Thailand: Elephants & Conservation Expedition™


Embrace Thai culture and support an organization working to provide wild elephants a safe corridor to fresh water.
  • Visit the bustling capital of Thailand, where you’ll explore incredible temples and markets
  • Float down a river into an elephant reserve
  • Volunteer at a sanctuary for an endangered species of wild cattle, of which approximately only 120 exist in the world
  • Learn what the life of a mahout is like at an elephant camp
  • Take part in reforestation as you work at a tree nursery

On This Program you will...

Become an eco-warrior, taking your compassion for wildlife and the environment to the next level. Help an organization in protecting the endangered wild Thai elephant population by providing a safe corridor to water. Learn about the plight of both wild and domestic elephants. Discuss the complexities of elephant tourism. With a bit of good luck, observe the behavior of these gentle giants in their natural habitat! Visit temples and discover Thailand’s fascinating culture.

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Community Service

Volunteer at a community tree nursery and help with re-planting and reforestation. Clean out old catchment dams and build new ones that will serve as wild elephant watering holes. When you visit the Banteng, a critically endangered species of wild cattle, help build salt-licks and seed-bombs. Assist an eco-village by building bricks out of mud to later be used to construct sustainable housing. Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, where you may get up close and personal with these majestic animals. Walk to a river with the elephants where you will get the opportunity to help bathe them.

Immersive Learning

Snakes alive! Participate in a snake education course and learn about species found in Thailand, as well as how to deliver basic first aid for a snake bite. Experience Thai markets and food firsthand. Visit the Grand Palace and the Golden Wat temple to see the Emerald Buddha. Top it all off as you travel to Kanchanaburi, where you’ll see the World War II “Death Railway” famous for its bridge on the River Kwai. Lastly, learn about the importance of protecting land for the last remaining wild elephants in Thailand.


Every day is an adventure when you fall asleep to the sounds of wild animals nearby and awaken to the sound of birds singing. Hike through the jungle to beautiful waterfalls, where you’ll have the chance to swim in the natural pools. Encounter wild elephants safari-style at a national park. Explore a local river via raft and kayak and cycle through rugged terrain nestled between mountains and hills. Spend a day on the beach where you’ll explore a unique cave which houses a traditional Thai temple.


Home Base will be at a hotel on the outskirts of Kanchanaburi. Accommodations are well-appointed, clean and safe. Students sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and share bathrooms with hot-water showers.

Program Type

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals?
  • Collaborate with experts on issues surrounding animal & wildlife conservation
  • Spend time up-close and personal with elephants
  • Work side-by-side with your teen animal volunteer team as you help make an impact
  • Contribute to sustainable habitat projects that will help these animals to flourish

Dates & Tuition


Elephants & Conservation Expedition™

21-Day Flagship Program
2021 Dates
 June 19 – July 9, 2021
 July 13 – August 2, 2021
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,299
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 42
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

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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