Phuket – Premium Location
Choose Camp Phuket for an incredible adventure on Thailand’s beautiful islands!
Camp Phuket is the ultimate Camp location, with elephant conservation, school visits, trips to Koh Phi Phi, Monkey Beach, Railay Beach and Krabi; with so many fun activities, it really has got everything you are looking for!
Camp Phuket combines exploring Thailand’s incredible islands with cultural experiences and so much more. With Camp Thailand, you will make friends for life and unforgettable memories, whilst exploring this beautiful country.
Not only will you get to explore the beautiful islands of Thailand, but you will be making a real difference to local communities while doing so. At Camp Phuket, you can marvel the sunset during BBQ’s on the beach, experience fire shows and take a dip in the crystal pool. You really will work hard, party hard and make a difference! What more could you want?
Phi Phi Islands
Visiting Local Schools
Worth every single penny! My experience was life changing. I loved every second of it, the people the kids, the reps all of them were amazing! Camp Thailand is an amazing way to travel and experience fantastic activities as every body else is in the same boat as you, traveling for the first time and Camp Thailand provide constant 24/7 support for when ever you need it, and the reps are such a laugh to be around. For myself it was my first time traveling alone and being at Camp I made a lot of friends so it made the whole experience feel so much more organized and safer along with a friendly, awesome atmosphere, and the activities were out of this world!!!
Exceptional, once in a lifetime experience!
I had an amazing time in Thailand as all the reps were very helpful and friendly, as they always went the extra mile to make the experience great. The accommodation was lovely and all the trips I took part in were excellently organised. I would go back in a heart beat.
The Camp Thailand experience was one of the best adventures I have ever had. From the moment I arrived in Thailand to the moment I left was filled with amazing memories. Helping at the elephant sanctuary and teaching at the local schools. An experience I would recommend to anyone!
Available Tours and Extras
Island Hopping Tour – £449
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!
Airport Pick Up: Transport from Phuket International Airport to your accommodation in Phuket. Please note, all arrivals should be before 2:00pm. The reps will be around the arrivals terminal from 10am, look out for the Camp Thailand t-shirts.
- Airport Pick Up: Transport from Phuket International Airport to your hotel in Phuket. (Please note, for free airport pick up you must meet us at 2:00pm 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 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 sun tan!
- 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
Mini orientation and Welcome meal by the beach – time to make friends!
Visit the beautiful old town of Phuket as well as taking in the breathtaking views of the island from the mountain viewpoints. You will also take in the stunning Big Buddha statue; the scenery is absolutely stunning from here.
The orientation will entail going through guidelines for Thai culture as well as learning basic Thai phrases to get you through the day. Lesson planning will also take place, during which time you will learn new skills and plan lessons to take into the local schools. In the afternoon, we’ll head to a renowned Muay Thai gym to learn basic Muay Thai skills from local professional coaches.
During the next few days of your trip, we’ll be making visits to local schools. This is your chance to really get involved and put into practice the skills you have picked up on your Young Learners Course. Remember to demonstrate enthusiasm whilst in the local schools; the kids feed off your energy. Rest assured, this will be an unforgettable part of your trip!
Don’t forget your camera, this is your chance to snap the perfect elephant selfie! Get the chance to walk with these gentle giants as well as feeding them their favourite local fruits. Then it’s time for the…MUD BATH!
Today is a free day, followed by an evening Pub Crawl on the infamous Bangala Road!
Watch the sunset, enjoy a cocktail and BBQ with your new Camp friends. The stunning sunsets of Thailand are a sight to behold – don’t forget your camera to snap that Instaworthy pic!
You’ll have the opportunity to visit a different school location and spend your day making an impact on the education of children within the local areas. Again, remember to demonstrate enthusiasm whilst in the local schools and lead by example!
It’s time for the Island Adventures to begin! You will be getting a ferry across to the island of Koh Phi Phi where you will begin your tour around the islands! With magnificent viewpoints and beautiful beaches, this truly is heaven on earth…
Enjoy a full day boat trip to Pileh Lagoon and various other local hotspots including Monkey Beach! Enjoy snorkelling in pristine waters while you soak up the sun on deck; afterwards, we’ll head back to Phi Phi to enjoy beach parties and fire shows!
It’s time to say goodbye to Koh Phi Phi, as you will be heading over to Krabi! It will be another ferry from Phi Phi where you’ll get the grand send-off before your arrival into our beautiful resort in Krabi.
Visit the Emerald Pools, a natural hot spring and prepare to climb 1,273 steps to visit Tiger Cave Temple.
Enjoy exploring this beautiful area and the glorious beaches. Don’t forget to check out an evening fire show!
Go on a little island hopping tour within your island hopping tour. Visit some of the smaller islands around Krabi and become encapsulated by their beauty.
Time to leave the beautiful island of Krabi and head back to our favourite stomping grounds in Phuket. You will be staying in a hotel close to the airport where you can prepare for your flight home.
Time to say goodbye to your new friends, exchange contact details and head home!
We have included some of your Camp accommodations below for Camp Phuket, just so you can get an idea of where you would be staying.
Phuket – Rooms sizes 2-4, Air-conditioned, Basic, Onsite Pool Central location, Stone’s throw from the beach.
Your Phuket accommodation is smack bang central close to the main strip with lots of local amenities nearby. You are a stone’s throw away from the beach and there are plenty of restaurant choices right on your doorstep. Not to mention the local markets and temples nearby.
Phi Phi – Rooms Size 2-4, Fan conditioned, Basic, On Site pool, Scenic Location
Your Phi Phi accommodation sees you situated on a uniquely beautiful island with no cars in sight, surrounded by clear blue water. You will be a short walk away from incredible viewpoints and beautiful beaches.
Krabi – Rooms Size 2-4, Air-con, Central location, Basic, Onsite pool.
Kick back with your very own swimming pool at your Krabi location and talk a walk down the main strip located only 5 minutes away.
Phuket Airport – Room size 2-4, Air Con, Onsite swimming pool, Basic.
Chill on your last evening knowing you’re not too far away from the airport, and maybe try and get one last dip in the pool. You will have a few local amenities nearby such as shops and a local bar.
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.
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 visiting communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life. 🙂
- + £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
- 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!
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]
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
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.