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Stunning coastlines, bustling metropolises and tropical rainforests alive with nature. Incredible food served with the warmest of hospitality. A land where old meets new, and hidden gems are just waiting to be discovered. And you have the opportunity to live it.

It’s no wonder Thailand plays host to millions of visitors every year; the history, hospitality and natural beauty of this South-East Asian country has long captivated the hearts and minds of those who venture to its shores. And with the help of our Thailand gap year program, you can experience Thailand as the locals do, immersing yourself in the culture by living it and breathing it.

As a gap assistant, you’ll live and work in a Thai international school where English is the first language of all students. Our partners with only the most reputable of schools, ensuring that you’ll enjoy your placement at a secure, clean and modern facility, often sharing your experience with a large percentage of staff from Western countries. These colleagues will be as welcoming as the locals, helping you to acclimatise to your Thai life, both professionally and socially. In fact, our partnered schools are so good at sharing their slice of paradise with new gap assistants that many previous participants have referred to their Thai schools as the ‘Hogwarts of Asia’!

And between terms, you’re free to explore all the wonders that this stunning country has to offer. Ride a tuk-tuk around Bangkok, learn the customs of the traditional hill tribes in the north of Chiang Mai, or simply lay on a secluded beach with sand as white as fine china.

Our gap year program will include meals, accommodation, a weekly allowance, visa assistance, a comprehensive in-country orientation and ongoing support from our committed team.



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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our Thailand gap year program is available as a 12-month commitment. Commencement dates and durations are as follows:
 
August to June (typically for Northern Hemisphere residents)
January to December (typically for Southern Hemisphere residents)
 
At this point there are no shorter-term placement options available. But if you can only commit to 6 months, stay tuned for any updates!

Participants can expect to receive between AU$350.00 and AU$600.00 per month as an allowance during the school term, as well as the free food and accommodation that is included. For those who demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm, there may also be opportunities to travel on school camps and day trips. These additional trips usually come at little or no expense to the gap assistant!

Information regarding the application closing dates for Thailand gap year programs beginning in mid-2016 and early-2017 can be found below. In order to be fair to all applicants, application closing dates must be strictly enforced, so the earlier you apply, the better! However, if you wish to register after the application closing dates, contact us via email (as last minute placements may have come up!).
 
UK/EU residents: Applications close: March 31, 2017.
New Zealand residents: Applications close: March 31, 2017
Australian residents: Applications close: April 7, 2017
North American residents: Applications close: March 31, 2017
South African residents: Applications close: March 31, 2017
The rest of the world: Applications close: April 7, 2017
 
It should be noted that applications will only be accepted via the online application form.

All of our gap year programmes are subject to an application fee (non-refundable) and programme fee (only charged once an applicant is successfully placed).

Application Fees
(payable via credit card only)
Australia / New Zealand: $125.00
Europe / United Kingdom: £50.00
South Africa: R 700.00
North America + Other: $125.00
Programme Fees:
Australia / New Zealand: $2450.00
Europe / United Kingdom: £1250.00
South Africa: R 15,500.00
North America + Other: $2450.00

The Thailand gap year program fee includes:
 
– Your placement as an assistant at a leading Thai school
– An in-country orientation course upon arrival into Bangkok
– Accommodation and food during your placement (during the school terms)
– A Thai SIM card
– A Thailand Lonely Planet guide
– Access to discounted travel insurance policies (a mandatory requirement for all programs)
– Access to a variety of discounted tours throughout South East Asia
– Two free international money transfers

Applicants for our Thailand gap year program must:
 
– Be aged between 17 and 25 at the time of your arrival into Thailand
– Have a valid passport from their home country (United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or South Africa)
– Have no criminal record (evidence will be required)
– Have no pre-existing medical conditions

All outbound travel arrangements (airfares, comprehensive travel insurance, etc.) are an additional cost to the application and program fees of our gap year programs. For those travelling from Australia and New Zealand, outbound travel arrangements are coordinated by us and are a mandatory requirement for this program.
 
While it is the responsibility of the participants from other countries to arrange their own travel to Thailand, we are always on hand to offer assistance and recommendations to coincide with the in-country orientation and placement arrival transfers. For UK-based participants, we highly recommend the travel services of GapYear.com (www.gapyear.com).

To apply for this program, you’ll first be required to complete our online application form. As you work your way through the form, be sure to be as detailed and thorough as possible – the more we know about you, the better we can help! You will be asked to upload a photo of yourself and a copy of your CV (with a cover letter if you so choose).
 
So, you’ve completed the form. Well done! But what’s next?
 
Once we receive the form, we’ll contact your three nominated referees and ask them to complete a confidential online evaluation form regarding your suitability for the Thailand gap year program. Once we’ve heard back from all of your referees, we’ll send you an email to arrange a time and date for your face-to-face interview.
 
Following your face-to-face interview, we hope to be in a position to discuss your application with the ideal school for you in Thailand!

Would you like more information regarding our Thailand gap year program? Click below to download the info pack.


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