THE THAILAND GAP SEMESTER
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Thailand Gap Semester has been cancelled for the fall of 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment. However, the Global Gap Year and Ecuador Gap Semester programs will continue to accept applications until June 30th or until they reach enrollment capacity.
- Thai Language Study and Immersion
- Living with host families
- Fieldwork with local experts
- Academic study
Each program group consists of 18 students and 3 Program Leaders.
Orientation prepares you for a semester of service learning and living in Thailand. The two-week period is spent primarily in the city of Chiang Mai. You’ll learn to travel in a culturally sensitive manner, and you’ll start Thai language classes. You’ll hold the first discussions of the curriculum and meet with your mentor to set your goals for the semester. You’ll complete a healthy and safety training and engage in team building activities that unite your incredible and talented program group.
The environment and the natural resources it provides are in danger. Access to clean air, water, and land is threatened, and the poor are the most affected. You’ll learn about sustainable architecture from the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute. You’ll work with experts to contribute to the redesign of ISDSI’s facilities using locally sourced materials and alternative construction techniques. You’ll challenge your assumptions about what it means to live sustainably.
Education is the keystone of development. It can empower individuals and communities with the knowledge to prevent and treat disease, produce goods, and support participatory government. You’ll investigate how governments, non-profits, and private actors address the educational needs of a community. You’ll teach language classes in a rural high school. You’ll support local eco-tourism by helping to train guides in English. You’ll practice Thai by talking with educators about education.
Over the past 60 years, the world’s population has tripled. Farmers use technology to increase crop yields, but these often bring pollution, impoverish small farmers, and threaten the food safety. You’ll investigate how local farmers and communities are cooperating to design and implement more sustainable farming practices in Northern Thailand. You’ll learn about traditional agricultural methods and their relationship with modern systems. You’ll experience a rich culture with your host family.
While traveling the world teaches many things, the greatest lessons are those we learn about ourselves. You’ll explore the relationship between the US and the rest of the world. You’ll meet representatives from the World Bank, Congress, and NGOs to discuss international development. You’ll reflect to bring together your learning and experiences into powerful conclusions. You’ll create a Presentation of Learning to raise awareness about critical global issues. You’ll attend the TBB graduation and celebrate your accomplishments.
- TBB Alumna Liz K.’s Blog from Ban Huay Hee in Rural Thailand
- TBB Alumna Alexandra D.’s Blog from Ban Huay Hee in Rural Thailand
- Our Program Partners: International Sustainable Development Studies Institute