When Addam and Jane started Loop Abroad in 2009, they wanted to bring students who love animals on international adventures to see the world and experience animal care and conservation in a new way. They knew Chiang Mai, Thailand was the perfect place to start.
They partnered with local organizations already making a positive impact to offer the first Loop Abroad program to a wonderful group of 9 American high school students. In the next few years, programs grew with more focus on veterinary education and service. Students learned key skills students need to make an impact at home and abroad.
In 2013, responding to student requests, Loop Abroad opened its veterinary service programs to college students for the first time. The focus was still on partnering with world-class conservationists and educators to create unforgettable learning and service opportunities.
After years of development, Loop Abroad offered its first 14-week Veterinary Semester Abroad in Fall 2016. The semester includes 18 credits of hands-on courses -- from small animal surgery room skills to elephant medicine and coral reef conservation. It’s a life-changing adventure from forested mountains to island reefs during which students learn hands-on about veterinary medicine and animal conservation.
By Summer 2017, we brought back dozens of passionate alumni and many new recruits to our new Veterinary Service programs working with cheetahs at a breeding and conservation facility in South Africa. In 2018, Loop Abroad is excited to partner with a wildlife sanctuary in Australia to offer the same world-class service and education opportunities that so many students have experienced with Loop Abroad around the world.
Loop Abroad continues to expand our reach while holding onto our founding values. We now proudly offer a wide-range of travel and study experiences for students who share our commitment to animal welfare and respect for all living things.
Loop Abroad is a Certifying Organization for the Presidential Service Award.
Loop Abroad is also a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, which develops Standards of Good Practice for study abroad providers. We seek to follow the Standards of Good Practice in everything we do in pursuit of our educational mission.
Loop Abroad is a student travel organization that began with a singular mission: provide the best hands-on study abroad for students pursuing careers working with animals.
We’ve done this by partnering with world-renowned conservationists in their efforts to protect endangered animals. While our programs and geography have expanded, we remain committed to global animal welfare. Read why we don’t ride elephants.
Our mission is to make a positive impact on animal welfare and wildlife conservation around the world by partnering with responsible, local organizations to support them in their efforts while at the same time offering our students unprecedented opportunities for hands-on learning across all programs.
Moreover, we are proud to offer a wide-range of ethical and responsible travel programs to students who share our commitment to furthering the cause for animal rights and respect for all living things.
As we pursue our mission, we strive to follow the Standards of Good Practice set out by the Forum on Education Abroad, which is recognized as the US Standards Development Organization for the field.
We expect a lot from our students and we demand the best from our staff. We’re proud to offer an elite, experienced faculty.
Our goal is to bring students an authentic travel experience rooted in curriculum and worthwhile activities and enhanced by leadership, cultural, and service experiences. We want students to return home with a better understanding of the world around themselves, and their roles as leaders in their own lives. One of the ways we do that is by surrounding them with successful, interesting, and encouraging faculty and staff.
We always have a reason to partner with an organization. Sometimes an organization is an leader in the field – a model for others to follow. Other times we partner with an organization so our veterinarians and students can provide much-needed care and expertise as the organization grows. And of course, sometimes the animals are just too cute to miss.
Some of our partners are listed here while others are listed on our program pages.
Home to over sixty elephants who are no longer able to work in elephant-based industries or have been rescued from inhumane conditions in logging, trekking, or circus operations. The Park and its founder, Lek Chailert, have been recognized time and again for tireless efforts to improve the lives of elephants in SE Asia.
Much more than just a diving school, New Heaven has more than 20 years of experience showing and preserving the island reefs and occasionally hosting sea turtles in their small nursery.
"I loved simultaneously learning about veterinary medicine and Thai culture, and seeing the unique challenges and opportunities here."
Antonia L., Veterinary Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Michigan State University