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Camp Elephant

Duration

3 Week Blocks

Runs from

January - October

Cost

£1099

Camp Elephant

Slip into a Summer of Solitude, an Asian travel haven intertwined in a web of beauty, exploration and adventure at a mesmerising natural elephant adventure.

Write the first chapter of your travel story in the midst of bustling Bangkok, the epicentre of thrills, hub of activity, and hotbed of culture in Thailand

Marvel at magical temples, board long tail boats and gaze at the shining beacon of Golden Mountain. Travel to the site of the reclining Buddha, just one of the many captivating landmarks sure to seduce your sights whilst you travel through the Asian backdrop.

From the bright lights of Bangkok, travel to Thailand’s spiritual hotbed: Singburi. A region where temples cascade through the lush scenery, and night markets provide an opportunity to mingle with merchants under the moon’s mystical gaze, Singburi is diverse, as it is serene.

Camp Elephant, you’ll enter the realm of education and travel to local schools, during which time you’ll teach local children – an activity guaranteed to instil excitement.

Historical Kanchanaburi will be next on the travel itinerary, a city tucked cosily at the rendezvous point of the Kwai Noi and Kwai Yoi rivers. Whilst here, the delightful Thai elephants will be awaiting your arrival – an experience well worth the travel time.

With trips to breathtaking sites such as Pranburi National Park, enthralling Khao Kalok beach and time with Monks also on the agenda, to name a select few, your Elephant Adventure promises to be a travel extravaganza unlike no other.

Camp Highlights


Overnight Stay In Natural Elephant Sanctuary

Pool at Hua-Hin Resort

Help out in local communities in Singburi

Testimonials

Suraiya Begum

Camp Thailand was the best experience of my life!

Camp Thailand has easily been the best experience of my life and so different from what I originally expected but in a really really good way! We did so much from helping at schools to being at elephant sanctuaries as well as Thai Language lessons! Its was jam packed with activities from morning until evening!

Kathryn Smith

The best time of my life!

Camp Thailand has been amazing, such a great experience. We have done so many different things and experienced such a different culture. You never have moments to stop, there is always activities and you are always doing something exciting!

Available Tours and Extras

Extended Bangkok Tour! – £79

Click here to watch the VIDEO.

Want to check out all the must see sites with expert guides, then you should definitely sign up to our Extended Bangkok Tour which is available at Camp Chiang Mai and Elephant Adventure. This tour is the perfect opportunity to explore Bangkok with our Camp Thailand Team who have travelled Thailand many times before, whilst getting to know your new best friends for the next month! You will be able to immerse yourself in Thai Culture and get a taste of the city that really does never sleep. We will take you to do a number of activities such as experiencing, a Long Tail Boat Ride, visit Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha, The Golden Mountain, a Tuk Tuk ride around Bangkok and in the evening head out for food and to a Rooftop Skybar for a beautiful panoramic view of Bangkok! If you are not partaking in this extended tour, you will have free time. Phone us on: 0161 222 3780 or log in to your account to book on today, as there are only limited spaces available!

Island Hopping Tour – £449

Click here to watch the VIDEO.

A trip to Thailand is not complete without visiting the country’s incredible islands. So, the Camp Thailand Team have created the Island Hopping Tour, exclusive to Camp Thailand applicants, where you will have the opportunity to visit Thailand’s best islands; Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Nangyuan! With stretches of white sandy beaches, looming palm trees and crystal clear oceans – this kind of beauty has to be seen to be believed! For more information, just give us a call on 0161 222 3780!

Arrival Info
  • Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay.

NB: Depending on which Camp you attend, you must meet before 2:00pm on the start date of your Camp at BKK or HKT (Phuket).

What's Included
  • Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay.
  • NB: For free airport pick up you must meet us at 2.00 pm on your selected start date.
  • Transport: To all Camp locations, included activities and English Camp placements.
  • Accommodation for your entire placement! (See our FAQ page for more information).
  • Elephant Conservation: During your first week of Camp we will take you on an elephant conservation visit. Time to get that elephant selfie!
  • Activities: We include a variety of exciting activities at each Camp location. These include: A water park trip, bicycle tour, Muay Thai boxing, hiking up a waterfall and enjoying natural hot-springs, bamboo rafting, Thai language and cooking classes and BBQ bonfire parties).
  • *Each Camp Location has different activities; please see itineraries for details.*
  • A free Camp Thailand polo t-shirt that you can teach in when at the school.
  • A free sun tan!
What's not Included
  • Flights
  • Insurance (Click Here to see our insurance provider)
  • Personal expenses while at Camp (food, drink, souvenirs and general daily living costs)
  • Vaccinations (most free on the NHS)
  • Costs incurred to our pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ. For queries, contact the office on +44 161 222 3780 and we’d be more than happy to help with your questions! This meeting will be arranged once you have signed up and will take place before you depart to Thailand. For more information on this please click here.
  • Extra excursions you may wish to get involved; we offer included activities at all our Camps. However, on your free days there are extras you can do which our reps are always happy to help arrange. These never usually cost more than £5- £15. Also during your free evenings you are given independent time, so we always encourage exploring the local area and making the most on extra curricular activities on offer, which may incur costs.
  • DBS Criminal Background Check £48.86

Day 1: Arrival

Morning/Afternoon

Following your arrival in Thailand, you and the rest of the group will be met at the airport ( BKK ) ahead of your transfer to Bangkok, the bustling center of activity where you will start your enthralling adventure.

Evening

Upon arriving and checking into your accommodation in this captivating city, we’ll be hosting a welcome meal (not included) to mark the inauguration of your trip to Thailand; this is the ideal opportunity for you to become accustomed to your new surroundings and introduce yourself to your new Campmates!

 

Please note in order to receive your free pick up you will need to arrive before 2 pm on your start day of Camp into BKK airport.

 

Day 2: Optional Bangkok Tour (£79)

If you choose to do the Bangkok Tour, then you’ll be exploring this incredible city for the day with the group.

Alternatively, then you are more than welcome to explore the capital at your own pace!

Day 3: Bangkok to Singburi

Morning

This morning marks the end of our visit to Bangkok, as we embark on our 3 to 4-hour minibus transfer to Singburi. One of the central provinces in Thailand, Singburi boasts an enviable history and inhabitants demonstrate staunch pride in their heritage; the city is sprinkled with streets christened with names paying homage to heroes of yesteryear.

Afternoon

Following our arrival in Singburi, we’ll be spending the afternoon delving into the delights of local landmarks. A visit to the instantly recognisable Wat Phikulthong will take your breath away – a spell-binding temple surveyed by a gargantuan golden monk sculpture.

Evening

As the sun begins its daily descent and the shadow of night falls on Singburi, prepare for an exciting visit to the local night market.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Dinner

Day 4: Singburi

Morning/Afternoon

During your time in Thailand, your time in Thai schools will rank as one of your most fulfilling experiences of your trip – if not your entire life; the children within the schools are not presented with the same educational opportunities as children in the UK, as such, the experience often serves as an eye-opener for applicants and generates even more hunger to make whatever difference they can.

The experience promises to inspire, captivate and enthral – but first, we need to plan your lessons!

During your morning and afternoon, we’ll plan lessons together and make sure that you’re well equipped for an awesome time in the classroom!

Evening

Thailand is a country whereby there is utmost importance attributed to respect and compliance with cultural norms. Therefore, tonight we’ll provide you with a rundown of behavioural expectations within Thailand; you’ll also be given a lesson outlining brief Thai language tips, to help you during your time throughout the trip, as well as in the classroom.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 5: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll head to the local school, for your first day of teaching. This promises to be an incredible experience – an opportunity to flourish in unfamiliar, yet welcoming surroundings.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Muay Thai – A traditional form of Thai boxing; (1 time in the week)

Temple school effort – A construction project within the local community;

Sports coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple School Effort

A construction project within the local community;

Sports Coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

After a long day working at the school and enjoying the activities, we’ll spend the evening at the centre, where there’ll be a karaoke evening arranged for you and the group.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7: School Visit

Morning

This morning, we’ll continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple School Effort

A construction project within the local community;

Sports Coaching

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

It’s no exaggeration to say working with children is exhausting work! Satisfy your hunger and indulge in an Authentic Thai BBQ for dinner during the evening.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: School Visit

Morning

Continue working at the local school.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you’ll be presented with two options: continue teaching at the local school, or sample alternative activities, such as:

Temple school effort – A construction project within the local community;

Sports coaching;

Please note that some of the additional activities in the afternoon won’t always be available but an alternative will be put in place.

Evening

Enjoy some much deserved free time with your Campmates and have fun with your new friends.

Accommodation

TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9: Kanchanaburi

Morning/Afternoon

Elephants are considered sacred and are a revered, respected species in Thailand. Today, we’ll head to Kanchanaburi, a town located in the west of Thailand, to spend a full day feeding and caring for the elephants – a unique experience to remember.

Evening

Following a day caring for the elephants, we’ll stay overnight at the elephant sanctuary where we’ll take part in evening activities as well as enjoy some free time to chill and freshen up.

Accommodation

Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi

Meals Included

Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Elephant Sanctuary

Morning

It’s another day with the elephants!

Throw yourself into their day to day care, preparing food for them before feeding and even jumping into a river or lake and bathing them too!

Get ready to get muddy and have your camera on hand to get that once in a lifetime elephant selfie!

Afternoon

After lunch, we’ll begin our transfer to the seaside resort of Hua Hin; the journey will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Upon arrival, we’ll check into the Greenway Hua Hin Resort. The resort is just a 20-minute drive from the local beach and has a massive swimming pool on site which you are free to use and soak up Thailand’s sunshine.

Evening

Spend the evening getting settled into your new surroundings.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch

Day 11: Hua Hin

Morning/Afternoon

Today is your opportunity to explore the many delights of Hua Hin.

This province is home to stunning beaches, clad in decadent coves and majestic waters – grab your beach towel and soak up the sun in the midst of utopia.

Alternatively, enjoy some downtime and indulge in the pool at the accommodation; the choice is yours.

*Please note that activities on this day are subject to your own cost*

Evening

Free time to partake in a period of relaxation, take a dip in the sumptuous swimming pool and have fun with your Camp buddies.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 12: Hua Hin

Morning

Located 3km west of Hua Hin town, Hin Lek Fau viewpoint is the ideal way to start our day.

While the steep ascent to the summit will test your resistance to heights, the rewards are astounding, with panoramic views of the town, beach, the Gulf of Thailand and Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.

A park and bird conservatory on the hilltop serves as a testament to nature in amongst this haven of solitude.

After returning to ground level, we’ll embark on a trip to Khao Takiab Temple, before visiting the monkeys at Monkey Mountain.

Afternoon

Slap on the sunscreen and grab your sunglasses – we’re heading to Sea Pine Beach, home to silky sands and incredible waters. Marvel at stretches of stunning sands at one of the most absorbing beaches on the planet.

Evening

Freshen up and prepare for an evening at the night market in Hua Hin – an intoxicating assault on the senses.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 13: Phetchaburi

Morning/Afternoon

Today, we’ll head over to Phetchaburi, where we will be spending time with the adorable elephants.

The whole group will visit the elephant sanctuary in Phetchaburi; make sure to bring your camera – we’d hate for you to miss out on your opportunity to capture the perfect elephant selfie!

Evening

Free time to relax and enjoy leisure time with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14: Free Day

This is a great chance for you to explore Hua Hin and take part in some amazing optional activities!

Head down to the local mall and treat yourself to some fast food (or maybe some new clothes).

There are fishing parks, wine tasting trips and so much more! Just ask your Rep for help in planning extra activities.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 15: Free Day

This is a great chance for you to explore Hua Hin and take part in some amazing optional activities!

Head to Santorini Waterpark around 45 Minutes Away for only £15 equivalent and have a day full of fun, go down to the local mall and treat yourself to some fast food (or maybe some new clothes).

There are fishing parks, wine tasting trips and so much more! Just ask your Rep for help in planning extra activities.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (At resort only)

Day 16: Pranburi Forest Park

Morning

Following an evening of free time, wake up revitalised and ready to explore Pranburi Forest Park, famous for mangrove plantations.

Voluntary projects are fundamental to the maintenance of these beautiful sites, therefore, be prepared to get your hands dirty whilst helping to clean the beach and preserve its magical qualities.

Afternoon

Take a well-earned rest and relax at Pranburi Beach. Tune into the sound of silence, with the gentle lapping of wondrous waters and gentle tides the solitary sounds in the serene surroundings.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 17: Monk Visit & Hua Hin Night Market

Morning

Today, we’ll begin early and give food to the Monks, before partaking in the epitome of relaxation – a meditation session.

The temples in Thailand are highly-sacred grounds, as such, Monks endeavour to keep them pristine; we’ll contribute to the cause and assist the Monks in the upkeep of the temple.

Afternoon

Following lunch, we’ll delve further into this fascinating way of life and learn more about Buddhism at the temple, with a question and answer session with a local Monk the perfect opportunity to develop your understanding about a Monk’s lifestyle.

Evening

Experience the aromas of Hua Hin Night Market, sample delicious cuisine and immerse yourself in the bustling surroundings of a manic, yet highly enjoyable marketplace.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 18: Khao Kalok

Morning/Afternoon

Next stop on our itinerary is the splendid, coastal stretch Khao Kalok.

A true slice of haven, Khao Kalok lies 40km south of Hua Hin and is a bay of tranquillity – the ideal spot to slip into a state of sedateness.

The beach is widely acknowledged as being one of the most peaceful in the area, so whether you’re basking in the sunshine, partaking in beach games or dipping in the crystal ocean, shake off the shackles of time and enjoy your trip to Khao Kalok.

Evening

Enjoy free time at the accommodation around the pool and relax with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 19: Kui Buri

Morning/Afternoon

Today, the whole group will be going to Kui Buri to spot elephants roaming freely whilst exploring the National Park.

Evening

Enjoy free time at the accommodation around the pool and relax with your Campmates.

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 20: Hua Hin

Morning

If you want to embrace your creative side and demonstrate your flair for the arts; this morning, you will have the option to visit an Artist village, where you will create your own masterpiece under the guidance of a local painter. (additional activity, not inluded)

Afternoon

Following a morning inundated by the arts, a landscape of our next destination, Sai Noi Beach, wouldn’t look out of place in the finest art gallery. While the beach is quiet, void of commercialism, this only adds to the lure and attraction of the beauty spot. The quaint beach bar nestled in amongst the backdrop of the sandy shores offers the chance to delight in ample refreshments in amongst surroundings befitting of a postcard.

Evening

Goodbye dinner and party to commemorate your last evening in Hua Hin!

Accommodation

Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included

Breakfast/Dinner

Day 21: Hua Hin to Bangkok

Morning

Pack your bags, enjoy the swimming pool for the last time and say goodbye to Hua Hin and the local team.

Afternoon

It’s time to begin your journey back to reality! Transfer to the hotel near the airport in Bangkok.

Evening

Enjoy your final evening with your Campmates; be sure to swap contact details before heading home!

Accommodation

Hotel Bangkok

Meals Included

Breakfast/Lunch

Day 22: Departure

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE 🙁

Morning/Afternoon

Board the shuttle bus to the airport, before jetting out of Thailand – your Summer of a Lifetime is officially over!

Meals Included

N/A

Accommodation

Bangkok – Rooms size 2-4, Aircon/Fan conditioned, Basic, Central location. 

Your Bangkok accommodation is smack bang in the heart of Bangkok close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby. 

Singburi –  Rooms Size 2-4, Fan conditioned, Basic, Rural location. 

Your Singburi accommodation will give you an authentic and real Thai experience and let you live life like a local firsthand. You will be situated in the local Thai community but will have a communal area and laundry facilities at Camp. There will also be a swimming pool for us to use around 10-15minutes from your accommodation in your free time for an additional fee.

Kanchanaburi – Rooms Size 2-4, Air-con, Basic.

Life at an elephant sanctuary couldn’t get better, in Kanchanaburi you will stay in a nearby hotel to the elephant sanctuary, so you can spend as much time as possible with these beautiful animals. 

Hua Hin – Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite swimming pool, Basic, Beach and city center 20-minute drive away. 

Hua Hin will be the cherry on top of your amazing Camp experience giving you a huge onsite swimming pool to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work. There will be onsite laundry facilities and you will be situated a 20-minute drive away from the main city center and the beach. 

Important Accommodation Notes –  All of our accommodation is pre-booked for every participant, however, due to standard expectations, booking numbers and delivery of service these may change. However, if these do change we will ensure to provide the same standard of accommodation for your trip and provide as much notice as possible. 

Something to Consider

Camp Thailand is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.

However, here at Camp Thailand, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!

While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.

It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Thailand, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life.

Additional Costs

  • + £48.86 DBS Check
  • Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
  • Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
  • Flights and Insurance

Program Requirements

  • 18+
  • A clear criminal background check completed by Camp Thailand (£48.86)
  • Valid Passport (with at least 6 months left)
  • A basic level of English speaking
  • You have to be enthusiastic, outgoing, friendly, good with kids and ready to experience a totally new and exciting culture!
  • So what are you waiting for? This is a perfect Gap Year job abroad!

FAQs

Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Applicants for the Camp Thailand program are responsible for booking flights. We partner with STA travel for our flights so if you would like some help please contact STA Travel Team on 0333 321 3102, or drop them an email to [email protected]

What sort of accommodation will I be staying in at Camp Thailand?

You will stay in a variety of different accommodations for Camp depending on your location. So we advise checking out your Camps location page for more information.

Most of the rooms are fan-cooled and in some locations, they will have Aircon. During most months of the year, Thailand has a tropical climate and the Summer months are much hotter and more humid than the winter months

Is Camp Thailand for everyone? (Something to consider)

Camp Thailand is not everyone’s idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing. At times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow wifi and limited food options. However, here at Camp Thailand, we believe that is what comes with stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. We love it, as have thousands of previous Camp Thailand attendees. However, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Before applying to take part in Camp Thailand, please understand that it’s a cultural experience. It isn’t a luxury holiday, and one of our main focuses is to make a positive impact, which often comes with hard work. We can not guarantee you will have a nice relaxing time. You have to come to Camp Thailand with a sense of adventure, go with the flow and be laid back. Basically, YOU are the deciding factor in the experience you have at Camp Thailand. We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have an incredible experience. However, that is only half of it. The other half comes from you. Your passion to help others, your spirit to do something different, your ability to make friends and go with the flow. You get out what you put in and if you give it your all, together we will have an amazing experience at Camp Thailand. We can teach communities in local schools, get up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, make friends for life and get involved in some incredible activities.

I guess the question now… is Camp Thailand for you!?

Is Wi-Fi available at Camp Thailand?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available, whether it be in a communal area or in your room. However, we try our best to ensure that Wi-Fi is available in most areas of your accommodation.

Do we have access to cooking facilities or a kitchen at Camp?

In Thailand most people live in dwellings without kitchens as cheap, fresh and delicious food is available everywhere. Popular Western food choices are also available here. At all our Camps we have 7/11 shops that are open 24 hours, plus other convenience stores within a five-minute walk of the accommodation. There are also a large number of eating establishments in the immediate vicinity of your Camp Thailand location.

Are meals at Camp Thailand included in the program fee?

 

Most of your food at Camp will need to be covered at your own personal cost, depending on your Camp Location.

The meals that are included are the delicious lunches that are provided by the Thai schools on the days you are teaching there. Please note that in some cases we will be in the schools for under two hours and in the cases of temple schools and orphanages they don’t have the budget to provide lunch. Don’t worry though, there is an abundance of inexpensive, fresh and delicious food from the many food stands and small family restaurants.

You can buy cheap, delicious and healthy Thai food for breakfast from many of the local street vendors in the surrounding area.

 

Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?

For about 1.20 GBP per kilo (approx. 2.25 lbs) local laundry services will wash your clothes early morning and return them washed and neatly pressed the following afternoon.

Do I get any free time at Camp?

You will get at least one day off a week (usually at the weekends). However, we run activities on your days off. You’re usually only in the schools for around 4-6 hours a day, leaving the rest of the afternoon to explore and partake in weekly activities or explore the local area.

Will I get time to travel after Camp?

Certainly! With so many amazing places in Thailand, we encourage this! You can travel on your own or join our Island Hopping Tour! Each member of our team is well-traveled and have visited Thailand many times, so we are always happy to give you travel advice.

How much spending money will I need?

Thailand is very cheap, and it depends how well you can, or need to budget. For further advice contact our team and we can help you come up with an idea how much you will need to budget for. There are also opportunities to do additional activities which you may want to budget for.

Will I make friends at Camp Thailand?

Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in Thailand, friends you will keep for life after sharing such an amazing experience.

What should I pack for Camp Thailand?

You will receive a packing list as part of the ‘Pre-Departure pack’ which you will be sent prior to leaving for Camp, but here’s just a few items we recommend taking;

– Mosquito spray
– Sun cream
– Warm weather clothing
– A padlock
– A camera to capture all your amazing experiences
– You will also want to bring your own towel and washcloth as only bed linens are provided at Camp

Should I bring a suitcase or a backpack for Camp Thailand?

The choice is yours, but a backpack is definitely more suitable for travelling around Thailand. Plus, you don’t want to look like a starry-eyed first time traveller dragging around a heavy suitcase, looking like you just landed at a 5* resort in Europe!

Do I need a passport and a visa?

Passport: A full passport valid for the duration of your stay is required. Please check that you still have at least 6 months left in your passport from the time you arrive in Thailand.

Visa: For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand by air and are staying for 30 days or less, no visa is normally required to be obtained prior to arrival. For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand by sea or land, only a 15 day visa will be granted. So, if you are a visitor from a Western country, arriving by air and planning on staying in Thailand continuously for over 30 days, or arriving in Thailand by land or sea you will need to apply for a tourist visa from your nearest Thai consulate. A single entry, 60 day tourist visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can be extended from within Thailand just before expiration for a further 30 days at an additional cost of 1,900 THB.

Please note that you can google the address of your nearest Thai consulate and then download the forms online from the consulate to apply for the tourist visa. The stated purpose of your visit will be tourism only. You can then simply follow the application process provided in the online forms by the consulate and apply in person or through the mail. If applying in person you need to submit your forms and documentation on a weekday, normally before noon local time and then collect your passport with visa the following afternoon, normally after 2 p.m. local time.

Please note that the rules for visas often change and we are not liable for this. Your visa is your responsibility and we have no control or influence over the Royal Thai Consulate.

What else do I need for Camp Thailand?

Personal Insurance, covering the time you will be in Thailand plus any activities that you will be undertaking, as well as any planned travel to other countries.

A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check. If you are a U.K. national, Camp Thailand will arrange your DBS check for you for a fee of £48.86. If you are coming from another country you will need to contact your local police department and initiate the process yourself to get the DBS equivalent from your country. If you are from another country and would like some guidance, feel free to call our office on 0161 222 3780. Please note that even if you already hold a DBS certificate, unfortunately we must still conduct our own check.

What should I wear when I am working in a school?

You should wear your Camp Thailand shirt in schools. One will be issued to you as part of your program fee. However, you may want to purchase one or more of these shirts at a cost of £15.99 GBP each, as you will be visiting the schools for up to 4 days during any given week, meaning that there will not be enough time for cleaning if you only have one shirt. If you don’t wish to wear the polo shirt, men will need to wear smart collared, buttoned shirt, short or long sleeves and women will need to wear blouses with capped shoulders and no plunging necklines.

When in classrooms, men are normally required to wear long smart trousers. Women have the choice of long, smart slacks, a full length dress with capped shoulders and no plunging neckline, or a knee length skirt with a blouse with capped shoulder and no plunging necklines.

In the Mini-English Summer Camps, men can wear long smart trousers or knee length trousers. Women can do the same, but trousers must be loose fitting rather than body-clinging and your polo shirt should be not tucked in if you are a female.

Please remember you must wear capped toe shoes, and definitely no flip flops at school.

All forms of body art (Tattoos) must be covered and body piercings must be removed. However, earrings can be kept in.

You must remember that teachers are revered in Thailand and the children are brought up to respect the teachers. Whilst Thailand is very tolerant of all religions and cultures, and although you will see Thai people with tattoos and piercings, Thai society prefers its children not to be exposed to this, wherever possible, until they become young adults. If they choose to have tattoos or body piercings after they become adults that is a matter of personal freedom. This is, in reality, no different than in Western culture where there is legislation in place to limit smoking adverts/commercials or billboards at sporting events. Please do not take this request personally.

Thai culture is very polite, respectful, conservative and modest. Please try to adapt and be respectful of all Thai culture. Please remember that you are a guest in this country and you should try to behave as you would if you were invited to someone’s home for the first time.

What happens if I can’t come to Camp Thailand once I have booked my place?

We can defer your placement acceptance offer to a future intake date that must be initiated within 12 months from your original intake date. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable so you would be best advised to take out a travel insurance policy that will cover this if there is even a slight chance that you will not be coming to Camp Thailand.

Available Dates

15th May 2020 - 5th June 2020
5th June 2020 - 26th June 2020
26th June 2020 - 17th July 2020
17th July 2020 - 7th August 2020
7th August 2020 - 28th August 2020

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