Trip Details

Do you have a passion for journalism or writing? Are you looking for international writing experience? Perfectly designed for 2nd year bachelor students and above to work as interns gaining a wealth of experience while contributing to a local newspaper, the program ensures you have plenty of practical tasks that are both meaningful and purposeful. Writing English newspaper reports for a local Thai newspaper, you will directly contribute to the content. Being practical and project-based, the role will also immerse you in the Thai culture and lifestyle.

You will be required to produce exciting news articles about events, developments and anything else of interest in the local area. Coordinated by an English speaking local journalist, the program will ensure you are guided, supervised and assessed in your progression as a journalistic writer. Additionally, you will be introduced to the Thai culture and customs, having the added benefit of being directly involved in the local lifestyle. Your first week will be introductory to your new location, involving activities such as traditional Thai cooking lessons, visits to local places of interest and learning some useful Thai words and phrases. As well as learning about Thailand, your interactions with other participants will enable you to gain knowledge of the wider world through intercultural exchanges.

As an Intern, you can be sure that you will be looked after whilst on the program. Coordinators will meet you on your arrival making sure you are safely transferred to your accommodation where 24 hour support will be available for the duration of your stay. Your guaranteed internship will be within a professional working environment . Your working environment will be mainly English-speaking with a local language where possible. Working on the project will give you opportunities to develop highly professional skills in the field of journalism. A coordinator qualified in journalism will guide you throughout your stay and ensure your work is purposeful and meaningful to your chosen field, working from the personal learning goals and competencies assessment that you’ll complete before you begin. In addition, you’ll have regular feedback and advice on how to move your development forward.

 

Aims & Objectives
The internships are set up to serve the needs of the intern as well as those of the host. Our primary objectives are: to help you gain as much experience possible in your study field through practical work and the second is to help you create work that will be valuable and beneficial to the organisation as well as the local community. All in all, our internships are designed in a way where everyone benefits and only meaningful work is done!

Trip Itinerary

Cultural Introduction
Not only will we guide you during your internship, but we will also introduce you into the local culture and customs. After all, you will be spending quite some time here and it is important to know about your surroundings!

During the first week, you will take part in an introduction/culture program where you will learn about the local culture, language and customs through activities such as cooking lessons, local handicraft making and excursions to iconic places.

Our programs are designed to immerse you as much as possible with local people and culture and to encourage cultural exchange between teammates to let you fully integrate you in your new surroundings.

What we offer

  • Guaranteed internship placement with assigned project and a professional work environment
  • Guaranteed English language speaking person in the working environment plus a local language when applicable
  • Learning filled and meaningful internship/work assignments that are relevant to the intern’s field of study
  • A predefined professional role
  • A coordinator with a Bachelor/Master level degree in the desired field of work for guidance
  • Pre-internship personal learning goal and competencies assessment
  • Supervision and on the job training
  • Guaranteed 25+ working hours per week (4 or 5 days a week, depending on the requirements of the intern’s educational institution)
  • Frequent (weekly) feedback and progress sessions with the hosting company/organization
  • A proper (physical) workplace for the intern.
  • Welcome and pick-up at the airport
  • Accommodation in an international environment with other interns and like-minded people
  • An introduction week into the local culture and customs which is filled with cultural and sightseeing activities
  • Three meals a day during the week (B/L/D) and two during the weekend (B/D)
  • Transfers between the accommodation and the internship placement
  • 24-hour local support.
  • 20 years of organisational experience worldwide

As the program is dependent on where you are assigned, an exact schedule of your internship will be given to you at your placement. However, you can expect to work between 25-30 hours each week, from Monday to Friday. Occasionally, you may be asked to work weekends.

** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

Trip Accommodation

You will be located in the outskirts of Singburi, an interesting town 142 km north of Bangkok. Singburi was founded under the reign of King Rama V through the consolidation of 3 small towns located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a single town on the west of the Chao Phraya River in 1895.

Your new home is set close to the village of Tha Kham, an extremely rural area that will give you the chance to experience the Thailand that very few get to see.

Accommodation & Food

Your new home will be one of our 3 ‘Eco Houses’ near Singburi, central Thailand: Lemon House, Twin House and Brown House. They are all located riverside (River Noi – Little River) in the village of Tha Kham and depending on which house you are staying at, is about 8-15km from Singburi (10-15 minutes by car). The 3 houses sleep from 30 to 72 people.

All houses have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow volunteers or use the free Wifi.

Although not directly on site, there are laundry facilities offered by locals which many of our participants take advantage of (this will probably cost you 5฿ per item, otherwise you can easily wash your clothes by hand.)

For volunteers who desire more comfort and privacy, families, couples and more elderly participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room. These rooms are more luxurious, uniquely designed and located apart from the two standard participant residences and so are noticeably quieter.

Food Arrangements
All the meals served inside the accommodation are vegetarian friendly and will be typically Thai, including plenty of rice dishes and fruits. Water, coffee and tea are available all day long.

Facilities
There are ATMs and shops in the local village which, depending on the accommodation you will be staying at, is located between 5 minutes by bicycle to 20 minutes by foot.

There are restaurants and small local stores within walking distance of each of the accommodations.

Equally, Singburi has plenty to offer and there will be trips throughout the week into this city where you can find shopping malls, markets, restaurants and even a swimming pool!

Activities & Events
Tuesday Evening
Visit the night market in Tha Kham. Taste all types of Thai food, stock up on inexpensive clothing or just soak in the atmosphere of this small town!

Wednesday Afternoon
This is free time for most participants and we offer a trip into Singburi. You can choose to use the swimming pool, go for a Thai massage or take advantage of a trip to a shopping centre.

Wednesday Evening
You will have the option to attend a Thai BBQ at a local restaurant. This is a fantastic opportunity to socialise with all the other participants, eat great food and enjoy some music.

Thursday Evening
There is a trip to a shopping mall (including a large Tesco Lotus), where you can buy any essentials, snacks, western food (pizza shops, KFC, ice cream parlour, coffee shops etc)

Sights & Surroundings
Locally, Singburi itself has plenty to offer in terms of sites and attractions, ranging from its many Buddhist temples. There is also a swimming pool, two shopping centres and many markets.

You can also choose to travel to Bangkok during weekends. It takes 2.5 – 3 hours either by mini-van or bus from Singburi . We provide detailed information about this each week.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Hua Hin
  • Kaeng Krachan
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Mae Sot
  • Suphan Buri
  • Train Track Northern Thailand
  • Trunk to the South
  • Umphang
  • Udon Thani
  • Wang Nam Khiao

Trip Country Info

Thailand

Population: Approx. 67 million
Capital: Bangkok
Language: Thai
Currency: Baht (THB)
Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand is not only a famous holiday and gap year travel destination, but one of the most exciting countries in the world. Gap year travel to Thailand enables you to experience the excitement of city life as well as the serenity of some of the most spectacular remote islands and countryside areas.  By booking your gap year holiday to Thailand with TRU, you will be able to get a unique view of this amazing country that is difficult to replicate on your own.  We have a fabulous selection of gap year adventures in Thailand from Gibbon encounters and Elephant Sanctuary work to Clayhouse building and volunteering programs.

With our range of ongoing programs, you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.  Have a look at our latest volunteering and gap year travel to Thailand below or give us a call to find out more about our exciting gap year programs in Thailand.

You can take this opportunity to mix and match projects tailor to your preference. Why pick one when you can pick several.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Qualification in Journalism or studying

Additional Requirements

Laptop

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa