Spend a year exploring a country whose ancient traditions, friendly attitude, and tropical landscapes are world-famous. By living with a Thai host family, you’ll be able to make yourself at home as you attend a local high school and get involved in your community. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities like touring Buddhist temples, visiting lively night markets, and tasting spicy gaeng (Thai curry). If you’re a person who values the quiet and calm but also seeks to find sanuk (fun) in all things, then Thailand is the place for you.
Winter departure: Participants must be between 14,9 and 17,11 years old on the day of departure.
Summer departure: Participants must be between 14,6 and 17,11 years old on the day of departure.
The AFS Program
After your host parents greet you with traditional hospitality, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community. By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in a new language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture.
Your high school
You’ll likely be enrolled in a public secondary school. Your typical day will begin around 8:00 am and finish around 3:30 pm. In addition to subjects like math and science, AFS students will be offered Thai language lessons free of charge. Other activities such as dancing, sword fighting, boxing, music, cooking, meditation, and arts & crafts might also be available. As authority figures are highly respected in Thailand, you can expect to greet your teachers with a traditional wai.
“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
“Transformed” is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
- Airport Pick-up
- Host Family Placement
- School Placement
- Individual Contact Person
- Medical Insurance
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- School Transport
- Assistance with Application Process
- Visa Application Assistance
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Orientations during your time abroad
- Re-entry Orientation
- Global Competence Certificate
- Access to Alumni Network
- Continuous Support
- Worldwide Presence
- 70 Years Experience
- Visa and Passport Fees
- School Uniform