2019 Sheridan Thailand Elephant Conservation Expedition
|Travel Dates:|| June 6, 2020 -
June 17, 2020|
Dates are Tentative
|Program Tuition:|| $3,490 - or - $3,316 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Please contact Group Organizer for more information|
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,490
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
There is a reason that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. It’s impressive geography ranges from forested mountains and thick jungles, to white sand beaches with towering limestone cliffs, to bright green rice paddies that extend for miles. Thailand has become increasingly more modern, as you’ll see during your visits in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, yet the Thais also pride themselves on maintaining their traditional culture, values, and lifestyle. Come discover for yourself what makes Thailand so unique and experience first-hand what this enchanting country is all about.
Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family
Volunteer at Bring The Elephant Home
Volunteer at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Volunteer with Chiang Mai Hill-Tribe Communities
Visit Silver Wat Temple of Chiang Mai
Visit the Kanchanaburi Elephant Sanctuary
Visit the Mae Chaem Elephant Sanctuary (Burm and Emily)
Stay on a houseboat in Sai Yok National Park
Stroll through a Bangkok flower market
Hike the Doi Suthep Mountain
Explore Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok
Explore the Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
Explore the Grand Palace of Bangkok
Explore the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary
Collaborate on a community project in Lisu Village
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|June 6||USA / Thailand||Fly from the USA to Bangkok, Thailand||In Flight|
|June 7||Bangkok||Sawatdee ka! Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand! We will hold an orientation meeting and cultural introduction, and then rest after our long day of travel. We'll have some free time in the evening to explore the neighborhood around our guesthouse, soaking up the new sights, smells, and sounds!||Bangkok Guesthouse|
|June 8||Kanchanaburi||Today we will head to Kanchanaburi Province where we will partner with a local NGO that works to protect wildlife and elephants and learn about the farmer/elephant conflict in the area, what action is being done to help, and how we can contribute. To arrive at our destination, we will float down the river! Following, we will go on a jungle walk and learn about the flora and fauna of the region.||Ourland|
|June 9||Kanchanaburi||Continuing the elephant conservation theme, we will head to an elephant sanctuary that works to promote ethical elephant tourism in Thailand. Enjoy these magestic creatures! Meet the elephant herd, feed them delicious treats, and bathe with them in the river.||Kanchanaburi Guesthouse|
|June 10||Kanchanaburi||Day 2 at the elephant sanctuary. Spend the morning walking with your new friends in the forest, preparing their food, taking care of them, and helping in an ongoing reforestation project. We will also learn about -- and make -- elephant enrichment toys to provide the elephants with a fun challenge to keep their brains sharp. In the evening, enjoy time with the guides around a campfire.||Kanchanaburi Guesthouse|
|June 11||Phuket||It's island time! Pack your bag for our flight to Phuket where we will stay at one of Thailand's most famous elephant sanctuaries. Here, we will be able to dialogue with some of the world's leading experts about everything we've recently learned and ruminated on.||Phuket Guesthouse|
|June 12||Phuket||Enjoy your last full day with the elephants! Don't forget to tell your friends about how they can ethically engage with these amazing animals, too.||Phuket Guesthouse|
|June 13||Phuket||Let's take a break from our gigantic gray friends today and do some snorkeling and canoeing exploration of the southern islands! We will wake up bright and early to make the most of our day visiting 3 different spectacular National Parks that boast some of the world's best snorkeling. We will also have the opportunity to learn all about marine wildlife and coral reef conservation efforts.||Phuket Guesthouse|
|June 14||Phuket / Railey||Today will be another early morning, but the early bird gets the|
worm when it comes to fantastic natural sightseeing. We will
spend another day snorkeling, though this time through Phang
Nga National Park, home to the famous James Bond Island. Once our day of adventure concludes, we will head to our luxurious beach bungalows.
|June 15||Railey||Spend the day relaxing on the beach, sipping on ice cold fresh coconut water, and going for a sunset hike in the evening.||Beach Bungalows|
|June 16||Railey / Bangkok||After a final morning on the beach, return to Bangkok via flight.|
We will have time to do some last minute shopping and maybe
experience the unique Thai cinema.
|June 17||Bangkok / USA||Say your goodbyes to Thailand, we're off to the USA!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Bangkok Guesthouse is centrally located as it’s walking distance from Bangkok’s Skytrain, market places, restaurants and other street food vendors. Bangkok Guesthouse can accommodate 2-3 students per room. Some of the amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water.
OurLand operates as an eco-lodge, for those who wish to experience the magic of the reserve for a short period of time. OurLand was founded as a tribute to everyone who loves nature and wants to spend some silent time in mother nature’s embrace. Here you connect with the spirits of the land in the ancient Thai ways.
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With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
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Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
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