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Jungle Water is an amazing study abroad program unveiled by the Christopher Robert Project. Get unprecedented access to remote tribal villages and experience by learning the inner-workings of a small, busy foreign relief organization. You will live, study and work in two locations.
Your time will be split between our state of the art campus, construction facility and remote jungle villages. You'll work with a small team in the area of your choice and select your own projects. We encourage everybody to participate in village field work.
A Jungle Water study abroad 11 week session allows you to tap into your creative juices and personal knowledge base to solve problems and educate underserved villages on a variety of public health issues.
Program Fee $6995 w/airfare, $5895 w/o
|Fall 2018||Sep 17 - Nov 30|
|Spring 2019||Jan 14 - Mar 29|
|Summer 2019||May 6 - July 19|
|Fall 2019||Sep 2 - Nov 15|
* Accepted candidates must submit application and final tuition installment 45 days before the start of their selected session. Fees and dates are subject to change.
The cost of The Jungle Water adventure study abroad program is $6995 w/airfare, $5895 w/o, and covers all study materials, instructors, cultural events and more. For specifics of the program you are interested in, please visit the programs page. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 727 489 2646. We’ll return your call as soon as possible, always within 24 hours.
Many students are able to arrange for credit through their university. We participate in an internship credit program towards college graduation. Some colleges may only grant credits for juniors and seniors currently enrolled. Contact your university, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available to you.
- Check with your professor or your career development office to find out if your college accepts academic credit
- Find out how many total hours are required for how many credits
- Do the paperwork before your internship begins
Ask if your college tuition covers the internship credits
- Learn how many internship credits your college or department will accept in your college career
Program Fees Breakdown
- $3485 Tuition introductory price *
- $1100 R/T Intl Airfare from LAX to CNX /airport xfers
- $1910 Housing/Meals**
- $500 Study-related materials, tribal visits and translators
That's just the numbers, here's what you can expect:
- Welcome Reception, Intern Orientation, Farewell Dinner
- Housing - two people to a room, each room has a private bathroom and shower
- Three meals daily prepared from locally sourced ingredients
- Planned program training and events
- Transportation to/from villages for overnight work and homestays
- Jungle Water t-shirt and water bottle
- Professional staff assistance 24/7
- Free direct dial calling to the USA for parent's ease of mind
- The most amazing cultural experience of your life!
*This introductory price is only for summer 2018 participants. As an introductory intern with Jungle Water you will discover many opportunities to leave your personal thumbprint on our organization, Christopher Robert Project
**Meals will not be provided during the eleventh week but there are plenty of options for dining in the area from local markets, to sit-down restaurants and American fast food
If you choose that option, your Jungle Water tuition covers round trip coach airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX) and airport transfers in Chiang Mai .
The deadline for applying is 45 days before the start of any session. We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis. Submitting an application does not mean you are committed to participate, but brings you closer to securing a spot in the program. Programs are filled on a first-come first served basis.
You will arrive in Chiang Mai the Friday before your session starts where you'll meet other participants and have the weekend to orient to the campus. Orientation starts the Monday after your arrival. We cannot move you into housing before your arrival date and session dates are not flexible.
Your tuition includes:
- Pre-Departure Packet
- R/T International Airfare from LAX
- Airport Transfers in Chiang Mai
- A/C in Rooms and Workspace
- Meals Monday through Friday
- Access to Wellness Center
- 24/7 In-Country Support
- Basic Thai Language Class
- Optional Morning Meditation
- Meals Mon-Fri w/vegetarian option
- Private Baths w/hot water
All Jungle Water participants live and work on our beautiful Chiang Mai area campus. Monday - Wednesday you'll learn and work on campus, Thursdays and Fridays are reserved for village work. Twice a month you'll live and work like a local in a remote hill tribe village where you’ll interact directly with tribal elders, headmen village residents. Weekends, the campus and surrounding area is yours to explore. Swim in our sparkling pool, meditate in our wellness center, or rent a motorbike for the day. Your adventures are waiting!
Of course we prefer everyone pay in full but don’t sweat it if you’re not able to. You'll place your $995 non-refundable deposit to secure your placement using the Tuition Portal menu option. Then you'll pay equal amounts over time remaining with the complete balance due 45 days before your program start date. Please contact Lynn at email@example.com to address individual questions regarding your personal payment plan.
Since we are a small organization, we are not able to provide scholarships at this point. We do offer a Jungle Water Partner Grant which is:
If a student refers another student, both will receive a $200 travel grant for independent travel during the intern's 11th week.
Other sources of funding include:
The first place you should look is your university. Many universities offer travel grants for students who intern abroad. This may depend on your course or year of study, but many universities have grants available to everyone. You should speak to your advisor, career center and look online for more information.
Third Party Funding (sites with searchable databases)
International Education Financial Aid: Financial Aid College Scholarship Search
NAFSA, U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List has over 10,000 members worldwide and is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange.
Sometimes students raise tuition themselves through family or even a social media campaign like GoFundMe. This has been successful for many students in other programs.
Jungle Water internships are unpaid. Because we work with many of the top universities, the majority of interns will receive academic credit. It is the relevant work experience you gain that will aid you when searching for your ideal career. This program is an investment in your future!
Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 20-25 hours. Your daily hours will look like this: Monday-Friday 9am – 11:30 and 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Weekly overnight village trips will take place on Thursday and Friday getting you back into town in time to enjoy your weekend!
Don't over pack! Jungle Water has onsite laundry facilities so seven or eight days of clothing are plenty, follow the clothing guide on the list. Chiang Mai is a big enough city so that you can buy anything you might want, cheaply, so make sure you leave room in your luggage for the exotic, amazing things you'll take back with you!
Yes, you can get a visa on arrival once you land in Thailand. You will need a Thai tourist visa which allows you to stay in the country for 90 days. After 60 days your visa will be extended for 30 days at Thai immigration. We provide transportation to/from the immigration office and stay with you in case you have questions and we'll help you get your paperwork filled out before you go for your extension. Detailed information will be included in your pre-departure pack provided after registration.
Chiang Mai is a really cool city with plenty of clubs, bars, and restaurants. It's a very popular western backpacker tourist destination so you'll guaranteed to be enjoying it with plenty of new friends. If you have never been to Asia it really is an amazing place, something you've never experienced before. One wrong turn on a motorbike and you're quickly reminded that you're a stranger in a strange land but the wonderful thing about Chiang Mai is there are enough western influences to give you a good comfort level.
Starbucks? You bet. McDonalds, Burger King, yep. Ex-pat BBQ and every other kind of food you can think of? Of course. There's also a 7-11 every 20 yards for anything you might need to survive and a lot of things you've never seen before. Lays© Seaweed potato chips and Green Tea Kit-Kats©, make sure you always have your phone or camera with you!
There are plenty of activities for you in Chiang Mai and the surrounding area There are elephant sanctuaries, bamboo river rafting, waterfalls and hot springs all nearby and reasonably priced.
Jungle Water is located fifteen minutes outside the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. We all know Thailand is known for being hot and humid (you'll have A/C and hot showers) but some months can get pretty cold. Pictures say a lot so here are charts showing average temps and the average number of rainy days in a month. Don't let the rain scare you, it's warm and can be a lot of fun!
Yes, you'll want to bring your cell phone for pictures, social media and staying in touch with other program participants. Local SIM cards and pay as you go plans are cheap and easy to find, but you will need to make sure your phone is UNLOCKED by your current provider before you get to Thailand. Many providers now lock their phones and if a phone is locked you will not be able to put a local SIM card in it. Getting a phone unlocked is easy and free here in the states but impossible to do from overseas.
ADMISSIONS / DEPOSIT
To reserve your place, Jungle Water requires a $750 nonrefundable deposit that is applied to your tuition and program fees.
DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY
In the event that Jungle Water has to cancel your program or you are waitlisted and the spot does not become available Jungle Water will refund your full $750 deposit.
TUITION & FEES
Your tuition of $7995 USD includes all fees associated with the program, food, instruction, supplies, lodging, programming, round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) to Chiang Mai (CNX) and airport transfers. Tuition does not cover personal expenses such as clothing, travel insurance, domestic airfare, off-campus lodging or excess baggage fees. Full payment is due 30 days after your deposit payment except when you are confirmed for a payment plan. If confirmed for a payment plan, your first balance payment is due within 30 days of deposit. If balance payment is not received by the deadline, this may be considered a cancellation, and you risk losing your place in the program. If you are accepted within 60 days of the program start, full payment is due within fifteen (15) days from deposit payment.
Jungle Water offers automatic payment plans for remaining balance payments to be made in monthly installments up until 30 days prior to program start date. If you choose, links will be provided post-acceptance. Your initial payment must be made within 30 days of your deposit.
LATE PAYMENT FEES
Jungle Water reserves the right to assess late payment fees. Failure to meet payment timing expectations either per our written policy or mutually agreed-upon will result in a $25 per day past-due penalty. Any accrued late fees will be added to the remaining tuition due. Payment-in-full is appreciated to resolve outstanding tuition owed.
If you cancel your enrollment before your program starts, the following penalties apply according to when you cancel.
- 89-75 days $750 nonrefundable deposit penalty only
- 74-60 days $750 nonrefundable deposit and 25% remaining tuition penalty
- 59-45 days $750 nonrefundable deposit and 50% remaining tuition penalty
- 44-0 days No refund
We maintain waitlists for programs that are already full. To be placed on a waitlist, we must receive your $750 deposit. If a spot opens, you will have 48 hours to respond. You may decline the spot and receive a refund per the above policy as applicable. If a spot has not opened prior to 21 days from the program start, and you wish to withdraw your acceptance, we will refund your full deposit.
REFUND PAYMENT PROCESSING POLICIES
All refunds will be provided as a credit to the credit card used at the time of purchase within thirty (30) business days upon approval of refund amount less penalties. If you have made payment via a method other than credit, our finance team will work individually to process accordingly.
Know that your payment information is always safe. Our payment processor uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, an industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.
EARLY DEPARTURES / PROGRAM EXPULSIONS
When a student violates our code of conduct and student agreement causing program removal, Jungle Water leadership will begin expulsion. If expelled, the student will be asked to leave campus and find lodging elsewhere.
VOLUNTARY EARLY DEPARTURES
Some students may choose to leave their program due lack of motivation or by their own personal decision. We will do our best to make this process as smooth as possible. We will not be able to provide you with a refund or a credit. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover these scenarios.
INVOLUNTARY EARLY DEPARTURES
If you are forced to depart early due to family emergencies, medical conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances, a student can apply for a partial refund through our refund request process. If approved, you must provide appropriate documentation of the event for our records and agree to our refund timeline. We again strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover these scenarios.