Magnetic. Inspiring, devout. Myanmar is a nation of warmth, beauty, and complexity. Men still wear traditional longyi and women use the bark of the thanaka plant as a natural sunscreen. President Thein Sen opened Myanmar’s borders to the international community in 2011 after fifty years under a repressive military dictatorship, and students on this unique semester program have the opportunity to engage with Myanmar’s unique cultural heritage, yet untouched by Western influences. Together, we explore themes related to cultural preservation, economic development, and political transition as they relate to the shifting faces of Myanmar.
- Comprehensive examination of international development issues, complexities of globalization, effects of modernization on traditional livelihoods, minority status and cultural preservation, creative grassroots solutions to global problems.
- Stay in Buddhist and Animist communities. Meditation Study.
- 3-4 day trek in Shan State, 3-4 day trek in Kayah State. Stay with local rural communities while trekking in Shan state and the Mandalay state dry zone.
- Partner with Myanmar's largest Monastic school, learn adobe building, rural development projects, education and literacy NGOs.
- Learn basic Burmese language.