Thailand: In & 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.
  • 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
  • Whitewater raft through the beautiful mountains of Northern Thailand

On This Program you will...

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.

Immersive 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 these animals face and their significance in Thai culture.


Northern Thailand’s rugged geography is a playground for outdoor pursuits – ziplining through the warm, leafy tree tops in the hillsides outside of Chiang Mai, and the opportunity to go on 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.


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.

Program Type

Are you passionate about improving the lives of children?
  • Tutor abroad and provide education to children at school and outside the classroom
  • Be a friend and role model to the youngest generation
  • Inspire local children to dream big and achieve their ambitions
  • Leave a lasting impact on the community through infrastructure improvements at local schools

Dates & Tuition


In & Beyond the Classroom™

21-Day Flagship Program
2020 Dates
 July 16 – August 5, 2020
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: N/A
14-Day Program
2020 Dates
 June 16 – June 29, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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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