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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Field of Study: Education, English
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat, Homestay, Hostel or Hotel Program Type: Service-Learning/Volunteer
Program Description:
AIESEC - Program Overview
AIESEC is the world's largest, youth-run, not-for-profit organization in the world present in 120+ countries and territories. We create global leaders and citizens through cross-cultural exchange. We understand how important it is for people to experience these different cultures and to be open-minded. While embracing our national goals, our local chapter in San Diego has the specific goals of promoting exchange to under-served countries so that they can experience a different culture, where new ideas and perspectives are explored. As of now, the San Diego Chapter of AIESEC supports a specific set of options each winter break and summer. 
 
Location Summary
The AIESEC Thailand volunteer program is based in Samutprakarn, Thailand, in Assumption University (LCAU).
Volunteers will be assigned a “buddy” from AIESEC in Thailand, to be in contact with during your trip.

Program name:
“AIESEC Thailand Volunteer” Phi Son Nong Winter 2017-2018


Program dates:
December 21, 2017 - February 2, 2018 (4 weeks total) 
Student continuing their studies for Spring 2018 will need to make arrangements to return early to attend spring term classes.
Speak with an AIESEC representative in advance to confirm plans to depart early.
 Be sure to confirm an agreed upon end date. 

 
The host volunteer organization will be Assumption University. For additional information see the program link below.
You can also email Marjon Saulon at vpogx-sandiego@aiesecus.org for more details.

SDSU Aztecs Abroad Application Deadline:
November 10th (very basic steps)

AIESEC Application Deadline             
November 18 (primary host application)


REMEMBER: These two applications are separate and not connected in any way, so they should be completed at the same time. You need both applications on record to be considering this opportunity to fulfill a requirement for your SDSU graduation plan and you will need to follow up with an academic advisor to ensure that you are arranging credit or clear on documents needed by your department to support your plan. 

Program Price                                                      
$575 - Includes airport pick up, accommodation, and at least 2 meals per day
[Not included: flight, extra meals, Foreign Travel Insurance Program, transportation, any required/recommended vaccinations (if applicable), other personal expenses.]

Sample of cost of living in Thailand: 
Sources: Numbeo 
As always, if you live, shop and eat locally all costs are lower. 

 
AIESEC Application Instructions:  Students MUST complete the free application on Podio, link can be found below.  
 

Language of Instruction
 
English
 
Program Dates


 
December 21, 2017 - February 2, 2017
Remember to request permission to leave early to have time to start classes at SDSU in the spring term. Plan in advance and confirm approval of your early departure request dates before confirming your participation in the program.  
 
Housing Options
 
AIESEC in Assumption Universit
 

AIESEC Application                                          
https://aiesec.org/opportunity/867450
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ACADEMIC NOTES
AIESEC in Thailand has been approved as an option for SDSU seeking an international experience, but this is not credit bearing program. If you wish to receive academic credit and/or international experience, please contact the appropriate academic advisor or international coordinator for your college.

All majors: Your department may be able to arrange from 1 to 3 credits for your participation in this experience or provide other instruction on how to ensure this experience can count towards your international experience graduation requirement (IEGR), if applicable. This would need to be arranged in advance, prior to participation in the program. If you do not require credit or need to fulfill your IER, you are still welcome to participate on this program.

If your college does not offer the option to provide credit for this experience, you can work with the College of Health and Human Services to learn more about their credit options open to all students. Visit this link: https://chhs.sdsu.edu/international/independent-international-volunteer-or-internship-programs/

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) students wishing to fulfill their International Experience Graduation Requirement (IEGR) MUST earn academic credit in conjunction with these programs. Email chhsintl@mail.sdsu.edu for more details and or visit CHHS.SDSU.EDU/international 

Liberal Studies students, please contact your department at libst@mail.sdsu.edu for more details to confirm permission to use this AIESEC experience to fulfill an IEGR.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
A mandatory Cal State Insurance is assigned to you for your time abroad. The SDSU campus will automatically enroll and bill you in the Cal State mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) plan according to your program itinerary dates. An email confirmation will be sent to to confirm your enrollment. Please be sure to confirm your travel dates with the SDSU Study Abroad office via the Aztecs Abroad database or email us with any needed corrections.

Travel Requirements:
Passports: You need to have a valid passport to travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens may go to the SDSU Passport office.

Visas: A visa allows a person to enter the host country. If your volunteer experience lasts over 90 days, you may need to obtain a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may also need a visa to enter Thailand. It will be your responsibility to research the visa requirement for your home country, as per your passport citizenship. You can review additional details here in regards to the "O" visa application process.

EXTRA NOTES
You will need to apply for a single-entry Non-Immigrant "O" visa for the purpose of volunteering only (no multiple-entry visas granted for this type).
See Consulate General of Thailand in Los Angles webpage for full details. 

Summary of visa steps for the purpose of volunteering with an NGO (non-government organization)

You must submit an application that includes:

A current passport - valid for at least six more months beyond your program end date and passport must have some blank visa pages - include a copy of the "picture/information" page of the passport.

Two recent passport-type photos

A copy of your U.S. Permanent Resident card or long-term U.S. Visa (does not apply to U.S. passport holders)

Completed visa application [download]

Recent bank statement showing at least $700 US

Copy of airline tickets or e-ticket

Signed letter on the organization's letterhead stating duration of stay, duties, etc. along with a copy of the organization's registration. 

Refer to source for most current visa application details and process. This list is a summary for reference only. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 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.