Travel to: Bangkok, Kalasin, Chiang Mai, Ko Samet
Travel Dates: TBD
Courses (choose one): PUBH 300DD, EDUC 300DD, NURS 300DD, HON 300DD
Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.
Faculty/Staff Leaders: Han Kim, Peter Ingle
Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: TBD
Study Experience Cost: TBD, includes round-trip air transportation (SLC to Bangkok, Thailand), ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, all meals, entrance fees, and international health insurance. Participants will need an estimated $100–$300 additional spending money for personal expenses.
Program Notes: Accessibility for differently-abled students may be limited because of the nature of the travel, particularly in the rural areas of Thailand. Please contact the trip leaders to assess accessibility on a case-by-case basis. There are no required activities that are physically demanding.
Program Rotation: Planned to be offered in May Term every year.
Course Description: This course will explore the educational, health, and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens and indigenous populations through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects. Students will participate in deep cultural immersion activities and service-learning projects in two distinct rural Thai villages, one in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai, 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 a visit to a groundbreaking new concept school in the Northeast, tours of historically significant sites in Thailand, visiting an HIV/AIDS hospice, sightseeing in Bangkok, and a relaxing few days on a tropical island to end the trip. 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.