Padma

International Service Trips for

High School Students

Padma leads group service trips for high school students to help complete humanitarian and environmental projects across Asia. Most service trips run two weeks although longer stays are often available for interested individuals or groups. On every trip, once the service work is complete, we offer optional adventure programs. These activities are selected based on the particular region, such as surf camps in Bali, Himalayan trekking in Nepal and India, or scuba diving in Thailand etc.

 

Trip Philosophy

 

Safety

 

Safety comes first at every level, from planning to completion. Medical staff join each group and prepare medical plans and kits specific to each site, and for trip members with specific medical needs. At every place group members travel to, we do our best to ensure food and water hygiene.

accommodations are selected based on familiarity with the area and in consideration of protecting trip members.  Orientation at each new location and a high staff/chaperone to student ratio help ensure the focus remains on service and that potential risks are mitigated before they can become problems.   

 

Worthwhile Projects

 

When choosing projects, we first consult with local leaders to learn more about the immediate needs of the communities we aim to serve. Our goal is to only select projects that are vital and unlikely to be accomplished without international partnerships. After completion, Padma members periodically visit project sites to evaluate continued viability, functionality, and effectiveness.

 

Cultural Immersion

 

Part of Padma’s mission is to share with others the marvelous worlds of south and southeast Asian cultures. Trip participants often stay in homestays with local families, work on teams together with locals, tutor local children, and participate in community activities. We don’t want you to see new places from a bubble, but instead, want you to make lifelong connections by experiencing being welcomed into the midst of new communities.

 

Trip Tuition Includes

 

• Most meals

• Lodging

• Project design and management

• Project materials

• Sightseeing day trips 

• All local transportation

• Medical staff & supplies

• A maximum of 15% of trip costs is allotted to cover all US administration costs.

• A minimum of 15% of trip costs goes to support ongoing Padma programs around Asia.

 

*International airfare is not included in trip costs. Transportation to and from the airport can be arranged by sending your flight itinerary to trips@padmaorganization.com. To join a trip complete the online application. We will notify you of your acceptance and provide a detailed itinerary information packet including packing suggestions, medical considerations, and other important information to get the most out of your trip.