Chiang Mai is a city in the mountainous north of Thailand, populated by colorful Hill Tribe minorities. On our educational travel program in Chiang Mai, students will have the opportunity to travel to one of the highland community villages, contribute to a construction project and other community service activities with the Karen Hill Tribe people and get involved in animal welfare.
The trek will bring you and your students up high in the mountains, overlooking rolling green hills. There are various routes available: easy for beginner adventurers, medium for the active go-getters, and hard for the experienced mountaineers; you can choose the route that is most suitable for your students’ physical strength and endurance. Our local guides are full of knowledge about the local area and can offer insight into the local plants and herbs you’ll see along the way, as well as the history of the area.
After a long day of trekking, you and your students will experience the local way of life – no electricity and no AC – in a local hill tribe homestay. Within the village, students are encouraged to get involved in local agricultural projects, practice newfound language skills, and participate in cultural activities with local people. The last day of the trip will also feature some bamboo rafting.
After some time in the mountains, your students will learn more about Thailand’s wildlife by getting up close and personal with giant gentle pachyderms at an Elephant Care Centre – an ethical camp for elephants who can no longer work either in tourism or in the logging industry. Here you and your students will spend the day interacting with these gentle giants to learn all about elephant care, conservation and discuss the broad topic of animal welfare in tourism.
Side note: did you know that all of our journeys are customized to meet the needs of both your students and the communities we work with? For more information, get in touch with our GROUND Asia team and find out how you and your students can contribute to service learning projects like these in Thailand.
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