Leave the city of Chiang Mai and journey into the jungles of Northern Thailand. Ascending into the mountains, watch the shops and streetlights be replaced by water buffalo and village huts as the sun cuts bright rays through the forest canopy. Arrive at one of the many hilltribe villages that Rustic Pathways has worked with over the years. The remote mountain valleys are home to several different ethnic groups that make this area one of the most diverse regions of the world. Meet the village leader and tour your new home.
Your team will be divided into small groups and you will head out to meet your host family, who will welcome you into their warm and comfortable homes. Life in the village follows the sun, and you’ll wake up for early mornings with the villagers to begin your service project and avoid the midday heat. Your project will be based on the villagers’ needs. Previous Rustic Pathways students have built water systems, repaired schools, planted crops, and built houses. Spend these days working on your service project, taking mid-day siestas, and enjoying life without WiFi! On your last night, celebrate with a farewell BBQ and a string ceremony as you and the villagers express gratitude for the many experiences you have shared.