Rainforests, emerald-green rice fields, rolling hills and remote valleys... There’s a subtlety to the landscape that immediately puts you at ease. The Thai philosophy of greng jai—loosely translated as “putting others before yourself” – continues to welcome you into Thai culture as soon as you step off the plane. Whether you’re harvesting rice with your home-stay mother in the emerald-green fields of Chang Muen or listening to the rhythmic prayers of a Buddhist abbot in Sukhothai, students are sure to be transformed by the strong culture of reverence and reciprocity that makes Thailand so unique.
We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.
- History and practice of Theravada Buddhism; discussion of Buddhism, Animism, Christianity and Islam in contemporary Thai society.
- Broad look at development issues, with focus on tourism impacts, in-depth look into the role of religion in Thai life, rural culture studies.
- 8+ days of home-stay, single night village-stays with families while on trek.
- Numerous opportunities for volunteering—directing an English camp, work at a migrant learning center, meet with NGOs to discuss pertinent ethnic/border issues. Approximately 20 hours of service credit earned.
- Land-use and ecology, ethnic minority and gender issues, border politics, effects of tourism.