Program Details

Each week you'll get to taste the real Thailand and experience the sights, smells and sounds of this vibrant country. Starting and finishing in the capital city of Bangkok you will travel north to the historic Kanchanaburi, volunteer or explore the local
Location:
Bangkok, Thailand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, MayMester Intersession, Spring Break, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Get to know the real Thailand! This program gives you the opportunity to experience so much more than the average visitor and gain a real insight to the life, religion and culture of Thai people. You'll get to know your fellow travelers, work together with local Thai people and take part in some fantastic activities.

Each week you'll get to taste the real Thailand and experience the sights, smells and sounds of this vibrant country. Starting and finishing in the capital city of Bangkok you will travel north to the historic Kanchanaburi, volunteer or explore the local area in Sangkhlaburi and then relax or party on the idyllic beaches of Koh Pha Ngan island in the south, it's the perfect trip to experience Thailand in a nutshell. Week one Get to know the buzzing capital with a tour of Bangkok Explore the province of Kanchanaburi, Thailand's third biggest province Enjoy the cool waters of Erawan and Sai Yok Waterfalls Try your culinary skills and enjoy some Thai Cooking Lessons Visit local temples and learn more about Buddhism Weeks Two and Three Enjoy the beauty of rural Sangkhlaburi Visit a local Mon Tribe Rejuvenate your senses at local hot springs Get involved with worthwhile volunteer work either in Teaching, Childcare or Community OR get a taste for adventure and enjoy elephant trekking, Hill Tribe experience, trekking, plus a 3 day Community Project Week Four Taste a little bit of paradise on the beautiful island of Koh Pha Ngan Relax, snorkel or party, the choice is yours!

From Tuesday to Friday, you will have the chance to help with some much needed community work which will involve one of the following volunteer projects: Teaching: Volunteers have the opportunity to teach in a number of schools; from the Thai government schools, which support the local community, to one of the local children’s home providing education to abandoned, impoverished and/or orphaned children. The children are mix of Burmese, Thai and Thai Hill Tribe people. The learning of English is so important for these kids futures, a competence in English opens doors later in life Childcare: Both of the main orphanages in Sangkhlaburi have seen a massive influx of children in the last year, of all ages. There are many children who are preschool (under 5). These kids require volunteers to play, interact, organize games and simply help them have fun. Many of them just simply want some attention. In return you will see their eyes light up, big smiles and you will be confident that your efforts are really appreciated. With so many children and so few carers these kids really need your help and attention. There is also the option of working at a childcare center at the Hill Tribe Community: Our community work provides support to the local community including the hill tribe people and children’s homes. From growing exotic fruits to common garden vegetables to small building projects or playing games with the children, whatever is needed at that time, you'll be helping to support the local community and children.
Setting Description:
The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetizing food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

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