Alumni in the Community

Loop Abroad is proud of our amazing students and alumni and all the great things they do to better their communities. In addition to their great work at the Elephant Nature Park and at projects throughout Thailand and Cambodia, here are just some of the ways Loop Abroad alumni are sharing what they learned once their trips are over.


  • 2015 student Maira Cotton-Caballero was featured in Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine's "Healing Hands" magazine as a researcher in the Developing Scholars program. Read the full story on page 16 here.
  • 2015 student MacKenzie Jones collected veterinary supplies and monetary donations to donate to animal clinics on her Loop Abroad trip to Thailand. Read her story here.
  • 2014 student Hannah Epstein wrote a letter to the editor in praise of the work of Hope Elephants in Maine, which she visited upon returning home from the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Read her letter here.
  • 2012 student Molly Mizusawa wrote an article on the environmental benefits of vegetarianism, which was published by The Green Veggie vegetarian news site and Bliss Fit blog. Read her article here.
  • 2014 student Dana Peirce wrote to the Portland Press Herald about how the lessons in reforestation she learned while working with the FORRU forest restoration project at Chiang Mai University could be applied in Maine. Read her letter here.
  • 2012 student Jacki Applebaum is mentioned in Pitzer College's admissions data for the Class of 2018 for her work with the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand and Cambodia.
  • 2011 and 2012 student Nathan Youssef spun his experiences with Loop Abroad in Thailand and Cambodia into a self-published book entitled "101 Ways to Contribute", with detailed explanations and suggestions of many different ways that teens can contribute to their schools and communities. Read the Durango Herald's coverage of his book here or purchase a copy of his book on Amazon here.