Gain international work experience during a professional development internship in Hua Hin.
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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:
*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.
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This program opportunitty is currenly on hold due to COVID-19.
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:
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:
*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
Program Fee: $1680
Our Support and Services:
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:
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:
There are advantages of applying for this program through us:
We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel participants and alumni!
Read more about why people are choosing Greenheart Travel: Why Choose Greenheart Travel?
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
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.
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.
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.
Of course! If you and your friend are accepted onto the program, you can request to room together.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Part of the teachers’ orientation that you participate in is Thai culture and history lessons to learn how to navigate your new surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
1. Start Your Application Here. You will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application.
2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.
3. Submit your Application Fee: A $300 fee 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 application fee in full.
4. Complete Application & Documents: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.
5. Skype Interview: Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application fee, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.
6. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within 1-2 weeks of their interviews.
7. Commitment Payment : Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment payment within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program. Once you submit your commitment payment you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.
9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to Thailand! Your remaining program balance is due in full 60 days before you leave.
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.
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:
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