Program information - Volunteer 6-week adventure
We understand that getting ready for such an epic adventure can be exciting and, at the same time, worrying. Our advice to you would be - don’t worry, leave that to us. We’ve got your back; we’ve been doing this since 2005. We are here to make this transition as smooth and as painless as possible. You're going to be spending a lot of time with us, why not get to know us better?
The following information is based on the most popular questions we received over the years. To ensure that you understand all of this information, you will be required to take a quiz. You will need to complete the quiz before you depart your home country. Your results will be automatically submitted to us. Please read the information on this page then take the quiz.
We have broken this information up for you into four sections:
- What you need to do two months before departure
- What you need to do one month before departure
- What you need to do one week before departure
- What you need to do when you arrive
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Two months before departure
Book your flights
Flights are generally cheaper the sooner you book them. We suggest you 'shop around' on the following sites:
Check your passport validity
Your passport has to be valid for at least six months after your intended stay in Asia. For example, if you're planning to go to Asia in September, 2018, your passport needs to be valid until February 2019.
Will you need a visa?
As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter Thailand without a visa for up to sixty days. On this program you will be traveling to Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. You will be issued a Cambodian and Thai visa at the border when you enter these countries. For Myanmar however, you will need to apply for your Myanmar visa in advance.
Do you need vaccinations?
Thailand it is not a risk to most travelers. Please check the CDC's website for the latest travel advisory.
One month before departure
Start your online TESOL course
This is free and we will send you your login details via email. If you have not received your login details at least one month before your date of departure, please email us. Although this is not mandatory, we strongly suggest that you take this course as it will give you an understanding of all the terminology and a strong grounding in teaching methods. You can access more information on the TESOL course here.
Apply for your Myanmar visa
Applying for a tourist visa to Myanmar is a straightforward process and can our summer in Thailand adventure cbe done online from your home country. You can apply for this visa online here. Simply click on the 'Apply eVisa' button and follow the directions. You will be applying for a tourist visa. Your port of entry will be Yangon International Airport.
Schedule a call with us
Before your departure we like to make sure you have all the information you need when you land in Thailand and answer any questions you may have. To schedule a call please email us. and let us know when is the best time to call you.
Check your phone plan
Be sure to check with your mobile service provider regarding the various international plans they have. Check to see if your phone is unlocked. You can get sim card in Thailand relatively easy, this is most likely a cheaper option than to remain on your current mobile service providers plan.
Start a blog
You know you'll be taking a lot of photos and making memories on your trip, let us help you keep those photos and memories in one place. It's really simple and free. You can host the blog on our site and we will set everything up for you. To set this up please email us.
Make contact on Slack
Slack is a great way to share information, ask questions and meet the people that will be traveling with you. This is the best tool to get information on the program or post a question. Simply download Slack, and connect to the AsianSummer2017 group.
One week before departure
Almost time to go! Thailand is hot and humid, so make sure you pack for it. Make a copy of your passport and bring some extra passport photos.
Most airlines have a baggage allowance of 55-66 lbs (25-30 kgs) for international flights. Please double check with your airline to avoid extra baggage fees at the airport.
When you arrive
As soon as you land, connect to the free airport wi-fi and check-in with us on Slack.
You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. Our driver will only wait for 1.5 hours, so please proceed to luggage collection as soon as you have landed. Should your flight arrive late, you will need to make your own way to the hotel. If you land before the 1st July, you will not be picked up and will need to make your own way to your hotel. If for some reason you fail to meet up with us at the airport, you will need to make your own way to your hotel. We will send you your hotel information in our Slack information session.
You can find an itinerary of what you'll be doing during your stay here. Further reading on our volunteer 6-week adventure can be found here. If you are unsure about anything, please let us know. Take a look at pictures from previous adventures!
We look forward to seeing you in Asia soon!
- The Global Teaching Adventures team