THAILAND: Help Build a School

Fly into Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and spend an evening exploring the fast-paced city before making your way to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The trek to Cambodia is  long and, once at the border, the crossing will have to be made by foot, though once across a bus will take volunteers the rest of the way to Siem Reap.  While in Cambodia, explore the city a private group guide, who will hit highlights like Angkor Wat and the temple of Ta Prohm.  The next three days are spent volunteering at New Hope, a grassroots, non governmental, organization with a mission to “restore hope, dignity and promise to the local community,” by working on projects like building schools or help teaching in classrooms.  After work here is completed, head toward Kratie, a small town along the banks of the Mekong river, a stopover on the way to Laos.  Once there, volunteers will travel to Luang Prabang, where  impressive Buddhist architecture can be found throughout the town.  Explore one, or more, of the 32 temples dotting the city, or head to the one of the markets for a day of shopping.  During the stay here, visit with one of the local NGOs and learn about how their work is helping their community.   The trip to this NGO will help to raise awareness for the causes they support, and to also lend support to the workers and volunteers here.  Afterward, volunteers will make their way back to Bangkok  via a scenic drive through the mountains to the Laos/Thai Friendship Bridge, and the by an overnight train into Bangkok.