Dive into Thailand’s vibrant cities, striking natural beauty, and mind-blowing cuisine.
Take your time in Thailand so you can soak up the succulent street food, ancient ruins, ultramodern cities, and sustainable agrarian communities.
Bounce between two coastlines, pungent market stalls teeming with fresh ingredients, and dramatic limestone cliffs emerging from the water like giant bean stalks. This largely rural nation is comprised of over 4 million rice farms and over a thousand small villages, where you will spend much of your service learning module.
When you seek out Thailand for your service learning module, you'll work with local NGOs and community members to conserve this precious natural environment, join sustainable community development efforts, and help care for elephants.
Find out what sustainable community development looks like. EF host organizations partner with local villagers to help improve the lives of their citizens, based on the needs articulated by the community. Focus on sustainable development that combines environmental, economic, and human considerations in solutions that the community can maintain.
Eat like a local. Eat your way through the markets and noodle shacks of Bangkok and learn the secrets of these seemingly complex dishes (spoiler: they’re not so hard to make at all) in a cooking class.
Help take care of elephants. Elephants in Thailand, both captive and wild, are under constant threat. EF has partnered with elephant sanctuaries, elephant hospitals, and elephant care facilities for at-risk animals that need urgent care. Help by maintaining safe, clean, and sustainable living environments for captive elephants.
Unpack indigenous history. Spend time at a Hmong lodge in a lush national park to learn about the culture of the indigenous Miao people who emigrated from China in the 18th century.
Immerse yourself in rural Thai culture. Travel to the highland regions of Northern Thailand and spend time in rural villages. You’ll learn the powerful impact NGOs have had in the region, and help with on-going efforts to preserve the forest and the communities that depend on it.
Reflect and recuperate. Round out your stay by flying to a resort on one of Thailand’s 1,400 flourishing tropical islands where you’ll relax, reflect, and refocus your energy on applying your service learnings to your post-gap life.
Bailey T., EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019 University of North Texas
Before my gap year, I had an idea that I wanted to do service work in the future. After taking this gap year and doing service work with EF in Thailand, I can now confidently say that’s what I want to do with my life. I want to continue to help others and serve others.
Sommer S., EF Gap Year Class of 2020 Illinois State University Class of 2024
The biggest lesson I learned on my gap year was from doing service in Thailand: to be appreciative of everything I have. Looking back, the one thing I’m most proud of is building a school for the Kindergarten and first grade classes. To know that what we did had an impact on the community was great, and they were so happy when it was done.