Traidhos Visiting Schools Program

Chiang Mai - Thailand

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Annually we welcome around 3,000 students and staff from over fifty schools worldwide.

2016 Trips

04 Sep 2016 Updated about 1 year ago

Travel For Teens Elephant Trip Report

28 June – 2 July, 2016

In what was a short but entertaining trip, VSP hosted Travel for Teens from the USA, spending several days learning about the Asian elephants of Thailand. Small as the group was, the energy level of the all-female student crew was phenomenal. Constant positivity coupled with a keen interest for the trip’s topic made it all the more memorable. Only three full days were spent with VSP before they continued their trip further north in Pai without our staff. During those three days two were spent in Mae Sa valley at Mae Sa Elephant camp, and one was spent at Elephant Nature Park.

Mae Sa Elephant camp split its activities into two days: one spent at the main camp where the girls were trained in basic mahout skills, learning the traditional way the Thai people used to ride and work alongside the Asian elephants. This day concluded with a trip to the river and a chance to wash the elephants.

The second day was spent at Mae Sa Elephant Camp’s care centre, a few kilometres down the road from the main camp. The care centre looks after the retired elephants from Mae Sa’s main elephant camp. The girls were given a tour of the centre, meeting the elephants and getting to learn a bit more about them, including elephant behaviour towards the death of other elephants. Following that was a quick tutorial on preparing the food and medicinal treatments for the elephants, learning about which roots, herbs and fruit are used to cure or help with different symptoms or problems. Following the lunch break the girls then headed down to the river to bathe the elephants before coming back to have an interview with the camp’s vet. The day ended with a mini test on everything they had learnt over the past two days and all the girls received a certificate for their mahout training.

The third and final day with VSP took place at Elephant Nature Park in the Mae Tang valley. Being a very different park to the Mae Sa camp, this gave the girls an alternative view on the history of Asian elephants in Thailand.

The trip ended with the whole group being treated to a Thai massage in Chiang Mai city followed by an evening at the Night Bazaar before they went back to Traidhos for their final night with us.

Despite it being such a short trip, it was a pleasure to host such a dynamic group of young adults with such enthusiasm for the world.

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2017 Visitors

January 17
Khartoum International Community School, Sudan
Multiple Intelligence IS, Philippines
IS Yangon, Myanmar
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71, Bangkok
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107, Bangkok
Concordian IS, Bangkok

February 17
MLC School, Australia
International School Bangkok
Prem Tinsulanonda IS, Chiang Mai
Yew Chung IS of Shanghai, China
American IS Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yangon IS, Myanmar

March 17
Seoul IS, South Korea
Yew Chung IS, Hong Kong
Australian IS, Hong Kong
Appleby College, Canada
Fern Hill School, Canada
The International School, Macau
I-Shou IS, Taiwan
KIS, Bangkok
Canadian IS, Singapore
Stamford School, Indonesia

April 17
Beijing World Youth Academy, China
Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
Australian International School, Singapore

May 17
Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong
The Montessori School, Perth, Australia

June 17
Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong
Garden International School, Malaysia
Compass Youth Leadership Camp

July 17
Travel For Teens (Elephants), USA
Travel For Teens (Service), USA