ABOUT THE COMPANY
For Thai Schools, Students and their Parents:
The Camp (Thailand) Company Ltd. – Gap Odyssey Program Advantages
- Trust – All Camp Thailand learning centers and camps are wholly owned and operated by The Camp (Thailand) Company Ltd., and English For Fun Company Ltd., (EFF) both of which are Thai registered companies, with joint Thai and Western staff and EFF operates under a school license approved by The Thai Ministry of Education.
- Curriculum – Our curriculum was researched and developed largely by Dr. Sarina Molina the head of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of San Diego in California, U.S.A. She currently trains master’s level candidates in the Masters in Education in TESOL. The Standards for Teaching a Foreign Language in Thailand have been integrated into the concept development of the curriculum so as to support the English language learning goals for the community of English language learners it serves in Thailand.
- Professionalism - English For Fun has joint Thai and Western management and our native English speaking teaching instructors have over 30 years of cumulative teaching experience to learners of English in Thailand and other countries.
- Professional, Native English Speaking Language Instructors – We employ full-time instructors from the U.K., U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and Canada with a minimum of 1 – 2 years teaching experience. In addition to a minimum of a university bachelors degree all of our instructors have earned an internationally accredited, 120 hour TEFL/TESOL certification. Many of our instructors have earned their Masters Degree in Education. Our instructors are outgoing, friendly and experts in teaching English.
- Professional Volunteers – We are able to supply Thai schools, orphanages and hospitals with volunteer English speaking teachers of English and other subjects in English. Our Volunteers have all been trained by our Professional, Native English Speaking Language Instructors and they have all earned their internationally accredited, 120 hour, TEFL/TESOL Certification
For Teachers Participating in the Gap Odyssey / English For Fun Professional Teaching in Thailand Program:
- Versatility – We are able to offer our teachers the opportunity to teach in a traditional classroom environment in a private or government Thai school, a private language center or in English Camps. Our teachers can teach English and/or other subjects in English.
- Support - We provide 24/7 in country support for our teachers. We provide the training and curriculum to enable our teachers to make a real difference in the learning process. Our teacher community is over 200 strong.
- Benefits - Quite apart from the remuneration benefits, which are at the top tier of the industry, you will have a large say in where you want to be placed and our teaching methodology and philosophy is based on incidental learning while having fun.
For Gap Odyssey Participants and their Parents:
Whether you have prior teaching experience or not, chose to do a paid teaching placement or a volunteer teaching placement in a traditional Thai school, language center or in an English Summer Camp, you can rest assured knowing that our professional teachers and staff will be there to guide and support you every step of the way. You will have a rewarding and fun experience and have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Thai students. You will make new friends and grow from this experience and we hope that you will return to us again in the future. Your skills and energy are needed in Thailand.
English For Fun, operating under a school license from The Thai Ministry of Education and The Camp (Thailand) Company Ltd., are fully registered Thai companies. We are proud and honoured to be able to be partnered with the “Save Elephant Foundation”. Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non–profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations. Each of their flagship projects are aimed at accomplishing that mission, as well as working towards these goals:
- to expand self-sustaining eco-tourism operations that benefit local communities and ecosystems
- to better incorporate efforts into local communities and to ensure their benefit through continuing operation
- to become a leader in the field of Asian elephant research through academic outreach and education programs
- to create practical, positive reinforcement based elephant training and rehabilitation programs
- to establish an international volunteer community that raises awareness to issues facing the Asian elephant
- to more fully integrate with the global conservation community to facilitate dynamic cross-cultural networking
About the “Save Elephant Foundation” Founder
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert was born in 1962 in the small hill tribe village of Baan Lao, two hours north of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Her love for elephants began when her grandfather, a traditional healer, received a baby elephant as payment for saving a man’s life. Lek would spend many hours with her newfound friend, named Tongkum (Golden One), resulting in a passion that would shape the rest of her life, as well as the lives of others.
With a love and respect for her country’s national symbol, and the knowledge that they were becoming endangered, Lek began advocating for the rights and welfare of the Asian elephants in Thailand. In an industry steeped in tradition, advocating for positive change in the ways domestic and wild Asian elephants are treated has not been an easy battle. However, with hard work and determination her voice is now internationally recognized. In addition to several documentaries produced by National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet and the BBC, Lek has also won many honorary awards.
Lek’s mission continues to affect others as her voice is heard throughout the world. Her story and voice have made an impact in the minds of all who give their lives to animal welfare and conservation. Lek’s mission to save the Asian elephants continues to expand. She has formed the Save Elephant Foundation and a dedicated team works tirelessly by her side to protect the Asian elephant.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton invited Lek to Washington, DC in 2010 to honor her as one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation. But, the accolades do not end there. Lek was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of Asia for her work in conservation in 2005 and the Ford Foundation’s “Hero of the Planet” in 2001.
Lek has earned two honorary degrees from Rajabaht Chiang Mai University – a PhD in Sustainability and Conservation and a PhD in Veterinary Science. Finally, the National Geographic documentary Vanishing Giants, highlighting Lek’s work with the Asian elephant, was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States with the Genesis Award in 2003.
Today, Lek continues to be at the forefront of elephant (and other animal rights causes), raising international awareness and encouraging other countries in the region to follow her lead, as well as helping provide sustainable alternatives to local villages. At the same time, she maintains special relationships with the animals she rescues. Most days, she can be found at Elephant Nature Park spending time with the rescued herd.