but I'm going later than I planned and won't have as much time post-placement as I would like. Taking the placement is also going to make a big hole in my funds. But then, I think maybe I'll get more of a unique, deeper experience teaching Thai kids and see more of real Thailand, even though it seems more scary and less fun.
I could also start out by joining a trip. I've looked into some Indochina loop ones that are lengthy.
Has anybody got any experience of volunteering, teaching and travelling alone/in a group in Thailand that might help me make the decision. Because I really need to!

2. Posted by amytet (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

and it's also the first time I've travelled to the area.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Koh Pha Ngan & Tao are fantastic islands. Could give you a chance to get know your way round before deciding what else to do