The trip with Loop to Thailand was my first time abroad, and it was amazing. All my nerves about traveling alone and being in a foreign country went out the window and I didn't have to worry about it. The girls in my group were nice and the vet staff were AMAZING! I didn't know anyone, and I made friends while I was there. The culture shock isn't as bad as you think either. The Thai people everywhere we went were welcoming and inclusive.
The actual veterinary experience is something that I will never get elsewhere. The week spent at Elephant Nature Park gave me opportunities to be up close and personal with Asian elephants in their natural habitat. Coming from the US, I would not get that chance stateside. I really believe it will help me when I apply to Vet School in 2020.