About Us

Our Unique Story

Zebras in lush greensWhen Addam and Jane Stine 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, animal science, and cross-cultural learning. Students learned key skills they would need to make an impact at home and abroad.

Kangaroo snipping on the groundIn 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 and working with local conservation organizations to create unforgettable learning and service opportunities.


White cat sleeping on a flower garden

In the summer of 2017, Loop Abroad began expanding around the world. Dozens of passionate alumni and many new recruits were the inaugural seasons of our Veterinary Service South Africa program.

Since then, Loop Abroad has offered programs in Australia, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Spain, Greece, Ecuador, and across the United States. Loop Abroad facilitates direct-enrollment and faculty-led programs for universities throughout the US and helps over one thousand students a year study veterinary medicine on one of their programs. In 2023 alone, Loop Abroad provided over $1,000,000 in funding to its conservation, clinic, and research partners around the globe.

Each group is small and each program focuses on sharing veterinary and conservation knowledge across cultures and supporting local conservation projects in their efforts.

Loop Abroad continues to expand our reach while holding onto our founding values, allowing us to consistently be ranked as one of the best veterinary programs for study abroad. 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, as well as a collection of virtual programs connecting our students to vets and researchers across the world.

Three colorful parrotLoop 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. We are proud to have the University of Findlay as our School of Record.

What We Stand For

Elephant eating his grassLoop 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 marine 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.

Unlike “voluntourism” programs, Loop Abroad programs follow a study abroad model. Our students travel to learn from others and to become better-educated individuals who can give back in their professional careers and work across cultures.

Group picture of the Loop Abroad studentsMoreover, 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 welfare, biodiversity, 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.

Our Faculty

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.