Thailand Summer Program 2023
5 -12 weeks of adventure travel and volunteering in Thailand – the ultimate summer gap experience.
Join us for 5 – 12 weeks of…
Sun, green hills and crystal clear waters.
Stand out work experience that will set you apart from the graduate crowd.
Seeing the world differently and making a difference to young lives.
Asian adventures – Water sports, trekking, paragliding and more!
An experience that will change your life forever in more ways than you can imagine.
Our Thailand Summer Program departs in:
Want to know more about Thailand?
You can travel for as long as you like, whenever you like but our next group program departs for Thailand on 1 June 2023. You can stay for anywhere between 5-16 weeks depending on your plans. We also offer group discounts if you wish to travel with your friends.
I participated in an Africa Asia Ventures trip in the summer and it was honestly one of the most impactful and incredible things I have done so far in my life!
The AV team was so helpful and kind, ensuring we were safe and were fully organised for the trip, and once out there the representatives were friendly and so easy to get on with. I didn’t know anyone prior to the trip, but made a few good friends whilst there. The best thing about AV is you see first hand where your money goes, and how it directly benefits people. I was pushed out of my comfort zone in the best way possible, and in the process I learned so much about myself.
I could not recommend this programme more enthusiastically; I encourage all to take a look at it and consider going on the adventure of a life time!
What can you do in Thailand?
Swim in a natural lake
Thailand is full of hidden gems like natural lakes where you can relax and have fun with friends
Try a different way to travel
From your base on the Maekok River you can try rafting, kayaking, abseiling and many other activities
Trek across Thailand
One of the best ways to discover a country is on foot so trek to see local temples and wildlife and see the real Thailand
Night life and festivals
Thailand is famous for its beach parties and festivals. Travel after your volunteering program and enjoy the night life.
Thailand Summer Program: Summary
Departs: Create your own customized trip, or join a scheduled group departure – the choice is yours.
Accommodation: Self catered houses
Explore further: Kayaking, Hill Tribe villages, Chiang Mai, Temples
Welcome and briefing – get to know your group and learn about your project and local life.
Your skills will be well used. Help with school renovation projects, in the classroom or other school activities.
Use your weekends to explore the local area, and take part in all that it has to offer.
About the Program
Welcome & Briefing
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 your group. The orientation course is important to make sure you are fully prepared when you start your project work. 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!
Our summer projects and volunteering opportunities in Thailand help to improve facilities in schools in the Fang Valley. Africa & Asia Venture volunteers have the chance to help at primary or middle schools with local children in the Maekok River Village or those from nearby hill tribe villages. Your volunteer 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.
Food & Accommodation
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. Thais 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 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.
Dates & Costs
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