Thailand - Rock Climbing & Caving Weekend

We spent the last weekend rock climbing and caving in the mountains around Chiang Mai. As a group, we learned a lot about the physical demands of the sport but also though the challenges, we learned a lot about ourselves. Ignoring the brief abseil I did when I was ten years old, I'd never done this kind of thing before. We started with a "warm up" rappel to practice our skills. This turned out to be quite easy for most but our big first day challenge was to rappel down a… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2014

Welcome to the relaxing jungle! By Sam Bavelock. Thailand Summer Program, 2013

Although our last couple of weeks in Thailand did include fun and games, we were never brought down to our knees nor caught any diseases, thankfully! From Chaing Mai, we travelled down to Khao Sok International Park, where we stayed at Our Jungle House in quaint bungalows, with the Sok River and limestone mountains at our doorstep. Our days were spent outdoors, going on a lovely, yet leechy, hike through the jungle, tubing down the river, and swimming. Moving on … Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2013

Mindfulness. By Rebecca Steele. Thailand Program, June 2013.

If this week has taught me anything, it is that everyone can be mindful, both of their surroundings and of themselves, if they just take the time to try. Personally, I cannot imagine a better way to learn about the culture of a foreign country than to attempt to immerse yourself in it, which is precisely what we did. Having had time to reflect on our experiences during the trip upon our arrival back in Chiang Mai, we had the opportunity to discover more about the r… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2013

Working with the elephants in the Land of Smiles - Thailand Summer Program

This week our hosts were the rescued elephants, dogs, and cats of the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. After the caving escapade, we thought we would have a relaxing break, enjoy the gorgeous mountains, and laze around with the elephants. Although we did have those moments, hard work was not sparse! To start the adventure we cut and hauled corn stalks for a solid four hours. The truck load of what we gathered would only serve as a snack for the thirty-five e… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2013

Sawat dee kha from Myriah Sujansky

Bangkok is huge but after getting situated and used to the crazy streets it didn’t seem so scary. We visited two temples during our stay. The first temple Wat Po had the reclining Buddha- it was absolutely massive! Wat Doi Suket was a long hike up but the views were incredible. You could see all of Bangkok- the more rural areas and the skyscrapers in the background. We used all different ways to get around the city: train, tuk tuk, boat and foot. Leaving Bangkok … Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2013

Thailand Summer Program - Mission Impossible

The bead of sweat forms behind my left ear. It travels slowly down my neck to my collar bone. From there it picks up speed racing down my tricep, past my elbow, my forearm and then pauses on my pinkie. It sits there and time slows as gravity slowly overwhelms its attraction to my skin. And then it falls, racing down the 30 metre (90 foot) cliff I have just climbed. My arms ache. My breathing is short, sharp and shallow. I am stuck on the most difficult section of t… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2012

Thailand Summer Programme - Crouched By a Waterfall

Water has always been the most absolute source of life, especially for me. It nourishes the earth we walk on, the plants we admire, and the fellow animals we celebrate. Rock has always been my primal source of humbling. When water and rock meet to create the imperial flow of a waterfall – I find authentic salvation. Ithaca, NY (where I attend University) was where I first discovered my sincere affection and serenity in waterfalls. However, here, in Thailand it is somet… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2012

Imagine

Our time at the Migrant Learning Center in Chiang Mai has come and gone in waves of success and struggle. We have battled language barriers, blank stares, and teacher-less classrooms, but somewhere between awkward moments and Aha! moments, I believe we made a difference, Once the students and staff got used to a bunch of curious Americans (and one Australian) popping in and out of classrooms, the students really opened up to us. I think the students were happy to break u… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2012

Chang, Chang, Chang!

Sawasdee ka We are wrapping up our volunteer project at the Elephant Nature Foundation in Chiang Mai. Although we’ve been here several days, eating breakfast next to elephants never gets old. We have had an amazing week so far filled with lots of hard work and excitement! I definitely think everyone will come away with a new found respect and love for Thailand’s largest residents. Our team has kept very busy and made even the most undesirable tasks enjoyable. This… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2012

Elephant Nature Foundation - Thailand

The white heat of midday has given way to the comfortable warmth of early evening and a restful stillness. From where I'm sitting looking out across the fields of the Elephant Nature Park to the river and forested hillsides topped by white fluffy clouds beyond, not a breath of wind disrupts the seeming postcard perfection. It's one of those moments that encourages peaceful reflection. I'm thinking about how I can't fault the ethos or actions of the Elephant Nature Found… Read more

Category Thailand
Departure 2012