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Concepts in Global Citizenship: Service Learning in Thailand

Concepts in Global Citizenship: Service Learning in Thailand

May Term 2011
PUBH*300 / EDUC*300DD

The focus of this course will be to explore concepts in global citizenship and responsibility in the 21st century by 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, sightseeing in Bangkok 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 an online reflective multimedia project at the end of the trip. 

More information on the trip can be found on our weblog at

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:

  • Sightseeing in Bangkok
  • Visit beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok
  • Wander ancient Thai ruins dating back to the Angkor period
  • Complete service-learning projects at a rural village in Northeast Thailand
  • Participate in a planting and harvesting ritual
  • Visit the ruins from the first Thai empire
  • Visit a refugee clinic and school
  • Participate in a service-learning project in a remote mountain village along the Thai-Burmese border
  • Visit a HIV/AIDS hospice
  • End the trip relaxing on an island paradise

Trip Details

  • Pre-departure meetings TBA (there will be at least 4 2-hour sessions)
  • Depart Sunday, May 1
  • Return Wednesday, May 25
  • Total Cost $TBA (Includes airfare from SLC to Bangkok, Thailand, lodging, most meals, in-country transportation, travel insurance, and all fees and admissions)
  • 4 credits
  • All majors are welcome to participate, not just education or public health majors



  • Group Discussions
  • Daily Journaling
  • Final Multimedia Project

Full Syllabus

You can download the full syllabus in .pdf here.

For more information, please email Han Kim or Peter Ingle.

May Term Thailand

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