Elephants and Hill Tribes – Lincoln University

Travel off the beaten track to rural northern Thailand where you’ll facilitate workshops in a beautiful hill tribe village school, support rescued elephants and explore the land of smiles… and perhaps even extend your trip with a week of island hopping around Koh Samui.

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Are you a natural with kids and animals? Then you’ll love this challenge – first partaking in activities at an ethical elephant park and then creating an inspiring and fun learning environment for children in a remote hill tribe village. This is an incredible challenge that will help you to develop your people and organisational skills, and an immense confidence in your ability to adapt.

Available Trip Dates to Book Now

Program Date: 17 August - 1 September 2024
Extension Trip: 31 August - 6 September

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!

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Interested in the trip of a lifetime? Download our Thailand: Elephants and Hill Tribes Information pack to find out more about this fun-filled adventure in the Land of Smiles.

A big hearted challenge for big hearted people

Challenge Overview


You’ll have the incredible, rare experience of staying in a rural hill tribe while helping to improve children’s education standards. Working with children at a local hill tribe school, delivering workshops in conversational English, life skills, STEM and environmental awareness (with guidance from the in-country team and existing curriculum), aiming to make them as engaging and interactive as possible. What better of an opportunity to inspire others to learn!


Your second week is based at the Elephant Nature Park, an ethical elephant park that sets the bar in the region for elephant treatment. You’ll care for over 100 rescue elephants that have been abused and beaten. You will help with the park’s daily activities, such as clearing paddocks and stalls, walking the park’s dogs and planting grass, all while learning about the park’s compassionate efforts to save these beautiful animals. This is your chance to make an impact on such an important cause!

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Elevate learning, nurture hearts, uphold ethical care for cherished animals! 🌟

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Developed critical thinking

Journey into the enchanting ‘chao khao’ hill tribes, where ancient cultures weave tales untouched by time or tourism. Discover a hidden Thailand, a living canvas of customs, beliefs, and languages, where every step is a portal to untouched traditions.

In the competitive 21st-century job market, breaking free from the comfort zone is no longer a choice but a necessity. Imagine participating in an international program in a rural Thai school and working in an ethical elephant sanctuary. These experiences go beyond resumes, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. They cultivate a global perspective, resilience, and a unique skill set, setting you apart in the job market and enriching your character.



Focussed on the UN Sustainability Goals


Quality Education


Clean Water & Sanitation


Climate Action


Life Below Water

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Interested in stretching your social skills? Download our Thailand: Elephants and Hill Tribes pack to find out more about this fun-filled adventure in the Land of Smiles.

What’s Included / Not Included?

What’s Included?

24/7 in-country support
All accommodation
3 meals a day
In-country transport
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Yellow participant t-shirt
Pre-departure support, including full challenge briefing
An incredible experience

What’s Not Included?

Visa (free for UK citizens)
Travel Insurance
Personal spending money
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An average day
on the project

Monday to Friday you will facilitate workshops with the weekend free to travel or explore under your own steam. Your day will usually consist of a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then another 3-hour session after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax and explore town or plan a session for the next day.

Call us on +44 (0) 1635 88 93 93 to speak with one of our team and begin planning your journey to becoming a Global Citizen

Your Climate Impact

By taking part in this trip, you’ll be contributing to climate change, but you’ll also be igniting positive change. That’s why we pay the full cost of offsetting your impact.
Challenges Abroad shovelling elephant leavings

192Kg of CO²e

Average carbon footprint per person

Impact for others, Impact for you.

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