Our service trip to Chiang Mai, North Thailand, allows students to explore Chiang Mai’s rich culture, before heading into the heart of the jungle for a community service project. Here’s our volunteering school trip in Thailand at a glance:
- Day 1: sketching at Doi Suthep Temple & Wat Chedi Luang, traditional folk dance & music performance
- Day 2: elephant sanctuary service project
- Day 3: ziplining, Elephant Poo Poo Paper Factory
- Day 4: countryside bike tour, jungle hike to waterfall, Treehouse Village
- Day 5: community service project
- Day 6: community service project, reflection session
Like what you see? Discover more in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Temple Sketching
Meet your Adventure Leader guides and transfer to the city centre. Check into your accommodation. Once you’re settled, visit Doi Suthep Temple for an introduction to Thailand’s distinct Buddhist religion. Make your way to Wat Chedi Luang, where you can climb the steps of the stupas and explore its courtyards. Take a sketchpad for some artwork activities as you visit these stunning temples.
Enjoy a welcome dinner and traditional folk dance and music performance.
Day 2: Elephant Sanctuary Service Project
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 to your city accommodation.
Day 3: Elephant Poo Poo Paper Factory
Put your nerves to the test as you go zip-lining. Listen up at your safety briefing, then challenge yourself as you take on the 18-platform zip-lining course.
Make your way to the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Factory. Learn about the locally run business that recycles elephant poop into high-quality paper! Find out why the paper is so environmentally friendly and watch how it’s made.
Day 4: Cycling & Jungle Hiking
Kick start the day with a biking tour of Chiang Mai’s countryside hills. Take in the wonderful views before embarking on a jungle hike to a hidden waterfall!
Transfer to the Treehouse Village, your home over the next few evenings.
Cook a meal with the community and get to know the local people over dinner.
Day 5: Community Service Project
Today you will begin your community service project. Projects include but are not limited to renovating buildings and schoolhouses, creating a system for recycling plastics and other materials in a sustainable way, 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. We pride ourselves on all our community service projects being ethical, which is why the work you’ll be doing will be decided by the community, dependent on what they need.
Day 6: Community Service Project
Continue working on your service project.
Participate in a guided reflection session, where you share your thoughts on the work you’ve done this week. You could even be awarded prizes for the effort you’ve put in!
Day 7: Home Time
Transfer back to Chiang Mai’s city centre. Say goodbye to the Adventure Leaders and catch your flight home.
Creativity: Develop a range of artistic styles through sketching temples.
Activity: Zipline, jungle hike, and go on a bicycle tour.
Service: Improve your personal understanding of what it means to be a global citizen as you volunteer with elephants and complete a community service project.
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