Which Program is Best for Me?

Loop Abroad is committed to providing excellent, authentic, and adventurous programs in Thailand and South Africa. If you want to learn while you travel and have a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, we hope you'll apply to join one of our groups!

Wondering which program is the best fit for you? This page can help you figure it out! Answer the questions below to find out which Loop Abroad trip is the best choice for you!


Are you one or two people looking to travel in a group, or do you already have a whole group?
If you are just one person, or a pair of friends or siblings, you are welcome to apply for any of the programs listed on our 2017 programs page. If you have a group from your schoollooking for their own private program, we can help! Please email jane@loopabroad.com and let us know what you're looking for.

Are you interested in learning more about veterinary medicine?
We have Veterinary Service programs for high school students, college students, veterinary school students, and young adults. All of our veterinary service programs are staffed by a veterinarian and have a maximum group size of 12 students. Programs in Thailand have a classroom component, a hands-on veterinary skills component (working with dogs), and a wildlife shelter component (with elephants). South Africa programs have a classroom component, a hands-on animals component (with cheetahs), and a wildlife observation component (savanna and national park).

If you want to be a vet or vet tech, or work with animals in your career, a veterinary service program might be the best choice for you. Does the idea of learning to draw blood or assisting in a surgery sound exciting to you? If so, a veterinary service program is for you.

If the medical side of things is less interesting to you, but you love animals and want to spend time with the elephants, you should consider our Experience Thailand: Elephants and Everything Else (high school) or Thailand 101 (ages 18-23) program. If you've always wanted to go to Africa and love the idea of working with cheetahs but are not particularly interested in veterinary medicine, you may still find that the Veterinary Service: South Africa program is the best fit for you, as it does not have as big of a medical component as our veterinary programs in Thailand.



If you are interested in veterinary medicine, how old are you?
If you are in High School, you should apply for the High School Veterinary Service program.

If you will be graduating from High School this summer, you can choose whether to apply for High School Veterinary Service or College Veterinary Service. You should base your decision based on whether you would prefer to be with a group your age and younger, or a group your age and older. If you are unsure, we suggest that you choose the High School Veterinary Service option.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, and you have already graduated from high school, you should choose the College Veterinary Service program, even if you are not currently enrolled in college. There is no college enrollment requirement for our College Veterinary Service program, and it is open to individuals age 18-23.

If you are currently enrolled in Veterinary School, you should consider the Vet School Veterinary Service program. If you are 23 or younger and are in Vet Tech school or a vet tech program but would prefer a summer program that is 100% planned and organized as a group for you (including dinners, evenings, and weekend activities), you are welcome to apply for College Veterinary Service instead.



If you are 21 to 23 years old and are not in Veterinary School, you can choose whether you'd like to apply for College Veterinary Service or Young Adult Veterinary Service. The academic curriculum for each is the same. The main difference is that College Veterinary Service is an all-inclusive trip (less airfare) where all meals and activities are organized as a group. On the other hand, students in the Young Adult Veterinary Service trip have evenings free from dinner onward, and one weekend free during the program. This allows students to organize their evenings and weekend to their own interests and budget.

If you are someone who would rather be with the group all the time and does not want to have to worry about planning activities alone, you might find that the College Veterinary Service is a better fit. If you have specific things you want to do on your own while in Thailand or want to be able to stay out very late, Young Adult Veterinary Service might be a better fit. Young Adult Veterinary Service is open to ages 21-30, so the group will be older overall.

If you are age 23-30 and are not in Veterinary School or Vet Tech school, you should apply for Young Adult Veterinary Service.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, you can apply for our Veterinary Service: South Africa program. This program cannot accept students who are under 18. If you are 17 now but will be 18 before the trip begins, you may apply.

If you love animals but aren't interested in veterinary medicine, how old are you?
If you are in high school or will be graduating this year, you should apply for Experience Thailand: Elephants and Everything Else. If you are in college or are age 18-23, you should apply for Thailand 101. These programs follow the same itinerary: a week of fun adventure and culture activities in Chiang Mai, and a week of volunteering and living at the Elephant Nature Park.

Our Wild Tropics program offers a week in Chiang Mai of exploring amazing ecosystems, from mountains to caves to rain forest, and then a week at the beach in the South of Thailand, working and learning at a sea turtle conservation center and helping to conserve and research coral reefs.

If you are 18 or just graduating high school this year, you can choose any of these programs. You should make your choice based on whether you would like to be in a group with people your age and younger, or your age and older. If you are indifferent, we suggest you choose Experience Thailand: Elephants and Everything Else.


Do you want to earn the certification necessary to work anywhere in the world?

We designed the Teach to Travel Experience with the idea that not everyone is sure what they want to do when they graduate or even what classes to take next semester. We’ve been there! So, we want you to look at the Teach to Travel Experience as providing the key to unlock an opportunity to live and work abroad after you graduate, to live a life that’s filled with travel while you’re deciding what’s next. With a college diploma and a TEFL certification (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) you’ll have opportunities to work as an English teach virtually anywhere on the planet.

Our Teach to Travel Experience is open to ages 17-23. It is a chance to live in a hilltribe village and get earn your TEFL certification while having a great Thailand adventure. If you are interested in a career in teaching, or working abroad after college, or living in a new culture in a helpful and authentic way, this is the program for you. You will spend weekends in Chiang Mai getting to see the sights of the city.

Do you want to stay in Thailand longer than two weeks? Are you finding it hard to choose?
If you are interested in two programs, you can always join them together and travel with Loop Abroad for a full four weeks. All of our programs arrive in Thailand on Sunday evening and depart from Thailand on Sunday evening, so stacking two programs back-to-back is easy to do! In addition, students doing two programs will earn an automatic 10% discount on each program's tuition.

In addition, we have three one-week "Bonus" options that can be added to any program for Loop Abroad students. The "Elephant Bonus Week" allows you to add one week of volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park to your program. The "Adventure Bonus Week" allows you to add one week of fun adventure and culture activities in Chiang Mai to your program. The "Marine Bonus Week" provides a week at the beach volunteering at a sea turtle rescue, helping rebuild coral reefs, and learning about marine biology.

So you could, for example, combine a Veterinary Service program with the Adventure Bonus Week to get all the fun and adventure of exploring the city along with your veterinary service activities. Or you could combine the Teach to Travel Experience with Thailand 101 back-to-back and spend a full month enjoying all that Thailand has to offer.

Do you still have questions?
If so, give us a call or send us an email! We are happy to help you choose the right program for you!