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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Type of Program: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Theater, Tourism, Women and Gender Studies, Geography and Geoinformation Science, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Creative Writing, Earth Science, Education Studies, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, History, Information Technology, Integrative Studies Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

Paid Teaching Internships and TEFL/TESOL Certification

Thailand, Summer

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Paid Teaching Internships and TEFL/TESOL Certification in Thailand:

Mason Study Abroad partners with TravelBud to place students in a paid 3-month summer internship program in Hua Hin, Thailand. Students spend one month completing a TEFL/TESOL certification course alongside non-Mason students and are placed in local schools for the following two months. During the course, students will study and work five days per week while living in shared housing. Once at their teaching placements, students will live in their own private room. Students will gain valuable global work experience and professional skills while learning teaching strategies and having the opportunity to teach English or the STEM subject they are studying. There are also invaluable opportunities for intercultural learning and self-discovery which students will gain throughout this experience. They do all of this while also earning resident Mason credit, and enjoying the culturally rich, historic sites of Thailand. During the three-month program, TravelBud and its partner staff offer student support services in-country, such as an  in-depth culture and language orientation, many group activities, 24/7 staff support, cultural excursions, and more. 

This unique Thailand program includes students completing a month-long internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification course and receiving a  monthly salary of $600-650 while teaching English or other subjects in Thai schools for two months. See a program video here.

This program partners with a Mason alumnus in Thailand and students receive strong support, feedback, and guidance from staff throughout the three months. Prior teaching experience is not required and students from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: Education, English, Global Affairs, any Social Sciences, Communications, Business, Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, and Math (any STEM degrees). Based on individual degrees and strengths, students would teach either English or subjects related to a STEM major.

Why Hua Hin:
The month-long TESOL course take place in Hua Hin, a beautiful coastal area known for its beaches and Buddhist temples. Thailand earned its reputation as one of the premier tourist destinations in the world through its gorgeous landscape, rich culture, relaxed lifestyle, and the truly warm-hearted nature of its people. Students who choose this teaching internship have the opportunity to develop specific skills to compete in the global market, including gaining an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate, teaching an area of study related to their career interests, and learning to creatively problem solve in the classroom, and in any future career field.

Learn more about our Global Partner, Travelbud.
 

Credits

6 credits

You will take a class online during your internship, in order to receive credits. The number of credits you can earn for your internship depends on the number of hours you intern over the course of the Summer. For this program, you would receive 6 credits for a minimum of 270 hours worked. Your grade for the class is based on the work you complete for the Mason internship class online, which will include a final report from your internship supervisor.
 

Course Options

Default Credit: You are automatically approved to receive one of the two course credit options below for your internship. 
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 390 - International Internship (6 credits) 
  • Or Conflict Analysis & Resolution (CONF) 370 - Internship Field Experience (6 credits)  
Students wanting different credits can petition their department, however, these approvals are not guaranteed, and there may be additional eligibility requirements. For example, students have preliminary approval COMM 450 if they meet all requirements from the department. You can look up potential alternative credits and their requirements in the Mason Course Catalog.  There will be a questionnaire in the application process where students indicate the credit they would like to receive and we will provide you with the form required for approval. This process is handled entirely by the student, not by GEO.
  
Graduate: Graduate credit may be available for this internship study abroad program but it must be approved by each student's academic department. Contact GoIntern@gmu.edu for more information.   
 

Internship Placements

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The TEFL/TESOL course consists of 120 hours of instruction through an internationally accredited certification program. When students arrive in Thailand, they take part in a week-long orientation during which they are immersed in Thai culture and receive a program introduction. Students learn both the theory and practice of effective teaching strategies, which they can apply to their own classroom. While taking these classes, students meet with staff for feedback and discuss their future school placements, which are guaranteed as part of the program. Students may teach English as a foreign language or a specific STEM subject that they are studying , which are also needed in local schools in English. Students can express a preference for the age group they are teaching and during that first month, TravelBud staff will secure a placement based on student strengths and the school’s needs.

Typically, there are multiple students at one school and these have longstanding partnerships with TravelBud and have been vetted thoroughly to ensure a quality teaching placement. During the two months of teaching, students will be checked in on by staff and receive support throughout. There are also additional travel opportunities that TravelBud can assist with on weekends and ways to connect online as a group.
 

Program Cost

Summer 2021: TBA but similar to 2020
Summer 2020: $4035 (but students will earn $1200 of this back when teaching)


Included:
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Shared housing during orientation and teaching: Interns stay in shared housing in Hua Hin with other teachers during the TEFL/TESOL course. This is also helpful for sharing teaching ideas and growing a support network as students develop lesson plans. Once placed in a school, TravelBud staff will assist students in securing housing near their respective placement and help them settle in to their new home. Housing details vary by location.
  • 120 hours of TEFL/TESOL instruction and a certification
  • In-depth Thai culture and language orientation
  • Cultural excursions
  • Internship placement teaching at a school
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Transfer to Hua Hin for TESOL course and to internship placement thereafter
  • Fluent English on-site support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation including cultural activities
  • Visa and pre-departure guidance and support
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • International Emergency Medical Insurance
Not Included:
  • Meals
  • Visas: US Nationals will enter Thailand under a Non-Immigrant O visa. This visa allows students to work as volunteer teachers and earn a stipend. TravelBud will provide students with the necessary documentation and a thorough visa guide on how to apply for this visa. All non-US nationals should visit the Thailand Embassy website for information about visa regulations. TravelBud’s status as a teaching NGO in Thailand allows volunteers to earn stipends equal to the salary they earn.
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals during teaching
  • Return shuttle to Bangkok airport (but TravelBud staff can provide suggestions)

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 1, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 1, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Directions for Budget Sheet 
Scroll to the top of this page and look for the Budget Sheets: Summer link under Locations and Program Terms. Click on this to see the estimated costs. Here are details for each cost category:
 
Budget Item: Budget items are costs associated with your program that you need to include in your budgeting as you make plans to participate in this program. These budget items fall into two categories, Billable and Non-Billable. 
 
Billable subtotal:  Items in the Billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Billable subtotal. Billable Budget Items are costs which you will receive a bill for from George Mason. These costs are fixed (not estimated) and paid through either MasonAbroad or your Mason student account. 
 
Non-billable subtotal: Like the billable category, items in the Non-billable category are listed together and their total cost is listed at the end of that section as the Non-billable subtotal. Items in the Non-billable category are necessary costs that are associated with the program, such as airfare to get you to your location, on location housing and food costs, etc. These costs are estimates. We include estimates so that you can quickly assess a typical total cost for a program, however these are costs that the student is responsible for.    
 

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2021 programs open: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: February 10, 2021
Note: There are limited spots for this program. Please apply early.
 

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who:
  • Are 20 years old or older by the start date of the program
  • Meet the GPA requirement
  • Are able to complete an intensive teaching program which includes standing in front of a classroom for the duration of an hour-long period and facilitating physical classroom activities
  • Are able to adapt to new and challenging circumstances
  • Can pass a background check
Graduate students should contact the GoIntern@gmu.edu to inquire about graduate GPA and credit requirements before enrolling in the program.

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Mandatory Meeting: With Experiential Programs Administrator

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Personal Statement:Your personal statement is a letter given to a potential internship host along with your resume. A personal statement is your chance to describe and give examples of the skills you possess and to give a potential internship host a better idea your goals and interests. As you are writing your statement, think of your audience - your potential employer abroad. 

Resume/CV: Your resume (Curriculum Vitae or CV) is given to a potential internship host along with your personal statement. 

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:


Mason Links

Questions? Contact:

 

GEO Experiential Programs Administrator

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Name Kelly McNulty
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Email GoIntern@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-4798
Student Office Hours Schedule a meeting here.
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.