Overview

Join Pacific Discovery on a summer journey to the heart of Thailand - volunteer with elephants; Discover fascinating cities; Explore incredible jungle, islands and beaches; Gain skills in Buddhist meditation, Thai cooking, Yoga, Muay Thai, rock climbing, caving and snorkelling.

Experience an enriching month in Thailand with one week of volunteer service work and three weeks of amazing educational adventure travel. Immerse yourself in elephant conservation volunteer work at the award-winning Elephant Nature Foundation. Discover Thailand’s fascinating cities and culture. Explore incredible jungle, islands and beaches. Gain skills with lessons in Buddhist meditation, Thai cooking, Yoga, Muay Thai, rock climbing, caving and scuba diving. Join us on a journey to the heart of Thailand for a pivotal summer abroad.

Known as the ‘land of smiles’, we have found Thailand’s 54 million people (the ones we’ve met) live up to their reputation. People are well educated and, as the country moves rapidly into the 21st century, are embracing elements of modern culture without discarding their own rich traditions. The country is geographically diverse - tropical beaches and islands in the south have some of the world’s best diving. The mountainous jungle clad north is populated by numerous minority tribal groups and has stunning national parks. Thailand is an immensely popular travel destination. Travelling with us you’ll have the chance to taste a less-touristed slice of Thailand, as well as its highlights.

This summer abroad program is suitable for high school graduates, gap year students, university students and graduates, ideally 18 – 24 years. Optional transferable academic credit is available on this program.

This program can be combined with the Vietnam and Cambodia Summer Program (which runs after), for an incredible 2 month summer program experience in Southeast Asia. You can also combine this program with any of our other exciting Summer programs for an inspirational 8-week educational travel experience. We offer summer programs in: Australia, New Zealand & Fiji, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia, Peru, Ecuador & Galapgaos

Pacific Discovery programs combine sustainable educational adventure travel, cultural immersion, experiential education, volunteer and community service projects, personal and leadership development, and tons of fun! For gap year and college students, the opportunity to combine this with optional transferable academic credit gives you an unbeatable study abroad or gap year travel experience.

If you have a thirst for adventure, to explore places you've dreamed of, learning through hands-on experiences, and making friends for life, then join us!

Highlights
*Volunteering with elephants for a week at the award-winning Elephant Nature Foundation
*2-day rock-climbing and caving adventure – no experience needed
*Hiking and kayaking in the amazing jungle of Khao Sok National Park
*Exploring spectacular Railae Peninsula
*Snorkelling off Kho Phi Phi
*Historical Sukhothai and its superb temples and monuments
*Thailand’s kaleidoscopic markets and temples
*Thai cooking course
*Yoga classes
*Muay Thai (Thai martial art) class
*Overnight Buddhist meditation retreat run by Thai monks
*Informal lectures and discussions on history, culture, society and environment
*Very personalized small group experience (compare with other programs of up to 40 students)
*Fantastic program leader supported by great English-speaking local guides

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