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Thailand Internship Programme was beyond expectations for Laura Sahng

My 2019 began with 6 incredible weeks on the Thailand Internship Programme coordinated by UC PACE which offers a unique learning experience by immersing students in a new culture.

Along with 13 other UC students, our weekdays were spent interning in Bangkok and staying at Mahidol University, while our weekends were filled with adventures across rural Thailand and Vietnam!

For my internship, I was placed at a company called HUBBA which provides co-working spaces to tech startups, digital nomads and other small businesses. They have a diverse customer base, who I would interview and collect data from in order to inform improvements to HUBBA’s services. It was such a special experience to learn and adapt to a foreign work culture.

This year we were fortunate enough to be funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), which aims to strengthen UC’s international partnership connections.

For us as students, being globally aware and open to new cultures is more important than ever before. The range of activities included really gave us a wonderful taste of Thailand. By the end of the programme, we had a greater understanding of Thai culture.

Elephants at Sai Yok National Park

The most memorable moments for me would have to include feeding the baby elephants at Sai Yok National Park, learning Thai boxing, eating all the street food and being welcomed with a traditional ceremony in the rural village that we stayed at. Wherever we went, we were welcomed so warmly, and any language or cultural barriers were overcome with the kindness of the Thai people.

We were also fortunate enough to visit the New Zealand Embassy in both Thailand and Vietnam where we had some fascinating discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff, including the ambassadors of each country. 

As I reflect on our time in Thailand, there is really not a single thing that I could fault about this programme. It was beyond any of my expectations. When people say that something will be a “life changing experience”, I tend to be a little skeptical. I was proved wrong and I would recommend you to experience this for yourself.

A big ‘kob kun kah’ to Stephen and Hannah from the UC Centre for Global Experience, Chan & Mahidol University, and to the PMSA.

This will be one to remember forever.

My experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok

Applications are now open for the 2018 Thailand Internship Programme! If you are an undergraduate student studying at UC and interested in spending six weeks in vibrant Bangkok in Thailand apply here. UCSA Vice-President Emily Barker has shared her six week experience in Bangkok as part of the programme below.

At the beginning of this year, I spent six weeks in Bangkok with thirteen other UC students.  We stayed at Mahidol University, and interned during the week at a range of organisations.

I study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Psychology) and so the programme organisers managed to get me an internship at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).   This was beyond my expectations and I learnt so much working behind the scenes at this gallery.

A long history of Thai art has been assembled at MOCA, showing the nation’s longstanding passion for art, and the role visual culture has played in Thailand’s history and politics. A long and interesting history of Thai art is recorded through exhibitions that showcase different generations of artists, traditional practice, as well as academic and international art.

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Emily outside the MOCA gallery

I spent most of my internship researching, catalgouing, and preparing an exhibition.  It was such a great experience to see how a large gallery operates, and be part of a national exhibition.

My office had 9 of us in it, mostly facilitators, administrators, coordinators, guides, and designers.   Only one colleague spoke English and so I had to communicate through body language, pointing, and learning the basics of Thai language.  By the end of my internship we were joking around and talking about anything and everything.

MOCA staff with Prateep Kochabua (well-regarded Thai artist) at the 'Fantasur' exhibition opening.
MOCA staff with Prateep Kochabua (well-regarded Thai artist) at the ‘Fantasur’ exhibition opening.

I had the most amazing trip, and feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to go on such an adventure. I learnt so much about Thai culture and history, met some amazing people, and found out quite a bit about myself and my own values and perspectives.

I would highly recommend applying for this internship and taking the opportunity to understand what it is like to work in an international and multicultural environment.

Written by Emily

Thailand Internship Programme – Apply for 2018 now

Applications are now open for the 2018 Thailand Internship Programme! If you are an undergraduate student studying at UC and interested in spending six weeks in vibrant Bangkok in Thailand follow this link for the application details and more information.

The Thailand Internship Programme is a six week programme for 14 UC students to intern in Bangkok and immerse themselves in Thai culture. There are many internship opportunities available in Bangkok, you will be placed with organisations or groups based on your interests and area of study if possible.

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I was selected in the 2017 Internship Programme and have returned to UC with a unique insight into a new culture because of the range of incredible experiences I was given in Bangkok. Not only do you intern for six weeks and gain work experience in a particular field, the trip also consists of a number of weekend and day trips in and around Bangkok to give you the opportunity to understand Thai culture and respect their values and traditions.

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A particular highlight for me was visiting an Elephant Sanctuary in the Kanchaburi Province where we spent the day learning about elephants and helping look after the sick, retired elephants who lived at the sanctuary. Other highlights included spending a weekend at a local fisherman’s village where we were shown traditional fishing techniques and having a Thai boxing lesson with a previous Thai boxing champion.

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This was an experience I believe has shaped my future and inspired me to continue working towards my degree at UC. I would highly recommend applying for this internship and taking the opportunity to understand what it is like to work in an international and multicultural environment.

Written by Ashley Stuart