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.
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.