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Thailand: 15 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare

Thailand: 15 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare

Thailand: 15 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare

Program Type:Smithsonian Open Enrollment iconOpen Enrollment Learn More

Dates: June 24th - July 8th, 2018  |  Tuition: $3,490 Tuition Details

Service Hours: 40 Service hours

SSA Contact: 

Morrison Mast, morrison@walkingtree.org, 202-792-8953

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Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2018 Thailand 15 Day Elephant Conservation and Welfare Program! If this is your first time on this page, please read through the categories under Pre-Enrollment to learn more about this unique travel opportunity, or peruse the other categories as you like. Once you have enrolled, please check out the Post-Enrollment information. Around one month before departure, we will post the remaining information under Program Prep to review on a call with the entire group. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Thailand!

Program Highlights

  •  Explore the famous Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
  • Volunteer with Bring The Elephant Home
  • Visit an elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi
  • Spend a night in a houseboat on the River Kwai
  • Participate in Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation efforts
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Smithsonian Student Adventures was created through a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution and Walking Tree Travel. Although this video is branded as Walking Tree Travel, it encapsulates the mission and spirit that is present in all SSA programming.

Important Program Details

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Program Itinerary

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 24USA - Thailand Fly from the USA to Bangkok, Thailand.Airplane
June 25BangkokSawatdee ka! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! Upon arrival, we'll rest before we hold an orientation meeting and cultural introduction. We will have free time in the evening to explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!Bangkok Guesthouse
June 26Bangkok Today we will spend the day exploring the busy and bustling capital city on a longtail boat ride through the small canals of Chao Phraya River. We'll visit the impressive Grand Palace and the religious temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun . Bangkok Guesthouse
June 27SalakpraToday we will head to Kanchanaburi Province where we will partner with the organization Bring the Elephant Home, and learn about wild elephant conservation, the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being taken to help, and how we can contribute!Homestay
June 28SalakpraAfter eating a traditional Thai breakfast in our homestay community, we'll have a busy day working in the tree nursery, helping the park rangers to build a check dam in the wildlife sanctuary, and visiting a local school. We will also drive to River Kwai Noi to meet with OurLand Team and go over river floating activity and safety. Hike to OurLand Conservation Center, learn about their conservation projects and activities.Homestay
June 29Salakpra - Sai YokToday we will team up with local community members and students in a tree planting event, to help sustain both local farmers and provide a larger habitat for the wild elephants. In the late afternoon, we'll head to Sai Yok National Park, where we'll spend the night camped on a houseboat, swimming in the river and sleeping underneath the stars. Houseboat
June 30Kanchanaburi After an early morning boat cruise, we will make our way to an elephant sanctuary close by. We'll meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and bathe with them in the river.Elephant Haven
July 1Kanchanaburi Today we will spend time walking with our new friends in the forest, preparing their food, taking care of them, and helping with an ongoing reforestation project. Elephant Haven
July 2Kanchanaburi Today we'll explore the town of Kanchanaburi. We will learn the art of Thai cuisine with a visit to a local market and preparing a few dishes. Following lunch, we'll check out a karst cave and visit the Thai-Burmese Death-Railway, constructed during WWII. We will head back in the evening to take care of the elephants before bed. Elephant Haven
July 3Kanchanaburi - Kui BuriWe will wake up bright and early and head to Kui Buri National Park. Once we arrive, we'll go on a tour of the park and have our first opportunity to see elephants in the wild!Kui Buri Resort
July 4Kui Buri After an early morning safari tour, we will begin our service project working alongside park rangers to help construct check dams and watering holes . In the late afternoon, we will take a tour of the surrounding farm plantations and relax at our guesthouse.Kui Buri Resort
July 5Kui BuriWe'll get an early start in the morning so we can have a full day on the island! We will have time to relax on the beach, and reflect on our adventure.Kui Buri Resort
July 6Koh Talu Today we will have time to snorkel and kayak, take learn about local marine wildlife and fisheries, and go squid fishing !Talu Island Resort
July 7Koh Talu On our last full day in Thailand we'll spend the afternoon relaxing on the island and then make our way back to Bangkok. If we have time, we'll visit one of Bangkok's famous malls, see a Thai movie, buy any last minute souvenirs, and enjoy our farewell meal together!Bangkok Guesthouse
July 8Bangkok - USASay our goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the U.S.A! Your Own Bed

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Smithsonian Student Adventures designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Smithsonian Student Adventures stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our participants, teachers, and staff ; Program Leaders and Country Directors follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, working with partner vendors,  making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Student participants will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with SmithsonianSA. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from student participants. SSA partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Bangkok: www.bcgh.org/

Chiang Mai: http://ihouse.payap.ac.th/

Kanchanaburi: www.elephantnaturepark.org/elephant-haven-sai-yok-kanchanaburi/

Kui Buri: http://baanraikongmun.com/

Koh Talu: www.taluisland.com/

Chiang Rai: www.benguesthousechiangrai.com/

Standards of Behavior

SSA provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with SSA.

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:
all accommodations, basic travel insurance, 3 meals per day, drinking water, ground transportation, group activity and entry fees, full time leadership team and taxes and tips.

Tuition Excludes:
 International airfare, baggage fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an SSA program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to Thailand.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact SSA for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

We strongly recommend visiting the CDC Thailand website to get the most updated information on health and vaccination considerations in your destination country. In addition, we encourage you to consult with your personal family physician so you can be as informed as possible when making important decisions about vaccinations and other necessary health-related preparations before travel.

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. SSA will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

 

Travel Insurance

If you are traveling on a program which departs before September 1, 2018 the following travel insurance is included in your tuition:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have coverage beyond what your family’s package may already provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

While we work hard to ensure the safest experience possible for our travelers while on program, experience has taught us that travel is never without risk. For this reason, we strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance which would cover you in the event your student needs to withdrawal before travel due to a covered reason, loses baggage in route or encounters an emergency while traveling, among other unforeseen circumstances. Please see a summary of a recommended plan below and follow the link for a more detailed explanation or to purchase the plan for your traveler.

Classic with Trip Plus*
Trip Cancellation Up to 100% of Trip Cost
Reimburses your prepaid, non-refundable expenses if you must cancel your trip due to a covered reason.
Maximum coverage: $100,000.

Trip Interruption Up to 150% of Trip Cost
Reimburses for the unused, non-refundable portion of your trip and for the increased transportation costs it takes for you to return home or to continue your trip due to a covered reason. Maximum coverage: $150,000.

Missed Connection $1,600
Reimburses for covered expenses resulting from a covered delay that causes you to miss your scheduled flight or cruise.

Travel Delay $1,600
Receive up to $200 per day per person to cover additional accommodation/travel expenses and lost prepaid expenses due to a departure delay of six or more hours.

Medical Protection: 
Emergency Medical and Dental $50,000
-This primary coverage provides reimbursement for expenses incurred during your trip due to covered medical and dental emergencies. No deductible.
-$750 maximum for emergency dental care.

Baggage Protection
Baggage Loss/Damage $2,000
Covers loss, damage or theft of baggage and personal effects.

Baggage Delay $600
Covers the reasonable additional purchase of essential items during your trip if your baggage is delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for 24 hours or more. Receipts for emergency purchases are required.

Assistance Services
Emergency Medical Transportation $1,000,000
Provides medically necessary transportation to the nearest appropriate facility following a covered injury or illness. Also covers the cost of your transportation back home following a covered injury or illness.

24-Hour Hotline Help Included
Help is just a phone call away with Allianz Global Assistance. Our staff of multilingual problem solvers is available to help you with any medical, legal or travel-related emergency.

*Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Insurance benefits underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A­” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101­C series or 101­P series, depending on your state of residence. Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson InsuranceCompany. Non­Insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company. Consumer may be responsible for charges incurred from outside vendors for assistance or concierge services. Contact AGA Service Company at 800­284­8300 or 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 or customerservice@allianzassistance.com.

Global Leadership Curriculum

Walking Tree Travel has developed a curriculum that helps SSA travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame the experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future.

For more information about student learning objectives and format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

Learn More About the GLC

To view and complete the Pre-Program Activities, visit Walking Tree’s online portal at the button below.

Pre-Program Activity Portal

Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

duolingo owl logo

Group Flight Information

In an effort to make the flight booking process as smooth as possible, we have partnered with STA Travel. This partnership provides our participants with discounted fares through STA’s contracts with the top airlines to help our travelers get the best possible rates. To learn more about STA as an organization, please check out their website at www.statravel.com.

STA Travel will help our families and travelers book their round trip travel between their home city and our host countries. We are excited to offer this premium service to our participants so that we can focus on what we do best – providing meaningful adventures around the world.

Open Enrollment participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own international flights. You have two options for making your flight arrangements:

1. (Preferred) Book a seat on the chaperoned international group flight.

Each Open Enrollment program has a suggested, chaperoned, group flight that will depart from a designated departure city in the United States and arrive to the destination country. Participants on these flights will have the support of our on-scene Airport Liaison as well as an accompanying Program Leader, on-flight. The Airport Liaison will help gather, coordinate and direct the arrival and departure of our participants in the airport and the Program Leader will accompany the group to and from the host country while on the flight. The vast majority of our travelers choose this option. 

The following information is for the chaperoned group flights for this program:

DEPARTURE FROM USA
Airline: 
Eva Air
Flight: BR011
Date: June 24, 2018
Departs: Los Angeles, California (LAX) at 12:15am

Arrives: Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) at 5:10am on June 25, 2018

Airline: Eva Air
Flight: BR0201
Date: June 25, 2018
Departs: Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) at 10:20am
Arrives: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) at 1:05PM

RETURN TO USA
Airline: 
Eva Air
Flight: BR206
Date: July 8, 2018
Departs: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) at 1:45am
Arrives: Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) at 6:35am

Airline: Eva Air
Flight: BR006
Date: July 8, 2018
Departs: Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) at 10:10am
Arrives: Los Angeles, California (LAX) at 7:40am

Here’s how to proceed:

Call our dedicated representative at STA Travel at 800-781-4040 to learn about your booking options.

  • Tell the agent you are a Smithsonian Student Adventures participant, the full name of the program you are traveling on and your program travel dates. They will walk you through the details of your flight options.
  • Once you know your flight options, you can book directly with STA or on your own to travel to the host country.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Should you elect not to travel on the suggested, chaperoned, group flight please email your complete flight reservation to flights@SmithsonianSA.com

Program participants should meet the airpot liaison at the below airline check-in counter three hours before the international flight. If you are traveling on a connecting flight from your home destination, you will meet your flight chaperone at the boarding gate for your international flight. If you have trouble locating the group, please contact Smithsonian Student Adventures at our 24/7 emergency hotline: 303-997-0310.

2. Book your own flight to the host country.

For this option we require travelers to arrive at the same time, or earlier (no more than 3 hours), than the suggested group flight’s planned arrival. We ask participants not to arrive later than the suggested group flight’s time of arrival. If travelers arrive on their own prior to the rest of the group, we will arrange for either a Program Leader or the Country Director meet them when they land in the host country. If a participant arrives more than three hours before the group chaperoned flight, we will have in-country staff pick them up, but a $100 fee will apply.

With either option, we strongly encourage you to book your flights through STA, but it is not required.

STA operates a full 24/7 emergency line and can support you with issues from date changes, cancellations, or general crisis management support wherever you are in the world. To contact them, please call 800-781-4040.

A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event SSA is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries.  Notwithstanding, our travelers’ well-being and safety is always our number one priority in all facets of our operations and programming, so please know that in case flight delays or cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will keep family members updated on developments as we are able.

Important note: Please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

BAGGAGE POLICY
SSA is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage 
or for lost or stolen luggage. We strongly encourage all travelers to pack a carry-on bag if possible, or to at least put all valuables and a change of clothes or two in a carry-on along with all important medications and basic toiletries such as a toothbrush, deodorant, glasses, contacts etc.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm whether this is required on your flight.

Leader Profile

SSA will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have support staff in our host countries and 24/7 support from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Below you’ll find a list of the Smithsonian Student Adventures staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program. Meet your support team!

  • Bo Somboon
    Bo Somboon Program Leader

    B.A. in Tourism Industry from Phitsanulok University

    My name is Phanupong Somboon (my friends call me Bo) and I was born and raised in Thailand. I have been a rock climbing and outdoor educator for the past 6 years and enjoy every day of it. For the last four years, I have had the opportunity to work
    with International students around the world. I enjoy working with students because I have the chance to take them to explore my own country and to show them my culture and language. I also get to show them my beautiful countryside, people
    and way of life. I have enjoy traveling around Southeast Asia and China for several adventures of my own. I am looking forward to leading with Smithsonian Student Adventures this summer!

    • Savannah Johnson
      Savannah Johnson Program Leader

      Colorado College – B.A. Sociology, Minors in Global Education and Feminist & Gender Studies

      Savannah is a firm believer in the power of informed impulsivity and has an insatiable travel bug, which, together, have propelled her adventures to six of the seven continents, so far. Through her studies of and experiences in the social world, she has been able to empirically substantiate risk-taking and reap the benefits of living outside her comfort zone. This is something she loves encouraging young people to do too. As such, she spent 8 weeks of the school year backpacking with high school students in Colorado and Utah before taking up residence in Amman, Jordan to study Arabic, work on a documentary film, and teach English Language and Literature at an American International School. Savannah is a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified teacher, certified in CPR/AED/First Aid and Mental Health First Aid, and is very excited to be returning to Thailand, where she taught and traveled in 2013.

      Group Roster

      Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled correctly. For edits, email lacey@SmithsonianSA.com.

      1. Abigail Collura
      2. Andrew Wilten
      3. Anne Martz
      4. Cameron Davis
      5. Ceanne Lyon
      6. Eva Breiterman
      7. Hannah Flemming
      8. Isabel Muniz
      9. Isabella Schaak
      10. Kelsey Midgett
      11. Willem Huizinga
      12. Mia Dobbins
      13. Sarah Mydland – Junior Leader

      Community & Project Details

      Located just 2.5 hours South-West of Chiang Mai, amongst beautiful mountain scenery and lush countryside, BEES is a community-based elephant sanctuary that serves as a home for old, injured and retired elephants needing rest and permanent care. Each day will be unique, and activities could include preparing their food, feeding, bathing and walking with the elephants into the jungle, as well as the general care and husbandry of other rescued animals, such as cats, dogs, owls and more! You’ll also have the opportunity to get more involved in the community by teaching English to staff and students, cleaning up the village, or planting trees and grass. You will walk away from this experience with a stronger appreciation for elephants and a deeper understanding of the problems they face in Thailand and what is being done to help them.

      Communication & Blog

      Travelers will be able to keep in touch with family and friends at home by using Wifi (when available at hotels and restaurants) via Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

      During the program we keep families and friends updated on the group’s adventures as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, please direct all general inquiries to info@SmithsonianSA.com. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S. In case of an emergency, please dial 303-997-0310.

      To access the group’s blog, click here.

      Photos which appear in the blog will become available after the program ends. We will send out a link to the photo gallery, where you will have access to view and download as many of the photos as you like!

      Packing List

      What follows is a sample packing list, which will be updated for each program. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

      Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.

      Thailand Packing List

      CLOTHES:

      10 pairs of underwear​
      6 pairs of socks (a mixture of good hiking socks and casual socks)​
      4 t-shirts (some quick dry)​
      2 long sleeve shirts​
      1 sweater​
      1 rain jacket or strong poncho (it will be the rainy season in July)
      1 swim suit​
      2-3 pairs of travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light (no short shorts please)​
      2 pairs of comfortable/hiking/everyday pants (NOT all jeans)​
      1 nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer and guys a polo or button up shirt with jeans for
      such occasions. Please have the skirt reach your knees)​
      1 pair of durable athletic/hiking shoes​
      1 pair of sandals ​
      1 pair of work gloves​
      1-2 pairs of work pants
      1 hat
      1 sarong (something to cover knees when entering Temples and holy places *this may be purchased in country)
      rain boots (for volunteer activities – *we encourage you to be purchase these when in country for cheaper)

      TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:

      Sunscreen (you will use a lot)​
      Mosquito repellent (you will use a lot)​
      Band Aids and Neosporin​
      Hand Sanitizer​
      Medication in properly marked original container
      Anti-diarrhea medicine

      MISCELLANEOUS:

      Sunglasses​
      Journal and pen​
      Book​
      Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)​
      Power Converter (220 volts AC)​
      Alarm Clock and watch​
      Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $50-$150, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra
      items etc.)​
      Durable water bottle​
      1 quick-dry towel​
      Flashlight/headlamp​
      Batteries​
      Deck of cards or other portable games​
      Host family gift for each host family
      Pictures of family, friends, home​
      STUDENT ID​
      Thai/English Dictionary

      ***Please keep in mind that the villages we will be staying in are generally more conservative. The people usually wear long covered up clothing and do not appreciate seeing a lot of exposed leg, cleavage, or bare shoulders.

      HOMESTAY GIFTS

      Travelers often contact us regarding what an appropriate gift might be for their student’s host family. Host families are often curious about where our students come from and their families in the U.S. As such, we recommend a simple gift that describes, represents or depicts your home. Well-received gifts in the past have included calendars or picture/coffee table books from your city or state, a framed picture of your family, paraphernalia from a local sports team, toys, soccer balls, school supplies, or something produced or grown in your hometown, like chocolate, local candy, t-shirts, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is not to worry about this…  Anything, no matter its value, will be well received!

      Tuition Details

      more tuition information Tuition excludes:

       International airfare, baggage fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

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