Immerse yourself in Thailand’s grassroots issues and gain insight into the complexities surrounding environmental, development, and globalization issues. Enroll in four courses, including an intensive three-week Thai language instruction course to help you get-by in everyday situations, and prepare for five 1-week community stays through lectures and discussion at CIEE Khon Kaen. The field becomes the classroom, and community leaders, government officials, and NGO practitioners are the teachers. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
ENGAGE WITH GRASSROOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS
representatives from NGOs; journalists; and political and human rights activists
what social justice and global citizenship can mean in the context of a developing nation
CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY-LED EFFORT
addressing social justice, human rights, and environmental issues
Excursions & Activities
- Three-day tourist excursion to scenic Chiang Mai (starting Fall 2018)
- Live, work, and dialogue with communities and activists facing impact of mining, forest policy, dams, chemical agriculture, or human rights violations during four, five-day community stays throughout the Northeast of Thailand
- Five-day comparative study excursion to Laos
- Overnight excursion where you feed, bathe, and walk your own elephant with “Elephant Lover Home” in Surin Province (starting Fall 2018)
- Camping trip to mountainous national park and watch sunset while bats stream out of cave
- Live with Thai student in dorm-style room with internet, air-conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, heated shower, a five-minute walk to convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants, nightlife venues
- Peer tutor sessions to practice Thai
- Collaborate on a final project with communities facing environmental and social justice issues
- Contribute human interest stories to partner publication, The Isaan Record
- Help assemble an issue of Common Ground Magazine, a publication of student writing and photography on selected issues
- Work with CIEE-student-initiated Radical Grandma Collective, a women’s weaving group preserving a traditional art and raising funds for their struggle against a mine
- Contribute to an annual human rights festival or other similar events in the Northeast
- Join other students, Thai resident assistants, and CIEE staff for fun and reflective evenings on cross-cultural experiences
- Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
- Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
- Orientation – an introduction to Thai culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
- Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
- Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
- Excursions and/or Study Tours
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
- 24/7 emergency on-site support
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