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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Thailand

Stand UP for community empowerment in Thailand while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of Southeast Asia.

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend three eye-opening weeks of your summer living and giving of yourself in Southeast Asia. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with a social, educational and agricultural focus.

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. We'll be working with the Hill Tribe people, specifically with the children and elders in their village and at school. We'll help build a mushroom farm to bring economic development, we'll do sports development and teach English at the local school. Along the way, our exploration of Thailand will take us to the mountains, island beaches, palaces, and so much more!
 

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Thailand focuses on providing direct support to rural villages and communities. Teens will be immersed into Thai culture and society as we volunteer alongside the Karen people, known in Thailand as The Longneck tribe, to teach and play with children, and work with local farmers.

Exploring Thai Culture 

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, our journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! We will visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook organic Thai cuisine, take in a Thai Boxing show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant park, and so much more!

A Jewish Perspective 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Thailand is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we forge our own community and learn from local Jews about their experience in Thailand. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the Jewish community in Chiang Mai.

Why Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia to travel! In addition to visiting beautiful landmarks and natural landscapes, Thailand offers endless opportunities for cultural exploration and learning! The people of Thailand are friendly and welcoming, but the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer in big cities and rural villages.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Volunteer alongside The Long Neck Tribe people in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant park
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Thailand and at the beach
Get adventurous while zip lining over Doi Lankah Rainforest, and caving and kayaking at Pang Mapha cave
Learn to cook with Sammy Organic Thai Cooking School
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Pattaya

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

Our main service component will be dedicated to working with the Karen people, a hill tribe of refugees originally from the Karen State in Burma, who are banned from settling further into Thailand or working in large cities. We will share in experiencing their culture by helping teach students English and farmers build mushroom farms and greenhouses. In Bangkok, we will explore a variety of public service opportunities working with the local community. Additional opportunities for service in a variety of communities will be interspersed throughout the program!

PART #2 | Adventure across Thailand

We will begin our adventure in the mountainous northern region of Thailand! Our activities will expose us to Thai culture as we participate in a Thai cooking workshop, attend a Thai Boxing show, visit the Winter Royal Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. We'll also be exposed to the natural beauty of this region by spending a day feeding, washing and learning to care for elephants at Ran Tong Elephant Park, and as we fly above Doi Lankah Rainforest via zip-line. Continuing south, we will visit Big Buddha Hill and the floating markets of Pattaya, go island hopping and snorkeling in Koh Lorn (Coral Island), and explore the city of Bangkok!

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Thailand is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Thailand.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Bangkok, Thailand

  • Depart from New York City
  • Overnight: Flight to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the night and the next day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Bangkok

  • Experience a city tour, visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Life in Bangkok

  • Shop at the Floating Market and Amphawa Market
  • Evening: Khoasan Road
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #5 | Thursday | Travel to Chiang Mai

  • Klong Toey community visit
  • Fly to Chiang Mai
  • Northern Thai dinner
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #6 | Friday | Experience Chiang Mai

  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
  • Spend Shabbat in Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Arriving in Mae Hong Son

  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Orientation for service work and meet the Hill Tribe people
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #9 – 12 | Monday – Thursday | Service in Mae Hong Son

  • Partake in a variety of service projects, sharing in cultural exchanges with local teens, share customs and traditions, and sight seeing in the region
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Pai

  • Travel to Pai
  • Go kayaking and caving
  • Shabbat at the Tree House
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Sleep-in before Shabbat reflections and service
  • Spend a day enjoying the hot springs or a hike
  • Evening: Visit downtown Pai
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Choose from activites such as kayaking, swimming, sailboating and more
  • Spend the night on a floating boat resort
  • Overnight: Mountain Float Resort

DAY #16 | Monday | Chiang Mai

  • Spend the morning at Maengad Dam
  • Drive to Chiang Mai
  • Evening: Cooking school
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Elephants!

  • Spend the day at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Visit MBK for some shopping time
  • Evening: Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Depart home late at night 

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Return Home! Flight returns to New York City

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Los Angeles. In some cases a group flight may also depart from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Thailand. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3-star hotel accommodations. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
Thailand is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within Thailand's rainy season. A combination of rainy and dry sunny days can be expected.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 15 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
A Tourist Visa is NOT required for this program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #3 + Stand UP Thailand
    32 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend three eye-opening weeks of your summer living and giving of yourself in Southeast Asia. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with a social, educational and agricultural focus.

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. We'll be working with the Hill Tribe people, specifically with the children and elders in their village and at school. We'll help build a mushroom farm to bring economic development, we'll do sports development and teach English at the local school. Along the way, our exploration of Thailand will take us to the mountains, island beaches, palaces, and so much more!
 

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Thailand focuses on providing direct support to rural villages and communities. Teens will be immersed into Thai culture and society as we volunteer alongside the Karen people, known in Thailand as The Longneck tribe, to teach and play with children, and work with local farmers.

Exploring Thai Culture 

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, our journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! We will visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook organic Thai cuisine, take in a Thai Boxing show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant park, and so much more!

A Jewish Perspective 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Thailand is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we forge our own community and learn from local Jews about their experience in Thailand. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the Jewish community in Chiang Mai.

Why Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia to travel! In addition to visiting beautiful landmarks and natural landscapes, Thailand offers endless opportunities for cultural exploration and learning! The people of Thailand are friendly and welcoming, but the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer in big cities and rural villages.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Volunteer alongside The Long Neck Tribe people in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant park
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Thailand and at the beach
Get adventurous while zip lining over Doi Lankah Rainforest, and caving and kayaking at Pang Mapha cave
Learn to cook with Sammy Organic Thai Cooking School
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Pattaya

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

Our main service component will be dedicated to working with the Karen people, a hill tribe of refugees originally from the Karen State in Burma, who are banned from settling further into Thailand or working in large cities. We will share in experiencing their culture by helping teach students English and farmers build mushroom farms and greenhouses. In Bangkok, we will explore a variety of public service opportunities working with the local community. Additional opportunities for service in a variety of communities will be interspersed throughout the program!

PART #2 | Adventure across Thailand

We will begin our adventure in the mountainous northern region of Thailand! Our activities will expose us to Thai culture as we participate in a Thai cooking workshop, attend a Thai Boxing show, visit the Winter Royal Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. We'll also be exposed to the natural beauty of this region by spending a day feeding, washing and learning to care for elephants at Ran Tong Elephant Park, and as we fly above Doi Lankah Rainforest via zip-line. Continuing south, we will visit Big Buddha Hill and the floating markets of Pattaya, go island hopping and snorkeling in Koh Lorn (Coral Island), and explore the city of Bangkok!

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Thailand is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Thailand.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Bangkok, Thailand

  • Depart from New York City
  • Overnight: Flight to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the night and the next day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Bangkok

  • Experience a city tour, visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Life in Bangkok

  • Shop at the Floating Market and Amphawa Market
  • Evening: Khoasan Road
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #5 | Thursday | Travel to Chiang Mai

  • Klong Toey community visit
  • Fly to Chiang Mai
  • Northern Thai dinner
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #6 | Friday | Experience Chiang Mai

  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
  • Spend Shabbat in Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Arriving in Mae Hong Son

  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Orientation for service work and meet the Hill Tribe people
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #9 – 12 | Monday – Thursday | Service in Mae Hong Son

  • Partake in a variety of service projects, sharing in cultural exchanges with local teens, share customs and traditions, and sight seeing in the region
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Pai

  • Travel to Pai
  • Go kayaking and caving
  • Shabbat at the Tree House
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Sleep-in before Shabbat reflections and service
  • Spend a day enjoying the hot springs or a hike
  • Evening: Visit downtown Pai
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Choose from activites such as kayaking, swimming, sailboating and more
  • Spend the night on a floating boat resort
  • Overnight: Mountain Float Resort

DAY #16 | Monday | Chiang Mai

  • Spend the morning at Maengad Dam
  • Drive to Chiang Mai
  • Evening: Cooking school
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Elephants!

  • Spend the day at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Visit MBK for some shopping time
  • Evening: Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Depart home late at night 

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Return Home! Flight returns to New York City

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Los Angeles. In some cases a group flight may also depart from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Thailand. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3-star hotel accommodations. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
Thailand is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within Thailand's rainy season. A combination of rainy and dry sunny days can be expected.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 15 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
A Tourist Visa is NOT required for this program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #3 + Stand UP Thailand
    32 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

Stand UP Thailand

Stand UP for community empowerment in Thailand while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of Southeast Asia.

Stand UP Thailand

Stand UP for community empowerment in Thailand while surrounding yourself in the vibrant culture and lush natural beauty of Southeast Asia.

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend three eye-opening weeks of your summer living and giving of yourself in Southeast Asia. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with a social, educational and agricultural focus.

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. We'll be working with the Hill Tribe people, specifically with the children and elders in their village and at school. We'll help build a mushroom farm to bring economic development, we'll do sports development and teach English at the local school. Along the way, our exploration of Thailand will take us to the mountains, island beaches, palaces, and so much more!
 

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Thailand focuses on providing direct support to rural villages and communities. Teens will be immersed into Thai culture and society as we volunteer alongside the Karen people, known in Thailand as The Longneck tribe, to teach and play with children, and work with local farmers.

Exploring Thai Culture 

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, our journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! We will visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook organic Thai cuisine, take in a Thai Boxing show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant park, and so much more!

A Jewish Perspective 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Thailand is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we forge our own community and learn from local Jews about their experience in Thailand. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the Jewish community in Chiang Mai.

Why Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia to travel! In addition to visiting beautiful landmarks and natural landscapes, Thailand offers endless opportunities for cultural exploration and learning! The people of Thailand are friendly and welcoming, but the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer in big cities and rural villages.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Volunteer alongside The Long Neck Tribe people in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant park
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Thailand and at the beach
Get adventurous while zip lining over Doi Lankah Rainforest, and caving and kayaking at Pang Mapha cave
Learn to cook with Sammy Organic Thai Cooking School
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Pattaya

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

Our main service component will be dedicated to working with the Karen people, a hill tribe of refugees originally from the Karen State in Burma, who are banned from settling further into Thailand or working in large cities. We will share in experiencing their culture by helping teach students English and farmers build mushroom farms and greenhouses. In Bangkok, we will explore a variety of public service opportunities working with the local community. Additional opportunities for service in a variety of communities will be interspersed throughout the program!

PART #2 | Adventure across Thailand

We will begin our adventure in the mountainous northern region of Thailand! Our activities will expose us to Thai culture as we participate in a Thai cooking workshop, attend a Thai Boxing show, visit the Winter Royal Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. We'll also be exposed to the natural beauty of this region by spending a day feeding, washing and learning to care for elephants at Ran Tong Elephant Park, and as we fly above Doi Lankah Rainforest via zip-line. Continuing south, we will visit Big Buddha Hill and the floating markets of Pattaya, go island hopping and snorkeling in Koh Lorn (Coral Island), and explore the city of Bangkok!

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Thailand is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Thailand.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Bangkok, Thailand

  • Depart from New York City
  • Overnight: Flight to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the night and the next day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Bangkok

  • Experience a city tour, visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Life in Bangkok

  • Shop at the Floating Market and Amphawa Market
  • Evening: Khoasan Road
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #5 | Thursday | Travel to Chiang Mai

  • Klong Toey community visit
  • Fly to Chiang Mai
  • Northern Thai dinner
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #6 | Friday | Experience Chiang Mai

  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
  • Spend Shabbat in Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Arriving in Mae Hong Son

  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Orientation for service work and meet the Hill Tribe people
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #9 – 12 | Monday – Thursday | Service in Mae Hong Son

  • Partake in a variety of service projects, sharing in cultural exchanges with local teens, share customs and traditions, and sight seeing in the region
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Pai

  • Travel to Pai
  • Go kayaking and caving
  • Shabbat at the Tree House
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Sleep-in before Shabbat reflections and service
  • Spend a day enjoying the hot springs or a hike
  • Evening: Visit downtown Pai
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Choose from activites such as kayaking, swimming, sailboating and more
  • Spend the night on a floating boat resort
  • Overnight: Mountain Float Resort

DAY #16 | Monday | Chiang Mai

  • Spend the morning at Maengad Dam
  • Drive to Chiang Mai
  • Evening: Cooking school
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Elephants!

  • Spend the day at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Visit MBK for some shopping time
  • Evening: Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Depart home late at night 

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Return Home! Flight returns to New York City

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Los Angeles. In some cases a group flight may also depart from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Thailand. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3-star hotel accommodations. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
Thailand is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within Thailand's rainy season. A combination of rainy and dry sunny days can be expected.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 15 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
A Tourist Visa is NOT required for this program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #3 + Stand UP Thailand
    32 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

BBYO invites you to spend three eye-opening weeks of your summer living and giving of yourself in Southeast Asia. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture – experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community on volunteer projects with a social, educational and agricultural focus.

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. We'll be working with the Hill Tribe people, specifically with the children and elders in their village and at school. We'll help build a mushroom farm to bring economic development, we'll do sports development and teach English at the local school. Along the way, our exploration of Thailand will take us to the mountains, island beaches, palaces, and so much more!
 

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community 

Stand UP Thailand focuses on providing direct support to rural villages and communities. Teens will be immersed into Thai culture and society as we volunteer alongside the Karen people, known in Thailand as The Longneck tribe, to teach and play with children, and work with local farmers.

Exploring Thai Culture 

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, our journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! We will visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook organic Thai cuisine, take in a Thai Boxing show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant park, and so much more!

A Jewish Perspective 

As an experience for Jewish teens, Stand UP Thailand is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity as we forge our own community and learn from local Jews about their experience in Thailand. Fulfill the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (fixing the planet), and celebrate a memorable Shabbat with the Jewish community in Chiang Mai.

Why Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia to travel! In addition to visiting beautiful landmarks and natural landscapes, Thailand offers endless opportunities for cultural exploration and learning! The people of Thailand are friendly and welcoming, but the society remains largely underdeveloped, which means there are many opportunities to make a real impact as a Stand UP volunteer in big cities and rural villages.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Volunteer alongside The Long Neck Tribe people in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant park
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Thailand and at the beach
Get adventurous while zip lining over Doi Lankah Rainforest, and caving and kayaking at Pang Mapha cave
Learn to cook with Sammy Organic Thai Cooking School
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Pattaya

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

PART #1 | Service and Culture

Our main service component will be dedicated to working with the Karen people, a hill tribe of refugees originally from the Karen State in Burma, who are banned from settling further into Thailand or working in large cities. We will share in experiencing their culture by helping teach students English and farmers build mushroom farms and greenhouses. In Bangkok, we will explore a variety of public service opportunities working with the local community. Additional opportunities for service in a variety of communities will be interspersed throughout the program!

PART #2 | Adventure across Thailand

We will begin our adventure in the mountainous northern region of Thailand! Our activities will expose us to Thai culture as we participate in a Thai cooking workshop, attend a Thai Boxing show, visit the Winter Royal Palace and Doi Suthep Temple. We'll also be exposed to the natural beauty of this region by spending a day feeding, washing and learning to care for elephants at Ran Tong Elephant Park, and as we fly above Doi Lankah Rainforest via zip-line. Continuing south, we will visit Big Buddha Hill and the floating markets of Pattaya, go island hopping and snorkeling in Koh Lorn (Coral Island), and explore the city of Bangkok!

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Thailand is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Thailand.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Bangkok, Thailand

  • Depart from New York City
  • Overnight: Flight to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the night and the next day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Bangkok

  • Experience a city tour, visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Life in Bangkok

  • Shop at the Floating Market and Amphawa Market
  • Evening: Khoasan Road
  • Overnight: Ibis, Khaosan

DAY #5 | Thursday | Travel to Chiang Mai

  • Klong Toey community visit
  • Fly to Chiang Mai
  • Northern Thai dinner
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #6 | Friday | Experience Chiang Mai

  • Visit Doi Suthep Temple
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Enjoy Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Begin Shabbat morning with reflective Shabbat services
  • Spend Shabbat in Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Arriving in Mae Hong Son

  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Orientation for service work and meet the Hill Tribe people
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #9 – 12 | Monday – Thursday | Service in Mae Hong Son

  • Partake in a variety of service projects, sharing in cultural exchanges with local teens, share customs and traditions, and sight seeing in the region
  • Overnight: Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Pai

  • Travel to Pai
  • Go kayaking and caving
  • Shabbat at the Tree House
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat Shalom

  • Sleep-in before Shabbat reflections and service
  • Spend a day enjoying the hot springs or a hike
  • Evening: Visit downtown Pai
  • Overnight: Pai Treehouse Resort

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Choose from activites such as kayaking, swimming, sailboating and more
  • Spend the night on a floating boat resort
  • Overnight: Mountain Float Resort

DAY #16 | Monday | Chiang Mai

  • Spend the morning at Maengad Dam
  • Drive to Chiang Mai
  • Evening: Cooking school
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Elephants!

  • Spend the day at the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Overnight: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel – Chiang Mai

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Visit MBK for some shopping time
  • Evening: Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Depart home late at night 

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Return Home! Flight returns to New York City

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional group flight is offered – typically from Los Angeles. In some cases a group flight may also depart from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Boston, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the group flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets that mimic the group flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Thailand. Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in 3-star hotel accommodations. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations. Our accommodations are typically outside of cities and provide space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
Thailand is a tropical country, but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. Finally, July falls within Thailand's rainy season. A combination of rainy and dry sunny days can be expected.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 15 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
A Tourist Visa is NOT required for this program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #3 + Stand UP Thailand
    32 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.