When will I receive additional information about my service-learning project?
Thailand volunteer participants will be provided additional project information upon arrival in Thailand. For what date should service-learning program participants book their flight?
Thailand volunteers should arrive on the Friday prior to their Saturday start date, preferably landing in Bangkok between 10 am – 10 pm. However participants will be greeted at the airport by a GSC - Greenway representative if they arrive any time. Saturday is the official start date on which the Bangkok tour will begin. When departing Thailand at the end of a program, participants should plan their outgoing flight from Bangkok as late in the day as possible on Saturday to allow time for traveling to the airport. BackWhat if I arrive in Bangkok early/late?
Thailand volunteer participants who arrive in Bangkok before Friday are responsible for their own transportation into Bangkok as well as any needed accommodations and meals prior to meeting up with the Greenway staff on Friday afternoon at a prearranged time and place (arrangements will be made by GSC prior to your departure for Thailand). GSC will provide early arrivers recommendations on affordable hotels in Bangkok and provide instruction on getting from the airport to Bangkok in a safe and inexpensive manner. BackWhat type of pre-trip and pre-placement orientation is provided for Service-Learning program volunteers?
Upon final acceptance into a GSC international volunteer program, participants receive a participant handbook with information on the country and program, a reading list, packing list and other health and travel tips. A short Bangkok tour followed by one week of orientation and training is given for Orphanage Care and Teach English Abroad participants. The orientation for participants at the Greenway site includes an overnight stay in a Buddhist Wat, Thai language lessons, Thai cultural discussions, training on teaching English as a Foreign Language, a trip to the local morning market to buy ingredients for a Thai cooking class, and a tour of local village areas. BackWhere do service-learning program volunteers stay during orientation?
During the two-day Bangkok tour, participants stay together at the designated hotel. BackCan I travel during my project time?
Yes. All Thailand volunteer programs include a cultural excursion arranged by GSC. In addition to this, however, you will have the opportunity to travel independently on weekends.
Many overseas volunteers choose to take a “long weekend” in order to go trekking or do other activities. Long-term Thailand volunteers especially can take advantage of the many holidays and weekends to travel. BackWhat is the food like?
Traditional Thai food has rice at every meal, a meat or fish dish and some veggies. In addition, lots of Thai sweets and Thai fruit are often available. The food served at the Greenway accommodations is vegetarian. Back Can special dietary requirements be accommodated?
Yes, many international volunteers have had special dietary needs, and GW can accommodate vegetarians, as well as other dietary needs. If you have dietary restrictions, please notify GSC as early as possible. BackHow do Thailand volunteers get around?
During the orientation, small groups usually use public transportation and taxis to get around Bangkok. Volunteers are provided transportation by GSC to and from their project site. BackHow will I communicate with GSC staff in Thailand while I’m there?
Our in-country staff can always be reached by mobile phone, simply ask your work site to call. BackWill I need a phone while I’m there? How can I contact home?
Phones aren’t necessary, but they can be purchased in Bangkok during your orientation and will cost around $30-$50 for a second hand phone (plus airtime minutes). If your cell phone carrier uses SIM Cards in their phones (AT&T, Cingular, T-Mobile), they can be used in Thailand by simply purchasing a Thai SIM Card ($8) plus airtime minutes. Be sure to call your carrier before departure and obtain the code to unlock your SIM Card. Additionally, all Thailand volunteers have access to a phone at their work site. BackWill there be internet access?
Volunteers staying at GW’s facilities have access to free wi-fi. Volunteer participants are also able to arrange transportation into the nearest town from their project site to visit internet cafes. BackHow much spending money is appropriate?
Volunteers will get the chance to do some shopping and sightseeing during the orientation so if you’re planning on picking up gifts you should bring a little extra money. All expenses are covered on the trip, but if a volunteer wants to travel on their own they should bring additional funds. $300 is often sufficient for covering shopping, extra food, extra traveling, accommodations, and transport. GSC also recommends bringing travelers checks. They can be cashed in Bangkok or at the banks in the provinces. Although there are ATM machines everywhere, which have good exchange rates, there are hefty international withdrawal fees from some banks that overseas volunteers should watch out for. BackAre there ATM machines near project sites?
Yes, in most Thai towns you will find many ATM machines! There are also plenty of banks where Thailand volunteers can exchange money. BackIncluded in Service-Learning Trip
: Airport pickup during scheduled times; project transportation; all meals as noted; accommodations at project site for the duration of your program; basic Thai language lessons and cultural orientation; Bangkok tour; bus transportation from project site back to Singburi at the end of your program during scheduled times. BackNot Included in Service-Learning Trip
: Travel expenses including passport charges, applicable visa charges* ($60-$150), travel insurance** ($150-$350), and airfare** ($1,500-$2,500); accommodations, meals, and transportation for any personal trips during weekend free time; any additional costs for accommodations, meals, or transportation needed for those arriving or departing early or late; transportation from Singburi to the airport.
*This cost depends on your length of stay in Thailand. Note: Volunteers arriving before their program start date or staying in Thailand later than their program end date may be subject to additional visa charges.
**These costs are estimates. Actual prices will depend on program length, your chosen vendors, visiting country's governmental regulations, and other factors beyond GSC's control. Back