OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
“Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.” – Paul Theroux
If you have ever thought about any of the following:
- Working in a summer camp.
- Volunteering in a wildlife rescue program or at an elephant sanctuary.
- Volunteer teaching in a school, orphanage or hospital.
- Volunteering as a Healthcare professional or trainee
- Getting paid to teach English as a travelling teacher.
- Experiencing a cultural exchange in another country.
- Going out into the world and doing something meaningful and different.
Gap Odyssey is the perfect way to go!
Working or volunteering as part of a team with your friends or other Gap Odyssey participants, who will have a similar background to yourself, enables you to get a real feel for Thailand, Thai people and its rich culture and heritage. You will be making a positive and lasting change in the lives of many Thai children and even animals, should you choose to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary or wildlife rescue centre. The amazing experiences gained from this ultimate cultural exchange program will be engrained in you and change your life forever.
Overview of your Gap Odyssey Program
Apply for your chosen Camp Thailand location and intake dates.
Upon acceptance to the program you can make your own travel arrangements or we can put you in touch with our flight partners who will happily make your travel arrangements for you.
You can kick-start your Thailand adventure by joining your fellow Gap Odyssey participants on a fabulous Bangkok Adventure and Immersion Excursion. To see the details of the “Bangkok Adventure and Immersion Excursion” tour please click on the ”Explore Thailand and Beyond” tab on this website’s main toolbar. An extra charge applies for this offering.
Our staff will “Meet and Greet” you upon arrival at Bangkok’s international airport and escort you to your chosen Thailand destination. (N.B. If you select Phuket, you will fly in and out of Phuket’s international airport)
Most participants enjoy one 3-week program intake in Thailand. Typically, most if not all participants sign up for the Bangkok Tour which takes place at the beginning of their program intake. They then spend 2 weeks at their chosen Thailand location before visiting and exploring an exotic Thai island for the remaining 4 days of their program intake. If you are one of the many adventurers that want to experience more than 3 weeks in Thailand, you can also choose to experience two or more camp locations, rather than just one location and there is an amazing experience that awaits you as a volunteer Elephant conservationist or there is our island hopping tour experience that takes place at the end of each intake which is the perfect way for you to end your Thailand odyssey.
During the 2 weeks at your Thailand location on most weekdays you will be working or volunteering, teaching English and other subjects in English, in schools, orphanages or learning centres. If you select Buriram (Real Thailand Experience) there will also be an overnight stay as a volunteer at the Country Roads’ Take Me Home Elephant Freedom Program ( See www.Elephant Freedom.me for details on this ethical elephant conservation program) . During your stay in Thailand you will participate in activities such as bicycle trips, lake-excursion, barbecue party, Muay Thai boxing, Thai cooking and language demonstration. The great thing about the Gap Odyssey program is that you will work and volunteer together with your new best friends as part of a team and you will also experience all the activities as part of a group. The activities are optional rather than mandatory and included in your Gap Odyssey package. You will be given at least one day off a week to do your own thing. N.B. If you want to repeat and experience an activity more than once this can be arranged for a nominal extra charge.
N.B.: There is also a “Cambodia Tour” offering which normally takes place towards the end of week 2 of your Gap Odyssey program and after finishing your Thailand Odyssey you will have the option of spending a week at an Elephant Conservation project or doing our Island Hopping tour. This is a fabulous way to finish up your Thailand adventure with your new best friends and unwind and relax on some of Thailand’s most iconic and exotic islands and beaches. To see the details of the Camp Thailand Cambodia and Island Hopping tours please click on the ”Explore Thailand and Beyond” tab on this website’s main toolbar.
Remember, whichever Thailand location you select, our family of staff are there to support you 24/7 from the moment you apply to the program until you leave Thailand. You can apply with your friends and be placed at the same Camp location as your friends. If you are coming alone, don’t worry, you are guaranteed to make new friends and have one of the best experiences, if not the best experience, of your life.
Example Itinerary for Camp Buriram – The Real Thai Experience
Day 1: Program Start date with pickup from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport at 2 p.m.
Day 2: Bangkok Tour
Day 3: Travel to Camp B by train or coach (Leave the hotel at 8.30 a.m. and the train departs at 10.04 a.m.)
Day 4: Day trip to Surin Lake
Day 5: Orientation + TEFL TRAINING + THAI LANGUAGE LESSON + Muay Thai Boxing Session
Days 6, 7 and 8:Teaching days at English Summer Camps at local Schools or Temples
Day 9: Visit to, with overnight stay at, Country Roads’ Elephant Freedom Conservation Project
Day 10: Teaching local children and/or staff in the morning. Free time in the Afternoon & Evening
Day 11: Free Day and Evening for you to explore and enjoy your local surroundings
Day 12: Continued TEFL TRAINING + THAI LANGUAGE LESSON + Teach local children and/or staff
Days 13 and 14: Teaching day at a school followed by a teaching day at a temple or vice versa
Day 15: Visit to, Silk Village TEFL GRADUATION PARTY IN THE EVENING
Day 16: Thai cooking Demonstration followed by BBQ and Sky Lantern lighting at a local lake
Day 17: Teaching local children and/or staff in the morning. Travel to Koh Samet in the evening
Days 18, 19 & 20: Hang out and explore the exotic island of Koh Samet.
Day 21: Time to say “Au Revoir” (Unless doing a week at the Elephant Sanctuary or the Island Hopping Tour) and travel to Bangkok
Cambodia Tour: Days 14, 15, 16 & 17. If you have signed up for the Cambodia tour you will miss the Camp B activities scheduled for Days 14 to 17 but you will have an opportunity to do the visit to, and overnight stay at, the Silk Village, scheduled for Day 15 on Day 11 instead, if you wish to partake in this program included activity.
N.B. We have secured a group rate for participants travelling back to Bangkok from Koh Samet on Day 21. Should you decide to travel without the rest of the group on Day 21 you will be responsible for your own transportation costs back to Bangkok.
6 Simple Steps to Creating your tailor made, Gap Odyssey Program.
Step One: Choose which Thailand location(s) you wish to experience.
Most participants choose to stay with us for one intake at one of the above camps but it is also possible to spend an intake period at multiple camp locations.
Whether you are travelling alone or with friends, you will soon make new friends with fellow participants, who have similar backgrounds to yours. It is fair to say that your list of Facebook contacts will never be the same again.
Step Two: Choose which “EXPLORE THAILAND AND BEYOND” offerings you wish to partake in
Step Three: Choose which, if any, “Elective Programs” offering you wish to partake in for week 4
Step Four: Complete the online application after clicking on this website’s ”Apply” tab .
Step Five: After being accepted to the Gap Odyssey Program, if you have not already done so, let us know about any special requirements (accommodation, meals etc.) that you have.
Step Six: Make your Program Fee deposit.