For our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen who are ready to start using their G.I. Bill outside of the military and starting the next chapter in their life, there are many options to choose from. However, a 9 to 5 job is generally not something they are used to. Also, college life and university back in America is not as diverse as what members of our armed services have experienced. With the economy in the tank, landing a secure job back home is not going to be easy either.
For our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen who are ready to start using their G.I. Bill and starting the next chapter in their life, the big question is: What next?. A 9 to 5 job is generally not something that sounds appealing, and college life and university back in America is not as diverse as what members of our armed services have experienced. With the economy recovering very slowly, landing a secure job back home is also not an easy prospect.
That is why many have chosen to use their G.I. Bill in Thailand while working and volunteering in Thailand. Your skills are needed in developing nations. As an ambassador of good will you can travel and actually make a difference and earn money after you leave the military.
Many military members are already familiar with Thailand due to their participation in Cobra Gold and other military exercises. Thailand offers many benefits and has become a world popular destination for tourists. Beautiful beaches, great food, affordable shopping, unique travel destinations, and wonderful people. Many wait for retirement before they finally make their move to paradise, but you can do it right now!
Studying in Thailand
On the GI Bill you will receive more than enough for school, living, and recreation. This is a truly more ideal situation than attending universities in America. When you attend university in Thailand, your classes are taught in English with people from all over the world. Bangkok is a very international city, and provides many a great learning experience in and out of the classroom. Various courses are offered, ranging from business, marketing, design, communication, to law and many others. You will gain a true international exposure while earning your bachelors degree, and courses you completed in the Military and at other universities are transferable. During your ample free time, you will meet people visiting from all over the world. You can also travel to some of the best islands and beaches in the world at very affordable student rates. Traveling, eating, and shopping in Thailand is very inexpensive, which allows you to get the most out of your GI Bill.
Working in Thailand
Being in the military you are used to working hard, and going to school usually isn’t enough to keep you busy. Earn additional cash and experience by teaching English in Thailand.
English language training is big business in Asia. Learning grammar, business English, and practicing pronunciation are classes available to you the moment your plane touches down in Thailand. You can do teaching after school at language schools, or teach during the day and study in the evenings.
Volunteer in Thailand
As you do your out-process, the skills you have obtained during your service will stay with you. These skills can make a difference in the lives of many in East Asia. You can change the lives of many who do not have access to clean potable water, live in dilapidated homes, or just look for basic education. Many things that we take for granted, haven’t even been considered in rural villages.
Arranging donation of books, providing English camps, teaching skills and providing vocational training, and lending a helping hands will lead to positive change in many lives. It starts by taking the first step and reaching out by volunteering in Thailand. UEC believes strongly in their mission and is looking for those with dedication, commitment, and a penchant for hard work. All of these morals were distilled in our military, and as such, you can provide a moral beacon of hope!