- Chiang Mai
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Program Fee Includes:
• Field Course tuition and instruction
• Pre-trip orientation communication
• Lateral flow covid-19 tests(rapid tests) (3x per participant - please note this is in addition to Thailand’s mandated screening tests upon arrival)
• On-site accommodations
• On-site meals (3x/day)
• Program-related travel (ground transportation)
• On-site lectures and cultural lessons
• On-site translators in the field and language lessons
• Research equipment
Program Fee Does Not Include:
• Student’s own additional University Tuition (If applicable)
• Travel Health Insurance (mandatory)
• Cellular Data/SIM card (International)
Accommodation and meals during your mid-session break is not included.
The Asian Elephant Compassionate Conservation field course explores how the science of animal well-being can be used in conservation to improve outcomes for animals, people and the environment. Compassionate Conservation is a cross-disciplinary, scientific field that recognizes that the health and well-being of all living things are connected.
This program addresses the socio-cultural context of conservation, and how empirical work in conservation is grounded in value-based assumptions about wild animals, nature and its resources. In the field, students will participate in an on-going research program that is studying the behaviour, social dynamics, bioacoustics and foraging ecology. While students are based in the field, they will have the opportunity to explore the complexities and challenges of real world, community-based conservation from a local community coexisting with elephants, the expert MEF staff and conservation behaviorist Dr. Liv Baker.
- Gain hands on experience conducting your own field research.
- Observe some of the only free ranging elephants in Thailand.
- Learn from local experts on Karen culture, history and language.
- Explore the city of Mae Sot on your weekend off.
- Make a positive impact on the local Community