20 Pictures Showcasing the Teach in Thailand Cultural Orientation Week

on October 6, 2014

The first week of the TESOL course in Hua Hin is a Cultural Orientation program designed to help the TESOL students adjust to their new surroundings, cope with the culture shock that may affect them, and learn more about Thailand.

Included in this week are interactive lessons on Thai culture, language, history and politics, taught by area experts. There are also fun and educational cultural excursions each day. This month, the TESOL students visited the Khao Tao Buddhist temple, Rescue Paws animal shelter, a Muay Thai gym and a local artist village.

Below are 30 photos showcasing the Teach English in Thailand Cultural Orientation week.

Khao Tao Temple

TESOL students getting crazy in front of the Khao Tao Buddha Statue

TESOL students posing for their quirky photo in front of the giant Khao Tao Buddha statue

 

TESOL students learn about Thai mediation during the cultural orientation week in Thailand

TESOL instructor and students practice the art of Thai meditation

 

Westerners receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk in Thailand

All TESOL students receive a blessing from the monk at the end of their excursion to Khao Tao temple

Rescue Paws – Animal rescue program for the homeless dogs of Hua Hin

TESOL students visited Rescue Paws following their excursion to Khao Tao temple

TESOL students visited Rescue Paws following their excursion to Khao Tao temple

 

Rescue Paws cares for and rehabilitates the injured street dogs of Hua Hin

Rescue Paws cares for and rehabilitates the injured street dogs of Hua Hin

Rescue Paws does as much as they possibly can to care for and rehabilitate the street dogs of Hua Hin but it comes at a price.

Muay Thai training

TESOL students are taken to the Hua Hin Muay Thai gym where they are introduced to the sport and receive training from expert trainers

TESOL students are taken to the Hua Hin Muay Thai gym where they are introduced to the sport and receive training from expert trainers

 

Muay Thai training is one of the excursions TESOL students go on during the cultural orientation week in Thailand

Jaco Van Zyl, a TESOL student from South Africa, showing off his athletic ability in the ring

 

TESOL students pose for a photo in the ring at the Hua Hin Muay Thai gym

Group photo in the ring after a tough training session at the Muay Thai gym

Pineapple Plantation & Elephant Sanctuary

Students get the opportunity to walk around the beautiful pineapple plantation which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful tropical scenery in Thailand

Students get the opportunity to walk around the beautiful pineapple plantation which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful tropical scenery in Thailand

 

Some of the juiciest and freshest pineapples you will ever come across

Some of the juiciest and freshest pineapples you will ever come across

 

After visiting the pineapple plantation, the TESOL students are taken across town to the Hutsadin Elephant sanctuary where they get the opportunity feed and play with the elephants which are cared for here

[Update: April 2018: We have made the decision to remove the elephant sanctuary visit due to concerns over treatment of elephants at the facility. We cannot in good conscience continue to support the facility while elephant rides are still offered.] After visiting the pineapple plantation, the TESOL students are taken across town to an elephant sanctuary where they get the opportunity feed and play with the elephants which are cared for here.

The elephants loved the TESOL students so much here that they began hugging some of the students

[Update: April 2018: We have made the decision to remove the elephant sanctuary visit due to concerns over treatment of elephants at the facility. We cannot in good conscience continue to support the facility while elephant rides are still offered.] The elephants loved the TESOL students so much here that they began hugging some of the students with their trunks

Artist Village

The students visited this traditional Thai artist village where they were given a lesson on Thai art and an opportunity to get creative

The students visited this traditional Thai artist village where they were given a lesson on Thai art and an opportunity to get creative

 

Inspirational artist quote

Inspirational quote by Kurt Vonnegut

 

The TESOL students pose for a group photo after visiting the Artisit Village in Hua Hin, Thailand

Group photo outside the artist village in Hua Hin

Thai Language Learning

Thai language learning

Teacher Pear gave the students several lessons on Thai language to assist them with communicating with the local Thai community

 

Thai language class

When they weren’t learning new Thai words, the students had the opportunity to practise speaking in Thai with one another and teacher Pear

Beach Braai (Barbecue)

Beach Braai (Barbecue) in Thailand

After a long week of cultural orientation, the students are all treated to a beach Braai (Barbecue) on one of Hua Hin’s most beautiful beaches

 

Beach volleyball in Thailand

Some of the students getting active by joining in on a game of beach volleyball with the locals

 

Karissa Holland and Julia Korkosz on Hua Hin beach, Thailand

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Stu has always carried with him a passion for exploring the world through work and travel experiences.

After a year-long adventure working at a school in London and travelling throughout Europe, Stu began his tertiary studies at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Social Dynamics.

He also holds a 120-Hour internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate and understands what it takes to teach and travel responsibly. As TravelBud CEO he understands that truly exciting and life-changing adventures only happen when you step outside your comfort zone; and not a day goes by when he doesn’t challenge the team to do the same!

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