THAILAND


2020 Dates Announced! July 15-29, 2020

ALL DATES ARE +/- 2 DAYS

OVERVIEW: Elephant conservation, Thai culture, Asian language, Education. Work with Thai students to practice English through music. Participants and Thai students will work together to write original music in multiple languages! Help take care of elephants at an elephant nursery in the mountains. Visit ancient Thai sites and temples. Swim and snorkel at an amazing Thai beach. Shop at a night street market. This amazing program has so much to offer!

TOPICS: Community-based conservation, elephants, Thai culture, Asian language and music.
PROGRAM DATES: July 2020
LENGTH: 18 Days
LOCATIONS: Thailand
ELIGIBILITY: Those who will complete 8th grade by trip departure
TUITION: $6,950 (All inclusive)
SCHOLARSHIP: Available
TUITION INCLUDES: international airfare from CLE, transfers, taxes and fees, accommodations, meals, transportation, conservation program fees, elephant center fees, tips, guides, drivers, vehicles, staff, and all trip activities.
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Required trip insurance (about $100), souvenirs & personal items, food at airports, and any needed medicines or vaccinations (consult your doctor).
DEPOSIT: $500 (non-refundable if accepted to the program)


Expected Itinerary

plane flying into the sunset

Day 1 | Depart CLE

Depart Cleveland for Thailand!

colorful towers on a ridge

Day 2 | BANKOK

Arrive into Bangkok
Check into airport hotel.

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Day 3 | CHIANG MAI

Morning flight out of Bangkok to Chiang Mai
City tour with stops at temples
Thai cooking course

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Day 4 | ELEPHANT NURSERY

Go off-grid at a solar-powered conservation facility in the mountains, nestled on the banks of a lush, plant-lined tropical river. Wake up to the trumpets of mother elephants. Your contribution at the nursery makes it possible for their calves to grow safely while nursing for the first two years of their lives.

elephant and students

Day 5 | ELEPHANT NURSERY

Get up early to bathe a 200-pound bundle of joy. Harvest grass shoulder-to-shoulder with a machete-wielding “mahout” (a person who takes care of elephants). It’s not always glamorous, but serving at the elephant nursery in Chiang Mai is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Day 6 | CHIANG MAI

Depart from the Elephant Nursery after lunch and drive to Chiang Mai. Explore the Chiang Mai Street Market.

wat chiang mai temple

Day 7 | CHIANG MAI

Sit down and have a conversation with Thai monks. Visit Doi Suthep Temple and the hill tribe village of Doi Pui.

aerial view of beach with green forest and turquoise water

Day 8 | KOH SAMET

Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and then drive to Koh Samet.

water view of beach with boats and houses

Day 9 | KOH SAMET

A day at the beach. Swimming, snorkeling and sun!

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Day 10 | BANKOK

Take a boat back to mainland Thailand. Drive from the coast to Bangkok. Visit Wat Bavornivet

student with monks

Day 11 | BANKOK

Introduction to teaching and working with Thai students.
Initial visit meet the students and see the school. Visit the Jim Thompson House and explore the central business district of Bangkok.

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Day 12 | BANKOK

Bangkok City Tour day
Temple of Emerald Buddha
Temple of Reclining Buddha

bankok market

Day 13 | BANKOK

Work together to prepare for the music creation and English language sessions to be held at a Thai school.
After lunch, visit the Chatuchak weekend market.

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Day 14 | BANKOK

Create original music with students at a local Thai school to help them with English language development. After school, visit the Ayuthaya Historic Park.

thai school students

Day 15 | BANKOK

Create original music with students at a local Thai school to help them with English language development. After school, take part in an exchange program with high school students at another Thai school.

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Day 16 | BANKOK

Create original music with students at a local Thai school to help them with English language development. After school, enjoy an evening farewell dinner.

street market with red lights

Day 17 | Depart

Depart Thailand for home!

cleveland ohio skyline

Day 18 | Arrive in CLE

Arrive in Cleveland. Begin telling your stories!