Student Travel Programs in Thailand
Rustic Pathways first offered Thailand programs in 1999, and the country has since become the hub of our Southeast Asia operations. We have an extensive team of incredible local staff who are experts at ensuring our students have authentic, transformative experiences. Thailand offers the widest range of Rustic programs, from gritty service trips and animal conservation programs to outdoor adventures and immersive cultural experiences.
Learn about conservation efforts alongside elephant caregivers with other college students
Meet the Rest of Team Thailand
A devout Buddhist, Kadum spent six years as a monk before joining Rustic Pathways where he has lovingly managed our Ricefields Base (which is also his home!) for more than 10 years. With extensive travel throughout 14 countries, fluency in three languages, and an intimate knowledge of our global operations, Kadum is one of the most experienced and respected members of our Southeast Asia team.
Maha joined Rustic Pathways in 2004 after spending 12 years as a Buddhist monk. He has an advanced degree in Buddhist philosophy, speaks four languages, and has managed the Ricefields Base for several years. One of our most experienced teachers of Buddhism, Maha has deep community service experience in Thailand and Laos. Maha brings a steadying presence to our team and also manages the Ricefields Hotel.
Keegan has been teaching, studying, and researching in Thailand for more than a decade. Originally from northern California, he completed his master’s thesis on the effects of forest fires on floral and fungal communities. Keegan is fluent in both written and spoken Thai and Lao, and brings his deep knowledge of Southeast Asia’s eco-systems, history, and cultures to Rustic Pathways operations year-round.
John graduated from Providence College and has been living in Thailand since 2013. He taught conversational English at public high schools before his start at Rustic Pathways in the summer of 2015, where he has since been program leading throughout Southeast Asia. He is the youngest of nine children and enjoys reading, running, and photography.
This soft-spoken, easy-going Udon Thani native is a favorite with all. Ched helps coordinate our various Medical Service programs at the Ricefields Base, which run during the summer and year-round for school groups. With experience running specialized technical service and Gap Year programs in both Laos and Thailand, Ched also has a huge heart for animals and is one of the most versatile members of our team.
Dan grew up on the north shore of Massachusetts and attended Skidmore College. After graduating in economics and German, he lived in Europe for a year. Dan is currently our Logistics Manager in Thailand and recently completed his second summer as a Program Leader. In his free time, he continues learning German and Thai and plays chess and soccer.
Nan grew up in a small rice farming village outside of Mae Sariang, and moved to the Baan Rai School at an early age to pursue her education. She grew up away from her parents, making her a great role model for the students at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home. A lifelong learner, Nan is also furthering her studies by attending the local adult school.