Who We Are?


Founded in 1998 in Thailand, we have become trendsetters in developing exciting and meaningful travel programs according to a principle we call XCeLLeC. The Green Lion is the first choice for meaningful and eco-friendly travel around the world. We are pioneers in eco-tourism and create fun, adventurous and community-centric programs which focus on enhancing your travel experience without compromising our eco-system or adversely affecting the lives of the communities and animal and plant habitats which are dependant on it.

Headquartered in Thailand, our global team shares a common goal: to create meaningful, impactful journeys that go beyond traditional travel experiences. From humble beginnings in Asia, we have embarked on a wondrous journey that spans destinations in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and Europe.

The Green Lion staff from around the world during the yearly meeting in Bangkok

Our mission is to offer programs that blend the essence of volunteering, service learning, and cultural exchange. Pursuing this vision, we have channeled our energies toward investing in lives and social development—a commitment that has distinguished us as leaders in our field.

Our roots run deep in the communities and agencies we support and collaborate with, a testament to the immense work we have done at the grassroots level.

Even though by now we are running programs on multiple continents, our organization is family-run with dedication and passion.

Having started over a decade ago, we have grown from a small organization into offering programs in over 30 countries spread throughout Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and Oceania.

Our programs are owned and managed by us. We offer you the opportunity to participate in anything ranging from programs in education and community support and development to adventure and leisure travel, to wildlife and environmental conservation.

We are not passive spectators but encourage a ‘get your hands dirty’ approach. Our programs are not photo ops but require being actively involved. We believe in putting in more than we can get out, however, consensus from participants always speaks of being enriched beyond expectations along with numerous testimonies of life-changing experiences.


EXperience local Culture through immersion and meeting people, Learn about yourself and others and gain more skills, have some fun during Leisure time and offer something in return through Community Engagement.

Guided by Experiencing local Culture, Learning about oneself, enjoying Leisure time, and contributing through Community Engagement—we offer diverse programs spanning education, community support, adventure travel, and environmental conservation.

Our hands-on approach encourages active participation, transcending mere photo opportunities.

Participants are inspired to contribute more than they receive, leading to consistently enriched experiences and transformative testimonials.