Location of placement: Thailand, Pattaya City Dates of placement: 06 January 2013 to 15 December 2013 Name of school: The Regents International School Pattaya
Being a gappie in Thailand was an extraordinary experience for me. A beautiful country with friendly people from the Thai to the Karen. I was exposed to a career that has always been at the tip of my heart, namely: education and football. Professionalism was my highlight during this year of many adventures and fun. Though, as far as I am, my gap year has been the most productive year of my life. Nevertheless, I do have international working experience and of course football.
Learning opportunities to me was what I was doing. Mainly, which was assisting in the classroom and the sports? One may say, it was a great opportunity to learn from all the best teachers around the world. Many different cultures, beliefs, a massive diversity! I acquired excellent leadership skills from colleagues, and the kids I worked with. Inside the classroom and outdoors with the kids, I was able to learn languages and other life skill factors.
Personally, I was very grateful for the opportunity, thus, included a free return flight all the way from South Africa as part of the long-standing Tiger Kloof community partnership between the two schools. Free comfortable and homely accommodation throughout my gap year. Loads of adventures that I could never have got easily and at no cost in South Africa. There is an amazing social life and professional learning environment. Safety was at its utmost best, of course depending where you are and what you did.
Sego in Chiang Mai on a community project
In terms of application process, it was very easy. One’s CV is of vital importance as part of the requirements, your latest school results. On the other hand, a heart for kids, a heart for service and Round Square values as a whole will put you as a favoured candidate. Energy and enthusiasm will also help your application process. Get out of your comfort zone, be willing to learn and explore. I DID, I DO NOT REGRET IT, I AM GRATEFUL AND I HAD FUN.