Location
  • Thailand
    • Chiang Mai
Length
2 to 7 weeks
Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
Health & Safety

Program Details

Age Min.
16
Timeframe
Short Term Summer Winter
Housing
Guesthouse Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
2795
Price Details
What's included:
-All accommodations
-Group and ground transportation, including airport pick up and drop off
-All meals and drinking water
-Epic adventures and cultural immersion activities
-Funding toward volunteer projects
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 30, 2024
Jul 02, 2024
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About Program

Travel to the hill tribe villages of Thailand. GIVE's transformative Thailand trip includes elephant trekking, reforestation, English education, permaculture & bamboo rafting. It's the perfect introduction to Thai culture and community.

Our Thailand trip is two weeks but you can extend your trip with 3 unique add-ons in Southeast Asia. These destinations include Thailand, Laos Scuba (in Krabi), and Elephant Experience!

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Impact

Sustainability

GIVE's mission is to inspire growth, empower global citizens, and ignite sustainable change worldwide. To truly inspire growth and achieve sustainable travel internationally, GIVE has adopted the Asset-based community development (ABCD) model, a set of proven best practices in sustainable development that mobilizes a community’s assets and resources as the basis for development. Furthermore, through providing hands-on and eye-opening learning experiences that foster authentic connections between participants and host community members, we can empower global citizens who will continue to spread GIVE’s values and ignite sustainable change worldwide.

Ethical Impact

Exploring the world with GIVE is all about responsible travel, but what does that really mean?
Mindful Tourism + Community Partnership = Economic Growth & Community Empowerment.

Part of what makes GIVE trips so special is being fully immersed in the cultures and communities we visit. However, we take extra steps to ensure we minimize our influence and always respect local cultures. We prepare all participants before travel and ensure they understand the culture and how to dress appropriately.

Program Highlights

  • Plant the seeds of change with reforestation projects
  • Embark on a bamboo rafting journey
  • Thai cooking classes
  • Trek for elephants in the jungle
  • Be a teaching assist for local schools

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Impact 4.95
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 5
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Jordan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Voluntourism as a way of life

This experience is incredibly unique, as you’re not just traveling as a tourist, but as a global citizen immersed in the country that you’re volunteering in. Traveling with local guides allows you to really dive deep into a better understanding of Thai culture and its importance and value in our world. Each activity and experience we did was enriching and extremely enjoyable. Volunteering gives you new perspectives and is incredibly rewarding in all aspects. I thoroughly enjoyed these moments as much as if not more than any of the touristy excursions. What’s more is the people you meet and the lessons you learn along the way. I have learned so much from each of them and have returned to my country extremely grateful for this life that we all get to live together. A truly unforgettable experience. I highly highly recommend.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate a fried cricket! So yummy and tastes like sunflower seeds. Please try things you’re unfamiliar with!! You may find something you really like
Pros
  • Volunteering!!
  • Amazing friendships
  • Wonderful food
Cons
  • Conflict with some volunteers
  • You’ll always be a little dirty haha
  • Reverse culture shock :(
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olivia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing trip with give!

Embarking on a journey organized by a nonprofit is not just about traveling; it’s about making a meaningful impact while exploring new horizons. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to join such a trip, and it turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

The journey began with a sense of anticipation and curiosity as our group gathered at the departure point. What immediately struck me was the diverse group of individuals brought together by a common desire to contribute positively to communities in need. This diversity, spanning ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, set the stage for a journey filled with shared learning and mutual respect.

Our destination was a remote village nestled amidst breathtaking natural beauty, far from the usual tourist circuits. The nonprofit that organized the trip had longstanding ties with this community, ensuring that our presence would be genuinely welcomed and beneficial. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by locals who shared their culture, traditions, and stories with us—an authentic introduction that set the tone for the days ahead.

The itinerary was thoughtfully crafted to balance service work with cultural immersion and personal reflection. Mornings were dedicated to community projects ranging from building sustainable infrastructure to teaching local children. Working alongside community members, we not only contributed physically but also forged genuine connections that transcended language barriers. The sense of accomplishment and camaraderie fostered during these activities was truly gratifying.

Afternoons provided opportunities for exploration and deeper engagement with the local culture. Whether it was participating in traditional ceremonies, learning regional crafts, or simply enjoying local cuisine, each experience offered insights into the lives and customs of our hosts. These interactions were eye-opening, challenging preconceived notions and broadening perspectives in unexpected ways.

Evenings were reserved for reflection and communal activities, where we shared highlights of the day, exchanged stories, and discussed the broader impact of our efforts. These moments of reflection not only reinforced our sense of purpose but also deepened our appreciation for the interconnectedness of global communities.

Beyond the tangible contributions made during our stay, the trip left an indelible mark on my personal growth. It reaffirmed my belief in the power of grassroots initiatives and the transformative potential of cross-cultural exchange. The nonprofit’s dedication to sustainable development and ethical tourism practices served as a model of responsible travel—one that prioritizes mutual benefit and long-term partnerships over fleeting experiences.

As I reflect on this journey, I am filled with gratitude—for the opportunity to travel with purpose, for the friendships forged, and for the lessons learned. It reminded me that travel, at its best, is not just about ticking off destinations but about fostering understanding, empathy, and positive change.

In conclusion, my experience with this nonprofit-organized trip was nothing short of extraordinary. It exemplified the profound impact that conscientious travel can have on individuals and communities alike. I return home inspired and motivated, eager to continue supporting initiatives that prioritize people and planet. For anyone seeking a transformative travel experience that combines adventure with altruism, I wholeheartedly recommend exploring opportunities with organizations committed to making a difference.

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Response from GIVE Volunteers

Olivia, this is so beautifully written! Thank you for sharing your heart with us <3 We are immensely grateful to have global citizens like YOU advocating for responsible travel and sustainable change! Keep shining your light- we hope to see you on another trip soon!

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Addy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly amazing!!

Solo traveling to Thailand was one of the biggest leaps I've ever taken, and I'm so glad I did it! I was fully immersed in a beautiful culture while making lifelong friends and making the best memories! GIVE does a great job of teaching volunteers how to be global citizens and the steps to better embrace the world around them. This was truly an empowering yet humbling experience. I've learned so much about the world and its beautiful people from this trip and I can't wait to continue the adventure!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just do it!!! I was so nervous to travel all the way across the globe by myself and meet a completely new group of people, but it was the best decision I've ever made! A piece of my heart will always remain in Thailand. Jump into everything with an open mind and heart and you'll do great!
Pros
  • Cultural immersion!
  • Meeting elephants and learning about them!
  • The other volunteers!
Response from GIVE Volunteers

We are so proud of you for taking that leap and stepping out of your comfort zone to travel with us! It can be scary at first, especially as a solo traveler, but as you mentioned, the personal growth achieved and lasting connections surpass any initial fears! So happy to have travelers like you!! Good vibes!

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Livia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand Trip - 2024

This trip completely changed my life!!! Going into a trip with random people can be a little intimidating and that is totally understandable! But I promise you, the instant connections with everyone on this trip can be more than enough trust to all of the guides, locals and people I was on this trip with! GIVE is such an amazing program with unforgettable guides and an awesome itinerary. The people you meet are so wholesome and inspiring humans. I wish I could do this trip all over again, if you can go to Thailand with GIVE! I promise you will not forget it!

2 people found this review helpful.
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Joanna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best thing i've ever done!

My trip to Thailand with GIVE was a life changing experience for me in so many ways and I will never forget it. We got to be fully immersed in many cultures and learn first hand ways to be a better human. We went on epic adventures like hiking through a limestone cave, trekking through a jungle and finding elephants, working on permaculture plots, meditating with monks, staying in remote villages, rafting down rivers, teaching English to local children and so much more. We also had such amazing guides that helped push us out of our comfort zones, but always kept us safe and were the most supportive people I have ever met. Being able to disconnect to reconnect with myself, the planet, the locals, the guides and my fellow volunteers was the best experience of my life. I cant wait to go back.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing we saw and was not expecting was, while we were trekking through the jungle to find elephants, it was a surprise that one of them had just given birth that morning. So we got to not only see the baby elephant but watch the relationship and trust that the momma had with the mahouts and watch as they helped her baby out of a ditch. Then, I also got to watch her take her first few steps while eating lunch. Incredible.
Pros
  • Conquering my fears and bungee jumping
  • Rafting down the Mae Taeng River to Pong Ngen
  • A meditation in the limestone cave
Cons
  • The bugs and their bites. The nats, mosquitos, and ants were so annoying
2 people found this review helpful.
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grace
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

life changing experience

My experience to Thailand was one of the most enlightening, fun filled, heartbreaking journey I have ever been on. I was emersed into the culture where I got a real feel for how others live, grow and love and will forever take that knowledge with me wherever I go. Our guides were amazing, they are the most selfless people I have ever met, and they made the experience by a long shot. I am so grateful I was able to go on this journey, GIVE opened my eyes up to so much and I cannot wait to continue!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was going into the cave with the bats, going into the trip I had planned to sit this portion of the trip out because of my fear of the bats. Everyone in my group was planning to go so I decided I had too, up until that moment I kept telling myself it would be okay, and if everyone else could do it; I could too. Although, hearing and seeing the bats being in the cave was so much fun and I am so glad I decided to do it after all.
Pros
  • staff was amazing
  • food was delicious and accommodations were great
  • teaching was so rewarding
Cons
  • all the surprises
  • not too many food options on the nights of spicy food for those who don't like spicy food
  • spiders
2 people found this review helpful.
Response from GIVE Volunteers

We LOVE to hear this and see these beautiful faces!! Can't wait for you to continue your journey with us! :)

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Sydney
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Thailand Program

Volunteering in Thailand was the best experience of a lifetime. I got to meet so many amazing individuals including local guides, fellow volunteers, and the overall community in Mueang Khong. Traveling with Give has been the best. I am able to travel in a safe and sustainable way. I get to be involved within the community. Give directly asks the community what they need help with. We get to directly interact and learn from those around us. In Thailand I learned to live in the moment and take in each experience!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment had to be either feeding elephants, caving, or bungee jumping. So many fun adventures in Thailand!
Pros
  • Traveling sustainably
  • Becoming a global citizen
  • Meeting like minded individuals
Cons
  • None
  • None
  • None
5 people found this review helpful.
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Taymar
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

GIVE Northern Thailand

I did the Thailand experience with GIVE this year and it is one of the best experiences i have ever had. At first i was a little skeptical as it seemed too good to be true but surely enough it was just as it said if not better. We were emerged in the tradition culture of northern Thailand, visited the rural villages, bamboo rafted, were able to wash and feed the elephants and I made so many new friends that i will have for life. It was a once in a lifetime experience and with the help of the local guides and Give guides the experience was incredible from the fun activities we did to the permaculture and educational teaching we did in rural schools teaching english. I love GIVE and it is definitely something you should book!

6 people found this review helpful.

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