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Camp Trailblazer

Duration

14 days

Runs from

June – September

Cost

£649

Camp Thailand Trailblazer is the number one adventure camp, including elephants, Thailands own Grand Canyon, an epic resort only 20 minutes from the beach, as well as Erawan waterfalls and phenomenal temple visits in Chiang Pai!

With an incomparable amount of amazing activities and a price so crazily low we almost can’t believe it ourselves! Get yourself on the trail to the summer of a lifetime!


Elephant Sanctuary

Super Waterfalls!

All Internal Transport

Day 1: Arrival and Orientation

Arrive before 2pm for a free airport pickup from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Aiport (BKK). Transfer to your accommodation in Bangkok – freshen up (or take a nap after a long flight!) before heading out to the infamous Khoa San Road! The renowned Party Street of Bangkok, immerse yourself in Thai culture by exploring the incredible night markets and local clubs and bars! Indulge in authentic Thai Street food or try the true Thai delicacies – scorpion or tarantula anyone?

Day 2: River tour, Wat Pho and Wat Arun Temple Visits & Tuk Tuk Ride!

An exciting day full of cultural activities! Immerse yourself in true Thai culture and prepare for a river tour around Bangkok, grab a bargain or two on the floating markets! Visit the world renowned reclining Buddha, known as ‘Wat Pho’, followed by the stunning Wat Arun temple! Finally, jump in a Tuk Tuk with your camp friends and head back to the hotel for a free evening to explore the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital.

Day 3: Ancient City Bike Tour & Transfer to Hua Hin

Flooded with temples, pagodas, floating markets and winding rivers, this attraction is a stunning tourist hotspot! Explore the Ancient City by bike or jump in a traditional Thai long tail boat! In the evening, prepare for a transfer to the beautiful beach resort of Hua Hin.

Day 4: Explore Hua Hin & Barcrawl!

Following a free morning, explore the picturesque nature of Hua Hin. Feel free to chill around the on-site swimming pool, visit the local shopping mall or soak up some rays on the beach! This evening is activity night! Prepare for a poolside water fight followed by Tie-Dye T-Shirt creating for Hua Hin’s signature Bar Crawl!

Day 5: Vana Nava Jungle Water Park Visit!

With panoramic views of the ocean, the Vana Nava Jungle Water Park resort is guaranteed to provide a day packed with fun and adrenaline! Pop this one into google, it’s seriously impressive! In the evening, enjoy some free time following an adrenaline filled day!

Day 6: Hua Hin Beach & Cicada Artisan Markets

Spend the day wizzing around on a jet ski, go banana boating with your new camp friends or soak up some extra rays on the postcard perfect beach of Hua Hin! In the evening, head to the Cicada Artisan Markets to pick up a designer bargain or two!

Day 7: Wildlife Friends Foundation Elephant Sanctuary Visit!

Todays priority… secure that epic elephant selfie! Head over to Elephant Haven Sanctuary in the morning to help out with these beautiful creatures: feed them, bathe them, even jump in mud baths with them! After an incredible, jam-packed day, head back to Hua Hin for an evening Bar Crawl!

Day 8: Transfer to Kanchanaburi and visit Erawan Waterfall!

In the morning, prepare to transfer to the West of Thailand to the province of Kanchanburi, a real hidden gem! Take a visit to Erawan Waterfall and be amazed by the emerald green cascading waters, deciduous forests and abandoned caves, before heading into the city to explore for the evening.

Day 9: Bridge over the River Kwai, Wat Ban Tham and Saiyok Noi Waterfall

Following a free morning, prepare for a day full of sightseeing some of Kanchanaburi’s hotspots! Trek across the bridge over the River Kwai, climb the steps up to Wat Ban Tham temple and take a relaxing dip in the cascading waters of Saiyok Noi waterfall! In the evening, prepare to transfer to the North of Thailand to Chiang Mai by overnight train!

Day 10: Arrive in Chiang Mai

Following your arrival in central Chiang Mai, spend the afternoon settling into your accommodation and exploring the local area. In the evening, we’ll head out to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar! Explore cobbled streets filled with night markets, street food, bars and live shows until early hours of the morning!

Day 11: Chiang Mai Grand Canyon Waterpark!

Following a free morning (sleep off that hangover!), head to the Grand Canyon Water Park featuring an inflatable obstacle course, slides, a river zip wire and wakeboarding! If you and your camp friends are brave enough, take on the adrenaline pumping Grand Canyon cliff jump!* Following an exciting day, enjoy some free time in the evening to explore the local area.

Day 12: Chang Rai Day Tour – Wat Rhon Khun & Wat Huay Pla Kang

Prepare for a jam packed day tour around the mountainous province of Chaing Rai. Explore Wat Rong Khun, known as Thailand’s ‘Floating White Temple’ followed by a climb up a 9-floor pagoda to ‘Wat Huay Pla Kangs’ temple complex and giant Buddha! The views from the top are truly breath-taking – be sure to bring your camera along! In the evening, head back to Chiang Mai for an inner city Bar Crawl!

Day 13: Chiang Mai - Free Day

Fancy a thrill-seeking day? Today is your chance! Go and explore Chiang Mai in all its beauty. Maybe do some ZipLining, Quad Biking, or White Water Rafting!

Fancying something a little more chill? Why not head to the Sticky Waterfall or take a Thai Cooking Class or go grab a massage!

A fun evening activity people tend to want to do is head to a Cabaret Show in the lively Night Bazaars of Chiang Mai!

** All activities on this day are subject to your own cost **

Day 14: Free Day before transfer back to Bangkok

Enjoy a free day before heading back to Bangkok by Overnight Train. Why not head to Chiang Mai markets and grab some bargain souvenirs before heading home! Another pair of elephant pants anyone?

Day 15: Onward Travel/Fly Home?

Home time 🙁 For those looking to continue their adventure, our Camp reps are always happy to help arrange any onward travel around South East Asia (we are specialists after all!).

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

  • + £48.86 DBS Check
  • 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 completed by Camp Thailand (£48.86)
  • 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!

FAQs

Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Applicants for the Camp Thailand program are responsible for booking flights. We have an amazing in-house flights team at HQ devoted to helping you find the best very offers for your trip! To speak with a member of the team, call +441613123459 or 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. 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 to be obtained prior to arrival. 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. 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.

Available Dates

13th Jun - 27th Jun
27th Jun - 11th Jul
11th Jul - 25th Jul
25th Jul - 8th Aug
8th Aug - 22nd Aug
22nd Aug - 5th Sep

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