Thailand: Sports & Excercise Science Program
Why: More than ever, the Sports Science field is in need of well-rounded professionals who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Our Thailand Sports Science and Exercise Management Program is designed for undergraduate and post-bacc students who want to work with (and learn from) a distinguished group of professionals from the Sports & Exercise Science world.
We created this program specifically to help participants not only build awareness of the various careers and workplace options, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom. Focusing specifically on the body, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, sports management, rehabilitation and traditional healing — students will benefit from one-on-one time with Thai PTs, rehabilitation specialists, fitness experts and sports managers in formal and informal settings, and will gain a behind-the-scenes look into why Thailand is leading the way when it comes to Sports Science and Exercise Management in South East Asia.
How: Participants will collaborate with government organizations, physical rehabilitation centers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, fitness centers, outdoor education institutions, Universities and centers for traditional wellness. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and exchange for both visiting and hosting professionals (and students from Thailand), our APTA licensed Clinical Supervisors (PTs and DPTs) will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you evolve into your field and develop as a professional.
Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.
Each day, students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with PTs, Rehabilitation specialists, and other sports and fitness professionals. Also, collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our participants. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.
- May 28 - June 13
- July 9 - July 25
What: Starting at Chiang Mai University Department of Sports and Rehabilitation Sciences, students will participate in an exchange-based workshop focused around a topic of mutual interest. Topics might include: Sports Management, Rehabilitation Sciences in Practice, Thai Traditional Healing Methods, or Wellness and Exercise Science in a Cultural-Comparative Perspective.
Next, Chiang Mai Rock Climbing and Adventure facilitates Outdoor Education, Team Building, Leadership and Rescue Training courses to professionals from all backgrounds and disciplines. Get a behind the scenes look at their crucial involvement in the Chiang Rai Cave Rescue (the soccer team that was trapped in the cave in Chiang Rai) and learn about their approach to community-based tourism, safety & risk management and critical decision making in high-risk contexts.
At ISDSI Cross-Fit Gym, Thai and Foreign Instructors have come together to create a unique training center that serves Chiang Mai through a variety of courses, workshops, training programs and through the facilitation of fitness tournaments all over Thailand. Students will participate in a workshop focused on gym management in intensely cross-cultural settings through the co-creation of a curriculum geared towards inclusive and comprehensive cross-fit training.
Mae Ping Physical Therapy Clinic runs PT programs for fitness trainers all around Northern Thailand. With a specific focus on Hydrotherapy, learn from the former head of PT at Chiang Mai University (NYU PhD and DPT) and get an inside look into how his private PT clinic supports gyms and fitness centers, as well as rehabilitation and exercise science professionals entering the workforce.
In collaboration with IDI Thai Traditional Healing Hospital, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at recovery, rehabilitation and regenerative health through the preservation of ancient healing and wellness practices carried out to this day in Thailand. Learn Thai massage techniques, traditional medicine preparation and a variety of traditional healing methodologies that are preserved through the teachings at IDI.
As a bonus, Siam Cultural Academy and BlueDot Partnerships have arranged a Traditional Sports Exchange Day with the premier Physical Education Academy in Chiang Mai that will bring your group together with Thai Physical Education students through friendly competition and exchange. Try your hand (and feet) at Thai “Takraw” and “Muy Thai” or Thai Kickboxing through this exchange. Finish the program with a celebration of wellness, fitness and friendship!
Participants can expect plenty of practical exchanges in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight into applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our DPT and Sports Science staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of participants, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.
Observation and Volunteer Hours
Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our participants in mind. If you are interested in becoming a future PT or Sports and Exercise Science professional, plenty of observation is essential, but a first-hand experience and inside look into the professions will not only help you build your case for graduate school but it give you a leg-up. This program, based in NorthernThailand, is a perfect way to diversify your experience and gain an upper-hand.
People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad participants choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all participants will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, fitness centers, sports management institutions and private practices. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.
On a daily basis, participants will learn from PT supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local rehabilitation centers and universities, observe and learn how to shadow professionals and learn from people who have made a living out of fitness and wellness in this booming region of the world.
Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking, rock climbing, Thai cooking classes, Thai Boxing Class, and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.
Our Baan is your Baan: this program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, participants will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.
Every day, participants will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that participants will have plenty of amazing food!
We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!
Make it yours: participants on Therapy Abroad programs will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure everyone has downtime to relax, write in a journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help everyone make the most of their time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.
Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:
$3,650 USD not including international airfare. Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.
We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes: