Thailand: Hands on Thailand (HoT)

Thailand: Hands on Thailand



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June 2 - June 23

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This Faculty-Led Program to Chiang Mai, Thailand provides students with a structured opportunity to have an international service-learning academic experience that is educational, useful, and transformational.

Although some things need to be learned in the classroom, other things need to be learned through experience. Students will volunteer 15 hours per week with a non-profit organization in Chiang Mai. Based on students’ interests and organizational needs, site supervisors will assign students specific tasks, as needed, as is often the case when service learning is incorporated into courses at SJSU and other universities.

This program will avail itself of the richness of Thai culture and work to integrate students into the local community by engaging in service-learning projects with non-profit organizations related to: education (e.g., Wat Mae Rim, teaching English to novice monks; Suksasongkro Boarding School for disadvantaged youth (contact Jeab);Magical Light Foundation), academic editing (e.g., Chiang Mai University’s Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development and the International Accountability Project), environmental sustainability/organic farming (e.g., Pun Pun Airport Plaza, restaurant and farm), human trafficking/sex workers (e.g., Empower, Daughters Rising), children/orphans (e.g., Baan Kaew Orphanage), senior citizens (e.g., Thammapakorn at 1 Moon Muang), disabilities (e.g., Healing Family Foundation), refugees (e.g., Thai Freedom House), Hill Tribe people (e.g., Saori Creative Center), women (e.g., Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution), disabilities (e.g., Chiang Mai Disabled Center), HIV/AIDS (e.g., Thai Youth AIDS Prevention Project, AIDS Network Development Foundation), art (e.g., Art Relief International), environment (e.g., Greenpeace), and/or animal welfare/rights (e.g., Asian Elephant Foundation, Save Elephant Foundation, Care for Dogs).

Part of students’ jobs is to set up their own volunteering situation, whether it is with one of the above non-profit groups or another.

While in Thailand, Professor Brook will do site visits to where students are volunteering, in addition to facilitating the regular reflection sessions and reviewing students’ response journals. In addition to their service-learning projects, students will also integrate themselves into the local culture through constructive interactions with students and faculty at Chiang Mai University as well as from other local schools and universities, site visits to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Buddhist temples (there are over 300 in Chiang Mai province) and monk chats, urban indoor and outdoor markets, local craft factories, nearby villages, museums, and/or archeological ruins, and by attending local cultural events and through daily interactions with Thai and other people.

Check out Professor Brook's HoT program website for more details.

 

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