LFS Camps / questions and answers

Camp Costs

How much does the LFS Camp cost?
The LFS Training Center was funded by TLF and the TLF staff donate time each year to help in the Camp. The 35,000 baht costs for food, housing, teaching, insurance, and excursions while in the camp are paid by students participating in the camp.

Please Note: The quota for the 2015 April LFS Camp is closed.
LFS Camps

Do all LFS exchange students attend the month long Camp?
Yes. The purpose of the LFS camp is to give kids a chance to experience life away from their parents and accept more responsibility for how they live. The camp also gives the LFS staff and our students a chance to get to know each other, while the student's parents get a chance to experience what it will be like to have their kids living away from them. More about the LFS Camps.
Exchange student Costs

How much does the exchange student program cost?
The costs include food and accommodation, tuition, program operating costs, insurance and travel.

The costs for the student are less in the exchange student program because a host family donates their home and takes care of the student without being paid, and their American public high school does not charge tuition.

Most of the cost of managing and operating the exchange student program are paid by the students participating in the program. AFS explains how their costs are paid here.
School costs

"American schools are free, why do I have to pay to be an exchange student?"
The costs of having the students attend their American schools are paid for by American tax payers, just as the one Tamboon scholarship program is paid for by Thai taxpayers.

High school tuition costs are not charged to foreign exchange students for their one year program.

Although TLF has supported full scholarships for Thai students in the past, we found that people who contribute to the cost of a program from which they benefit, have stronger motivation and do better.
Classes in Camp

"Why teach ballroom dancing? "
Ballroom Dancing creates new and different ways for kids to move and think, and helps kids grow and adapt to change more easily.

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Culture Shock

What is culture shock?
Culture shock is a normal adjustment phase when a person moves to a place where things are very different. Fear of new things is a normal human reaction. Blaming other people is usually a way of running away rather than learning to adapt.

Kids who adjust best when they go to America are those who have a positive attitude about life, care about other people, are eager to try new things, and don’t mind making some mistakes while they learn. See also how Program Staff work with exchange students. More about "Culture Shock" >> here

"Foreigners don’t understand Thai"
Over the past 15 years 250 LFS Thai kids lived with American volunteer host families and studied in American high schools for ten months.

95% of them completed their ten month program, which shows how well everyone understood each other.

Can LFS get me a visa to study in the United States?
Visas from Thailand can only be approved and issued by the United States Embassy in Thailand.

This page in the U.S. State Department web site explains more. LFS has no authority to issue, change or cancel a visa to the United States. Here are the roles of LFS and our program partners in the United States.

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