Thailand Service Trip

Thailand Service

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 7-12+

Discover a land of mystical Elephants, ancient Buddhist temples, tropical islands, secluded jungles and tempting spices. Earn 40 hours of community service while working in rural Thai villages and elephant sanctuary. SCUBA dive tropical blue waters, rock climb in the jungle-covered foothills of the Himalayas and to cook tasty Thai meals on a working organic farm. Build cultural connections and lifelong memories in Southeast Asia’s most enchanting and welcoming country.

21 Days

$5,895

  • June 23rd - July 13th
  • Los Angeles, CA (additional fee for international flight)

Day 1-2

Our adventure begins in Los Angeles, where we’ll meet up for the first time together in. Our group leaders will help you check-in to our international group flight on which we’ll make the overnight journey to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3-4

Aside from growing closer as a team during these first few days of our adventure, we’ll begin our journey with an exciting introduction to Thai language and culture. There is no better place to wrap yourself in the fabric of culture and customs than in the rich tapestry of Ayutthaya. Between circa 1350 and the late 1700s, the Ayutthaya Kingdom was the center of power and culture for much of southeast Asia. The historic old city of Ayutthaya (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) was a destination of commerce for early global Dutch, French, British and Portuguese traders. Connecting the present with the past, we’ll tour the historic old town, visit important Buddhist temples of the region and immerse ourselves in basic language classes. Simply getting a feel for Thai language and script will enable us to develop meaningful connections with locals throughout our journey. Applying our newfound language skills each evening will come naturally while in the company of gracious local hosts during our authentic homestay experience with local Ayutthaya families.

Day 5-7

Next we embark on an exciting train journey across the country to the northern city of Chiang Mai. Orienting to the amazing environment outside of the city, we’ll embark on two thrilling days of hiking, rock climbing and rappelling in and around the fabled karst rock formations of the region. The rural setting for our adventure is around the agrarian Mae On Valley where, thanks to the careful instruction of expert local guides, we’ll begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The karst (literally “carved away”) rock formations that the region is known for make for an ideally rewarding, empowering and dramatically beautiful introductory climbing experience following by an underground caving adventure that culminates with an empowering Tyrolean Traverse. During our exciting adventure, we’ll develop team and leadership skills while learning about cave geology. Integrating culture and nature, our evenings in the Mae On Valley will be spent in homestay with welcoming local families. We’ll also have the time here to engage in the fabric of everyday life, shopping at local markets and learning about the rice production and other agriculture in the region.

Day 8-10

Having grown accustom to and comfortable with Thai language and culture, it will be the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and give back to this beautiful landscape and its people. The remote hill country outside of relatively prosperous Chiang Mai is home to many indigenous villages in need. After being welcomed into this small community, we’ll roll up our sleeves and begin a substantive community service project. Our important work here will be a blend of cultural contributions and infrastructure improvement initiatives. One of the most fundamental parts of our service-learning work is connecting with local villagers. This carefully-crafted program will have us working in cooperation with local village leaders to ensure that our ongoing projects have the most meaningful impact.

Day 11

Few cooking traditions are as culturally rich and as globally well loved as Thai cuisine. Gathering a literal flavor for the country, we’ll visit an integrated culinary school and organic farm to engage in a fun and constructive day of Thai cooking classes. Since most of our ingredients will be sourced on-site, we’ll also benefit from an in-depth understanding of the origin of our meals. Following our meal’s journey from field to plate, we’ll learn about organic agricultural practices, dive into an exciting cooking class with an expert local chef and feast on the rewards of our education by enjoying a traditional sit down meal.

Day 12-14

Staying on-site in a unique elephant conservation center and rehabilitation park, we’ll blend our time between hands-on learning about elephant biology and active service work where we have the chance to take care of these beloved creatures. As part of our educational experience, we’ll learn from trained park staff about about elephant care, hygiene, behavior, biology and emotional sensitivity. Our service work will involve guiding elephants to and from their jungle environment for feeding and bathing, administering important medicines and rehabilitating elephants in need. Few people are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interact with elephants in such a constructive and enriching setting. Aside from giving back, we’re sure to take a deep appreciation for elephant habitat conservation and preservation away from our experience.

Day 15-18

Ko Tao Island, literally “turtle island,” is Thailand’s premiere SCUBA diving destination — the perfect instructional environment for us to learn diving proficiency and earn our PADI Open Water Diver certifications. While the small, tranquil island was literally named for its turtle-like shape, the warm, off-shore waters are also home to abundant populations of Hawksbill and Green sea turtles. Our private dive instruction will take place on a specialized dive resort and dive education center where we’ll progress from the classroom to the marine-life-rich ocean waters where we’ll have the opportunity to see moray eels, butterfly fish, stingrays, clown fish and countless other species in their natural habitat.

Day 19-21

On our return to Bangkok, we’ll notice our perspectives are deeply enriched with a heightened appreciation for the landscape and culture. Entering Bangkok from the neo-Renaissance style Hua Lamphong Railway station, we’ll enjoy an exciting day to take in the cultural and historical sights of this bustling urban capital. After the remote rural regions of the North, visiting Bangkok’s Museum of Siam, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and other important Buddhist temples will ground our cultural understanding of the landscape and its sociological history.

Day 1-2

Our adventure begins in Los Angeles, where we’ll meet up for the first time together in. Our group leaders will help you check-in to our international group flight on which we’ll make the overnight journey to Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3-4

Aside from growing closer as a team during these first few days of our adventure, we’ll begin our journey with an exciting introduction to Thai language and culture. There is no better place to wrap yourself in the fabric of culture and customs than in the rich tapestry of Ayutthaya. Between circa 1350 and the late 1700s, the Ayutthaya Kingdom was the center of power and culture for much of southeast Asia. The historic old city of Ayutthaya (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) was a destination of commerce for early global Dutch, French, British and Portuguese traders. Connecting the present with the past, we’ll tour the historic old town, visit important Buddhist temples of the region and immerse ourselves in basic language classes. Simply getting a feel for Thai language and script will enable us to develop meaningful connections with locals throughout our journey. Applying our newfound language skills each evening will come naturally while in the company of gracious local hosts during our authentic homestay experience with local Ayutthaya families.

Day 5-7

Next we embark on an exciting train journey across the country to the northern city of Chiang Mai. Orienting to the amazing environment outside of the city, we’ll embark on two thrilling days of hiking, rock climbing and rappelling in and around the fabled karst rock formations of the region. The rural setting for our adventure is around the agrarian Mae On Valley where, thanks to the careful instruction of expert local guides, we’ll begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The karst (literally “carved away”) rock formations that the region is known for make for an ideally rewarding, empowering and dramatically beautiful introductory climbing experience following by an underground caving adventure that culminates with an empowering Tyrolean Traverse. During our exciting adventure, we’ll develop team and leadership skills while learning about cave geology. Integrating culture and nature, our evenings in the Mae On Valley will be spent in homestay with welcoming local families. We’ll also have the time here to engage in the fabric of everyday life, shopping at local markets and learning about the rice production and other agriculture in the region.

Day 8-10

Having grown accustom to and comfortable with Thai language and culture, it will be the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and give back to this beautiful landscape and its people. The remote hill country outside of relatively prosperous Chiang Mai is home to many indigenous villages in need. After being welcomed into this small community, we’ll roll up our sleeves and begin a substantive community service project. Our important work here will be a blend of cultural contributions and infrastructure improvement initiatives. One of the most fundamental parts of our service-learning work is connecting with local villagers. This carefully-crafted program will have us working in cooperation with local village leaders to ensure that our ongoing projects have the most meaningful impact.

Day 11

Few cooking traditions are as culturally rich and as globally well loved as Thai cuisine. Gathering a literal flavor for the country, we’ll visit an integrated culinary school and organic farm to engage in a fun and constructive day of Thai cooking classes. Since most of our ingredients will be sourced on-site, we’ll also benefit from an in-depth understanding of the origin of our meals. Following our meal’s journey from field to plate, we’ll learn about organic agricultural practices, dive into an exciting cooking class with an expert local chef and feast on the rewards of our education by enjoying a traditional sit down meal.

Day 12-14

Staying on-site in a unique elephant conservation center and rehabilitation park, we’ll blend our time between hands-on learning about elephant biology and active service work where we have the chance to take care of these beloved creatures. As part of our educational experience, we’ll learn from trained park staff about about elephant care, hygiene, behavior, biology and emotional sensitivity. Our service work will involve guiding elephants to and from their jungle environment for feeding and bathing, administering important medicines and rehabilitating elephants in need. Few people are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interact with elephants in such a constructive and enriching setting. Aside from giving back, we’re sure to take a deep appreciation for elephant habitat conservation and preservation away from our experience.

Day 15-18

Ko Tao Island, literally “turtle island,” is Thailand’s premiere SCUBA diving destination — the perfect instructional environment for us to learn diving proficiency and earn our PADI Open Water Diver certifications. While the small, tranquil island was literally named for its turtle-like shape, the warm, off-shore waters are also home to abundant populations of Hawksbill and Green sea turtles. Our private dive instruction will take place on a specialized dive resort and dive education center where we’ll progress from the classroom to the marine-life-rich ocean waters where we’ll have the opportunity to see moray eels, butterfly fish, stingrays, clown fish and countless other species in their natural habitat.

Day 19-21

On our return to Bangkok, we’ll notice our perspectives are deeply enriched with a heightened appreciation for the landscape and culture. Entering Bangkok from the neo-Renaissance style Hua Lamphong Railway station, we’ll enjoy an exciting day to take in the cultural and historical sights of this bustling urban capital. After the remote rural regions of the North, visiting Bangkok’s Museum of Siam, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and other important Buddhist temples will ground our cultural understanding of the landscape and its sociological history.

The Thailand service trip was amazing! I had some of the best experiences of my life with an amazing group of people. The leaders were awesome. Every day we had new adventures, from scuba diving to hanging out with elephants. The service projects were fun to do. We went to marketplaces, where we ordered in Thai, to the island in Nangyuan where we all learned to scuba dive. I will never forget my amazing summer in Thailand and I am so glad I went.

Ella Pinkert, Thailand Service 2016