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Thailand

Westcoast Connection | Thailand Summer 2018

Embark to Southeast Asia with Westcoast Connection! Participate on meaningful community service projects and adventurous travel across Thailand. Students are engaged in rewarding...

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Switzerland

Westcoast Connection | Switzerland Summer 2018

Join Westcoast Connection on the summer of a lifetime to Switzerland. This European nation may be famously neutral, but once you’ve discovered lush meadows, breathtaking...

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Greece

Westcoast Connection | Greece Summer 2018

Incredible scenery, ancient ruins, crystal blue waters and one unforgettable experience! You are sure to fall in love with Greece this summer on a Westcoast Connection Global...

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Austria

Westcoast Connection | Austria Summer 2018

Charming. Beautiful. Thrilling. Romantic. Delicious. On your Westcoast Connection Global Adventure to Austria this summer, you will be amazed how one place can have all of...

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Slovenia

Westcoast Connection | Slovenia Summer 2018

Slovenia will definitely impress on your Westcoast Connection Global Adventure this summer. Small in size but definitely enormous in terms of natural beauty and excitement....

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Spain

Westcoast Connection | Spain Summer 2018

Discover Spain on one of the three amazing programs with Westcoast Connection - a teen Global Adventure, Pre-College Enrichment or Spanish Language Immersion. In addition...

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Czech Republic

Westcoast Connection | Czech Republic Summer 2018

Join Westcoast Connection on a teen Global Adventure this summer in the Czech Republic, a fascinating country that breathes the history of Europe through the walls of its...

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Croatia

Westcoast Connection | Croatia Summer 2018

Come visit Croatia this summer with Westcoast Connection. Let this beautiful small country with its rich history be your home away from home this summer. On this teen Global...

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Italy

Westcoast Connection | Italy Summer 2018

Join Westcoast Connection on the summer of a lifetime in Italy. With three unique ways to visit - Active Teen Tours, Global Adventures and Pre-College Enrichment, you’ll...

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New Zealand

Westcoast Connection | New Zealand Summer 2018

Come explore the intense, expansive, virtually untouched natural beauty of New Zealand with Westcoast Connection this summer. On this teen Global Adventure, there are mountains...

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Australia

Westcoast Connection | Australia Summer 2018

G’day mate! Join Westcoast Connection in Australia this summer on an Active Teen Tour or Global Adventure. Australia is known for so many things: the sun, surf and the...

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Canada

Westcoast Connection | Canada Summer 2018

'O Canada'! Join Westcoast Connection this summer on an amazing experience in Canada. From a French ski resort town in the east to crossing glacial ice fields of the west...

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Portugal

Westcoast Connection | Portugal Summer 2018

As a country that has such a long and very rich history, Portugal is a solid European highlight to see. On your Global Adventure program with Westcoast Connection this summer,...

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France

Westcoast Connection | France Summer 2018

There's nothing like visiting France through a Westcoast Connection program. As one of the top tourist destinations worldwide, we'll show you that France is even more beautiful...

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Westcoast Connection Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Exceptional!

Westcoast Connection’s Community Service Program in Thailand was absolutely incredible! This was my 16 year old daughter’s third Westcoast trip and she did not want to come home! From the wonderfully enthusiastic, uber friendly and engaging staff to an itinerary that provided full emersion into the Thai culture and life changing community service projects, this program was exceptional!
The adventure began with an introduction to the country itself, exploring the hustle and bustle of city life in Bangkok and it’s markets, sampling the cuisine and visiting some of Thailand’s most beautiful building and temples, including the Grand Palace and the White Temple. With their native Thai guides at their sides, the travelers got an in depth and first hand history lesson about the country while utilizing all of the local modes of transportation including the sky train, canal river boats, vans, buses and Thailand’s famous tuk tuks.
Traveling from the northern most region of Chiang Rai to Krabi in Thailand’s southern portion, with stops in between, the group also got to experience life in Thailand’s very rural, if not rustic, parts of the country as well – what an incredible cross section of Thai life! The community service projects included beautification projects, working, teaching and playing with Thai children and epitomizing teamwork in mixing and pouring a concrete court/playground for the Lahu Tribal Village. The community service projects wrapped up with the global adventurers spending a day at the Patara elephant farm where each student traveler was assigned an elephant for the day. Aside from feeding, washing, riding and playing with their elephants, the students were educated about the ever changing role of the elephant over time. It was amazing!
WCC also does a fabulous job incorporating fun location specific activities into the community service program. So whether it’s attending a cooking class, a kick boxing class, scuba diving, snorkeling or zip lining, rest assured, student travelers get to live like the locals and they are in for the experience of a lifetime!
Having experienced 3 years with another student travel program, I can say confidently and without hesitation that Westcoast Connection is the gold standard in student travel! They are, hands down, the Best of the Best! Thank you Westcoast Connection 360 for another phenomenal summer!

Program: Westcoast Connection | Thailand Summer 2018

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Thank you, Helene, for highlighting all of your favorite parts of this program! We couldn't be happier that your daughter had a great time and are certainly looking forward to next year as much as you are. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our other programs, as always, we are happy to be of help.

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

WCC 360 Thailand community service was exceptional

My 16 year old daughter took her 3rd WCC trip and spent 25 days this summer in Thailand on a community serviced based program . . . and it was nothing short of spectacular! The trip leaders were just fantastic! Super responsible and organized, very friendly, professional, and fun, they set the pace and the tone for an amazing adventure! The itinerary gave the students the best opportunities to experience the essence of everything Thailand. An up close and personal travel adventure, the group lived and experienced Thai culture, customs, cuisine and sites, shopped markets, took several modes of local and country specific transportation (including riding in Tuk Tuks ) and visited some of the country's most beautiful and architecturally ornate temples! The community service projects were absolutely life changing! From working with Thai children and exchanging cultural dances and games, to the physical labor of the group projects (teamwork at its finest) to spending the day at an elephant preserve, it was like living world history up close and personal! And they traveled all over the country! What a tremendous opportunity for students to experience another country and it's culture! The things she learned and got to experience first hand are unparalleled! And she did not want to come home! As a parent, I could not have asked for more! Well done WCC! Exceptional job well done!

Program: Westcoast Connection | Thailand Summer 2018

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

So much fun!

My trip to Thailand was amazing and a great experience! Every day was planned so well - we had so many fun activities planned. Also the staff were all very nice, helpful, and accommodating. Out your guides were also amazing and taught us about the culture and places we were touring. The service was, although tiring at times, amazing. We got to interact with the locals during service and many other times throughout the trip. The healthcare was also very nice- close to the hotel and very clean!

Program: Westcoast Connection | Thailand Summer 2018

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time, Leslie! You and your fellow trip members worked really hard and we're sure that the the people and animals(!) you helped really appreciate it. Continue being of service to the people around you and we hope we'll cross paths again soon!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Itinerary

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Satisfaction

    10

Westcoast Connection amazing teen trip

My son just returned from his fourth Westcoast Trip, this one to Hawaii, and he could not have had a better experience! The time he spent with the Boys and Girls club was truly meaningful and he thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities, the highlight being the incredible surfing. I can't say enough good things about Westcoast. It is a professional, well run organization staffed by caring, responsible and fun trip leaders and counsellors. They all go the extra mile to ensure your kid has an exceptional experience. THANK YOU WESTCOAST for giving my kids memories that will last forever. Kid #3 will be on deck shortly!!

Program: Westcoast Connection | Thailand Summer 2018

  • Westcoast Connection responded to this review August 21, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    We're thrilled and honored that we've been able to consistently give you and your son four amazing summers! We consider ourselves very lucky to do what we do and an amazing experience for each and every trip member is what we strive for. This involves planning and reviewing every trip detail to provide an experience that is as safe as possible while also fun, friendly, rewarding, meaningful and as you say, unforgettable! We can't wait to meet Kid