Thai Smiles All the Way Home

Sitting here with Maddie and Ethan on our Bangkok rooftop watching the sun slowly rise and planes take off into the amber dawn, I feel completely filled up — with love, adventure, laughter, learning.  We are headed to the airport, the last ones to depart towards home. These past 18 days have been packed with […]

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Big Buddha and Big Goodbye!

Hello parents, friends, and fans! We are writing a late night blog about our last day in Thailand.  We might already be back in your homes before you can read this (or maybe not our flights are very long) so I will just include enough detail to leave you satisfied until you can hear the […]

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Saving Gibbons and Surfing the Gnar

Update from students Matthew, Candice, and Luis: We woke up with plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast because Simon diligently did the wake up call for every room. First we set out for the gibbon sanctuary where we learned about how endangered these monkeys are because of poaching and tourism. Then, we hiked to a […]

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Tropical Islands and Thai Crepes!

Update from student Simon: Hi friends and family and Happy Bastille Day! (French Independence Day) Today Simon and Ethan rose early to see the sunrise.  The girls were up late giggling and slept in but managed to make it to the vans on time. We then boarded a speed boat with a funny Thai guide […]

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Sunrise in Turquoise Water Paradise

Update from student Samantha: This morning we woke up early for a sunrise boat ride around the gorgeous khao Sok lake passing stunning rock formations shrouded in mist and sparkling teal water. Clara and Maddie took pictures with everyone and Sloan, Violet and Samantha soaked up the lounging hour on the boat. When the boat […]

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Evening Meeting Recap

Update from students Violet and Maddie: For today’s blog we’re going to switch it up.  We will recap everyone’s day by sharing our evening meeting with everyone at home.  Our ‘long long’ day consisted of a delicious last breakfast with our host family, a beach clean up, a few hours of driving and finally arriving […]

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Thai Boats and a Traditional Dance Party!

Update from student Clara: This morning we all walked past the Karst mountains and coconut palms to meet at the pier. We hopped on traditional Thai wooden boats and cruised through the water past gorgeous jungle topped cliffs while Ethan counted big pink jellyfish. We stopped in a protected cove to snorkel and Mathew used […]

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Mangrove Mud Wars And Starfish Sandbars

Update from student Sloan: Today we woke up in our little beach town and had breakfast with our host families. Maddie and Candace had magenta noodles and orange coffee that was actually quite good. Then, we headed to the pier to hop on our boat to the mangroves. We began our service project planting mangrove […]

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Sunset By The Sea

Today we made the big travel from Northern Thailand hill country to the Karst coastal mountains and tropical coastline of the South. After a quick breakfast, we made our way from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Trang with plenty of airport snacks and hacky sacking, and finally made it to our little oasis for the […]

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Elephants!

Update from students Katherine, Luis, and Candace: Today we woke up peacefully (no roosters) and had an early breakfast to get an early start to the elephant sanctuary.  Upon arrival, we met our tour guide, Top. First, we fed the elephants, which Ethan and Candace especially enjoyed. Then, we volunteered and washed watermelons for the […]

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