When I travel abroad, I look for study programs that help me engage with local culture. In researching my next trip, I came across these offbeat programs.
1. Elephant Camp in Thailand
Thailand has various short term “elephant camps” where participants learn basic mahout (elephant handler) care. This includes feeding, bathing, and communicating through touch. Students receive an official mahout certificate upon successful handling of the elephant through bamboo forest and riverbanks. Prices generally include room and board at local rest houses. Popular programs include Maesa Elephant Camp, Anantara Elephant Camp, and Volunteering Solutions.