** 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.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Language of Instruction:
1 Credit Point
$1,000 Travel Grants available*
Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
Program must have a minimum of 8 students enrolled to go ahead
Thailand Leadership and Development Project
Spend a fun and fulfilling few weeks in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand.
This is not the traditional volunteering experience that students have come to expect from Deakin, rather it is an exciting hybrid program. Your time will be split between lectures at the Mahidol University International College, site visits and team building activities, with the last few days being spent putting these new skills into practice by volunteering at a local village.
Running for the second time in partnership with CIS Australia, students from the first trip had this to say:
"It was an amazing experience with amazing people, I would definitely do it again" - Angela T3, 2016
"The friends you make and the experiences you get are 100% worth it!" - Zoe T3, 2016
Stimulating lecture topics may include Ethics in Asian Culture, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Cultural Behaviour, Entrepreneurship and similar topics surrounding leadership and concepts relevant to Thailand and Asia in general.
Site visits are planned to follow the themes discussed in the lectures, and may include visits to the Australian Embassy, NGOs, and locally-based international businesses.
As part of the program, the volunteer project at a small local village has focus on assisting with community development. Volunteer work may include small construction projects and education infrastructure/support for local children. This will be combined with informal discussions with local leaders whom are not only involved with the growing tourism industry of the area, but are also working closely with local and national NGOs.
You will spend your first few days in Bangkok, either attending lectures, on-site visits, or team building exercises, while the last 3-5 days will be spent volunteering in a small, local village about an hour from Chiang Mai.
Days will vary, but generally the morning will be spent attending lectures, and the afternoons will be
for site visits. These days will be broken up by facilitated team building activities and one or two “free” days. When in the small village in Chiang Mai, your time will be spent volunteering.
Dates: January 10th - January 26th 2019
In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew).
Bangkok holds the title as the world’s hottest city! It’s not that daily high temperatures are really extreme, it’s more the fact that the city remains hot year around.
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It's known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.
The 12th largest country in Asia.
The population of Thailand exceeds 69 million people.
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonised by a European Power.
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following units are on offer: MWL204 - Global Business Experience APE201 - Individual Professional Project
Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
The Final Payment is due: TBC
Please note program deposits are non-refundable.
The Program fee includes:
Accommodation (Mix of three-star hotels and some rural village accommodation while on the volunteer project)
Internal flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – return
Breakfast daily and some dinners
Some excursions and business visits – as per itinerary
CISaustralia support before and during the program
Deakin travel insurance
The Program fee does not include:
Flights to/from Thailand
Personal travel and spending money
Federal Police Check
Deakin unit fees.
Please note: $150 of each volunteer’s program fees will be made as a donation that goes directly towards the local village in Chiang Mai. These donations assist the village with ongoing projects, provide construction materials, and help with ongoing development in the community.?
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 $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
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
*Travel grants are limited
CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students based in Australia) innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.
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Once you complete your application (including your personal statement with a minimum of 250 words), Deakin Abroad will contact you with the next steps
You have to book a meeting with your course advisor to find out if you have room within your degree to take this program for credit.
Once approved, we will forward your application to CIS Australia who will assess your application
Once accepted by CIS Australia, we will contact you with the next steps.Please note we are accepting rolling admissions with limited places on this program. The students who can provide course advisor approval first, will be accepted to the program first.
***The participant minimum for this program is 8 students.