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Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™

Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™

In a colorful blur of saffron robes, green mountains and golden temples, make a difference in the lives of local youth and ethnic minorities.

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Highlights

  • Teach English at a primary school and bond with local students
  • Experience Thailand’s vibrant and colorful food, arts and music
  • Zipline through lush, rural hillsides
  • Experience authentic Thai massage
  • Visit with Buddhist monks and learn about their lives
  • Interact with and learn about elephants at a local sanctuary

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Overview

Journey to enchanting Thailand, a kingdom rich in culture, arts and tradition. In spite of rapid economic progress in recent years, the northern capital of Chiang Mai manages to preserve the atmosphere of an ancient city and is still known for its beautiful temples and rugged natural landscape. Make unforgettable connections with Thailand’s youth through community service at a rural primary school. Experience the nation’s culture of warmth and reverence through interaction with the hospitable local residents and visits to unique northern temples. Sample fabulous cuisine, shop at bustling markets, and pay a visit to an ethical elephant home in the lush, green mountains surrounding Chiang Mai.

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Community Service

Volunteer at a school providing English instruction for local youth through classroom time, tutoring, arts, crafts and sports. Over the course of your community service, develop meaningful relationships with your students—serve not only as their teacher, but also a role model, mentor and friend. On the 21-day Flagship Program, you’ll also volunteer on various physical projects that support Thailand’s ethnic minorities, the Northern hill tribes. Accelerate refurbishment efforts to shelters and infrastructure for these displaced families who have historically been marginalized.

Hands-On Learning

Experience the wide diversity of Thai culture: explore elegant wats—Buddhist temples—and speak with monks about their lifestyle and spiritual worldview. Gather fresh ingredients at a market for a Thai cooking class, learn the traditional arts of dance and Muay Thai boxing, get an authentic Thai massage and get up close and personal with majestic elephants. You’ll spend an unforgettable day learning about the challenges facing these animals, as well as their significance in Thai culture.

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Adventure

Northern Thailand’s rugged geography is a playground for outdoor pursuits, including an extensive zipline through the cool, leafy tree tops in the hillsides outside of Chiang Mai and the opportunity for a waterfall hike. You’ll also visit an Elephant Jungle Sanctuary location, which is dedicated to the ethical treatment and providing healthy environments for elephants. Visit the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar and go on a whitewater rafting adventure through the beautiful mountains of northern Thailand.

Lodging

GLA operates two Home Bases, both of which are small resorts on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Accommodations are well-appointed, clean and safe. Students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to a pool and bathrooms with hot-water showers.

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Dates & Tuition

Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™ 21-Day Program Flagship
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 19 - Jul 9, 2019
Jul 13 - Aug 2, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™ 14-Day Program
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Thailand: In and Beyond the Classroom™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 1, 2019
Jul 5 - Jul 18, 2019
Jul 21 - Aug 3, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Gillian

GLA gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture. Part of the staff usually lives in the country year round and knows their way around. For example: In Thailand we got to eat Mother's Day lunch cooked by our driver's family, and had the opportunity to help their neighbors plant rice. No other program is like GLA. They constantly keep you busy and active and give you an unforgettable experience. Volunteering is such a rewarding experience.

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