The Youth International Thailand program is a 25-day experiential learning travel semester in Thailand, beginning with a 1-day orientation in Los Angeles, California. The next Thailand program will run in the fall of 2020.
Fall 2020 Daily Itinerary (November 29 to December 23)
Nov. 29 to 30: Los Angeles: Team members meet up in Los Angeles for one day and one night. They take part in a series of orientation workshops on topics including health, safety, cultural sensitivity, and team building, in preparation for their Thailand adventure. On Nov. 30, the team flies from Los Angeles to Bangkok, arriving in Thailand on Dec. 1.
Dec. 1 to 3: Bangkok: Time to explore this great Asian capital, including the Grand Palace, the floating markets, the National Museum and more. On the evening of Dec. 3, the team boards an overnight train heading north to Chiang Mai.
Dec. 4 to 5: Chiang Mai: Time to explore the endless temples, and bustling markets of Thailand’s large northern capital city. On the afternoon of Dec. 5, travel by bus to village home stay about a two hour drive outside of Chiang Mai.
Dec. 5 to 9: Village Home Stay: During this time the team will live in homes with Thai families in a very typical small village. They will learn about local life by living it themselves. Days will be split up into three sections. Early mornings will be spent helping families with household work and chores, and possibly work in the fields or forest. Late mornings will be spent attending workshops on local culture and sustainable living techniques, including organic food production, and natural building. Late afternoons the team will attend experiential workshops run by members of the village community to learn about different aspects of Thai culture. On Dec. 9, the team will depart the village and travel north by truck and bus for about 5 hours to Chiang Rai.
Dec. 9 to 16: Northern Mountains Trekking and Home Stay: During this week the team will live with host families in a tribal village in the northern mountains outside of Chiang Rai. They will learn about daily life by living it themselves. During this week in the village team members will volunteer to help the community on a local project. They will also do some trekking in the surrounding hills, and visit other tribal villages. The team will also spend part of a day learning about how the local people care for their elephants, including the opportunity to help bathe and feed the elephants. On the last day the group will return to Chiang Rai and have the opportunity to explore some of the city’s famous temples, and the its colorful night markets. On Dec. 16 the team will fly south from Chiang Rai to Krabi.
Dec. 16 to 22: Southern Islands: This week the team will enjoy spectacular beaches, crystal-blue waters, and abundant underwater wildlife for which southern Thailand is renowned. Much of this time will be spent aboard a traditional Thai long tail boat on an expedition through several islands in the Andaman Sea, near Krabi. The team will snorkel, swim, and kayak in this beautiful setting. They will also spend time in nearby villages, learning first-hand about the Muslim people who originally settled this area of Thailand. Return to the mainland on Dec. 22, and fly from Krabi back to Bangkok.
Dec. 22 to 23: Bangkok: Final exploration of Bangkok. Program wrap-up and reflection. On Dec. 23, the team flies together back to Los Angeles and then onward individually to each team member’s final home destination.
*Although unlikely, it is possible that the starting and ending point in the USA could change due to flight schedules and availability.