Camp Thailand

Work hard and party harder with Camp Thailand this Summer!

Soar to sun-soaked South East Asia and witness a unique country where tradition and contemporary culture collide.

Teach English in local schools, snap a selfie at an elephant conservation and dance until sunrise at famous beach parties! Uncover hidden lagoons where tall palm trees hover over serene islands, dusted with silky sands and glittering waters on the Island Hopping tour, or navigate the enigmatic urban jungle of Bangkok, on our Extended Bangkok Tour.

With Camp locations in Phuket, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Sing Buri to choose from, applicants are given an opportunity to embark on an enlightening excursion comprising fun, sun and self-discovery in amongst beautiful landscapes.

Phuket, Thailand’s ever-popular province offers an opportunity to partake in a range of memorable activities and perfectly combines visits to local islands and work opportunities in the local community. Applicants to this premium Camp location will also enjoy a captivating trip to Phi Phi, to visit the renowned group of shimmering shores set against a picture-perfect backdrop.

Camp Hua Hin, home to beautiful beaches, traditional Thai markets and enthralling temples is sure to live long in the memory; a fun-filled trip to a local water-park is also pencilled into the itinerary!

Chiang Mai, burrowed in the breast of the Thai jungle is perfect for adventurous applicants, with bamboo rafting, waterfall trips and bicycle tours scheduled during the trip, while Sing Buri presents the chance to visit Koh Samet, an idyllic island on situated in western Thailand.

Whatever your preference, complete your search for a Summer of a Lifetime and board the Camp Thailand bandwagon…

Camp Highlights

 
Elephant Sanctuary
Phi Phi Islands
Visiting Local Schools
 

Testimonials

Abby 5

Breathtaking!

Worth every single penny! My experience was life changing. I loved every second of it, the people the kids, the reps all of them were amazing! Camp Thailand is an amazing way to travel and experience fantastic activities as every body else is in the same boat as you, traveling for the first time and Camp Thailand provide constant 24/7 support for when ever you need it, and the reps are such a laugh to be around. For myself it was my first time traveling alone and being at camp I made a lot of friends so it made the whole experience feel so much more organized and safer along with a friendly, awesome atmosphere, and the activities were out of this world!!!

Veronica Scotton 5

Exceptional, once in a lifetime experience!

I had an amazing time in Thailand as all the reps were very helpful and friendly, as they always went the extra mile to make the experience great. The accommodation was lovely and all the trips I took part in were excellently organised. I would go back in a heart beat.

Ruaridh Mackay 5

Life changing

The Camp Thailand experience was one of the best adventures I have ever had. From the moment I arrived in Thailand to the moment I left was filled with amazing memories. Helping at the elephant sanctuary and teaching at the local schools. An experience I would recommend to anyone!

Itinerary

Day 1
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Arrival – Mini orientation and Welcome meal by the beach – time to make friends!

Day 2
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Phuket Sightseeing – Day Tour around the beautiful Island of Phuket!

Day 3
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Orientation and Muay Thai Boxing! – Full orientation, school training and Thai language class, followed by Muay Thai boxing in the afternoon!

Day 4
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 5
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 6
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 7
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 8
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Elephants – Day visit to the elephant project. Don’t forget your camera, this is your chance to snap the perfect elephant selfie!

Day 9
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Pub Crawl – Today is a free day, followed by an evening Pub Crawl on the infamous Bangala Road!

Day 10
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Beach BBQ – Watch the sunset, enjoy a cocktail and BBQ with your new Camp friends.

Day 11
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 12
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 13
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 14
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Make a difference in local summer camps. Why not head to the beach in the afternoon or chill by the pool?

Day 15
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Koh Phi Phi – Pack up and head over to the beautiful island of Koh Phi! Hike up to the View Point, for a stunning view of Koh Phi Phi as the sun goes down…

Day 16
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Koh Phi Phi – Maya Bay – Enjoy a full day boat trip to Maya Bay, famous for it’s appearance in the movie ‘The Beach.’ Enjoy snorkelling in pristine waters while you soak up the sun on deck. Watch out for those monkeys on Monkey Beach! Afterwards, enjoy beach parties and fire shows!

Day 17
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Koh Phi Phi – Krabi – Enjoy the morning soaking up the sun on the beach before your ferry transfer to Krabi

Day 18
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Krabi – Visit the Emerald Pools, a natural hot spring and prepare to climb 1,273 steps to visit Tiger Cave Temple.

Day 19
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Head to Railay Beach – Enjoy exploring this beautiful area and the glorious beaches. Don’t forget to check out an evening fire show!

Day 20
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Boat trip – Island Hopping Trip!

Day 21
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Beach Day – Why not hike up to the view point?

Day 22
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Farewell – Last day of the program! Time to say goodbye to your new friends and head back to Phuket!

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 visiting communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life.

Additional Costs

Clear Criminal Background
Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
Flights and Insurance
Program Requirements

18+

A clear criminal background check.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?

For about $2 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.

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 teaching in 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 visiting schools, 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.

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.