Summer Study Abroad In Thailand

Summer Study Abroad In Thailand

Summer Session, 9 credits plus earn a $500 stipend!

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This unique for-credit study abroad in Thailand program is open to all college students. As a minimum, applicants will have completed their Freshman year of college by the time the program begins on June 6.

Students will travel to Thailand for two months and will earn 9 college credits from Sripatum University as well as their 120-hour TESOL certificate, certification in the Renzulli Talented and Gifted program and 6 credits and $500 for teaching English across Thailand.

Students will take a 3-credit Thai Studies course, a TESOL certification course, Renzulli Talented and Gifted certification program and will earn an additional six hours of college credit in a paid internship in the Cooperative Education Department at Sripatum University in Bangkok.

Curriculum Description & Faculty Bio’s

Key components of the program include:
  • You will be paid up to $500 for teaching English in Thai schools.
  • Receive nine university credits from Sripatum University in Bangkok.  SPU one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Thailand, established in 1970. The transcript will be issued by SPU and one official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution.
  • Receive a 120 hour internationally accredited Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification that can be used around the world to teach English.
  • Receive a 40-hour certificate in Thai culture and language.
  • Paid teaching internship of 100 hours of classroom teaching.
  • Become certified in the Renzulli™ Creative, Gifted and Talented program.
  • All inclusive pricing that includes roundtrip airfare, airport transfers and all in-Thailand travel weekly to the schools to teach. You will see a great deal of Thailand, included in the fee.
  • One full day excursion on a weekend day included.

  • Do you love working with children? Are you physically fit and enjoy travel?  Do you think you might want to be a teacher when you graduate?  If you have wanted to travel around Thailand and provide a much-needed service of teaching English to Thai school children and do intensive classroom study … this program is for you.

  • The main personal development benefits of this experience include:

    • Learning about teamwork. Participants will need to work together as a team to plan and execute each course at each school.
    • Deeper understanding and appreciation of other communities.
    • Learning about social issues and marginalized groups in Thailand and what is being done to help them. More deeply embedding culture of volunteering.
    • The ability to overcome language and cultural barriers and adapt to different way of life.
    • Develop close friendships.

    The main professional and educational benefits of this program are:

    • Nine hours of college credit.
    • Internationally accredited TESOL course that can be used throughout the world to teach English.
    • Culture certificate.
    • Personalized end of program evaluation and report.
    • Letter of Recommendation.
  • Yes. Bring one friend or more.
  • 8 Weeks
  • $6,129 without the optional air package. $7,629 includes roundtrip airfare from San Francisco, Chicago or New York.
  • You will earn a $500 stipend for teaching English in schools.

    One fee does not include air transportation to give you the freedom to fly at different times to arrive early and stay later or to use miles for travel.  The other fee includes roundtrip airfare from New York, Chicago or San Francisco.

    Both fees include:

    • Tuition fees for 9 hours of college credit.
    • All accommodation for the full 8 weeks.
    • A meal allowance and when teaching, meals each day.
    • All in-country transport to the schools. You will teach in 7 different communities, seeing much of Thailand.
    • All meals and accommodation when teaching around Thailand.
    • Renzuli Certification.
    • 120 hour TESOL course and certificate.
    • Official college transcript, mailed to your school.
    • Letter of reference and certificate of completion of 100 hours of the teaching internship.
    • $500 stipend, paid in weekly cash.
    • Insurance
    • Round trip air (if you choose the group air on Cathay Pacific).
    • Airport transfers

Education Components

Here is a PDF of course descriptions and instructor bios.

Thai Culture and Language Foundation Certification

  • 8 hours of Thailand Education: Culture, History, Politics, Geography, General Culture and Culture in Organizations.
  • 8 hours of Thai language foundation.
  • 20 hours of active learning excursions that focus on the culture and learning about social issues in Thailand such as stray animals and elephants.
  • 4 hours on expectations and responsibilities as a program participant when teaching in public schools.
  • Total Hours: 40

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification Course

  • 60 hours of in-class instruction on the strategies, techniques and tools of teaching TESOL in Thailand.  Covering such topics as:
    • Theory of ESL
    • Lesson planning
    • Teaching speaking, reading, listening and grammar
    • Teaching to different modalities
    • Classroom management
    • Curriculum design
  • 34 hours of project work and lesson plan preparation outside of the classroom.
  • 16 hours of practicum teaching in a Thai school, where the participant is evaluated by instructors and given feedback.
  • Total Hours: 120

English Teaching Program (includes up to a $500 stipend)

  • Teaching English 16-24 hours per week in Thai public schools across the country.
  • Approximately one school/community each week.
  • 8-16 hours per week of teaching preparation, whereby each participant will be responsible for preparing lessons and activities for their classes.
  • Local Head Teachers and Administrators will lead the organization of the classes and provide feedback and guidance to the participants.
  • 64 hours of English teaching plus 32 hours of guided teaching and class preparation.
  • Total Hours: 96

Total 8-week program hours:  256

Included in the program fee

  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from training centers, to the schools and airport transfers.
  • Accommodations throughout the program.
  • Insurance.
  • Course materials.
  • All group excursions and activities.
  • Supplies.
  • A stipend of USD $500 for teaching, to be paid to you during the program in regular intervals.
  • Training support.
  • Certificate of Thai Culture.
  • Certificate of 120 hour TESOL (internationally accredited)
  • Certification in Renzulli Gifted and Talented education
  • 9 hours of college credit awarded by Sripatum University in Bangkok with official transcript sent to your home institution.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Certification of completing the program.

Not included in the program fee

  • Airfare if you don’t take the optional air package.  If you do, airfare is included. (GeoVisions has obtained a group airfare package from STA Travel from San Francisco, Chicago and New York City as an option on Cathay Pacific).
  • Some food and ancillary items.
  • Transportation during free time.

Requirements for participation:

  • Must have at least completed two semesters as a full time enrolled student at an accredited college or university.
  • Must be over 18 years of age.
  • Must have at least a 2.5 accumulated GPA.
  • Must have an openness to other cultures and be able to adapt to, and be respectful of, local cultures.
  • Must display previously character traits of responsibility and commitment.

Program Structure

When participants arrive they will have a one-on-one meeting with the program team to determine what their goals and expectations are for the program. Following the culture and TESOL courses, they will receive a document outlining their progress on the program at the mid-way point and what they need to work on going forward as they enter the teaching component of the program. At the end of the teaching component they will receive an overall program evaluation by the program director as well as a formal letter of recommendation.

Program Leadership in Thailand and Qualifications

Dr. Aurapan Weerawong Plantenga completed her B.Ed. (English) at Srinakharinwirote University, Bangkok.  She holds Dip. and M.A. in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from University of London Institute of Education, England. Under a National University of Singapore scholarship, she completed her Ph.D. in English language focused on English language teaching, teacher training, and classroom practices.

In the area of teacher training, she has taken an active part as a teacher trainer, training teachers of English for the Thai Ministry of Education and also the native speakers of English teaching in Thai schools (English Programme), focusing on teaching methodology, the use of resources, English language proficiency, and conducting seminars on various topics in English language teaching, and Thai society and culture. She has also planned and monitored a curriculum of English Language Improvement for Government Administrators in Laos, and conducted an intensive course of English language proficiency for officials from Laos and Vietnam. She has held senior administrative positions as Dean, the International College, Srinakharinwirot University, Assistant to the President for International Affairs, and Vice Presidents for International Affairs, Srinakharinwirot University.

Michael Volpe, Ph.D.
Program Director and Thai Culture Professor

Michael is from the United States and has lived in Thailand since 2001. He has an extensive educational background in international business and political science, along with nearly 10 years of teaching experience at the university level in Thailand and the United States. He is a Fulbright-Hays Scholar with a PhD in International Public Policy from George Mason University. Michael has conducted extensive research and published in the areas of civic engagement and education, Thai social movements, and international development. In addition to managing XploreAsia, Michael also facilitates all of the Thailand cultural talks for incoming XploreAsia participants, lecturing on Thai history, politics and culture, all topics about which he is very passionate.

Michael will manage the program for incoming participants from the moment they arrive in country until they depart for home.

Jaco Kleinloog
Senior TESOL Instructor

Jaco is from Cape Town South Africa. He has extensive experience teaching and a degree in linguistics. Jaco has taught TESOL for more than five years and has taught over 1,000 teachers in Thailand. Jaco will teach the TESOL course for the participants of the for-credit teaching program in Thailand.

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  • Classes begin on June 6.  The program ends on August 1.

    When teaching at the various schools across Thailand, you will be teaching between 16-24 hours per week at each school. You will teach at a different school each week of the four weeks of the paid internship.

  • Included. GeoVisions provides a 40-hour orientation program at SPU in Bangkok that covers Thai language, culture and society. These classes are taught by area experts and include several exciting and informative cultural excursions.

  • Native English speaker

  • Beginning Thai language during orientation.

  • You must be 18+, and have completed your Freshman year of college.

  • Arrival into Bangkok and then transfer to Hua Hin for Orientation.  At the end of Orientation you will transfer to the SWU campus for your 3-weeks of intensive course work.  Each week thereafter you will travel to another location for a new camp and will be able to see much of Thailand in the process.

  • Optional flight package available from San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

  • You will need to obtain an Education visa before you depart the US.  This is not included in the fee.

  • Your continued good health and safety during your time abroad is of critical importance to GeoVisions, and to the success of the program.

    You will be sent details of the plan before departure.  Please read the information about the plan carefully.

    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

  • When traveling to Orientation, to SWU in Bangkok and to each school for the four weeks of teaching, all transportation is included.

  • Your accommodation is included for the duration of all 8 weeks of the program.

  • Meals are provided at the school when you are teaching. You will receive a meal allowance each week when not teaching.

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