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|Devl90 8 posts||
That's it! I've done it! I'm booked onto the internship! How's everyone doing for the funds and shizz?
|Wasim1986 9 posts||
Well done Devl90 ! :) Good to have you on board. I'd advise you to get your application over to Masako (the coordinator) ASAP. I'm not in good shape as far as funds go, clearing an OD at the mo but my last few paychecks should do the trick :-p Everyone says the monthly salary is sufficient to survive. There is a good facebook group set up for May 2012 interns which you may want to join. We are all pretty much waiting on the final offer letter which is to be used to get the working VISA finalised.
|Devl90 8 posts||
Has anyone mentioned their preference of location? or is everyone willing to go wherever?!
hi wasim1986, thanks! I'm really nervous and excited and scared and stupidly happy! I'm going through my application at the moment, though I have a bit of a problem... Upon finding my passport, I noticed it had expired!!! So, I don't know if this is going to affect my application? Or whether I can send a copy of my out-of-date passport and mention my new one is currently being processed? Any advice? I'm such a wolly, I didn't even think to check! Just shows I haven't been out of the country for so long!
I've requested to become part of the FB group, though I'm not included yet! How has your/ everyone's application gone?
|Devl90 8 posts||
For anyone who Has applied to go on the internship in May, I would recommend looking at the foreign and commonwealth office and the information they provide about Thailand. I have found it very useful so fa, and I really do believe it is helpful for first time travellers or if it's your first time in Thailand! Here's the link:
You can also follow them on twitter and Facebook!
|LauraB 5 posts||
Hi Eira, sorry for the late reply. I managed to do a few weekends away within my salary from i to i. It depends really what kind of things you want to do. If you don't want to splash out you can probably cover most things within your salary. Transport is incredibly cheap in Thailand, a bus from Lopburi to Bangkok (about 3 hr drive) is under £3. You can get a sleeper train from Bangkok to Koh Samui for around £20. As long as you stay away from Western food, and are happy with street food (which is generally just as good as restaurants), you can eat really cheaply as well, even in Bangkok you can get a main meal for under £2. Alcohol in bars isn't particularly cheap so if you want lots of big nights out then that will cost more. You can buy bottle of local rum or whiskey for about £3 in supermarkets though. On average, for a weekend in Bangkok I'd spend around £40 in total, and that was with a decent hotel with a pool, some nice food and drink.
|georgia22 1 post||
DO NOT BOOK WITH I-TO-I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was part of the Thailand internship October 2011, we were
Over 15 interns were without placements for over 6 weeks,
This situation was made worse by the fact that we were
Finally we got some answers and i-to-i blamed the whole
Initially we were placed in horrendous living conditions
Eventually I and three others were offered a job in Bangkok,
Over half of the October interns finally left the internship
Last year i-to-i gave everyone on the internship a refund
I wouldn’t advise anyone to book the internship with i-to-i!!!!!
My advice would be to try and find a job in a school without
|i-to-i 78 posts||
Thank you for your post and your detailed feedback. It’s important for us to receive feedback, even if it does make us wince, so that we can improve what we do as a company.
I’m sorry to hear of your disappointment with your experience of the Thailand Internship. I understand that you were in contact with our support team during the period of unsettlement when the local team were doing all that they could to find alternative schools for the small amount of interns who were not placed. Everyone who was not placed (for a variety of reasons including the floods as you stated) received full updates as often as possible from both the team in Thailand and the team in the i-to-i office. I’d be happy for our team to go over the email correspondence with you in full detail directly at any point also.
It does not appear that the team had heard from you since they sent you an email back in November to say you could write to them directly with your feedback, and while it’s your choice to choose a public forum for your feedback, it’s always helpful for the support team to be aware of your full feedback so that they can help as much as they can.
You can email the support team on Courses.TeamUK@i-to-i.com at any point. I’m sorry once again that your experience wasn’t as expected and I hope that you do follow up with the team so that they have the opportunity to restore your faith in us as a business.