• Thailand
    • Chiang Mai
Subject Areas
Animal Science Asian Studies Biology Conservation and Preservation Earth Sciences East Asian Studies Ecology Environmental Studies Field Studies Global Studies Indigenous Cultures Life Sciences Natural Sciences Sustainable Development Wildlife Sciences +5

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Total Program Fee: $3,000 USD/ $3,800 CAD/ $2,210 GBP

Program Fee Includes:
• Field Course tuition and instruction
• Pre-trip orientation communication
• Lateral flow covid-19 tests(rapid tests) (3x per participant - please note this is in addition to Thailand’s mandated screening tests upon arrival)
• On-site accommodations
• On-site meals (3x/day)
• Program-related travel (ground transportation)
• On-site lectures and cultural lessons
• On-site translators in the field and language lessons
• Research equipment

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• Student’s own additional University Tuition (If applicable)
• Airfare
• Travel Health Insurance (mandatory)
• Cellular Data/SIM card (International)
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Accommodation and meals during your mid-session break is not included.

Jan 12, 2022
Jan 06, 2019
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About Program

The Asian Elephant Compassionate Conservation field course explores how the science of animal well-being can be used in conservation to improve outcomes for animals, people and the environment. Compassionate Conservation is a cross-disciplinary, scientific field that recognizes that the health and well-being of all living things are connected.

This program addresses the socio-cultural context of conservation, and how empirical work in conservation is grounded in value-based assumptions about wild animals, nature and its resources. In the field, students will participate in an on-going research program that is studying the behaviour, social dynamics, bioacoustics and foraging ecology. While students are based in the field, they will have the opportunity to explore the complexities and challenges of real world, community-based conservation from a local community coexisting with elephants, the expert MEF staff and conservation behaviorist Dr. Liv Baker.

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Program Highlights

  • Gain hands on experience conducting your own field research.
  • Observe some of the only free ranging elephants in Thailand.
  • Learn from local experts on Karen culture, history and language.
  • Explore the city of Mae Sot on your weekend off.
  • Make a positive impact on the local Community

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Amazing Experience!

I attended this study abroad program in August of 2018 and it was the best experience of my life! This was my first time traveling outside of the country by myself and it was amazing. I felt completely safe under the supervision of the staff in and out of the forest. The Mahout foundation has an fantastic staff and the people living in the village are beyond exceptional. Everyone is super friendly and love to interact with you and get to know you. I got to be well educated on ecotourism and the amazing herd of elephants I got to go out in the forest and see. Learning how Asian elephants interact in their natural environment just shows how it is the best place for them to be so, they can thrive and be happy and healthy :) If you are thinking of attending this program I highly recommend it was the best decision I ever made and it meant a lot to me.

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Study abroad 2018

I completed the study abroad in August 2018 and it was an absolutely amazing experience. The village is beautiful and the people are so kind and friendly. The people you work alongside in the field are so fun and knowledgable.

You learn a lot about conducting animal behaviour studies in the field. Before starting to collect data, you have assistance in preparing your research question and methodology.
There's a lot of long hours hiking in tough terrian - which I personally found to be a fun challenge.

The Mahouts Elephant Foundation is truely an example of community-based conservation. The Karen people are happy with the work they do together and how the elephants are kept in the forest.

This is an invaluable experience and would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to do it.

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