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 2018 programs page. If you have a group from your school looking 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 Thailand 101 (ages 18-23) program.



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 23, 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 between the ages of 18 and 25, 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 between the ages of 16 - 23, you should apply for Thailand 101: 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 marine conservation center and helping to conserve and research coral reefs.

Do you want to travel 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 and plenty of time in the sea.

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!