My time at Camp Thailand was unforgettable. I met so many amazing and welcoming people who I can now call friends for life. The experience has also opened so many new opportunities for me since I passed the TEFL course that is included; such as being able to teach English in more less fortunate countries around the world. On top of that Camp Thailand has given me the confidence to be able to consider travelling to other countries by myself. The reps at Camp Thailand make the experience far better by making you feel welcome and engaging you with the rest of the group. They also inform you of activities to do on your days off in the local area, which gives you a chance to split of from the group, and do some solo exploring.
I stayed at Camp A situated in Cha-am in the south east coast of Thailand; however there are also other camps available in different locations. Camp B is situated in the East of Thailand in Krasang; Camp C is in the very north of Thailand in Chiang Mai and Camp D in Bangkok. I had an absolutely incredible time at Camp A, but I met other volunteers who had been to the other camps and they said they had just as much fun. So I honestly believe employees at Camp Thailand HQ in that it doesn’t matter which camp you go to, you will have an amazing experience.
The activities that we did throughout the month in Camp A included; Beach days, visiting the wildlife sanctuary, visiting temples such as a monkey temple as well as a monk house, days out at the water park, visiting nearby towns, market stalls, a hotel beach party, national parks, staying in the mountains, quad biking, viewing the sunrise and sunset, outdoor movie nights, bingo nights at camp… and not to forget the incredible experience of changing the lives of Thai children by teaching them English.
Camp Thailand also offer extra tours that you can get involved with that I really recommend. The first tour is the Bangkok tour, which happens the first two days of the trip, before you split off into separate camps – a great opportunity to make friends with people you may not be staying with. Plus, Bangkok is an incredible city with so much to see so I would recommend taking the opportunity to do the tour and explore everything this city has to offer. After all, it is the city that never sleeps… The second tour is the Cambodia tour where you will visit Angkor Watt and do lots more. This tour is only available at Camp B so I didn’t get to do it but I heard raving reviews of it.The third tour I recommend signing up to is the Island Hopping tour. This involves staying for an extra week after your month stay, and travelling the Islands of Thailand – Such as: Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao and Koh Samui.
All I can say is if you are thinking of doing Camp Thailand take the plunge and just do it! You won’t regret it I promise.