FAQs


I want to come on a trip but I don't have anyone to go with. Can I apply by myself?

Absolutely! About 95% of our students come on their own and meet their group members for the first time at the airport. Some students sign up with a friend or sibling, but most do not. You will make friends quickly in your group!

My friend and I want to be in the same group. Can we be?

Yes. As long as you apply for the same program dates and are both accepted, we can put you in the same group. Just be sure to let us know that you want to be together!

How much does the trip cost?

Tuition varies by program, but is between $3,250 and $3,850. Tuition in our high school and college programs is all-inclusive except for airfare.

I've never traveled by myself before. Is that okay?

Yes. From the moment you meet your group at the airport in New York, you aren't going to be by yourself (with the exception of Vet School Veterinary Service and Young Adult Veterinary Service programs, who have some evenings free). You'll be with your group throughout the whole trip. From the Elephant Nature Park to a mountaintop temple to the Starbucks down the street, you won't be going by yourself. We will take you places that are fascinating, fun, and safe.


What is the deadline to apply for this summer?

There isn't one. If the trip hasn't started yet and the program is not listed as WAITLIST ONLY on the website, you can still apply! We encourage you to apply early to maximize your chances of acceptance and to make the process easier for you.

I have lots of questions and want to talk to someone about the trip. Where do I start?

You can email or call us to set up a call or Skype talk with you and/or your parents any time! We're also very happy to put you in touch with parents and students from past summers to talk about the experience with them. You should definitely check out the Student Stories section of the site to hear from alums as well, and our independent student reviews on GoOverseas.


Will my phone work during my trip?

You should check with your service provider to see what your specific coverage is, but there is wifi at all our program locations. You'll be able to get in touch with home via a staff computer or phone if you need to even if you don't bring a device that can connect to wifi.

What is the faculty to student ratio?

Group size varies, but the faculty:student ratio is approximately 1:5 for all our programs.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid applications should be submitted along with admissions applications, which can both be submitted online. Financial aid is need-based and any students with a household income under $100,000 can apply. The maximum award available for any one student is $1,000. If you have a household income over $100,000 but feel that you have a special circumstance we should know about, please contact us.

All financial aid is given in the form of a discount on tuition and does not need to be repaid.


How do I book my plane ticket?

We reserve a seat on the group flight for you, and send you a link to purchase your ticket online. The group flight will be from a New York airport. The roundtrip ticket, with all taxes and fees, is estimated at $2,000. You have until 35 days before your trip to book your ticket. Tickets can be paid for by credit card or check.

Do Loop Abroad programs satisfy my school’s volunteer or service requirement?

Generally, yes. You are advised to obtain this approval from your school before participating in the program if satisfying this requirement is important to you. We will provide you with any information you need from us to do so - just ask!

All of our two-week programs award 40-80 service hours depending on the program. Loop Abroad is a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.


Can I get college credit for participating?

Probably! We don't award college credit, but many of our students have been able to get college credit from their school for their participation in a Loop Abroad program. Check with your advisor or dean and let us know if you need any materials such as an itinerary, syllabus, or workbook to help with the accreditation process.

I am just outside the age limit listed for the program. Can I still apply?

Probably! Please email or call us with your specific situation and we will do our best to accommodate you.


I am age 18-23 but I am not currently in college. Can I still apply for one of your college programs?

Yes! We know that everyone's educational path is different, and sometimes that road could include college, community college, associates or technical programs, work experience, certification programs, military service, or any number of other turns and stepping stones. We are happy to consider the application of any young adult in our typical student age range who is interested in being an enthusiastic participant in one of our summer programs.

I am not a US citizen. Can I still apply?

Of course! All our programs are in English and are open to students from all over the world. We can work with you to figure out your travel to Thailand and meet you when you arrive there if you are coming from outside the US. We have had students from Australia, Israel, the UK, Columbia, Canada, and China on our programs.


Can I bring my parents? (Or, more often, "I'm a parent of one of the students. Can I come too?)

Well, sort of. Parents are welcome to travel to Thailand or South Africa on their own during the time period of the program, and there will be a few evenings where you could opt out of activities to meet up with your parents. You could also travel together before the program begins or after it ends!

However, all of our programs are staffed by experienced faculty, and we do not use parent chaperones. Parents are not invited to tag along with each day's activities, as doing so would change the group dynamic.

Can I arrive late to the program or leave early if I have a scheduling conflict?

We will do our best to accommodate special travel requests for students who have a conflict that prohibits them from staying for the entirety of the program. Give us a call and we'll see what we can do! We have a lot of staff on the ground, so we can usually make it work. Any arrival or departure that requires its own trip to the airport will incur all or some of the $150 flight deviation fee in each direction.


I don't live near New York, but your group flights are from New York. How does that work?

You're responsible for getting yourself to New York to meet the group flight, but we will have staff at the airport to meet you and help you meet up with your group. Our students come from all over the country and most of them fly to New York to meet the group flight.

I really want to pet an elephant. Will I get to?

If your trip is in Thailand goes to the Elephant Nature Park, and almost all our trips do, then yes. You'll be able to feed elephants, bathe elephants, watch elephants interact from up close, and touch the elephants. You will not be able to ride the elephants - ENP is a sanctuary for rescued elephants, so the elephants don't work for you - you work for them! :)

I have a question that isn't on here. What now?

You can try searching the site using the "search" bar on the left-hand side, or you can just hit that "Contact" tab at the top of the screen and send us an email. If you'd prefer, call us up at (617) 412-0838.