Explore solutions to critical global issues in communities throughout Asia while you enjoy the hospitality and wonders of India and the Land of Smiles, Thailand. This gap semester program includes:
- Living with host families
- Fieldwork with local experts
- Academic study
- Language Learning
- Explore Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh
Each gap year program group consists of 18 students and 3 Program Leaders.
Applications Due: July 15 for fall, January 31 for spring
Airfare: $2,100 (costs may vary)
Fall ’15: Sept 13th – Dec 12th
Spring ’16: Feb 14th – May 14th
Itinerary – 13 weeks:
Orientation in Thailand – 1 week
Unit 1: Thailand – 5 weeks
Enrichment: Cambodia – 1 week
Unit 2: India – 5 weeks
Washington, D.C. – 1 week
Orientation in Thailand
This one-week period is spent in the northern city of Chiang Mai. You’ll hold the first discussions of the curriculum and meet with your mentor to set your goals for the semester. You’ll complete health and safety training and team building activities that unite your group. Together, you’ll hike and explore the remarkable temples and villages dotting the hills surrounding the city!
Unit 1: Thailand – Sustainable Agriculture
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 food safety. You’ll investigate how farmers, government, and businesses cooperate to balance demand for food with the ecosystem in Northern Thailand. You’ll live with a rural farming family in Mae Hong Son to see the path from field to plate.
Enrichment: Cambodia – Angkor Wat
Travel to Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat. You’ll explore the incredible Khmer temples at Angkor Wat and tour the powerful museums of the country’s history in Phnom Penh.
Unit 2: India – Education in Jaipur
Education is the keystone of development. You’ll explore how education can empower individuals and communities to improve health and create equity and justice. You’ll work in education centers for women and children in some of the poorest parts of Jaipur. You’ll visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal and immerse your senses in the rich smells, sounds, and colors or markets and festivals.
Culmination in Washington, D.C.
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 in a final project to raise awareness about critical global issues.
Our Program Partners: ISDSI (International Sustainable Development Studies Institute) and IDEX
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