Serve at an Elephant Sanctuary, Peruse Buddhist Temples, Zipline Through the Jungle
Moderate to High
About this Trip
There is nowhere in the world quite like Thailand—incredible people, jaw-dropping scenery, fascinating culture, and mouthwatering food
You’ll explore and marvel at ornate palaces and visit Buddhist temples in the bustling capital city. Just a short plane ride away in the mountainous jungle you’ll spend a day in an elephant sanctuary feeding, bathing, and caring for rescued elephants and finish off your evenings wandering the colorful local night markets. Enjoy lunch with monks, ride one of the longest zip-lines in the world, and head to the Andaman Sea to snorkel in turquoise water among towering limestone cliffs. You’ll learn how to pick ingredients, shop at the street market, and prepare six different Thai dishes in our local cooking class.
Elephants, ziplines, and snorkeling are amazing, but the part of this trip that most youth love best are the relationships you develop with the incredible women and children from our social impact project. You will be humbled, changed, and inspired by their incredible courage and resiliency.
Teen Service Opportunities In Thailand
Human trafficking has been identified as the largest human rights violation in the history of mankind
Human trafficking is a global problem, and one of the world’s most horrendous crimes. Children are sold for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or as child soldiers. Women are brutalized and traded like commodities.
Fighting against human trafficking is key, but so is providing long-term support and healing for those who have been rescued from modern slavery of any form. At a local safe-house in Thailand, you will participate in projects that help women and children that have been rescued from human trafficking and other abusive situations.
Youth & Parent Experiences
”I loved my TFY trips!! As I’ve reflected on my trip experiences, I’ve realized how much they have helped me grow. The trips have changed the way I see others and the world. I have overcome challenges on the trips that have changed my life. I am extremely grateful for my opportunity to go.Hannah M.
”Even though we have traveled abroad, sending our teenage son overseas without us was daunting. What we found with TFY was a well-organized and experienced group that knew how to balance safety, spirituality, work, and play in a way that made me comfortable and my son very happy. We are so grateful for the excellent experience we had with TFY.Sara K.
”Each trip taught me something new about myself, the world, and especially God. I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ in Costa Rica, learned to see others as God sees them in Greece. I was exposed to a whole new view of the world and poverty in Zambia, and I developed my confidence in my place in the world in Tahiti. Erin and Kimball have put so much time and effort into making these trips life-changing, and they definitely have succeeded in creating a whole new way to travel.Renee F.
”TFY showed me how much the world had to offer. I learned each day on the trip that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and experience things you never have before. I would make everyone go on a TFY trip if I could because you can’t get those experiences anywhere else!Brynli A.
”I’ve been to Costa Rica before, but I had never seen it the TFY way. I loved moving around from place to place and doing things I would never try on my own, like sleeping in a cave and rappelling down a 90-ft waterfall. This trip was the perfect combination of adventure, service, and spiritual strengthening.Avery M.
”My TFY trips were the BEST!! The leaders, experiences, and especially the environment helped teach me about the world and about myself. I grew spiritually and mentally on my trip and would recommend anyone and everyone to go! Not only are you having a blast and making lifetime connections, but you are also learning life skills and serving those around you... what could be better!?!Emily B.
”TFY absolutely changed me for the better. I learned that making friends is so much easier than I could have ever imagined. It made me have love and appreciation for what I have and the world! My experience at TFY gave me eternal friendships, faith, and self-confidence. The trip may seem scary at first but it is 1000% worth it and it will be something you never forget. And if you can’t find someone to come with you I promise it’s just as good (or better) alone!! I’m forever thankful for travel for youth!Natalee P.
Who Can Go On This Teen Trip?
All high school-aged youth 15-19 years old, who commit to and follow the rules and safety standards of Travel For Youth can attend this trip.
Is Thailand safe?
Yes! Safety is, by far, our number one priority when we choose any location for our trips. We are keenly aware of the intense trust that is placed in us to provide a safe and life-changing experience for your child. As parents of three children, we do not take that trust lightly. Because of this, we will never take your child to a place that we, as the founders, do not deem safe for our own small children, and that we have not PERSONALLY visited and vetted from top to bottom.
Thai people are some of the most kind-hearted, gentle people we have ever met in our travels. Their country is generally safe with a crime rate much lower than the United States when analyzed per capita. That being said, it is always wise to exercise caution and to by hyperaware when traveling. Public political demonstrations, tourist scams, and petty theft are things that tourists in Thailand should be aware of. Our leaders are trained extensively regarding safety precautions and protocols and we have several layers of safety in place to prevent all that we can.
You can read more about our robust safety precautions here.
What is the food like?
Thai food may feel adventurous if you’ve never tried anything similar, but it is incredible! Typical meals involve noodle-based dishes with fresh herbs, sauces, vegetables, and meat. Rice and meat dishes are also common along with several different kinds of coconut-based curries.
Gluten and milk allergies can be easily accommodated in Thailand. If you have a peanut allergy, you will need to exercise extra caution on this trip as peanuts and peanut oil are used in many dishes and are a common garnish. We can help you know what you need before you go and your trip leaders will be prepared to help you order food and let chefs know about your allergy.
What are the housing accommodations going to be?
Again, safety is our number one priority. When we consider new locations, we personally go beforehand and scout out the safest, highest quality housing and neighborhoods available. We never stay in hostels and we personally go and vet every accommodation for cleanliness, location, safety, and privacy.
In order to provide a more immersive cultural experience, and to better support and give back to the community we are visiting, we prioritize Airbnb’s or privately owned bed and breakfasts for the majority of our stay.
For the majority of your stay in Thailand, you will be in private Airbnbs.
How can I prepare for my experience?
First and foremost, get a passport if you don’t already have one!
Next, keep your eye out for the information and resources that we will be sending you about women’s empowerment. The more you know and understand, the more this experience will mean to you and the more prepared you will be to make a meaningful difference.
As far as physical preparation goes, you will need to be prepared to walk at least an hour total each day and there is a short, but very strenuous hike that you will want to be ready for. You will spend one day on a boat traveling to different snorkeling spots so being a competent swimmer is important. Lifejackets will always be provided, but basic swim skills are required.
Lastly, practice getting uncomfortable: try new foods, start conversations with people you don’t know, put away your phone for a few hours every day, etc. Traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, but it can also be full of moments that are new, hard, or uncomfortable. New people, new cultures, new languages, and new food can be a lot to take in at times. Everything you do to get ready now will make it that much easier. Just know that we’ll be there to walk you through all of it and help make the experience amazing!