Volunteer with Kaya on our Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand program in Bangkok, Thailand and earn credits for your university course.
Thailand is known as the land of smiles and you will understand why as you immerse in Thai culture and experience the Orient, while earning credits towards your degree! You will spend three weeks studying at Mahidol University while participating in all of the must-do activities, including elephant trekking, exploring the mountains, learning to cook Thai food and so much more!
After your studies are completed, you can choose to stay an additional 2, 4 or 6 weeks to either volunteer or intern around Chiang Mai. Extending your stay will be a great opportunity to use the knowledge you gained in class to really immerse yourself in Thai culture.
For the first three weeks, you will live in Bangkok, and take 1 course at Mahidol University, one of the most well-regarded universities in Asia. While you are studying, you will live in an apartment sharing a double room with another student. The complex has a pool, fitness center, shuttle to campus, a restaurant, and 24-hour security. For those choosing to extend their stay by adding on a community service project, you will be able to choose between a community development placement outside of Chiang Mai, or from one of our 4 weeks+ internship options. For community development placements, you will be located in a surrounding community where you will live in a homestay with a local family, and working on your chosen project. This will provide a great opportunity to truly engage in the local culture, while also give back to the community. Internships are located in Chiang Mai and you will also have the opportunity to stay with a homestay family to experience the true Thai culture.
Why choose this project?
If you are a university student and able to earn credits for your course, this Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand program in Thailand is perfect for you. You can earn up to 6 credits, a great way to get ahead with your studies! Not only will you do a course at a Thai university and learn about Thai culture and language, you will also be able to give something back to a local Thai community through your volunteering efforts should you decide to extend your stay. This will be a great addition to your resume making it stand out from the competition!
Role of the volunteer
You will take 2 courses on this Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand program. Thai Language (3 Credits) is required. During this class, you will take basic Thai language and conversation practice. You will also explore Thai culture through coursework and local excursions designed to give you a better understanding of the local area and people. In addition, you will choose one 3 credit elective course to take for the term. Options are:
Intro to Thai Language and Culture
This course will provide vocabulary and structures for everyday use and introduce basic aspects of Thai culture. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to handle basic communicative situations such as asking for and giving directions, ordering food and drinks, asking for prices and bargaining, and buying tickets. Students will also understand the importance of rice farming and ceremonies involving growing rice and Buddhism in daily life.
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Introduction to Southeast Asia (SEA) and its extraordinary diversity through the humanities, the arts and social sciences. Emphasis on the intellectual and practical challenges linked to modernization and development. Study of the ways SEA-member states cope with the social, cultural, economic, political and religious issues brought about by globalization.
International Trade and Marketing
This course will teach an introduction of marketing as it related to global trade. Topics include international trade theory and policy, export and import, global logistics management, digital marketing, global marketing strategies, and global strategic management.
Those choosing to stay for the service component will be able to choose between 2 volunteer projects or apply for one of our internships.
Early Child Care Teaching Assistant You will spend two weeks working with teachers from the Kut Chang Subdistrict near Chiang Mai. Each day you will work in the classroom, with a diverse group of young students, who will appreciate your energy and enthusiasm. The teachers are overworked and will appreciate the support you can give. You will have an excellent opportunity to continue working on the Thai language skills you have learned already on the program, and experience a rural community.
Community Development and Conservation As a community development and conservation volunteer you will work with community members outside of Chiang Mai on projects that could range from reforestation work to public health outreach. Actual project work will depend on community needs at the time of placement and participant’s interest and expertise.
4-week Internships Combine your study abroad experience with one of our 4-week internship in Chiang Mai, focusing on either Journalism, NGO Development, LGBT NGP Development, Healthcare or Medical.
To join the Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand program you will need the following:
- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Academic Reference
- Official Transcript
- Personal Statement
- A Kaya representative will contact you upon application to get these materials
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To combine your academic studies with real cultural immersion in a local service initiative
To make your summer really impactful and memorable
To earn credit for your studies whilst living in the unique city of Chiang Mai
Mahidol University is one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand. Mahidol ranks as the number one university in all of Thailand, and as one of the top 50 universities in Asia. You’ll get a top quality education in Bangkok, one of the world’s most fascinating cities!
Bangkok is a nice mix of serene spiritual temples and active nightlife! Nearly 10 million people live in Bangkok. Capital of Thailand, Asian finance and business centre, and influencer on politics, culture, fashion and entertainment, Bangkok is sure to give you the wow factor!
During your free time, you will have plenty to do including visiting the Grand Palace, the Vimanmek Palace Complex and the thousands of temples around the city. Hope in a tuk-tuk to embrace this amazing bustling city and soak in its energy through going to street markets and tasting its international cuisine.
Thanks to its proximity to the equator, you’ll enjoy warm weather year-round in Bangkok.
If you chose a service option, you will move to a local village on the outskirts of Chiang Mai at the end of your studies, where you will work within a community that welcomes volunteers to assist them in the important development work they are carrying out in their village. Living with a homestay family, you will have the opportunity to use your new language skills, while helping your family improve their English.
Chiang Mai was recently voted as one of the top cities in the world and is a destination that should not be missed. You will stay in a guest house in central Chiang Mai allowing you easy access to all of the culture and excitement that the city has to offer. Enjoy Thai massages, sample the delicious and healthy street food and discover the rich Thai culture that welcomes all visitors to the self-proclaimed “land of smiles”.
For those choosing to stay 4 (or more) extra weeks, an internship is a great opportunity to improve your resume. Based within the city, you will also have the opportunity to live with our homestay families while working within one of the local NGO’s focusing on either Health, Medical, Journalism or NGO development.
Details & Costs
Study abroad only (3 weeks): $4760
Study and Service; $5658 for 6 weeks
$6267 for 8 weeks
$6859 for 10 weeks
$7459 for 12 weeks
- Start Date for 2019: June 19th
- Deadline: April 1
- One course (3 US credits) at Mahidol University; including one Thai language course and your choice of an elective from the classes offered
- Learn to cook Thai food and participate in other cultural activities
- Bangkok City Tour
- Participate in a 2 or 4-week community service project or internship and live with a host family
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in a guesthouse (singles available for additional fee)
- Meals: breakfast daily
- Airport pick-up and drop-off in Bangkok
- 2 courses at Mahidol University: 1 Thai language & culture class and 1 elective class
- Bangkok City Tour and its local excursions
- Internet access
- Grade report
- 24-hour support
- Transfer to the service site
- Accommodation: homestay with a local Thai family
- Meals: 3 meals a day
- 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
What is not included
- Lunches and Dinners during study abroad
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.
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