Service Learning in Thailand
May Term 2010
All students of Westminster College are invited to travel to Thailand for our new international service learning course. The focus of this course will be understanding the educational, health and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens as well as indigenous populations through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects designed to provide benefits to the local peoples. Students will participate in service projects in two distinct rural Thai villages, one near the Burmese border in Mae Sot, Thailand, and one in the rural Northeast near Khon Kaen, Thailand, that will help alleviate some of the health, educational and developmental issues present while staying with local families within the villages.
Other activities will include tours of historically significant sites in Thailand as well as spending a day with Burmese refugee children at a refugee school and visiting an HIV/AIDS hospice. Students will meet during Spring Semester for preparatory sessions that will ready them for the experience. Course assignments will include reflective journaling, active discussions during the trip, and a reflective multimedia project at the end of the trip.
Please note we will be staying in rustic lodgings for part of the trip. There will be no indoor plumbing, and we will be sleeping on mats under mosquito netting.
Some Highlights of the Trip
Here is a sample of what we'll be doing in Thailand:
You can download the full syllabus in .pdf here.