Combating human trafficking and child sexual exploitation requires empathy, passion, and knowledge. There’s no better way to get this than by hearing directly from those working on the ground to combat it every day. Our Field Learning Trips equip passionate individuals with the experience, knowledge, and tools needed to spread the word and take meaningful action.


The Freedom Story’s Field Learning Trips require two commitments:

A 7-day trip to Thailand where attendees witness the reality of sexual exploitation firsthand, visit our location, & receive training from us & our partner organizations.

With the help of our US staff, attendees become further involved in the prevention of child exploitation by creating & committing to a strategic response of their choosing.

Before the trip, we’ll provide a list of reading materials, more information about the trip’s itinerary, and brief cultural training. Throughout the trip, we’ll provide educational presentations and structured conversations, so you return home prepared and excited to share your experience. Others have hosted dinner parties or other events, written guest blog posts, committed to raising a certain amount of money for us, or simply told their friends about their trip and invited them to get involved in the work of prevention.


$1,500, not including international airfare. This includes $1,200 in trip costs plus $300 in tax-deductible donations to The Freedom Story and our participating partner organizations: Home of New Beginnings and The HUG Project. Participants are responsible for purchasing their airfare to and from Bangkok. These amounts are meant to serve as an estimate only and are subject to change.

Our upcoming 2017 learning trip

rachel-circleOur 2017 Field Learning Trip will take place January 10th-16th. Beginning in Bangkok, it will continue to Chiang Mai and end in Chiang Rai, where we will visit The Freedom Story’s Resource Centers. In addition to learning about the complex historical, social, and economic layers of human trafficking and the sex trade, participants will meet and learn from a few of our partner organizations as well as some of our staff and scholarship students.

This year’s trip will be co-led by Rachel Goble, our president, Brian White, The Freedom Story’s Los Angeles representative and veteran Field Learning Trip leader, and Shannon Griesser, The Freedom Story’s Boston representative.


We give priority for placement on these trips to existing Freedom Story donors and supporters. We look for people who are serious about getting involved with The Freedom Story and our mission. We also seek individuals who have demonstrated a passion for and commitment to social justice. Space is limited to 12 individuals, and attendees must be at least 18 years old.

How to APPLY

To apply for our next Field Learning Trip, follow this link and complete the application.