This is an opportunity to make a real difference while enhancing your professional skill set in two ways:
No matter which NGO you choose for your internship, this is the perfect opportunity to work with an international NGO, learning how to manage and market for causes close to people's heart. A great alternative to international study abroad.
Your internship is comprised of:
Experience in non-profits and NGOs can be a great stepping stone for psychology, law, and government careers. Take the first step toward a better resume and a life-changing international internship.
Twelve weeks, including orientation.
Interns enter on the "O" visa. Visas can be taken care of in advance of arriving in Thailand. GeoVisions will supply you with the support documents to apply for your visa in advance.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
Interning abroad is a great investment in your future career. The fee you pay to be an intern in Thailand goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
The GeoVisions Foundation will work with you to set up an Installment Plan if it helps to budget and pay for your Internship. The amount and number of payments depend on the time of enrollment and program start date. Unlike other organizations, there is no interest or extra fees for the installment plan and it requires an auto-payment choice. Contact your Admissions Counselor for details.
If you are earning credit for your internship, you may be able to use your existing financial aid package through your university. Speak with your financial aid office and your GeoVisions Foundation Admissions Counselor for more details.
If you're looking for a paid internship abroad, both of these internships pay a $160 per month living stipend.
40hr orientation experience, one that is designed to help you acclimate to your new home for 12 weeks. All of our orientation experiences include lectures in culture and politics, language lessons, and meetings with your internship mentors.
Some are. They will be clearly noted what the monthly stipend will be.
There is no application fee. Rather, we collect a $350 program deposit to assure our host employers that you are a serious candidate. After applying for an internship, your program deposit secures your place in our program so we can begin working on the placement process. Your deposit is deducted from the program fee.
Outside of your internship hours, your nights and weekends belong to you. You are free to explore your host city, country, and continent, as you’d like. Many of the internships offer planned social events and excursions on weekends and evenings. We encourage all of our participants to fully embrace all that each city has to offer and travel as much as possible during their free time.
We have had interns who were offered full-time employment upon completion of their internship. This would be entirely up to the placement company and would be organized directly with you. Use your time wisely and work hard to make excellent contacts while interning abroad that could help open doors to future employment.
No. Simply check the eligibility requirements for each internship and be mindful to the various visa requirements and restrictions.
This program was not only a month of fun, touring, teaching, and excitement, but one that really opened my eyes to the world around us. The program kept us going and experiencing all that Thailand had. We did everything you could think to do during our time there. Teaching the kids was an incredibly rewarding experience and I will never forget the joy on their faces seeing us at the school every morning. I loved how we also worked with organizations to help them solve real problems that they are dealing with and help them with the solution implementation - the "fieldwork" set-up went beyond sitting in a classroom and working on a case study. They program had the perfect balance of work and play! We got to tour the area, enjoy the food, and culture that Thailand is! Leaving was definitely hard and I hope to return soon.
Thailand is an incredible country, and through my program I had an amazing opportunity to gain experience teaching and provide a wide range of English skills to my students. As long as you have an open mind, and aren't afraid of occasionally feeling awkward with not only a language barrier, but a cultural barrier, there's no shortage of new experiences and adventures you can have! During my time here, I found most Thai people are appreciative of the fact that you're putting in the effort to even learn the language. A great way to help you learn about your host country is by visiting the many beautiful temples. I have done this in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok and felt it helped me to understand the rich culture and history of Thailand. I have had incredible support from the beginning of my program, from teaching strategies to feeling safe exploring on my own. During my free time I have even been able to attend music festivals and visit Pai, Khao Yai, down south on the islands. There's certainly no shortage of adventure in Thailand!
Kara B., 2018
"I have been able to meet a lot of friendly people that will go WAY out of their way to help me. You just have to use your extra best judgement to know who is worth your time and who is not. And don't overcompensate for being a foreigner by smiling and being extra friendly (as a female).There are a lot of opportunities to travel. I have yet to see Phuket, but have been to Phung Nga and Koh Luk.I have a broken arm and the cast won't come off until the end of the month (hopefully), so until then I won't be doing much traveling. After a few more months I think I will head up north to check out some of the areas up that way. I am considering volunteering in an elephant sanctuary for a few months before leaving Thailand. So while teaching is going really well, so is the opportunity to experience all Thailand has to offer."
Samantha R., 2018
I had an amazing experience teaching in Thailand, the school, children, and community I was in was absolutely wonderful! Everything about Thailand is breath taking and amazing!!
"The experience is ultimately what you make of it. I'm 33 years old with 11 years of urban teaching experience, and teaching in Thailand was just what I needed. I was growing tired of the increased pressure, and generally toxic culture that has been plaguing urban education for the last decade. I needed a change of pace, a different perspective, and a newfound sense of appreciation for the profession. My Thai experience provided all of it. But as anyone with enough teaching experience knows-- flexibility is key. I was placed in a nice small city between near central Thailand with just the right balance of rural and urban. My school staff was welcoming, supportive, and simply excited to share their home culture. Teaching methods, schedules, and norms were a bit different but also refreshing. I quickly adapted and adjusted; learning to let go of your norms and going with the flow helped ease the transition. Students on campus were incredibly welcoming and respectful throughout, even if I wasn't their teacher. I was exposed to a level of respect and appreciation that I forgot existed. Overall, the experience was quite different from the westernized norms we've grown accustomed to. But if you are flexible, open to new experiences, and willing to break away from your comfort zone, you may find that the journey is just what you need to help you rebalance your life."