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Study and Service Groups

Get out, Give back and travel with a purpose! We would like to thank all of the groups that participated in study and service trips this year. You are all an inspiration and make Andaman Discoveries’ purpose and mission exceed expectations. You help not only the communities in Thailand, but also spread the word on sustainable travel when you return to your countries. We hope that planting these seeds of meaningful stories and connections will allow for more people to […]

Cultural Cultivation through Service

It was another successful season for the study and service groups this year. The general focus was to learn about Thai culture and also to help fulfill direct needs within the Andaman Discoveries community and partner networks. The group participants showed a willingness to be adaptable, respectful and energetic when working with the locals, allowing them to immerse in the culture and have a meaningful experience. It is always a special experience to have like-minded people come together for a […]

Study Groups and Service Tours

This year we welcomed back seven of our study and service groups from Thailand, Netherlands and the USA. The purpose of the study trips was to engage students with educational and fun activities that allowed them to understand the interrelationships between culture, nature, and human activity.  By helping students recognize the links between human activity and the environment, we encourage local, regional, and global citizenship. Understanding and respecting the world helps students to realize their place and responsibility to reduce […]

Hilversum International School Study and Service Trip

For the third year in a row, Andaman Discoveries was happy to welcome back the International School Hilversum group for their annual study and service trip.   This service trip for the students focuses on community service, culture and nature.  The group of 23 from the Netherlands visited the North Andaman Coast for a ten day tour that included a night in Phuket, a homestay at Ban Talae Nok, three days at the Burmese Learning Center, and three days at Home & […]

Thai Yoga Massage Returns

Integral Travel 5th Thai Yoga Massage Tour! Andaman Discovers was proud to host the group from integral Travel for the fifth year! The group of 9 visited the North Andaman Coast, as part of a two month tour, to practice traditional Thai massage and Yoga while enjoying the culture and nature of this special corner of Thailand. After spending a week on the lush island of Koh RA at the eco-lodge, the group took a longtail boat ride over to […]

Southern Thailand Study & Service Tour

 “It has been an amazing week for me. It is definitely the best trip yet!” “I really enjoyed my time teaching and playing with the kids.” Volunteer projects and nature based tours are a combination of elements that offer study tour participants the chance to have a profound and interactive experience. 34 students and 4 teachers from KIS International school Bangkok partook in a four day program that took them from Khao Sok National Park  to service activities in the […]

Colorado University Study Tour 2014

A group of students from the University of Colorado participated in a 5 day study tour with Andaman Discoveries in the first week of January. The goal of the tour was to learn about social and development issues in Thailand, particularly on labor and human trafficking. Led by Tui, as their guide and translator, the group was given an extensive tour of our partner communities and villages. They were briefed on the background and projects of the organization on the first […]

Andaman Discoveries Scholarship Program

Andaman Discoveries started a scholarship program after the 2004 Tsunami. The program started with 214 students, and up to now 53 students are still following the program. Some students that graduated came back to teach at their local school sharing their gift of education with the children. For example, Wilansinee ‘’Klang’’ Klathalay is teaching at Koh Surin School and Supaporn ‘’Kai’’ Mardmun is teaching at Ban Talae Nok School. Most of the students are currently still following higher education. With […]

Little Big Project Volunteers

Hi everybody, We just wanted to give you an update of what is happening at Andaman Discoveries. We are very happy to introduce you to TAT Volunteers, Esa and Rachman. They will be joining a 14-day program of Andaman Discoveries. They are currently writing a daily blog, please like the blog updates with 5-stars and help our volunteers win the final Little Big Project competition! Thanks! Check out their blogs on thelittlebigprojectthailand.com http://thelittlebigprojectthailand.com/blog/blogger/listings/esa.html http://thelittlebigprojectthailand.com/blog/blogger/listings/rachman.html Esa & Rachman enjoying some delicious […]

My first homestay experience

This weekend I went to the little muslim village of Ban Talae Nok ,with my colleagues, for village guide training.  Ban Talae Nok is a small, coastal village with about 200 inhabitants where Andaman Discoveries is hosting community-based tourism with a homestay programs. We arrived late in the evening, settled in our house, and held a meeting with the village’s tourism group. Unfortunately, as I don’t speak Thai, I could not understand what was being said in the meeting, but […]