A 22-day learning community retreat taking place in Thailand complete with world-class adventure sports, Thai cooking, massage, yoga and tai chi. We will give back to the community by volunteering at an elephant rescue in Chiang Mai.
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.
During Project World School’s 22-day temporary learning community retreat, we will immerse ourselves deep within the culture and customs and build community, learn to cook the flavors of Thai cuisine and find peace through yoga and Tai Chi. This trip promises to be a holistic educational experience as we take part in adventure, culture, service, and encompassing both mind/body activities.
Participants must be ready to push their comfort zones both physically and mentally as we expand our world views in community.
The Project World School Thailand Experience is an active retreat, including kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling, adventures. Together we will practice the art of Tai Chi and yoga, as a way to ground ourselves in this beautiful land.
In the spirit of all Project World School retreats, we are not a typical study abroad program as we take advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development, and changes in global perspectives. This is one you don’t want to miss. Join us in Thailand!
Nov 5 – Nov 26, 2017
Thailand, Chaing Mai + Krabi Provence
8 or more participants (ages 13-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers
Open & Accepting Applications
• International airfare
• Other personal items
• Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
• International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included
All meals consist of the local flavors of Thailand. Breakfasts will consist of croissants, eggs, waffles and juice. Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, including spring rolls, pad thai and other local flavors. On the days we have all full-day outings, we’ll prepare for the trip by stopping and picking up street food and snacks. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our bungalows and dinners from local restaurants and stalls. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.
In the Krabi Province, we will be staying at Chong Pli Climbing Camp & Bungalows. There will be two participants per bungalow, each with their own bed. We will be taking a two night overnight trip to the Ko Yao Island. There, we stay at a place called Nam Tok Bungalows (nam tok=waterfall). It is in the village of Thao Khow. There are 3 types of accommodation here: Bamboo bungalows, traditional Thai wooden bungalows on the hill, and more modern cement bungalows.
What to Bring?
You’ll be gone for a month, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘! Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. during the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.
NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs.
1 Long Sleeve Shirt
1 Long pants (I would recommend wearing this on the plane)
4 T-shirts (one should be a formal shirt)
2 bathing suits
1 sunhat with a brim
Sandals (You’ll be wearing these 90% of the time!)
Personal items / Toiletries
tooth paste & toothbrush
shampoo & conditioner
Thai outlet convertor
copy of passport
anything you will need to lead a session
tiny first aid kit
small journal or notepad and pens
costume, wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok; night at airport hotel (Those attending the Add-On Prior will already be in Ao Nang)
Day 2: Fly to Krabi; transfer to Chong Pli Bungalows; afternoon for team
building activities; sunset at the beach
Day 3: Thai Language, Culture and Cooking Class
Day 4: Thai Massage Class
Day 5: Railay Excursion (swimming and caving)
Day 6: Rock Climbing at Chong Pli
Day 7: Klong Muang Beach in the morning; relax afternoon; evening to Tiger Cave temple and hike to summit; dinner in Krabi
Day 8: Mellow morning (option to rock climb); afternoon in Ao Nang for massage, shopping, relaxing etc.
Day 9: Morning- Mindful movement workshop; Afternoon- Thai Boxing
Day 10: Snorkel Tour
Day 11: Departure to Ko Yao Noi for 2 days/1 nights; batik painting
Day 12: Boat tour for kayaking and deep water soloing; late afternoon boat return to Krabi and bungalows
Day 13: Morning flight to CHIANG MAI
Day 13 and Day 14: Weekend in Chiang Mai. Options:
*Visit Wat Doi Suthep
*Explore temples and walking street market
*Elephant Poop Art
Day 16 – Day 22: One Week Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park
Farewell Dinner on Sunday 25th, Day 22 -overnight train to Bangkok
Day 23, (26th): Departure back to your home countries