An Internship in Thailand is a life changing experience
If you have been searching for work experience with a difference, then look no further! An Internship in Thailand offers so much more than the work experience you can get as an ordinary intern. Instead, you will see the world differently, learn new skills, make lifelong friendships, inspire young minds and get stand out work experience for your CV or Resume. What are you waiting for?
What can you do on an Internship or Work Experience Program?
Work with Children
For rewarding work experience you will never forget, volunteer to teach children in the developing world on an AV Internship. Teach English, Drama, Music, Sport, Dance or whatever you enjoy!
Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime
All of the countries that we work in offer amazing adventure travel opportunities so stay on after your Internship to experience all the country has to offer.
Enhance your CV or Resume
Get stand out work experience and you can even get qualifications such as TEFL/TESOL while you are away, all of which will help you to get ahead of the graduate pack in interviews.
Learn skills for life
We guarantee you will walk away from your work experience with AV with a whole host of life skills that you will take with you in your future and may even change the course of your life for the better.
Will credits his work experience with AV as the reason he got his dream job….
AV isn’t just volunteering in the usual sense of the word. The variety of the experiences you gain from doing AV are not comparable with the well trodden path that many make to the Thailand full moon, or ‘surfers paradise’ in Aus. As well as being remarkably good fun, AV, I believe, set me apart in the job market.
If you choose to do something worthwhile on your gap year, like AV in Africa or Asia, then you are differentiating yourself to employers. It took me until my second year at University to realise this. When it comes to applying for summer internship/graduate positions at big firms, their approach for discovering more about your qualities is through asking applicants “competency” questions both via their on-line application systems, and at interview.
Having applied to a number of financial institutions and accountancy firms, across the board similar questions about leadership qualities, demonstrating decision making and overcoming problems, came up again and again. When answering these I had the option to churn out generic university based answers which I imagine many other applicants will have done, but instead I used my experiences teaching [with AV]. Particularly in interviews, firms always seemed to spend time allowing me to discuss how my teaching had contributed to my people, leadership and time management skills.
At Africa & Asia Venture (AV) we believe in a different type of Internship
Where there’s adventure and excitement but also where you find your second home.
Where you don’t just look at the scenery, you become part of the community.
It’s more than travel. It’s more than work experience.
It’s a different way to see the world.
Internship in Thailand: Program Summary
Accommodation: Self catered houses
Dates: You can go for as long as you like, whenever you like for work experience that fits around your schedule.
Skills: Public speaking, planning, communication, time management, team work, organisation, self confidence… and many more!
Explore further: Trekking, Temples, Beaches, Wildlife
About the Internship
Briefing & Orientation
You will fly into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and take an internal flight to Chiang Rai, where you will meet your Africa & Asia Venture representative. Together you will travel to Tha Ton, about one and a half hours through some of northern Thailand’s stunning scenery – your base for the orientation course.
This is a chance to settle in, unwind after the hectic few days leading up to your departure and a long journey, as well as an opportunity to get to know the group you will be doing your work experience with. The orientation course is important to make sure you are fully prepared when you start your Internship. It will be led by your representative giving you a chance to get to know them too. You will be based at Maekok River Village Resort in Tha Ton where they will cover:
- Thai history, culture, customs and polite behaviour
- The Thai language
- Thai cooking
- Health & Safety issues
- Advice on communicating with your students and how to structure your English sessions
After the orientation course you will head out to the villages. All villages are within 90 minutes of Tha Ton and of the hospital at Mae Ai.
Your new home will be close to the local school, or actually inside the grounds, at the heart of the village. Here the representative will leave you to settle into your new home, but remember they’re never more than a phone call away if needed!
You will live in a designated self catered house in two’s or three’s. Types of houses vary – some are traditional wooden Thai houses and some more modern, brick built. You will have a living room, a bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom. Thai’s are very hygiene-conscious, so bathrooms are usually very clean. The school will give you lunch, but you will have to buy and cook your own breakfast and evening meal – or eat from the small food stalls and restaurants in the village; they are incredibly cheap and great value for money. You will grow to love it and soon feel very much at home!
We encourage independence and so you will not have someone cooking and looking after you – it’s a chance to step up and take responsibility for yourself. You will be given a daily food allowance and will be expected to shop at the local markets and cook for yourself – picking up lots of great Thai cooking tips from the locals as you go! This is the best way of getting to know people, being involved in the community and gaining an understanding of living there – you are not a bystander watching from afar.
Whilst not living with you full time the Africa & Asia Venture representative is never far away and there whenever you need them. They can be contacted by phone 24/7 and will visit you during your project.
Our Internship in Thailand projects help to improve facilities in schools in the Fang Valley. Africa & Asia Venture volunteers have the chance to get work experience at primary or middle schools with local children in the Maekok River Village or those from nearby hill tribe villages. Your work experience placement will involve you helping children with their spoken English, as well as reading and writing.
You will be formally welcomed to the school. It will take a bit of time to know all the staff, but you will be looked after by one of the English teachers (who may not be a confident English speaker!). The school will normally give you lunch, shared with the other teachers. Schools are always at the centre of the village communities, so you will be very well known and your presence much appreciated. Socialising in the staffroom and outside of the school gives you a chance to get to know the staff who will explain the Thai way of life and traditions, perhaps teach you some Thai dancing or Takraw (a sort of cross between volleyball and football).
The Thai schools’ English syllabus is entirely an exercise in writing, so neither teachers nor children get a chance to speak it. That’s where you come in! You will assist the Thai English teacher with pronunciation and give the children a massive boost in confidence. Most pupils will be aged between 4-11 years old and class sizes can vary. The children respect older people (you!) but can be quite cheeky and are very competitive! You can choose to spend time in the classroom running your English lessons alone or with your volunteer partner, or you may prefer to run smaller English sessions or one-to-one’s with those children who need a bit of extra help. Most schools have a quiet period after lunch.
There is also plenty of opportunity to play sports with the children, all schools are built around a football pitch-sized space so there is scope to play football, basketball or volleyball. Alternatively you can help with clubs for art, music or drama. You will need to apply energy to start extra classes for local villagers, for example, to arrange activities or sports with other schools, but it will be worth it! Scouting is important in Thai schools and scout or guide uniforms are worn once a week. On other days different dress is worn.
Thailand is intensely patriotic and, at the pinnacle of this feeling, is the hugely respected King. You may have ‘King Day’ holidays. Occasionally, schools have picnics or other celebrations at weekends but otherwise your time is free to have fun and explore. This is also a good chance to pop into the local town to do some shopping, check emails, catch up on news from home, or meet up with other volunteers, visit their schools and travel in the local area.
As your Internship in Thailand comes to an end it is not quite time to say goodbye… we offer independent travel at the end of the venture to ensure a good balance of work experience and adventure. Thailand and the surrounding countries of South East Asia have lots of exciting and beautiful places to explore which you won’t get to see on your weekends alone.
Many Interns want to stay on and travel but don’t know if others on the project will too. Therefore we include this extra travel time to ensure that you experience as much as possible and know that you will have people to travel with. From our experience travelling is often when problems occur, from lost passports to getting ill – that’s why we have the motto ‘Once an AV, always an AV’ – we’ll still be there to help you, even though your project has finished.
Dates & Costs
Travel whenever you like, for as long as you like.
Create your own customized trip, or join a scheduled group departure – the choice is yours. See our Group Program Dates & Costs for full details or contact us if you’re looking for something customized.
Next group departures:
16th May 2020
3rd July 2020
7th January 2021
The list of places to go and things to see in Thailand and further afield is endless. Here’s a quick selection of some of the things our Interns have done:
- Visiting the iconic beaches and secluded islands for sunbathing or scuba diving, especially in the archipelago on the western side of the Thai Peninsula
- Crossing into Laos to visit Luang Prabang and head down the Maekong River to Vientiane, that very French city
- Travelling (flying by one of the region’s low cost carriers) to Siem Reap and visit the astonishing Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world
- Visit Vietnam, its lovely gentle people and the Maekong Delta, Ho Chi Min City and the relics of the Vietnam War
- Travel down into Malaysia, taking the train to Singapore or crossing to east Malaysia to visit the orangutans (originally Orang Hutan or “Forest People”!) before they become extinct.
There is no shortage of things to do and see. Our only rule is you do not travel alone.
“A really fantastic experience with a great group of people.
The faces of the people in the community when we had finished our program made the effort worthwhile!”
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