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A region accentuated by the colorful robes of Buddhist monks, the vivid greens of rice fields and jungle forests, and the cultural diversity of hill tribe communities - this is the ultimate Southeast Asia semester. Each country offers a unique cultural experience unto itself; and each faces the challenge of reconciling urban expansion and industrialization with indigenous land rights, free movement of nomadic peoples, and equal access to resources.
On this semester, walk among ancient temples, traverse mountainous jungles, and explore the clear blue water of Thailand’s beaches. You’ll explore tradition, globalization, and human rights against the backdrop of two of Asia’s most complex nations. Immerse yourself in community life through homestays and visits to remote villages. Emerge with your self awareness and perspective forever altered.
- Grasp self-sustaining agricultural practices: Join your hosts in learning more about permaculture and that localized food systems that support their self-sustaining communities
- Grab your boots: Trek through the jungle and stop to visit our local contacts in remote hill tribe communities in northern Thailand
- Immerse yourself: Stay with host families in remote communities, learning by doing and taking on their way of life
- Scope out the city: Explore Cambodia's capital to provide more context for the history and traditions of the nation
- Go back in time: Walk among the temple complex of Angkor Wat with a historical lens and use these experiences to reflect inward
Carpe Diem Education Scholarships
Carpe Diem Education awards $30,000 annually to support diversity and inclusion in its programs. The Access Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for a gap year semester or full-year experience. The Inclusion Scholarship offers up to $2,000 for a gap year semester. The Carpe Mundi Scholarship is for Portland-based students. Grants are mostly need-based, and applications open in January.