“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster...” If you know the words to that 80’s tune, you might be too old to be considering a high school program in Thailand. But if not, you’re in for a treat! Bangkok is the heartbeat of Thailand and is known as the “City of Angels” or the “City of Smiles” (depending who you ask!). Visitors coo over the amazing food and shopping variety, martial arts, beautiful beaches, and cultural diversity. Sounds like a pretty cool place to learn tons of new stuff and help prepare for college, if you ask us. In the same boat? Here is everything you need to know about doing a high school program in Bangkok.
Popular High School Programs in Bangkok
Most high school programs abroad will combine adventure travel with some type of service work. But duh! You will be living in Thailand, so it won’t feel like work! You will be doing your part to help make the world a better place while at the same time experiencing an adventure of a lifetime.
Community service programs are popular for high school travel in Bangkok because they offer rewarding opportunities to give back and have plenty of time for adventures. Imagine teaching English to children in the morning and in the afternoon, learning to feed, bathe, and take care of elephants and other endemic wildlife. You can bet your friends back home won’t be having that much fun while doing their part to help others.
Language immersion programs are popular for high school students abroad in Bangkok. Language programs are typically a complete cultural exploration experience because, not only will you be learning the Thai language, you will be completely immersed in the Thai culture. Immersion programs help provide first time international visitors to the country with an in-depth understanding of the Thai people.
Experiential learning is a popular option for high school study abroad in Thailand, especially if you want the best of all the possible experiences. This type of program combines learning and adventure, where you can spend a summer, a semester, or up to a year living with a host family and attend school. Expect to acquire some seriously baller leadership skills and engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values.
Teen Life in Bangkok
So you are wondering what your life is going to be like during high school travel in Bangkok, but you cannot really picture it. Stow your video games and your iPad because you are about to live out a real life adventure and won’t be needing those where you are going. From walks dotted with monks to sparkling jewels in intricate patterns on temple walls, teen travel programs in Thailand can’t be missed.
Life in Bangkok for teens is a happy one! The land of smiles has the best street food, temples, markets, shopping, and an amazing skyline view of the city at night. But the connections you make through the people you will meet will make the city as special as it is. They are polite, respectful, easy going, and always wear such welcoming, beautiful smiles. How can a place with such people not be popular?!
Accommodation is important to consider when choosing a high school program in Bangkok. In general, depending on the program you choose, you will typically be staying with a host family who will open their home and heart for you during your time in Bangkok. Cost is included in program fee. You might also stay in hostels, dorms, or hotels!
Costs of High School in Bangkok
Doing teen travel programs in Bangkok does require some serious cash-money. The great news, though, is that once you land in country, your expenses will be fairly minimum. Bangkok’s low cost of living means you can save some of your baht for extra scoops of pad thai or coconut sorbet — your pick.
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Though you’ll be on a formal travel program, you’ll still have plenty of time for independent adventures. Don’t get all Thai’d up missing home — just look around you! Not only will you be in community with other forward-thinking and adventurous teens like yourself, but you’ll have the rare chance to make real relationships with the locals. And trust us, you won’t be sorry you did.
Begin your journey to find everything life has to offer by signing up for a high school program abroad in Bangkok. Your friends will think you are really cool, your parents will be uber proud, your teachers and future college admissions advisors will be impressed, and you will be happy you took a leap of faith. So put down the video game and fall in love with meaningful travel.
Read our comprehensive guide on high school programs in Thailand for even more awesome info.