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Phapang


Global Community Project Phapang

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Phapang


Global Community Project Phapang

The Global Community Project: Phapang provides you with a rare opportunity to experience truly authentic village life! Deep in the beautiful mountains, secluded from the bustling cities, you will experience a life of peaceful joy and simplicity. A place where bright green rice paddies stretch far and wide, and the surrounding mountains hold secret treasures of natural waterslides and unaltered jungles. The people always greet you with a warm welcoming smile, as you instantly feel as though you have come home. A genuinely unforgettable experience is waiting for you 3,000 miles away.

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Trip Dates


Trip Dates

Trip Dates


Trip Dates

Interested in an expedition to Phapang? 

Check out the dates below to see when we are offering the expedition for this year. We only do one Phapang expedition per year. It is a commitment and we are looking for the best of the best. If you have something to share and a desire to learn, live and experience another culture we would love to have you on our team. If you just want to travel... there are many other programs out there for that. 

Expeditions for 2017 - 2018

Application Deadline

Project Date


Early application - closed

Late application - closed

Summer 2018 (6 weeks in July and August)  

 


Availability is limited so "early applicants" (before November 15th) have a better chance of being on the team!

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About Phapang


the Expedition Phapang, Chiang Mai, Elephant Hospital

About Phapang


the Expedition Phapang, Chiang Mai, Elephant Hospital

Phapang


Phapang is nestled in the mountainous region of the Northwest region of Thailand. The village of Phapang is located approximately 300km north of Bangkok and 100km south of Chiang Mai. The village itself has some 200 homes and a population of 800 to 1000 people. 

Phapang is primarily a farming village and has very few visitors from outside the region. There is one school, which serves as the heart of the village, which has 250 students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Due to limited job options for people in their 20s and 30s, the village consists of a large population of elders. It is a place where elders pass along their traditions and old habits to the youth. Phapang, because of the size and location, has been able to maintain a real sense of old culture.

Excursions 

During the program you will have the opportunity to take excursions to some of the most culturally rich and significant places in Thailand. We will shop at the famous street markets in Chiang Mai, and ride on the back of elephants in Lampang. These trips will provide a deeper understanding of Thailand's unique culture and history.


Chiang Mai, literally translated means: "New Kingdom". It is the largest city in the North of Thailand and is striving to become a UNESCO recognized "creative city". What will we do there? Shopping! 

Being the creative city that it is, Chiang Mai is known for its handicrafts. The Sunday Night Market stretches several miles in every direction with an abundance of art, handmade trinkets, and delicious local food! It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs for family and friends, and you might be able to find a little something for yourself as well!

The Lampang Thai Elephant Conservation Center was developed as a rehabilitation center for injured elephants in 1989. In the old days, 95% of the elephant population in Thailand were privately owned, domesticated creatures. They were considered livestock and were used to log, farm, and transport their wealthy owners. In 1989, when private ownership of elephants became illegalized, Thailand struggled with an overwhelmingly large population of previously domesticated elephants who could not survive on their own in the wild. Since then, the Conservation Center has given the elephants a healthy, safe living environment of over 60 acres of land. 

At the Elephant Camp, we are given the thrilling experience of riding an elephant through the jungle, visit and learn about the elephant hospital, and watch elephant shows. If you are so inclined, you can even buy a masterpiece painted by one of the elephants! Did you know that every elephant artist has his or her own style? All the proceeds go back to the Conservation Center and helps preserve one of Thailand's most amazing, respected creatures.

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Cost


the Cost Breakdown

Cost


the Cost Breakdown

Program costs are listed below. We understand that not everyone has the ability to pay for a program right away. This is why we are a nonprofit. We believe that you should have this opportunity even if you can't afford it. We do this by fundraising together, offering scholarships, and payment plans. The Club is run by dedicated volunteers and keep our overhead low. It is not about "us" or making money. Every expedition is about YOU! Don't let the price scare you away from something you want to do.

We are here to help! 

Advanced Breakdown

  • Food $500
  • Transportation $250
  • Accommodation $200
  • Program Cost $1,400
    • overhead - website, insurance, marketing, scholarships
  • Airline $1,300  
    • (average airline cost could be subject to change)

Total Amount = $3,650

Check out our scholarships page - here