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Summer Work/Programs in Asia?

NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,765 Senior Member
D received her start date for the job offer she accepted and its not until 9/9/19. She is looking to travel for the summer and is very interested in Asia. My requirement (because she doesn't think she can find a travel partner) is that she join a work program or something that has a built in support system. South Korea, Thailand and Singapore are some areas to explore. I told her I'd come here and see if anyone can give pointers, experiences, advice as to where to start looking, etc. She is hoping for approximately two months, mid June to mid August.

Replies to: Summer Work/Programs in Asia?

  • ECmotherx2ECmotherx2 Registered User Posts: 2,042 Senior Member
    Is an NGO or teaching an English program something that she could do? Do you belong to any particular religious denomination that would have overseas programs?
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 4,069 Senior Member
    My younger daughter traveled with a friend to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia last summer. (I think it was last summer.) They did fine. Their trip was three weeks long.
  • 123France123France Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    I’m currently in Phuket, Thailand. Been visiting here for the past 14 years. Safe place. She may want to look into teaching English. Knowing English is very useful for Thais because of tourism. Keep in mind that summer is monsoon season in Thailand and Cambodia.
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,765 Senior Member
    Thanks everyone, she would consider teaching but not sure that is her first choice. She will have a four year Math/CS degree so anyplace that a bachelors is required she could teach.

    @ECmotherx2 no religious background but she is looking at NGOs.

    @rosered55 How exciting, she would love to find a friend to go but hasn't had any luck

    @123France Thank you, I'm a bit reluctant to let her go so knowing which places are the safest is a good start for us!
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,915 Senior Member
    @NEPatsGirl, I live in Southeast Asia and will think about this. First though, what are her expectations for funding this internship? Does she want or need the employer to pay a salary and cover housing, airfare, insurance? The less the employer has to pay out the greater the possibility of finding a position. If her objective is to gain experience (and have an adventure) then she might think about volunteering instead of trying to find a paid position. Most Asian countries are quite strict about work visas and that's another complication that might be difficult to resolve for a 2 month stay.

    Second, what would be her ideal field / area of interest?
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 4,069 Senior Member
    Would you feel more comfortable about your daughter going on this trip if she were with a friend for part of the time? Two months might be hard for some people to do because of the amount of time and the expense whereas two or three weeks could be easier to swing. And then if you traveled with her for part of the time....
  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 Registered User Posts: 3,906 Senior Member

    Not glamorous but might be fun. Very safe!
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,765 Senior Member
    @momrath She is looking at this as an adventure and a way to use her summer before full-time adulting starts in September. She is willing to pay for the trip but if possible would be nice to have some of it paid either housing for a volunteer position or payment for work. She isn't considering this an internship opportunity.

    @rosered55 I think she'd like to go for at least a month. Normally I'd say I'd love to go but Asia isn't even on my list, certainly not my shortlist lol. I also work full time and we are going to Greece for two weeks together in May, using up a good portion of my vacation time.

    @NorthernMom61 thank you, I'll take a look!
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,765 Senior Member
    @NorthernMom61 looks like a great program but most likely not for her. Contracts are generally 3-4 months and they expect 9 hour work days and overtime during July and August, woozers! She is looking for something with a little less work and the ability to travel a bit to see the country (wherever she ends up). Great idea for that right person though.
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,915 Senior Member
    What areas would she like to be involved in? E.g. public health, the environment, women’s issues, refugees, hospitality, finance, tech, government?
  • mom2andmom2and Registered User Posts: 2,564 Senior Member
    Not quite the same thing, but my son joined a tour in New Zealand that bought you a seat on a bus and then you chose your options for activities and lodgin. He met people traveling alone who were of varying ages.

    Finding an English teaching position for a couple of months is not as easy as you may think. Taking some kind of adventure tour (or a couple of them) oriented to young people may meet both of your requirements for her to travel with others and see lots of different places. There are many trekking type tours that would appeal to young adults.

    Otherwise, an internship perhaps for a month followed by travel?
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,402 Senior Member
    PMd you
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,915 Senior Member
    I think getting paid for a couple of months work in Asia is unlikely, unless she's hired by someone she knows. Big volunteer organizations often expect the volunteers to cover their own living expenses (though they help with arrangements). Employers who hire paid interns have to arrange work visas and usually expect a commitment of time and an interest in the field.

    Here are examples of a couple of programs, one large international organization, one small local group. (I don't have personal connections to either.)

    I'd also suggest that she contact the AmCham offices in the places she's considering.

    In general with basic common sense precautions, Southeast Asia is relatively safe. Housing can be challenging. In big cities, cheap may be a bit dodgy, and upscale will be expensive. In more small towns, the countryside and touristed areas it's easier to find inexpensive, clean and safe places to stay.
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,765 Senior Member
    Thank you momrath :)
  • momrathmomrath Registered User Posts: 5,915 Senior Member
    The more I think about it, I'd suggest that your daughter consider Bali as a base. It's a convenient hub for travel throughout Southeast Asia (Look at AirAsia). It's cheap, mostly safe (if you avoid Kuta Beach) and it's full of young enthusiastic explorers.

    The inland town of Ubud is charming and overflowing with NGOs and change the world organizations.. I don't know if they'd be in a position to pay, but I'd think that some might be interested in CS skills and advice.

    Here are a few more ideas that might be of interest.
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