9-14 days. Teach English Tuesday through Friday mornings. Then choose from 7 personal modules. That's "Thailand My Way."
Thailand My Way is a week bookended on each side by weekends. If you have that time we can help you with your dream.
If you have 9-days (starting Saturday after a week of work and running through the next Sunday) or if you can even spend 10-14 days … you can make a huge difference in children’s lives and take quality time on quality adventures for yourself. It’s my way Thailand.
Arrive on a Sunday morning and get ready for a welcome dinner in Hua Hin. Monday is a full day of orientation where you’ll practice some teaching, learn some very basic introductory Thai language. And then Tuesday through Friday you will head to a local school each morning to volunteer to teach conversational English to Thai school children. The rest of your time can be spent walking, lying on the beach or taking part in personal modules like Thai Cooking, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Yoga and Meditation, Life Coaching and Kite Surfing. You can even visit the Hutsadin Elephant Sanctuary to feed the elephants pineapple you pick yourself and volunteer at Rescue Paws, a non-profit that gets stray dogs off the street and nurses them back to health.
Take a moment to sit back and close your eyes and consider how two-weekends and a week could make a difference in Thai school children’s lives, and how you could return refreshed and batteries recharged. Now, open your eyes and read on to find out how this can be you and why we developed this unique experience just for you.
Since 2006, GeoVisions has sent more than 2,000 people to Thailand to teach, tutor, become language camp counselors and to volunteer. Over the years we have been inspired by the commitments people have made to make a difference in Thai children’s lives and those in their host communities.
We have a strong solidarity with the Thai people because we know Thailand needs native English speaking teachers if they ever hope to develop and achieve a higher standard of living for their citizens. Maybe you could say this is our calling. At the heart of everything we do with all of our programs at GeoVisions, teaching and helping people with the English language is our core.
More and more we hear from people who simply don’t have weeks and months to give, but in their hearts and minds they want to travel and help people. Those lucky enough to be gainfully employed have less and less time they can take off from their jobs and still take part in meaningful and sustainable travel, which typically takes weeks or months. Rather than save up their money, they try to save up their time.
If you have a week (with 2 weekends), a desire to help others, a dream to take part in a meaningful and sustainable travel experience and to waltz back into work afterwards, refreshed and inspired … THIS is your lucky day.
- Yes. In fact, the more the merrier. Your partner. Your spouse. Your best friends. The people you hang out with at the water cooler.
- 9-days minimum. 14-days maximum.
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This is Thailand your way. Choose from a list of activities you want to do. You made this long trip, you’re volunteering to speak English each day, which is vital to a country that needs native English speakers if they ever hope to develop and achieve a higher standard of living for their citizens. So now choose what you want to do with the rest of your time.
You will need to manage your flight (depending on your departure city) to arrive Bangkok on Sunday morning. We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to Hua Hin (pronounced Whaa Heen).
Hua Hin is Thailand’s original beach resort, which is a delightful mix of city and sea with a cosmopolitan ambience, lively markets, tasty street eats, and long sandy beaches.
Hua Hin traces its aristocratic roots to the 1920s when the Royal Family built summer residences there to escape Bangkok’s stifling climate. Today, all the international hotel chains have properties in Hua Hin, and a growing number of wealthy expats retire to the nearby housing estates and condominiums. Middle-class and high-society Thais from Bangkok swoop into town on weekends.
Hua Hin is a bustling Thai town. Seafood is plentiful and affordable, there’s cheap public transport for beach-hopping and it takes a lot less effort (and money) to get there from Bangkok than to the southern islands that seem more “the place” to be. That means this is the right place for you to be for this program!
You will arrive Hua Hin on Sunday late afternoon and will be shown to your accommodation. Get ready for a fun Welcome BBQ on the beach. Then on Monday you will have a full day of orientation by the staff and you’ll have a chance to meet others on this program as well as other tutors and teachers who have already been living in Hua Hin.
Daily English Language Conversation
Each day (Tuesday through Friday) you will go to a local school and speak conversational English with students and sometimes even faculty. You will be at the school around 3 hours each day. You may not be in a classroom, but you’ll be around the kids and helping them with their English. You might play sports with them, do art projects with them … or simply sit down and let them practice their English with you. This is a core component of all GeoVisions programs.
Remaining dates for 2016: August 7, September 11. Call for arrival dates October through December.
2017 Intake dates: January 8, February 5, March 12, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, December 3.
When you’re teaching at a local school, your day will include 3-4 hours of teaching English.
1 full day of orientation upon your arrival.
Native English speakers only.
2 hours of introductory Thai at Orientation.
In the beach resort town of Hua Hin.
No visa necessary.
Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.
With the new healthcare and insurance laws in the United States, GeoVisions cannot legally provide travel, health and accident insurance on our group plan for any participant who resides outside the US. If that is you, we hope you will still participate with us. We struggle to understand these insurance laws in our country every day.
For US Citizens, GeoVisions has arranged accident and health insurance services through STA Travel. You will be sent details of the plan appropriate to you before departure. Please read the information about the plan carefully.
If you reside outside the US, please find out if your current health insurance plan covers you when you travel. If it does not, you will need to purchase an insurance plan separately. Then, simply send us a scan or photo of your insurance card. It’s that simple. And for the record, we don’t understand or agree with these laws either.
GeoVisions takes your health very seriously. We have specially trained staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7-days a week to assist you wherever you are.
Included. You will be picked up in Bangkok and drive the two and a half hours to the resort of Hua Hin.
Not included. (But see if you make friends with our full time teachers and grab a ride on the back of one of their scooters!)
Included. You will live in the same housing as our full time teachers, sharing a house or apartment for the duration of your time in Hua Hin.
Meals are not included. Budget around $20 per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.