Just Had to Come Back! Hello from a new hill-tribes intern

January 1st this year I was working for a bank and studying Finance & Economics part time having never left Australia before. After signing up for a Challenges Abroad trip to Thailand I was nervous about leaving my comfort zone with a group of uni students who I had not known...

Volunteering With Elephants in Thailand

Elephants have always played an important role in Thai culture and society. Yet in recent years, the use of elephants in tourist camps has become more and more common due to an increase in tourism. We offer volunteers the opportunity to dedicate some time to elephant conservation...

Discovering Northern Thailand: Extension Trip 2015

We left Chiang Mai early on a Saturday morning with an ambitious goal: seeing as much of Northern Thailand as possible in a week. After two weeks of intense volunteering in schools near Chiang Mai, eight volunteers from ACU University, Nid (the partnerships manager of the...

Mae-La Village: The Cultural Experience

While in Mae-La village I have gotten to understand and experience much of the culture. The culture belongs to the Karen tribe. During the course of my stay I have witnessed a Karen funeral, a wedding, various customs, and home life in the village. As an outsider looking into the...