Marketing Internship in Thailand

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  • Overview

    This is a unique opportunity exclusively offered by Greenheart Travel to work with an organization which provides teach, education, homestay and internship programs across Asia. Possible internship duties include marketing, writing, event planning, and logistics for the organization and for its non-profit animal rescue affiliate. The program is created to enable participants to have a wide range of rewarding cross-cultural experiences while building valuable professional experience.

    Program at a Glance:

    • 12-week professional development internship in Hua Hin, Thailand
    • Earn academic credit*
    • Work on real, impactful business projects
    • 300+ internship hours
    • Mentor guidance and supervision
    • Professional Letter of Recommendation
    • Thai cultural training and excursions

    *Applicants are responsible for checking with their university internship office or adviser about receiving credit for this internship. This program meets all requirements for 4 internship credits at DePaul University with an online internship course.

    Picture Yourself on an Internship in Thailand

  • Program Dates

    Start Dates Deadline to Submit Deposit Contract End Date Availability
    November 18, 2019 September 25, 2019 February 2020 FULL
    January 20, 2020 November 20, 2019 April 2020 OPEN-1 spots left
    February 17, 2020 December 17, 2020 May 2020 OPEN-2 spots left
    March 23, 2020 January 23, 2020 June 2020 OPEN
    April 20, 2020 February 20, 2020 July 2020 OPEN

     

  • Available Positions

    Interns are hired on a rolling basis and there are a limited number of spots available so it is important to apply early to secure a spot in your preferred department

    There are two available positions for this internship, one with Xplore Asia and one with Rescue Paws. Both positions will require that each intern, along with your day-to-day responsibilities,  will also develop and execute your own project based on a SWOT analysis of the company and SMART goals that will be established in the first few weeks with the help of your supervisor. You will create a proposal for your project, present it to the management team and complete the project before the end of your internship.

    During your initial interview, you will have the chance to specify a position with either Xplore Asia or Rescue Paws. Below are some more details on these positions.

    Intern for Xplore Asia 

    This position is working primarily with Xplore Asia, our partner in Thailand responsible for placing our English teachers. You will have the opportunity to experience working with the Marketing, Program Management and Placement teams, but you will ultimately be assigned a full time position within one of these teams for the majority of your internship based on qualifications and experience. Here are other duties you may encounter during your time in Thailand, depending on your position:

    • Develop new marketing materials and generate new marketing campaigns
    • Create new and maintain existing content on Xplore Asia’s website and blogs
    • Aid in coordinating logistics for English teachers coming to Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, China and Myanmar (airport pick-up, visa assistance, orientation activities, etc.)
    • Grow Xplore Asia’s web presence through various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
    • Document group excursions and events on social media
    • Analyze data on student feedback forms and develop reports for meetings with upper management
    • Assist in coordination and logistics or group activities for TESOL courses, English camps and other Xplore Asia programs

    Intern for Rescue Paws

    This position is working primarily with Rescue Paws, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives of stray animals in Hua Hin. During the first few weeks of your internship with Rescue Paws, you will become familiar with the organization from the ground up by assisting in the animal care along with the volunteers which will include tasks like: dog feeding runs*, kennel maintenance, working with local community to educate on proper animal care and assistance with veterinarian services. Once you have a firm grasp on the organization, you will move your focus towards your project and other day-to-day responsibilities which may include:

    • Assist the directors with various marketing and management projects
    • Develop promotional and program-related materials for Rescue Paws
    • Aid in the coordination of adoptions as well as educational and other events
    • Assist with the monthly newsletter
    • Create new and maintain existing content on Rescue Paws website and blog
    • Grow Rescue Paws’ web presence through various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
    • Take photos and videos of Rescue Paws activities
    • Research marketing plans to increase adoptions
    • Research and develop a fundraising campaign
    • Increase exposure within the local and international community

    *due to the fact that Rescue Paws interns will be working closely with animals in the community, it is highly suggested that interns receive the rabies vaccine prior to their arrival in Thailand

  • Eligibility

      • No previous experience required
      • Applicants should be highly motivated and should take the internship seriously
      • An adventurous attitude and strong flexibility are a must
      • Fluent English Speaker
      • Ages 19-30

  • Costs

    Program Fee: $1670

    Packaged into the Price:

    • Guaranteed internship placement in Thailand with a stipend of 1250 Thai Baht (THB) per week
    • Accommodation during your internship (based on double occupancy)
    • Airport pickup and transfer to hotel in Bangkok (BKK)
    • Hotel accommodation for the arrival night in Bangkok (double occupancy)
    • Transportation from Bangkok to Hua Hin
    • Mentor throughout your internship
    • Thai Cultural Foundation Course
    • Orientation excursions, including a Muay Thai lesson, a Buddhist Temple, and Beach Barbecue
    • International Medical and Accident Insurance for the duration of your internship
    • Letter of Recommendation upon successful completion of your internship
    • Volunteer opportunities with Rescue Paws
    • Greenheart Club membership
    • Greenheart Atlas Program 
    • Greenheart Travel T-shirt & Reusable “No Plastic Please” Canvas Tote Bag

    Our Support and Services: 

    • Visa Assistance in applying for the visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
    • Extensive pre-departure advice and support from Zoe, your program manager! She will be with you from your first inquiry, all the way through preparing to leave and your arrival in Thailand.
    • Online webinar logistical orientation before you leave
    • Highly experienced team of 20+ in-country support staff members
    • 24 hour in-country and emergency support for duration of the program, including 24 hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
    • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad

    Additional Expenses You’ll Need to Cover (Estimates):

    • Airfare to Bangkok ($800)
    • Visa fee or any costs associated with obtaining documents required for the visa ($100)
    • Vaccinations (we recommend Rescue Paws interns get the rabies vaccine)
    • Background check ($30-$50)
    • Meals and daily transportation in Thailand ($5-$7/day)
    • Utilities at your accommodation (electricity and water)

    Payment Details:

    • $300 Registration Deposit due to register for the program
      • Refunded if you are not accepted 
    • $300 Commitment Deposit due after acceptance 
      • Confirms your spot on a start date 
    • Remaining Balance Due 6 Weeks Prior to Start Date:

    Wondering where exactly your program fee goes? Here is a breakdown.

     

     

  • Internship Details

    Your Employer

    You’ll be interning in the Xplore Asia office in Hua Hin, Thailand. Xplore Asia is our partner organization in Thailand and we work with them directly to place our English teachers in Thailand. Xplore Asia works with other US, South African, Canadian, and UK companies sending English teachers to Thailand, Myanmar, China, Vietnam, and South Korea. Along with their teacher placement programs, they also arrange volunteer and homestay opportunities. In 2013, Xplore Asia opened a dog rescue called Rescue Paws, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives of stray animals in Hua Hin, Thailand. This internship will be so much more than fetching coffee and doing clerical work. All internships include:

    • 100+ internship hours
    • Mentor supervision and guidance
    • Practical, hands-on professional work experience in several fields
    • Professional letter of recommendation

    Develop Resume-Building Personal and Professional Skills

    With a career focused experience abroad, you’ll be able to highlight the following skills and traits in your cover letters, on your resume, and during job interviews:

    • Leadership
    • Maturity
    • Resourcefulness and resilience
    • Open-mindedness and curiosity
    • Intercultural communication skills
    • Cultural sensitivity, tolerance and global awareness
    • Demonstrated  independence, self-discipline, flexibility,
    • Desire to seek challenges and embrace change
    • Adaptation and Coping Skills
    • Writing skills
    • Ability to deal with stress or ambiguity

    XploreAsia staff is excited to welcome you as an intern!

  • Why Greenheart Travel

    There are advantages of applying for this program through us:

    • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
    • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager, Zoe, who has lived abroad in several countries!
    • We make our program fees as inclusive as possible. We include things like extensive medical insurance for the duration of the program, airport pickup, and extensive pre-departure and on-program support, so you’re not on your own for any part of your adventure
    • Our alumni recommend us! GoOverseas.com Reviews // GoAbroad.com Reviews
    • Exclusive access to the Greenheart Atlas, our interactive program that will guide you through your cultural immersion experience before, during, and after your program
    • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way
    • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
    • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
    • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
    • We are a non-profit, mission based organization
    • Continued support throughout your program

    We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel participants and alumni!

    1. Greenheart Grants: Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.
    2. Greenheart Alumni Program: We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!
    3. Greenheart Global Leaders Conference: Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.

    Read more about why people are choosing Greenheart Travel: Why Choose Greenheart Travel? 

  • FAQs

    Can I talk with alumni or current participants from the program in Thailand?

    Of course! Please join our Facebook community specifically for our future, past and present Thailand interns, or check out our reviews on GoOverseas!

    How does the stipend work?

    You will receive a weekly meal stipend during your time in Thailand. This will be paid out in weekly installments which comes out to about $39 a week. This doesn’t seem like much, but will be enough to cover your meals for the week. The cost of living in Thailand is very low. For example:

    1250 Thai Baht (THB) ~ $39 USD
    1 Thai meal (not Western food) = 50-80 THB
    3 meals a day for 7 days (at 65 THB/meal) = 1170 THB

    What will my day-to-day activities look like?

    You will be expected to work Monday-Friday for about 9 hours with an hour long lunch break in the afternoon. Nights and weekends will be your free time to go to the beach, shop, explore or anything else you want to do! You will also be in Thailand with a group of our teachers and will assist in their arrival.

    Can I get school credit?

    You will have to check with you universities’ requirements to gain credit for an internship, but it’s definitely possible! Don’t hesitate to reach out if your school has extra requirements, we are happy to make adjustments.

    When should I apply?

    We recommend applying at least 2 months in advance. However, we are accepting interns on a rolling basis so all positions may be filled by the deadline. Applying early for this program is important to secure a spot in your preferred department.

    Can I apply with a friend?

    Of course! If you and your friend are accepted onto the program, you can request to room together.

    Do I have to find my own housing?

    Nope! Your accommodation is included in the program fee. It will be a hostel room shared with another intern of the same sex. Your accommodation will be within walking distance of work.

    Will I have time to travel?

    Nights and weekends will be your free time to explore Hua Hin. However, if you’d like to see more of Thailand, we highly suggest planning time after your internship ends to take a longer vacation to see more!

    Do I have to be able to speak Thai?

    It is not required that you know Thai before arriving. You will have basic Thai language lessons during the teachers’ orientation. It will definitely help to know a few key phrases before getting on the plane. There are many apps you can use to learn these everyday phrases.

    Can I apply for more than one position?

    If you can’t decide on a specific intern position, you are more than welcome to indicate you are open to both. During your interview, you will further discuss which position will be best for you as you will ultimately need to decide on one.

    Will I teach English during my internship?

    No. We work with this same organization to place our teachers in public Thai schools, but this internship is a professional development program aimed at giving our interns experience in a multicultural and international company. If you are interested in teaching English in Thailand, take a look at that program on our website.

    Will I need a visa?

    You will need to apply for a 90-day Non-Immigrant B visa before arriving in Thailand. Once you are accepted into the program, your program manager will assist you in this process.

    Will I receive any cultural training?

    Yes! Part of the teachers’ orientation that you participate in is Thai culture and history lessons to learn how to navigate your new surroundings.

    Why do I have to pay for a job?

    The program cost covers things like support from your program manager, the support of 20+ staff in Thailand upon arrival, insurance, orientation and excursions, accommodation during your entire internship, airport pickup, transfers, administrative costs of placement and support, etc. Program staff will be available to answer any questions before and after arrival, and you’ll have access to 24/7 support if needed while in Thailand. Read more here.

    Is Thailand safe?

    Thailand is a very safe country. In fact, most of our participants report feeling safer in Thailand than they do back in their home countries. Just like in any country, you should exercise some caution: be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, don’t walk alone late at night, etc.

    Will I have insurance in Thailand?

    You will be covered by comprehensive international medical and accident insurance through Greenheart Travel for your program as part of your program fee. This will cover you for most medical expenses you could incur, like prescriptions, ER visits, doctor visits, dental accidents, and hospitalizations. If you want to extend your coverage to travel after your program, we’ll provide the link to purchase additional coverage.

    I identify as LGBTQ+. How will I be supported?

    It is hard to generalize Thai people as a whole, but each year Greenheart Travel sends many LGBTQ travelers to Thailand. As a country, Thailand is generally a very accepting and open-minded country when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights.

    Our staff and XploreAsia staff are also very welcoming and accepting of all gender identities. 

    Please read more here.

    Are flights included?

    No, flights are not included in the fee, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Bangkok, Thailand.  You may book your flights once you’re accepted onto the program, and we will let you know when you can do so!

    Will I have access to internet?

    Yes, on a day-to-day basis you will have very strong internet provided at the office. You will have access to the wifi at your accommodation for free as well, but it might not be as fast.

    Data plans for your cell phone are available for about 800 THB ($20 USD) per month so you will have access to data on your phone as well.

    Will I have access to a phone?

    We’ll help you get set up with a plan during orientation. You can bring your own phone to use in Thailand, as long as it is unlocked and able to use a new SIM card. If you aren’t bringing your own phone, you can purchase one in Thailand for about $20 USD. Plans are pre-paid and very inexpensive. Calls to the US costs about 30 cents per minute on the cell phone plans, but we recommend using FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts with wifi (which is free!).

    We recommend obtaining a Thai carrier during orientation (we will help with this) and temporarily suspending your plan that you have back home. US-based plans like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc. are VERY expensive to use in Thailand.

  • Application Process

    1. Start Your Application Here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.

    2. Sign the Terms & Conditions (Approximately 10 Minutes): These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.

    3. Submit your deposit (Approximately 5 minutes): A $300 deposit is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.

    4. Secondary Application Form (Approximately 30 Minutes): Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts.

    5. Submitting Your Documents: Submit your required documents (below) at the link provided.

    6. Skype Interview (Approximately 10-15 Minutes):  Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.

    7. You’re accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of their interviews.

    8. Commitment Deposit: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program.

    9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Thailand!

    The above process can take as little as 1 week to complete, so it’s up to you how quickly you’re able to complete each step.

    Getting Academic Credit for your Internship

    It is not required for participants to earn credit during this program. However, it can be a great way to fulfill a university internship or credit requirements! Here are a few tips:

    • Plan ahead! Be sure to check with your internship office to inquire about whether this internship program can qualify for academic credit at your school
    • If it does, you’ll need to ask about the steps necessary to obtain credit. This often means getting approval and enrolling in an internship course or writing reflection papers.
    • In some cases, we will be able to work with you in order for the internship to meet your university’s requirements – just ask!
    • If you cannot get credit for your internship, we’d still love to have you for this invaluable internship program!
  • Schedule a Call

    Have questions or want to talk to the program manager, Zoe? Set up a time to have a phone call below.


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