Central Thailand University
We are delighted to offer a stretching 6 week programme serving in a Thai University, running a practical and fun programme to help the Thai students practice their spoken English. The trip is a great opportunity to experience and learn about the beautiful country of Thailand and the Buddhist worldview of Thai people.Stuart Newland
Approximately 6 weeks, from last week of June 2017 to first week of August 2017
Mostly based at a university in central Thailand. The debrief at the end of the program will be in a countryside or coastal location.
Team size: Up to 10 team members, with 3 team leaders. Over 18’s only.
Our team of up to 14 people will be serving in a Thai University, planning and running a practical and fun program to help the Thai students practice their conversational English (you don’t need any previous experience of teaching English). Running the programme and living alongside the students in their dorms will give the opportunity to build friendships and see the gospel flow through your relationships.
The trip will give you the opportunity to experience and learn about the beautiful country of Thailand and the Buddhist worldview of Thai people. The Thai people are considered to be an ‘unreached’ people group (less than 1% Christian) – the team will have the opportunity to learn about their worldview, think about why the gospel has been slow to advance in this nation, and learn about how to communicate the gospel into this very different culture through conversation and sharing your life and testimony.
As you live and serve in this context you will be stretched out of your comfort zones, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in in your knowledge, trust and confidence in God and grow in your understanding of yourself, your gifts, contribution and areas for development.
The programme will give you the opportunity to serving alongside, and see the life of, a long-term Conventional Income Missionary.
The programme will be approximately 6 weeks. (4 week-language teaching program, plus time for in-country orientation/planning and debrief.)
Approx. £1,400 per person (excluding flights which we estimate to be between £450-£600). Training will be given to help team members raise financial and prayer support from friends, family and churches. This includes;
- All accommodation
- Local transport
- Food – except on travel days and sightseeing days
- Group sightseeing activities
- Travel insurance
During the language teaching program the team members will live in student dorms, sharing rooms. During the in-country orientation/planning and debrief the team will stay in hostel, guesthouse or budget hotel accommodation, again sharing rooms.
We will hold an orientation weekend in St Andrews, Scotland on 28-29 April 2018. Attendance at this is a required for all team members. Additionally, the programme includes time for in-county orientation/planning in Thailand.
Responsibilities of the UK Team
Interested applicants must be prepared for:
Serving, Teamwork and Leadership
- Being flexible and adaptable – the culture there is a last minute culture and plans may become fluid to accommodate that!
- Working well together as a team, contributing fully to the team during times of work and relaxation, serving the students, local and missionaries that we meet
- Living in close, intentional community as part of the team
- Helping lead, and contributing to, the group’s devotional and team times.
- Serving at the language teaching program will include planning and delivering activities (including lessons, games, and small-group conversations) and building relationships.
- Listening and learning from spiritual mentors.
- Respecting authority of team / programme leadership
Environment, conditions and food
- Eating delicious local food – but very different to Western food! You may be eating local food for three meals a day.
- Living in a hot and humid environment, with torrential rain storms.
- Encountering local wildlife and bugs.
- Sleeping in a variety of different conditions (student dorms, hostels, guesthouses, budget hotels), sharing rooms with each other.
- Occasional day trips that may involve significant amounts of walking.
Personal and pastoral
- Being ‘fully present’ as part of close community (limited opportunities for e-mail, internet & social media, etc.)
- Keeping a journal of what you are seeing that is different from UK life.
- Having regular personal devotional times and journal things that God is teaching you.
- Sharing and discussing in team devotional and team times, and one-to-one conversations with team leaders. Growing in being honest about our own lives, values, reactions, prejudices as the weeks go on. Pray specifically for things we find hard both individually and as a team.
- Spending time in personal reflection, evaluation and debrief at the end of the trip.
- Being willing to try new things.
- Learning some Thai language
- Initiating relationships with people from a different culture.
- Stepping far, far out of your comfort zone!
There will be time for in-country orientation/planning and debrief.
DBS Checks: All team members will have an enhanced DBS check (PVG in Scotland) before being accepted on the programme. This check will be organised by the UK Navigators office.
Travel Insurance: All participants are required to have suitable travel and medical insurance to cover their participation in the programme. This must include provision for medical repatriation, trip cancellation and trip disruption (e.g. due to civil unrest or volcanic ash affecting air travel). You are responsible also for supplying accurate information as required by the insurer, and communicating details of your insurance arrangements to your team leader. Insurers who offer suitable insurance include Master Policy, Salt Insurance and Banner Insurance.
Passport and Visas: A valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it. You will also need to apply for a 60 day visa
Vaccinations: You must consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines.
Application and Deadlines
This trip is open to all students and recent graduates. The deadline for applying to the programme is 31st March 2018 and we will let you know if you have been accepted within two weeks (assuming all documentation and references all received). Application is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact us for more info or complete the application form below if you’ve already made up your mind.
Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ
023 8055 8800
England & Wales: 1099148