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  • Locations: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 13/07/2018
Rolling Admission 11/11/2018 08/12/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes GCP Points: 30
Program Description:



Information Session

View the recording to find out all the information on this Global Environmental Placement programs offer in T3


Global Environmental Placement - Thailand - Rural Community Health Program

This project is based in the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand. Despite having free universal health care, large numbers of minority and impoverished Thai people lack access to healthcare. The program works to support Thai healthcare professionals to expand and improve the work that they already do. Donations and additional funding can increase their resources, enabling them to improve the quality of their work.

This program provides students an amazing opportunity to shadow the work of professional doctors and nurses as they work in the community. There is a focus on preventative healthcare and simple management of issues, combined with testing and home visits.

Exercise Level: Medium
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Project Activities: Reef monitoring, data collections, identifying species and underwater clean up
  • Raise awareness of basic healthy living strategies and techniques for preventing disease, both communicative and non-communicative
  • Enrich the lives of those in need through health-promoting activities such as education and sustainable development projects
  • Follow up with patients on the results of testing for various disease and assist in educating prevention
  • Contribute to the community by putting together and delivering basic medical parcels or first aid kits for remote villages
  • Assist local caregivers to provide much needed home-based care for patients in their rural homes
  • Gain observational healthcare / medical experience as you learn about local healthcare services, including two rural clinics
  • Immerse yourself in the local Thai and hill-tribe culture learning all about the customs and also a bit of the language!
  • Live in the mountains of northern Thailand, close to elephants, amazing national parks, and more than 7 different ethnic groups
Working Hours: Approximately 7.5 hours
Project Duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 11 November to 8 December 2018

Application close: Friday, 13 July 2018



  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $3,199 AUD 
$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes: 
  • Accommodation in local group housing
  • 3 meals per day (excluding weekends)
  • Airport drop off and pick up
  • Transport between the project village and the city of Chiang Mai
  • Orientation upon arrival and training
  • 24-hour support from the on-site coordinator and project leaders

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend activities
  • Laundry

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Location Profile

Location Profile

The ever-friendly and polite Thai people are full of smiles (Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’). From its ever-busy cities, historic temples and palaces, and pristine, postcard-like coastlines and beaches, Thailand is a one-stop shop that has a bit of everything. Whether you thrive off of busy streets with countless vendors and outdoor dining, or prefer walking among thousands of years of history, or relaxing on a stunning beach, Thailand has something for you.

This program is located in and around Chiang Mai, 700km north of Bangkok, with a population of around 150,000 (greater metropolitan population of around one million). A historic city that dates back to 1296, Chiang Mai sits beautifully amongst the highest mountains in the country and has over 300 Buddhist temples.

The city is known to Thai people as the "Rose of the North" and is a popular tourist destination for Thai and foreigners alike who come to experience the great climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere, amazing food and to explore the surrounding mountains.

Popular activities include trekking into Hill Tribe communities, riding elephants, hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand's tallest mountain), savouring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife and witnessing the city's many festivals and cultural celebrations.

Weekends will be spent in Chiang Mai, while during the week students will be based about a one hour’s drive away in a rural village getting the unique opportunity to truly immerse in hill-tribe culture!


Important Notes

Important Information
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
  • Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
  • After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
  • After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
  • After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees
Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.