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Thailand, “the land of smiles,” and the gateway to Southeast Asia, draws more visitors than any other country in the region thanks to its natural beauty, ornate temples, robust cuisine, and ruins of ancient kingdoms. You’ll experience the engaging warmth of the Thai people who place a high value on hospitality and kindness.

One of the most important influences on Thai culture has been Buddhism. Many of the traditions and beliefs of the people in Thailand stem directly from Buddhist principles. As an AFSer in Thailand, you’ll live with a host family and attend a local school. You will have plenty of time to learn about this unique culture, from cooking to meditation to traditional Thai boxing.

You’ll most likely have an opportunity to see different parts of the country as extended Thai families enjoy visiting each other. While you’ll learn Thai, English is also a required subject in schools, so there will be plenty of people who speak your language.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be 16, 17 or 18
Enrolled in a NZ school
Getting ‘achieved’ or more in your school work