Travel and Tourism Development Internship in Thailand
Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to gain practical experience while developing the tourism industry in a foreign country! As an intern on the project, you will make an active contribution to tourism development in central Thailand. Working in conjunction with the Thai government, the project guarantees you a practical, learning orientated, meaningful experience as you help to make the area more attractive for both native and international tourists. Putting into practice the hours of theoretical and classroom based studies you have already undertaken, you will be building on your existing skills and developing new ones.
You will be supervised by an English-speaking coordinator who will help you to overcome any language barriers, at the same time as guiding and assessing your work. Although the project is designed for participants with a background in tourism, those with an economic background would be suitable due to the financial aspects of the program. Similarly, students of sociology or anthropology are invited to assess the impact the project has on the local area and its social development. Applications are also welcome from students who believe that it would be useful for their thesis, research papers or dissertation.
As part of the project, you will be introduced to the country’s culture during a week of exploratory activities. This will be highly beneficial to you during your extended stay, helping you to adjust to the customs, traditions and language. Some of the activities will include cooking lessons, language classes and excursions to local places of interest. As well as learning about the indigenous culture, there will also be opportunities for multicultural exchanges with participants on this, and other, projects.
What we offer
- Guaranteed internship placement with an assigned project and professional work environment
- An English language working environment, plus a local language when applicable
- Meaningful internship/work assignments geared to enhance learning and impart skills that are relevant to the intern’s field of study
- A predefined professional role
- Onsite coordinator with a background 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)
- Weekly feedback and progress sessions with the hosting company/organization
- A workspace for the intern
- 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
- All in all, you’re guaranteed a learning filled, practical and meaningful experience within a different country and culture. Your efforts will be making a positive impact on the local community in Thailand, as tourism is a key industry for its locals.
Aims & Objectives
To provide meaningful experience in your field of study through practical work
Help you create work that will be valuable and beneficial to the organisation as well as the local community
Our Tourist Development internship is practical and project based. You’ll assist us in our goal to develop local regions, making it more attractive for both local and international tourists. You’ll be working with a provider with 20+ years of organizational experience worldwide.
This unique experience will let you practice any theoretical knowledge and training you’ve gained in a classroom. Our internship provides:
- Study-affiliated work experience
- International exposure
- Practical skills training
- Knowledge accumulation
- Teamwork skills
All while making a worthwhile contribution to the community.
This internship is open to those from a wide variety of studies. Naturally, it is more worthwhile for those with studies affiliated to tourism. But it is also suitable for those with an economics background, since feasibility assessments of plans are always needed.
Students with sociological or anthropological studies are also welcome to assess the impact that our work could have on the local community and social environment. Our projects tend to be suitable as a subject for research papers, thesis and dissertation, so feel free to suggest.
Monday to Friday
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.
Saturday & Sunday
Weekends are always free to explore beautiful Thailand or Relax with new friends and locals. 🙂
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Akha Village Chiang Rai
- Hua Hin
- Kaeng Krachan
- Mae Sot
- Suphan Buri
- Train Track Northern Thailand
- Trunk to the South
- Udon Thani
- Wang Nam Khiao
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx. 67 million
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
|Commitment to a minimum of 25 hours a week|
|An established background in the field of study ( or studying)|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance