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

 
Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary
Private Swimming Pool
Nearby Beach
Visiting Schools
 

Testimonials

Charlie Hall 5

Experience of a lifetime.

Being involved with Camp Thailand’s program was a lifetime experience. It changes your outlook on life and gives you the tools to change as a person. Get involved with cultural experiences in schools across Thailand to helping monks in the temple. This program has it all. Please go and experience what experienced because you won’t be let down!

Shannon 5

One of the best experiences of my life

Camp Thailand has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to take part in the program. Teaching english in Thai schools and visiting an elephant sanctuary as part of the trip was something which was incredible and a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would recommend to anyone. The reps were friendly and supportive throughout the 3 weeks and if there was ever an issue they were always on hand to try and help as best as they could.

Kelly Rourke 5

The best experience of my life!!

I booked on to Camp Thailand because of the fab reviews I had read online, I wanted to travel but I also wanted to give something back whilst doing so and Camp Thailand was the perfect choice.
From arriving on day one we were met by the most amazing reps, who were fully knowledgable on the surroundings as well as amazing people!
Once at Camp we did our TEFL training which was so interesting but also kept fun and entertaining!
THE CHILDREN WE TAUGHT WERE SUCH ANGELS!!!! They made the trip what it was.
Whilst with Camp Thailand we did so many cool things from staying with and bathing the Elephants, to watching a Thai football game and getting involved in the local community! You get so much more than a holiday – it is the ultimate Thai Experience !
So, if you are looking to travel the world but would like to try new things and give something back whilst doing so then Camp Thailand is definitely the place for you!
They have truly given me the experience of a lifetime and I would recommend to each and every one of you – Don’t miss out!!!

Beth 5

Great learning experience

Camp Thailand is an excellent way to travel and make new friends along the way. Teaching in the schools is so much fun and you are supported all the way. Materials and lesson ideas are provided and the days are so full of fun that they pass so quickly. You really see how much the children love your visit to their school.
During free time theare is so much to do with your new friends and Camp staff are always happy to help you arrange anything.
Camp Thailand is a very rewarding and great value way to travel!

 

Arrival Info

Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay. (Please note, for free airport pick up you must meet us at 2.00 pm on your selected start date). This excludes Camp Phuket; at this location, we will meet you at Phuket airport at 2:00pm.

What's Included

What’s Included?

Airport Pick Up: Transport from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel in Bangkok for your first night’s stay. (Please note, for free airport pick up you must meet us at 2.00 pm on your selected start date). This excludes Camp Phuket; at this location we will meet you in Phuket airport at 2:00pm.

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/$10-$20. 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 (UK ONLY)

Available Tours and Extras

Extended Bangkok Tour! –
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If one night in Bangkok isn’t enough for you, then you should definitely sign up to our Extended Bangkok Tour which is available at Camp Hua Hin Breach and Garden, Real Thai and Chiang Mai. 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 to a RoofTop Meal & Party!

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!

The Cambodia Adventure!!! –
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Are you looking for the perfect extra to your Camp Thailand adventure?

You’ve already flew halfway around the world to get to Camp Thailand; with Cambodia within touching distance, we have put together the ultimate package for you to see the wonders that this magical country has to offer. If you’re taking part in Camp Hua Hin, or The Real Thai Experience, you’ll be able to join onto this tour with your new friends from Camp Thailand. You’ll get to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat, waterfalls, temples and also experience some serious partying on the infamous ‘Pub Street.’ With limited spaces available, make sure you book on soon!

To sign up for this tour, you must already have your place for Camp Thailand confirmed. You can then log in to add extras onto your active place. If you haven’t confirmed your spot yet, click Apply Now and get yourself signed up!

Island Hopping Tour –
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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!

Itinerary

Day 1
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Morning/Afternoon: Following your arrival in Thailand, you and the rest of the group will be met at the airport ahead of your transfer to Bangkok, the bustling centre 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 welcome meal to mark the inauguration of your trip to Thailand; this is the ideal opportunity for you to become accustomed with your new surroundings and introduce yourself to your new Campmates!

Accommodation: Hotel Bangkok

Meals Not Included

Day 2
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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. If not, then you are more than welcome to explore the capital yourself!

Day 3
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Morning: This morning, marks the end of our visit to Bangkok, as we embark on our 3-4 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 Sing Buri, we’ll be spending the afternoon delving into the delights of local landmarks.

A visit to the instantly recognisable Wat Phikul Thon 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 Sing Buri, prepare for an exciting visit to the local night market.

Accommodation: TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4
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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 an 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
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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;

Provide assistance with the building of a clayhouse.

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
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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;

Provide assistance with the building of a clayhouse.

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 center, where there’ll be a karaoke evening arranged for you and the group.

Accommodation: TGL Singburi Center

Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7
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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;

Provide assistance with the building of a clayhouse.

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
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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;

Provide assistance with the building of a clayhouse.

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
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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, sure to live long in the memory.

Evening: Following a day caring for the elephants, we’ll stay overnight at the elephant sanctuary where they will lead your evening activities as well as having some free time to chill and freshen up.

Accommodation: Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi

Meals Included: Lunch/Dinner

Day 10
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Morning: Its 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 3-4 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 Thailands sunshine.

Evening: Spend the evening getting settled into your new surroundings.

Accommodation: Greenway Hua Hin Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 11
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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, Gulf of Thailand and Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, as well as a park and bird conservatory on the hilltop serving 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 12
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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 13
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Morning/Afternoon:Today, we’ll head over to Petchaburi, where we will be spending time with the adorable elephants. The whole group will visit the elephant sanctuary in Petchaburi; 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
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FREE DAY!

This is a great chance for you to have a meander around 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 15
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Morning:
Following an evening of free time, wake up revitalised and ready to explore Pranburi Forest Park, famous for its 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 16
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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 17
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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 tranquility – 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 18
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FREE DAY!

This is a great chance for you to have a meander around 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 19
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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
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Morning: It’s time to embrace your creative side and demonstrate your flair for the arts; this morning, we’re visiting an Artist village, where you will create your own masterpiece under the guidance of a local painter.

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
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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
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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

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 helping 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 (UK only)
Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
Flights and Insurance
Transport/Accommodation For Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting
Program Requirements

18+

A clear criminal background check completed by Camp Thailand (£48.86 UK ONLY)

Attending our Pre Departure Orientation Meeting in our Manchester Office (For queries about this please contact the office on +44 161 222 3780 or click here)

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!

FAQ's
Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Your Camp Thailand program fee does not include the cost of your transportation to Thailand, or your transportation out of Thailand when your Camp Thailand program finishes.

Our in-house flight team will be in touch shortly after you have paid your program deposit. Alternatively, please email flights@invasion.com

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

You will stay in a bright and airy, bunk bedded room typically with 3-5 other people (of the same gender as yourself) sharing the room. We also have a couple of dorm style rooms which house up to 12 people.

Most of the rooms are fan cooled and in some locations they will have Air con. 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.

Most Camp Thailand participants think that it is more fun to stay in the bunk bedded rooms with their new friends – but if you are travelling with a partner and wish to have more privacy you may wish to consider your own private room for the duration of your stay. To discuss this further, please contact the office.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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. There is an on-site restaurant at Camp B’s Guest House, offering a variety of choices of fresh Thai food that are both delicious and inexpensive. 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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

Are meals at Camp Thailand included in the program fee?

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

Will I make friends at Camp Thailand?

Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in Bangkok, 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

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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. 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. If you are planning on doing the Cambodia trip, or any other travel to other countries while you are here in Asia and then coming back to Thailand you are best advised to apply for a double entry, 60 day tourist visa.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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 (UK only). 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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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

You should wear your Camp Thailand polo shirt in the 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 12.50 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.

When visiting Mini-English Summer Camps, the only approved top for men and women is the Camp Thailand Polo shirt.

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.

Additional information will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting at our Manchester HQ.

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.

What is the program orientation that I have to attend?

As part of your program participation, you will be required to attend a compulsory pre-departure orientation meeting held at our head office in Manchester, UK. Its an amazing way to meet the Camp Thailand Team and get a taste for what a day in our office is like. We will go over everything about Thailand and what you can expect so that you are fully prepared for the time of your life.

Under extenuating circumstances, we are able to offer a Skype orientation at a time that suits you. This will be at a cost of £25/$40. Please contact the office for more information.

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