Thailand: Buddhist Traditions and Contemporary Culture

Experience a diversity of cultures, communities, and urban and rural environments across Thailand during a summer abroad.

offered by Experiment In International Living

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Take an immersive journey through urban and rural landscapes of Thailand on this immersive high school summer abroad program. Experience the cultural sights, markets, and ancient temples of major Thai cities; live with host families in rural villages; participate in community service projects organized by local organizations; and explore northern Thailand by foot, raft, and elephant. Learn introductory Thai through formal and informal language study and through time with host family members and others.

The program begins in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples and surrounded by mountains. Visit the city’s famous sites and museums and explore bustling street markets and Buddhist temples as you get to know the other members of your group. As your Thai journey continues, you live with a Kon Mueang host family in a lowland Northern Thai village in Chiang Mai province and then with a Lisu host family in a hill tribe village in Chiang Rai province. Join host family members and others in working on a service project such as helping to build a natural water dam or assisting with reforestation work. Other service opportunities could include teaching English to young children.

Experience the northern region’s tropical valleys and highlands as you participate in outdoor activities such as trekking, zip lining, and rafting. Conclude your Thailand exploration with five days in Bangkok, visiting sites of cultural and historical importance such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Koh Ket.

Orientation: Chiang Mai, 5–7 days
Homestays: Northern Thai village, Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province, 8–10 days; Baan Doi Lan (Lisu hill tribe community), Chiang Rai province, 4–5 days
Other Accommodations: Guest houses


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