New City College students have just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the art of Thai Massage and Thai cookery in the vibrant city of Bangkok.
The students, studying Beauty Therapy and Hospitality & Catering at NCC campuses in Redbridge, Epping Forest, Havering and Hackney, were given the chance to travel to the Southeast Asian country to learn new skills and achieve specialist professional qualifications, at no cost to themselves.
As well as gaining the highly-regarded qualifications, which will set them apart from others when applying for jobs, the group were able to explore the cultural side of Thailand, visiting the Wat Pho and Wat Arun temples, taking trips on the sky train and local ferries, discovering Chinatown and street markets and eating out at riverfront restaurants.
The beauty students, who were selected to go on the trip for having excellent attendance, studied the intense Level 3 CIBTAC Approved Traditional Thai Massage certificate at the Chiva-Som International Academy in Bangkok – completing 60 hours of training during the two weeks. Every student passed their final practical and theory exams and were presented with certificates.
Tutor Farrah Mirza said: “It was a wonderful experience for the students and the Thai Massage qualifications are a brilliant addition to their CVs. The trip gave them the chance to see and experience a completely different part of the world.”