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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Thailand

Surround yourself with vibrant culture and lush natural beauty while participating in a variety of volunteer projects in Southeast Asia. Experience a different way of life and contribute to the betterment of local communities.

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Spend three eye-opening and highly rewarding weeks living and giving of yourself in Thailand. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community through volunteer projects with a social, educational, and agricultural focus.

Along the way, explore lush tropical mountains, floating markets, and intricate palaces across this beautiful country! You’ll spend time in a Hill Tribe village, learn how to cook and eat like a local, befriend lovable Thai elephants, and embark on many other eye-opening adventures.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. You’ll be working with children and elders of the Hill Tribe community, the Karen People. This volunteer project focuses primarily on opportunities for economic development, as well as teaching English, and organizing enrichment activities for local students.

Exploring Thai Culture

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, your journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook Thai cuisine, see a traditional northern Thai dance and music show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant sanctuary, 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.

Program Highlights

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

Volunteer alongside Karen people, also known as The Long Neck Tribe in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant sanctuary, a rescue center for elephants, where you can bathe and feed the elephants, and learn about each animal’s past
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai. Spend another Shabbat in the beautiful mountain of Pai, known for it’s Hot Springs
Get adventurous while kayaking. Stay overnight in a floating hotel in Sri Lanna National Park
Learn to cook Thai food and how to select just the right ingredients at the local market
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Thailand

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Thailand

  • Arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Meet local program staff
  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Dinner and orientation
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #4-5 | Wednesday-Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Meet the community you will be volunteering in during the week
  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people working alongside the community to build a chicken farm. This project will help the village provide income by selling eggs
  • Learn about the local students’ backgrounds, religion, culture and challenges while teaching them English and helping them build economic opportunities for their community
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, with an option to have a famous Thai massage and visit the local sulfur baths
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #6 | Friday | Pai

  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people
  • Travel to Pai
  • Spend the afternoon kayaking and exploring a local waterfall
  • Kabbalat Shabbat in a your Thai treehouse resort
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Pai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Optional afternoon hike or visit to the hot springs
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Spend the evening in downtown Pai
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Hot pot and tea tasting

  • Drive to Mae Hong Son
  • Visit the Chinese village for hot pot and chinese tea tasting
  • En route make a stop at the Phuklon Spa for an optional mud bath and facial
  • Arrive back to accomodations for dinner and relaxation
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #9-12 | Monday – Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Continue community service project with the hill tribe community
  • Take part in reforrestation of the village
  • Continue spending time with local students
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, Karaoke, enjoying the Mae Hong Son night market, and planning a goodbye celebration for the community
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Chiang Mai

  • Travel to Chiang Mai
  • Tour Suthep Mountain, also known as one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain and the Suthep Mountain Temple, a sacred site to many
  • Enjoy a Chiang Mai city tour taking in all of the local sites
  • Evening Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Walking tour of Old Chiang Mai
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s “Walking Street” – a market right in the center of the old walled city
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Enjoy a day of kayaking, swimming, sail boating, and water trampolining
  • Experience the Chiang Mai Sunday night market
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #16 | Monday | Elephants!

  • Spend time at an Elephant sanctuary – interact, bathe, and feed the elephants
  • Learn to cook traditional Thai food
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Spend time at Second Chance Bangkok, located in the Klong Toey area and learn about creating micro-businesses through up-cycling old products such as clothing and creating new products for sale
  • Overnight: TBA – Bangkok

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Bankok city tour to visit the Wat Pho – the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace
  • Afternoon shopping at the famous MBK shopping center, which has over 2,000 stores
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Head to the airport for an early morning flight

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Arrive back to New York

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 supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area or the Los Angeles area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely.  Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and bungalows. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

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 sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 18 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Thailand.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Spend three eye-opening and highly rewarding weeks living and giving of yourself in Thailand. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community through volunteer projects with a social, educational, and agricultural focus.

Along the way, explore lush tropical mountains, floating markets, and intricate palaces across this beautiful country! You’ll spend time in a Hill Tribe village, learn how to cook and eat like a local, befriend lovable Thai elephants, and embark on many other eye-opening adventures.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. You’ll be working with children and elders of the Hill Tribe community, the Karen People. This volunteer project focuses primarily on opportunities for economic development, as well as teaching English, and organizing enrichment activities for local students.

Exploring Thai Culture

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, your journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook Thai cuisine, see a traditional northern Thai dance and music show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant sanctuary, 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.

Program Highlights

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

Volunteer alongside Karen people, also known as The Long Neck Tribe in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant sanctuary, a rescue center for elephants, where you can bathe and feed the elephants, and learn about each animal’s past
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai. Spend another Shabbat in the beautiful mountain of Pai, known for it’s Hot Springs
Get adventurous while kayaking. Stay overnight in a floating hotel in Sri Lanna National Park
Learn to cook Thai food and how to select just the right ingredients at the local market
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Thailand

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Thailand

  • Arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Meet local program staff
  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Dinner and orientation
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #4-5 | Wednesday-Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Meet the community you will be volunteering in during the week
  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people working alongside the community to build a chicken farm. This project will help the village provide income by selling eggs
  • Learn about the local students’ backgrounds, religion, culture and challenges while teaching them English and helping them build economic opportunities for their community
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, with an option to have a famous Thai massage and visit the local sulfur baths
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #6 | Friday | Pai

  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people
  • Travel to Pai
  • Spend the afternoon kayaking and exploring a local waterfall
  • Kabbalat Shabbat in a your Thai treehouse resort
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Pai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Optional afternoon hike or visit to the hot springs
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Spend the evening in downtown Pai
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Hot pot and tea tasting

  • Drive to Mae Hong Son
  • Visit the Chinese village for hot pot and chinese tea tasting
  • En route make a stop at the Phuklon Spa for an optional mud bath and facial
  • Arrive back to accomodations for dinner and relaxation
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #9-12 | Monday – Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Continue community service project with the hill tribe community
  • Take part in reforrestation of the village
  • Continue spending time with local students
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, Karaoke, enjoying the Mae Hong Son night market, and planning a goodbye celebration for the community
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Chiang Mai

  • Travel to Chiang Mai
  • Tour Suthep Mountain, also known as one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain and the Suthep Mountain Temple, a sacred site to many
  • Enjoy a Chiang Mai city tour taking in all of the local sites
  • Evening Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Walking tour of Old Chiang Mai
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s “Walking Street” – a market right in the center of the old walled city
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Enjoy a day of kayaking, swimming, sail boating, and water trampolining
  • Experience the Chiang Mai Sunday night market
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #16 | Monday | Elephants!

  • Spend time at an Elephant sanctuary – interact, bathe, and feed the elephants
  • Learn to cook traditional Thai food
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Spend time at Second Chance Bangkok, located in the Klong Toey area and learn about creating micro-businesses through up-cycling old products such as clothing and creating new products for sale
  • Overnight: TBA – Bangkok

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Bankok city tour to visit the Wat Pho – the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace
  • Afternoon shopping at the famous MBK shopping center, which has over 2,000 stores
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Head to the airport for an early morning flight

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Arrive back to New York

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 supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area or the Los Angeles area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely.  Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and bungalows. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

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 sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 18 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Thailand.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Thailand

Surround yourself with vibrant culture and lush natural beauty while participating in a variety of volunteer projects in Southeast Asia. Experience a different way of life and contribute to the betterment of local communities.

Stand UP Thailand

Surround yourself with vibrant culture and lush natural beauty while participating in a variety of volunteer projects in Southeast Asia. Experience a different way of life and contribute to the betterment of local communities.

Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Spend three eye-opening and highly rewarding weeks living and giving of yourself in Thailand. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community through volunteer projects with a social, educational, and agricultural focus.

Along the way, explore lush tropical mountains, floating markets, and intricate palaces across this beautiful country! You’ll spend time in a Hill Tribe village, learn how to cook and eat like a local, befriend lovable Thai elephants, and embark on many other eye-opening adventures.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. You’ll be working with children and elders of the Hill Tribe community, the Karen People. This volunteer project focuses primarily on opportunities for economic development, as well as teaching English, and organizing enrichment activities for local students.

Exploring Thai Culture

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, your journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook Thai cuisine, see a traditional northern Thai dance and music show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant sanctuary, 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.

Program Highlights

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

Volunteer alongside Karen people, also known as The Long Neck Tribe in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant sanctuary, a rescue center for elephants, where you can bathe and feed the elephants, and learn about each animal’s past
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai. Spend another Shabbat in the beautiful mountain of Pai, known for it’s Hot Springs
Get adventurous while kayaking. Stay overnight in a floating hotel in Sri Lanna National Park
Learn to cook Thai food and how to select just the right ingredients at the local market
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Thailand

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Thailand

  • Arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Meet local program staff
  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Dinner and orientation
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #4-5 | Wednesday-Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Meet the community you will be volunteering in during the week
  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people working alongside the community to build a chicken farm. This project will help the village provide income by selling eggs
  • Learn about the local students’ backgrounds, religion, culture and challenges while teaching them English and helping them build economic opportunities for their community
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, with an option to have a famous Thai massage and visit the local sulfur baths
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #6 | Friday | Pai

  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people
  • Travel to Pai
  • Spend the afternoon kayaking and exploring a local waterfall
  • Kabbalat Shabbat in a your Thai treehouse resort
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Pai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Optional afternoon hike or visit to the hot springs
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Spend the evening in downtown Pai
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Hot pot and tea tasting

  • Drive to Mae Hong Son
  • Visit the Chinese village for hot pot and chinese tea tasting
  • En route make a stop at the Phuklon Spa for an optional mud bath and facial
  • Arrive back to accomodations for dinner and relaxation
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #9-12 | Monday – Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Continue community service project with the hill tribe community
  • Take part in reforrestation of the village
  • Continue spending time with local students
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, Karaoke, enjoying the Mae Hong Son night market, and planning a goodbye celebration for the community
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Chiang Mai

  • Travel to Chiang Mai
  • Tour Suthep Mountain, also known as one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain and the Suthep Mountain Temple, a sacred site to many
  • Enjoy a Chiang Mai city tour taking in all of the local sites
  • Evening Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Walking tour of Old Chiang Mai
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s “Walking Street” – a market right in the center of the old walled city
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Enjoy a day of kayaking, swimming, sail boating, and water trampolining
  • Experience the Chiang Mai Sunday night market
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #16 | Monday | Elephants!

  • Spend time at an Elephant sanctuary – interact, bathe, and feed the elephants
  • Learn to cook traditional Thai food
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Spend time at Second Chance Bangkok, located in the Klong Toey area and learn about creating micro-businesses through up-cycling old products such as clothing and creating new products for sale
  • Overnight: TBA – Bangkok

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Bankok city tour to visit the Wat Pho – the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace
  • Afternoon shopping at the famous MBK shopping center, which has over 2,000 stores
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Head to the airport for an early morning flight

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Arrive back to New York

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 supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area or the Los Angeles area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely.  Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and bungalows. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

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 sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 18 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Thailand.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

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Stand UP for Community Empowerment

Spend three eye-opening and highly rewarding weeks living and giving of yourself in Thailand. Immerse yourself in a colorful new culture experiencing a different way of life and contributing to the betterment of the community through volunteer projects with a social, educational, and agricultural focus.

Along the way, explore lush tropical mountains, floating markets, and intricate palaces across this beautiful country! You’ll spend time in a Hill Tribe village, learn how to cook and eat like a local, befriend lovable Thai elephants, and embark on many other eye-opening adventures.

Elements of the Program

Strengthening a Community

This program is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at the issues facing refugee communities in the northern border areas of Thailand. You’ll be working with children and elders of the Hill Tribe community, the Karen People. This volunteer project focuses primarily on opportunities for economic development, as well as teaching English, and organizing enrichment activities for local students.

Exploring Thai Culture

In addition to directly interacting with the local community, your journey in Thailand will be full of uniquely Thai activities and site visits! Visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, learn to cook Thai cuisine, see a traditional northern Thai dance and music show, venture down the Chao Praya River on a river cruise, spend a day at an elephant sanctuary, 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.

Program Highlights

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

Volunteer alongside Karen people, also known as The Long Neck Tribe in schools and out on the farm
Spend a day in an elephant sanctuary, a rescue center for elephants, where you can bathe and feed the elephants, and learn about each animal’s past
Explore the sites of Chiang Mai including Doi Suthep Temple and visit the Night Bazaar
Experience a relaxing Shabbat with the Jewish community of Chiang Mai. Spend another Shabbat in the beautiful mountain of Pai, known for it’s Hot Springs
Get adventurous while kayaking. Stay overnight in a floating hotel in Sri Lanna National Park
Learn to cook Thai food and how to select just the right ingredients at the local market
Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Thailand

  • Depart from New York City on a supervised flight (optional)
    Take-off and spend the night in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #2 | Monday | Flight over the ocean

  • Spend the day in the sky en route to Thailand

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Arrival in Thailand

  • Arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Meet local program staff
  • Take a short flight to Mae Hong Son
  • Dinner and orientation
  • Thai language survival skills
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #4-5 | Wednesday-Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Meet the community you will be volunteering in during the week
  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people working alongside the community to build a chicken farm. This project will help the village provide income by selling eggs
  • Learn about the local students’ backgrounds, religion, culture and challenges while teaching them English and helping them build economic opportunities for their community
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, with an option to have a famous Thai massage and visit the local sulfur baths
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #6 | Friday | Pai

  • Spend time volunteering in a hill tribe community with the Karen people
  • Travel to Pai
  • Spend the afternoon kayaking and exploring a local waterfall
  • Kabbalat Shabbat in a your Thai treehouse resort
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Pai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Optional afternoon hike or visit to the hot springs
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Spend the evening in downtown Pai
  • Overnight: TBA – Pai

DAY #8 | Sunday | Hot pot and tea tasting

  • Drive to Mae Hong Son
  • Visit the Chinese village for hot pot and chinese tea tasting
  • En route make a stop at the Phuklon Spa for an optional mud bath and facial
  • Arrive back to accomodations for dinner and relaxation
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #9-12 | Monday – Thursday | Community Service Project

  • Continue community service project with the hill tribe community
  • Take part in reforrestation of the village
  • Continue spending time with local students
  • Reflect and relax in the evenings visiting local restaurants, Karaoke, enjoying the Mae Hong Son night market, and planning a goodbye celebration for the community
  • Overnight: TBA – Mae Hong Son

DAY #13 | Friday | Chiang Mai

  • Travel to Chiang Mai
  • Tour Suthep Mountain, also known as one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain and the Suthep Mountain Temple, a sacred site to many
  • Enjoy a Chiang Mai city tour taking in all of the local sites
  • Evening Shabbat services and dinner at the Chabad Chiang Mai
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Chiang Mai

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Free afternoon with options to relax and unwind
  • Walking tour of Old Chiang Mai
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s “Walking Street” – a market right in the center of the old walled city
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #15 | Sunday | Sri Lanna National Park

  • Travel to Maengad Dam
  • Enjoy a day of kayaking, swimming, sail boating, and water trampolining
  • Experience the Chiang Mai Sunday night market
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #16 | Monday | Elephants!

  • Spend time at an Elephant sanctuary – interact, bathe, and feed the elephants
  • Learn to cook traditional Thai food
  • Overnight: TBA – Chiang Mai

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Bangkok

  • Fly to Bangkok
  • Spend time at Second Chance Bangkok, located in the Klong Toey area and learn about creating micro-businesses through up-cycling old products such as clothing and creating new products for sale
  • Overnight: TBA – Bangkok

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Bangkok

  • Bankok city tour to visit the Wat Pho – the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace
  • Afternoon shopping at the famous MBK shopping center, which has over 2,000 stores
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Head to the airport for an early morning flight

DAY #19 | Thursday | Return Home

  • Arrive back to New York

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 supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area or the Los Angeles area. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely.  Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and bungalows. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

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 sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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. 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Thailand is 18 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Thailand.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

No connections or extensions are available for this program. View all connected program options here.
 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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