The CAMP (THAILAND) Company Ltd. - GAP ODYSSEY Program
Am I responsible for booking my own flights?
Your Gap Odyssey program fee does not include the cost of your transportation to Thailand or your transportation out of Thailand when your program finishes.
We do work with “Flight partners” and you can expect a call from them sometime after you have paid your program deposit. You should also do your research and see what deals are to be had through companies such as www.skyscanner.com www.kayak.com www.expedia.com or www.travelocity.com and choose the best option for yourself.
If you are doing the Bangkok Sightseeing tour you need to be available for pick up from Bangkok’s international “Suvarnabhumi” airport at the airport’s official “Meeting Point” at 2 p.m. on the FIRST day of the program intake.
If you are NOT doing the Bangkok Sightseeing tour you need to be available for pick up from Bangkok’s international “Suvarnabhumi” airport at the airport’s official “Meeting Point” at 2 p.m. on the SECOND day of the program intake.
What sort of accommodation will I be staying at?
You will stay in a bright and airy, bunk bedded room and there will normally be 3- 5 other people of the dame gender as yourself sharing the room. We also have a couple of dorm style rooms which house up to 12 people. Thailand has a tropical climate and the summer months are much hotter and more humid than the winter months. All of the rooms at our locations in Thailand are air conditioned.
Most of the participants think that it is more fun to stay in the air conditioned, bunk bedded rooms with their new friends but if you are travelling with a partner and wish to have more privacy you will want to consider your own private room, with T.V. air conditioning and WIFI for the duration of your stay. At Camp B we have 4 private en-suite rooms available for 199 GBP (includes the cost of air conditioning, electric and water usage) per room per intake. Up to two people can stay in these rooms so the cost of the room for 2 people sharing would be 99.50 GBP per person per intake.
Camp Buriram: Guest House in Krasang, Buriram
Camp Buriram’s Guest House in Krasang, Buriram
Shared Bunk Bed Rooms and a typical bathroom.
Deluxe En-Suite Private Room, with Air con, WIFI, T.V., Bathroom and Balcony
Normal Private Room, with Air Con, WIFI, T.V,’ and Bathroom
Is WIFI available at Camp?
Yes, WIFI is available in the communal downstairs area. If you are staying in one of the private rooms WIFI is normally accessible in your room but please note that in Thailand as with most third world countries internet reliability can’t be guaranteed at all times.
Do we have access to cooking facilities or a kitchen at Camp?
In Thailand most people live in dwellings without kitchens, as cheap, fresh and delicious food is available everywhere. At Camp Buriram there is an onsite restaurant offering a plethora of choices of fresh Thai food that is both delicious and inexpensive. Popular Western food choices are also available at Camp Buriram. At all camps we have 7/11’s, that are open 24 hours, and other convenience stores within a five-minute walk of the accommodation. There are also a large number of eating establishments in the immediate vicinity at all camp locations.
Are meals at Camp included in the Gap Odyssey program fee?
When you are teaching for a full day at local schools a delicious lunch is provided for you by the school. Please not that in some cases we will be in the schools for under two hours and in the cases of temple schools and orphanages they don’t have the budget to provide lunch. You are responsible for the cost of your own breakfast and dinner but don’t worry, at all our Thailand locations there is an abundance of inexpensive, fresh and delicious food from the many food stands and small family restaurants. A typical local meal of fried rice and chicken or Phad Thai noodles or even a fresh toasty from 7/11 can be had for around 40 THB which is approximately $1 USD or 90 pence (0.60GBP).
Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?
There is an inexpensive laundry service at all locations. For only 60 THB (about 1.10 GBP or $1.90 USD) per kilo (approx. 2.25 lbs) the laundry service will pick up your clothes early morning and return them washed and neatly pressed the following afternoon.
Do I get any time off from working at Camp?
You will have a day off every week, which is normally on Sunday. However, there are always optional activities and trips available to you on your days off to keep you busy and having fun! When working in the schools you only normally work for up to 4 hours a day, leaving the rest of the afternoon to explore and partake in weekly activities.
Will I get time to travel before or after Camp?
Certainly! With so many amazing places in Thailand we encourage this! You can travel on your own or join our Island Hopping Tour! Each member of our team is well traveled and have visited Thailand many times, so we are always happy to give you travel advice.
How much spending money will I need?
With accommodation provided for and a free lunch when teaching a full day in the schools you will only have to fund breakfast, dinner, drinks, extra activities, entertainment and travelling costs that aren’t included in your programme fee. Thailand is very cheap, and it depends how well you can, or need to budget. For further advice, contact our team and they can help you come up with an idea how much you will need to budget for.
Will I make friends?
Definitely! You will be making friends from the moment you land in Bangkok, friends you will keep for life after sharing such an amazing experience.
What should I pack?
Obviously you will need the typical holiday items, such as clothes and toiletries. For Thailand it would also be wise to pack: mosquito spray, sun cream, warm weather clothing, a padlock and the most important thing, a camera to capture all your amazing experiences! You will also want to bring your own towel and wash cloth as only bed linens are provided at camp.
Should I bring a suitcase or a backpack?
The choice is yours but a back pack is definitely more suitable for travelling around Thailand than having to lug around a cumbersome suitcase.
Do I need any vaccinations/inoculations?
No compulsory inoculations are necessary although do check with your doctor, at least 6 weeks before your departure date, to make sure your polio, typhoid and hepatitis jabs are up to date. If you are going to be doing the Cambodia trip you should also consult with a medical professional in your home country as to whether they recommend taking malaria tablets. We are not able to advise you on this as we are not medical experts.
Do I need a passport and a visa?
Passport: A full passport valid for the duration of your stay is required. Please check that you still have at least 6 months life left in your passport from the time you arrive in Thailand.
Visa: For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand by air and are staying for 30 days or less, no visa is normally required. For visitors from most Western countries that are arriving in Thailand sea or land, only a 15-day visa will be granted. So, if you are a visitor from a Western country, arriving by air and planning on stating in Thailand continuously for over 30 days or arriving in Thailand by land or sea you will need to apply for a tourist visa from your nearest Thai consulate. A single entry, 60 day tourist visa allows you to stay in Thailand for 60 days and can be extended from within Thailand just before expiration for a further 30 days and additional cost of 1,900 THB. If you are planning on doing the Cambodia trip or any other travel to other countries while you are here in Asia and then coming back to Thailand you are best advised to apply for a double entry, 60 day tourist visa.
Please note that you can google the address of your nearest Thai consulate and then download the forms online from the consulate to apply for the tourist visa. The stated purpose of your visit will be tourism only. You can then simply follow the application process provided in the online forms by the consulate and apply in person or through the mail. If applying in person you need to submit your forms and documentation on a weekday, normally before noon local time and then collect your passport with visa the following afternoon, normally between2 p.m – 4 p.m. local time.
N.B. If you are intending to volunteer teach in Thailand, even for only one day or longer, you now need to arrive in Thailand on a Non-Immigrant Type “O” visa. The application process is very straight forward and we will supply you with the documentation that you need to secure this visa.
Please note that the rules for visas often change and we assume no liability for this. Your visa is your responsibility and we have no control or influence over the Royal Thai Consulate.
What else do I need?
A full passport valid for the duration of your stay. Please check that you still have at least 6 months life left in your passport from the time you arrive in Thailand.
Insurance, covering the time you will be in Thailand and any activities that you will be doing and any planned travel to other countries.
A recent (within the last 12 months) CRB (Criminal Records Background) Check. This is easy to obtain and we will guide you through the process.
What should I wear when I am working in a school?
You are allowed to wear your Gap Odyssey / Engish For Fun polo shirt in the schools.
One will be issued to you as part of your program fee. However, you may want to purchase one or more of these shirts at a cost of 300 – 350 THB (approx. $10 - $12 USD) each because we will be teaching in the schools for up to 4 days during any given week and there will not be enough time for cleaning if you only have one shirt. If you don’t wish to wear the Polo Shirt men will need to wear smart collared, buttoned shirt, short or long sleeves and women will need to wear blouses with capped shoulders and no plunging necklines.
If you choose to teach in the traditional classroom setting, men need long smart trousers and women would have the choice of long smart slacks, a full length dress with capped shoulders and no plunging neckline or a knee length skirt with a blouse with capped shoulder and no plunging necklines.
Most participants choose not to teach in the traditional classroom setting. They choose to teach in daily Mini- English Camps at the school. Here the dress code is less formal.
Both Men and Women can wear the Gap Odyssey / EFF Polo shirt. Men can wear long smart trousers or smart knee length shorts. Women can also wear smart knee length shorts or long trousers which must be loose fitting rather than body clinging and your polo shirt should not be tucked in if you are a female. Most women participants find the ‘Elephant Print” cotton trousers that are on the website’s “Emporium” Page an excellent and comfortable choice to both teach in and participate in activities.
Please remember you must wear capped toe shoes and definitely no flip flops at school.
Body art (Tattoos) must be covered and body piercings must be removed.
You have to remember that teachers are revered in Thailand and the children are brought up to respect the teachers. Although Thailand is very tolerant of all religions and cultures and in spite of the fact that you will see Thai people with tattoos and piercings, Thai society wants the children not to be exposed to this, wherever possible, until they become young adults. If they choose to have tattoos or body piercings after they become adults that is a matter of personal freedom. This is in reality no different than in Western culture where there is legislation in place to limit smoking adverts/commercials or billboards at sporting events.
Thai culture is very polite, respectful, conservative and modest. Please try to adapt and be respectful of Thai culture. Please remember that you are a guest in this country and you should try to behave as you would if you were invited to someone’s home for the first time.
Important Note about the clothing you wear when out and about in Thailand:
Please remember to pack clothes that are respectful to the local culture-Gentlemen and Ladies: T-shirts that cover your shoulders, shorts that come down to your knees.
Ladies: No bikinis, string vest tops or hot pants allowed. You will be asked to change if you are wearing any of these items.
Exceptions are made when you are at a night club or on the beach or swimming but in schools, out and about during the day time you will want to follow the above guidelines and not offend anyone or insult Thai Culture.
What happens if I can’t come to Thailand once I have booked my place?
We can defer your placement acceptance offer to a future intake date that must be initiated within the next 12 months from your original intake date. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable so you would be best advised to take out a travel insurance policy that will cover this if there is even a slight chance that you will not be coming to Thailand.
Do you have more questions that aren’t answered here? No problem, just get in contact with your Gap Odyssey representative to get them answered!