Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Teach English to primary school students in the province of Chiang Rai, and document your experience through photographs, writing, or video.
  • Get introduced to Thai culture during cooking and martial arts classes and on visits to Buddhist temples.
  • Work with caretakers at an elephant conservation center, and walk with free-roaming elephants through their natural habitat.
  • Hike to remote hill tribe communities, and learn about their unique languages and customs.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Vibrant traditions, world-renowned cuisine, and spectacular landscapes dotted with glittering temples: it’s easy to see what makes Thailand one of the most enticing places on the planet. Settle into our community and collaborate with teachers at a local primary school to tutor students in English. Spend a weekend at a remote eco-lodge in the lush mountains of Chiang Rai, and learn about the hill tribe communities that live in the region. Cap off the trip volunteering at an elephant conservation center.

Days 1-10: Chiang Rai, Thailand

Our home in Thailand lies in the northern province of Chiang Rai, known for its rugged natural beauty and remote hill tribe communities. Spend two days getting to know your fellow travelers, then split into small groups and work with local teachers on a variety of community-initiated education projects. Create English-language lesson plans and teach vocabulary and pronunciation skills to primary school students.

In the late afternoons, get into the rhythm of daily life and explore the surrounding area. Discover the sport of Thai kickboxing, visit the exquisite Wat Rong Khun temple, or take a Thai cooking class. Report on your experiences through photographs, writing, or video, and develop a narrative about your time in the community.

Days 11-12: Mountain Trek

Travel into the mountains to an eco-lodge, located near several hill tribe villages. Set out on hikes to nearby communities, and learn about each tribe’s unique language and customs. Discover the symbolism behind village weaving patterns; learn how to harvest rice on a terraced hillside; or collect native insects with a local guide.

Days 13-15: Chiang Rai

Return to Chiang Rai for an enriching cultural exchange with local high school students. Attend classes with a Thai peer, practice your Thai script, or learn about Thai holidays and traditions. To round off your time in Chiang Rai, volunteer for a day at an elephant conservation center. Learn about the animals’ uncertain role in the evolving Thai economy as you help caretakers gather food, and observe the free-roaming elephants in their natural habitat.

Days 16-17: Chiang Mai

Travel south to Chiang Mai for our final days in Thailand. Get a Thai massage, or explore the ancient temples surrounding our guesthouse. Celebrate your final evening as a group with a karaoke party before returning home.