Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand

Kick-start your career in sports and leisure whilst living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

We offer some incredible opportunities in Thailand for students and graduates of subjects like Sports Management, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism.

Your Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand

We work with luxury 4 and 5 Star hotels in Thailand which offer incredible work placements in the field of sports leisure & recreation.

Placement roles include planning, implementing and evaluating adaptive sports and recreation activities for people of all ages and abilities, organising and leading Beach & Water Sports activities, Programme Administration, Golf Management.

We will match your preferences, requirements and previous training with the most suitable hotel for your placement. This personal approach ensures you receive the experience and training you want and the host company receives someone with the skills they need.


Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand
Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand

Who can join our Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand?

Our Thailand placements are ideal for undergraduates or graduates wanting an internship experience in the field of sports, leisure & recreation. With placements running from 6 to 18 months there are plenty of options to suit your requirements.
We can often arrange you a placement even if you’re not studying a related degree but do have at least 6 months’ related work experience and/or a proficiency in a particular sport.

Send us your CV today and we’ll tell you what opportunities you’re eligible for.

Professional supervision and training

We ensure your sports, leisure & recreation placement in Thailand is professionally managed.

You will be assigned a local work supervisor. This is normally the HR Manager or head of department you work in.  This is your main daily contact for any queries about the job role you may have. 

Your supervisor will arrange your work schedule, do a thorough induction to the hotel when you arrive, give you feedback, answer your questions and help solve any problems which arise at work.  They will ensure your work schedule is prepared, and you will be given your own tasks and responsibilities to help you get the most out of your placement.

If you work hard and impress your colleagues you may be offered opportunities you never expected. Participants can also be offered further work opportunities at the end of their placement.

Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand

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We keep our application process simple to make it fast, secure and easy for you and us.

Orientation & Staff support

You will receive an orientation on arrival and ongoing support from our in-country representatives.

Our UK staff will be in frequent contact with you before your trip while we make all the arrangements for your sports, leisure & recreation placement in Thailand. They will also keep in touch with you throughout your trip and are always available to talk to and give advice and support on Skype or by email.

On arrival in Thailand, you’ll receive a general orientation in Bangkok, including a briefing about cultural differences, which will help you to adjust to life in a new and exciting culture. If your hotel placement is in Bangkok, you’ll be taken to meet your new work colleagues and get settled into your accommodation.

If your placement is not in Bangkok, you will spend the first night in Bangkok and travel to the hotel the following day (this may be a short flight or a bus ride). You will be met by your friendly hotel supervisor who will give you a thorough local orientation.  Our staff will visit you frequently to check how you’re getting on and are on hand 24/7 for emergencies.

If you join as part of your degree we will also communicate directly with your university Placement Office or Employability Office when necessary.

Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand
Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Thailand

Costs and Inclusions

We charge a £195 registration fee to ensure your commitment to the programme. This is 100% refundable if we can’t arrange a suitable placement.

The placement fee for our Thailand programme is as follows:

  • £995 for up to 6 months
  • £1,195 for 7-12 months

Placement Year International arranges and pays for pre-departure support, orientation and cultural briefings, support and advice throughout your stay and 24-7 emergency help.

Flights, Visas and Insurance.  You will need to allow additional budget for flights, visa, insurance and a medical check-up costing about £20. We’ll give you advice about the best airlines, routes and prices and we arrange all the visa documents. If your placement is outside of Bangkok, for example to Phuket or Chiang Mai, you may need to buy an onward flight for the following day. These onward flights can cost as little as £30. In this case, you’ll also need to cover one night’s accommodation in Bangkok which is around £30.  Some universities provide insurance on a university insurance policy so it’s worth checking before buying your own.  

Accommodation.  Accommodation is usually included in either a staff accommodation block or a guest bedroom. If the hotel doesn’t have accommodation available, they will provide you with an allowance to cover renting an apartment close by.

Will I get a salary?  Yes, the host company pays you a local salary, normally around £200 per month. This may not sound a lot but most interns find it easily covers socialising and travel in your free time as costs in Thailand are considerably less than back home and remember your food and accommodation is provided.

We expect your costs to total under £1,950 for 12 months in Thailand, less for shorter durations. You can spread these costs out over several months rather than paying everything at once.

Got a Question? Contact us Find out more

We are here to answer your questions. Send us a message or call us on +44 (0)1273 710569.



How do I apply? 

It's easy and quick!

Complete our short application form including uploading your CV and Cover Letter.

Please clearly state in your Cover Letter that you are interested in Medicine & Healthcare placements. 

Got more questions? Send us a message!



Jason Billam - Plymouth University

“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

"Thank you very much for everything, you found the internship I really wanted."

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Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

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Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

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