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Thailand

Thailand 15 Day Elephant Expedition

Smithsonian Student Adventures offers a 15-day elephant expedition in Thailand for high school students. Upon arrival, students will rest before attending an orientation

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Guatemala

Guatemala 10 Day Service Adventure

Getting to know the world starts with us, at Smithsonian Student Adventures through our transformative travel programs. Join our team and other participants in Guatemala

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Ecuador

Galapagos 11 Day Conservation Expedition

Smithsonian Student Adventures offers an 11-day conservation expedition in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador for high school students. Students will begin their expedition...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica 10 Day Service Adventure

Expand your learning through our Costa Rica 10 Day Service Adventure! This is the perfect chance to broaden your perspective and become a truly global citizen. Throughout...

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Belize

Belize 10 Day Marine Conservation Expedition

Are you passionate about exploring the world? Begin your journey with our meaningful travel programs at Smithsonian Student Adventures! Enroll in our Belize 10 Day Marine...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica 10 Day Osa Wildlife Conservation Expedition

Smithsonian Student Adventures offers a 10-day Osa Wildlife Conservation Expedition in Costa Rica for high school students. The expedition begins in San Jose, where students...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica 15 Day Sea Turtle Conservation Expedition

Smithsonian Student Adventures offers a 15-day sea turtle conservation expedition in Costa Rica for high school students. Upon arrival in San Jose, students will settle in...

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Smithsonian Student Adventures Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Short program with long term positive impact

Though 15 days can hardly do Thailand justice, this short program leaves a long term positive impact on those who participate. As a program leader for several different international/experiential education programs for high school students, I can attest to the unparalleled quality of Walking Tree programs, especially the programs in Thailand. They encompass a phenomenal balance of cultural immersion, service, and outdoor adventure, and, because the contacts and partners Walking Tree has in-country, students get to know so many people they would likely otherwise not encounter. From local guides, to elephant sanctuary owners, to environmental activists, and NGO employees, students who participate on this program get a whole range of perspectives on human-wildlife conflict and leave with a much more nuanced understanding of both animal welfare and environmental issues – issues which are relevant in every country around the world. They also have several opportunities to build independent travel skills and have a hefty dose of fun along the way. I highly recommend this program for high school students and think it is an incredible opportunity to reap the benefits of living beyond the comfort zone.

Program: Thailand 15 Day Elephant Expedition