Set off with a group of your fellow volunteers on a scavenger hunt throughout Bangkok, armed with a map, instructions, and some Thai baht -- the national currency -- compliments of the CCS staff. You’ll take your first tuk-tuk, light a lotus candle in a Buddhist temple, and visit an open-air market where you’ll make some interesting purchases. Reconvene at Home-Base to share what you've learned and enjoy the unique fruits and vegetables you picked up at the market!
Learn to Speak Thai
CCS Thai language classes will focus on spoken Thai. Your CCS Thai language instructor will teach you what you need to know to shop Bangkok’s famous markets, connect with the beneficiaries at your volunteer assignment, and communicate, in perfect Thai, just how spicy you like your tom yum soup.
Cook Thai Cuisine
Learn how to make traditional pad thai, a staple of Thai cuisine, with our CCS cook at the Home-Base kitchen. Follow along with your English recipe handout, and of course, you'll have a chance to dig in to an authentic Thai meal after all that hard work. Pass the Sriracha sauce, please!
An interest in Buddhism, the spiritual practice of about 95% of Thailand’s population, brings thousands of curious visitors to Thailand every year. With CCS, you'll have a chance to talk with a Buddhist monk in the comfort of your own Home-Base. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn all about Buddhism, from the basics, to common stereotypes and why there are no female monks. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, with CCS lectures, it's all fair game.
Visit the Grand Palace
The CCS Thailand staff will take you to cultural, historic, and spiritual landmarks in and around Bangkok. Visit the central Grand Palace, a stunning example of classic Thai architecture. You'll find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses a gold statue of the sitting Buddha that's over 2000 years old. Next see the larger-than-life statue of the Reclining Buddha. The only problem you'll have here is finding a perfect camera angle to capture its impressive size.
Float Over Lotus Fields
Travel with CCS staff to farming communities outside of Bangkok. Float atop lotus fields and watch as workers cut and collect the delicate flowers. Next, visit an orchid farm and ogle the thousands of wild and hybrid specimens.