Students will be travelling to Chiang Mai, North Thailand, for a week in the jungle. Start the trip with a day exploring Chiang Mai’s rich culture with visits to its most famous temples and an evening dance performance of traditional folk dance and music.
Next, enjoy a one-day service project volunteering at an elephant sanctuary, helping the organization with their daily tasks. Explore the surrounding area with a thrilling zip-lining experience and a hike to a hidden waterfall. Get close to nature as you spend three nights sleeping in tree-top accommodation. Pay a visit to a local business that recycles elephant poop into high-quality paper. Spend the last two days working on a service project helping out the local community, with activities including creating a system for recycling plastics and other materials in a sustainable way, renovating/repainting buildings and schoolhouses or establishing firebreaks in the jungle to prevent wildfires.
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Meet your guides upon landing and transfer to the city centre. Check into your accommodation and spend some time getting settled. Kick things off in the afternoon as you travel to the city’s most iconic Doi Suthep Temple for an introduction into Thailand’s distinct Buddhist culture. Make your way to Wat Chedi Luang where you can climb the steps of the stupas and explore its courtyards. In the evening, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and traditional folk dance and music performance.
Travel outside the city to the heart of Chiang Mai’s countryside to begin a one-day service project working with elephants. After a quick safety briefing, learn about the history of the sanctuary. Split into smaller groups and take on a variety of tasks, including feeding, playing, bathing and interacting with the elephants. You can even help give them their medicine. After a hard day’s work, return back to the hostel and enjoy a free evening to relax. Get a good night’s sleep ready for tomorrow’s adventure!
Kick start the day with a biking tour of the countryside hills of Chiang Mai. Take in the wonderful views before embarking on a jungle hike to a hidden waterfall! Enjoy some well-deserved rest as you transfer to your new home for the next few nights, the Treehouse Village. After settling in your accommodation, cook a meal together with the community and enjoy eating your creations for dinner as you get to know the local people.
Today you will begin your community service project. Typically, projects include but are not limited to renovating/repainting buildings and schoolhouses, creating a system for recycling plastics and other materials in a sustainable way (currently a priority project), demarking zones for landslide prevention, establishing firebreaks in the jungle to prevent wildfires, assisting the local community with farm work and general restoration of lands. Take a break for lunch before continuing with your service project throughout the afternoon. Make sure to work hard, as you could be in with a chance of winning a small prize! Enjoy some free time in the evening to relax.
Continue working on your service project throughout the morning. Take a break as you eat lunch, before getting back to it. By the end of the day, you will have completed your project! In the evening participate in a guided reflection session about the work you have done during the week. Award star individual and group performances those who put in extra effort (small gifts prepared by The Learning Adventure).
In the morning transfer back to Chiang Mai city centre. It’s time to say goodbye to your guides and make your way to the airport. Leave excited to apply what you have learned on your trip, back at home.