Lanna Educational Adventures: Om Goi Project

Om Goi project

Introduction

Located in the beautiful northern highlands of Thailand, this illuminating yet challenging journey gets travellers up-close and personal with traditional Thai ethnic minority life. Meet and work alongside the locals in a remote village just beyond Om Goi Town, and learn such local skills like cooking, basket weaving and even bamboo-bicycle making! Spend each day giving back on a community project and local Maeramit Luang School – highlighted with special opportunities to connect with locals during nightly homestays in the village.

Main subjects focus

  • International Baccalaureate CAS
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Related Subjects

  • Geography
  • Development Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Outdoor Education
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Student Outcomes

  • Help fight poverty through development
  • Help build responsible tourism projects
  • Discover local traditions and cultures
  • See the world through the eyes of another
  • Live, learn and laugh with local communities

Seuang River Project

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Introduction

In the scenic wilderness of Laos, explore rural communities, wildlife and stunning natural beauty with a special focus on education and cultural immersion. In a small village along the Seuang River, take part in important community projects and enjoy special cultural activities in a local village homestay each evening. Wrap up this 7 day experience with in-depth wildlife discovery at Kuang Si Water, an elephant village and a bear sanctuary!

Main Subject Focus

  • International Baccalaureate CAS
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Related Subjects

  • Geography
  • Development Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Outdoor Education
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Student Outcomes

  • Help fight poverty through development
  • Help build responsible tourism projects
  • Discover local traditions and cultures
  • See the world through the eyes of another
  • Live, learn and laugh with local communities

Mai Chau Community Development Project

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Introduction

Explore the communities and villages of rural Mai Chau in northern Vietnam. This illuminating journey is the perfect opportunity to connect with the colourful communities in this ethnic minority district, while assisting in important community projects. Learn and play alongside the Thai ethnic minority people in their traditional stilted homes, with nightly cultural activities and authentic homestays. The friendly and warm locals in this scenic district make this a truly extraordinary experience for young travellers.

Main Subject Focus

  • International Baccalaureate CAS
  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Related Subjects

  • Geography
  • Development Economics
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Outdoor Education
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Student Outcomes

  • Help fight poverty through development.
  • Help build responsible tourism projects.
  • Discover local traditions and cultures.
  • See the world through the eyes of another.
  • Live, learn and laugh with local communities.

Community Health Education

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Introduction

Global health care matters. Good health is a pre-requisite for community development and alleviation of poverty.  In our world of growing inequality, it is becoming even more imperative that students in health fields have both professional and cultural competencies. In this way we can address global issues such as access to quality health care. Our Community Health Education learning journeys take university nursing, midwife and medicine students into hands-on, faculty led experiences.

Highlights

  • Explore Cambodia, Laos, Thailand or Vietnam in a truly unique and educational way
  • Learn about health in development through community, gender and cultural perspectives
  • Develop professional skills and experiences
  • Live and learn in a rural community
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Student Outcomes

  • Students are exposed to practical concepts and ethical issues relevant to global health delivery
  • Students have opportunity to integrate health care knowledge, demonstrate competency in providing care, and exercise sound clinical and ethical decision-making as novice health professionals
  • Students explore appropriate and viable strategies for practically managing primary health care issues in international setting
  • Students critically analyse social and economic determinants of health affecting individual clients and communities

Subject Focus

  • Community health ethics
  • Resource constraints
  • Health care in marginalized communities
  • Critical thinking in Global Health Care

Related Fields

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Medical
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Social Enterprise Workshops- KOTO

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Introduction

Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, argues business leaders need to demonstrate moral humility. The next generation must focus on the social consequences of their actions and accept responsibility.

Our Business for Development ½ day workshops take your students into the heart of socially responsible enterprises to explore business adaptability within complex cultural contexts, to build confidence, creativity and collaboration while tackling some of our world’s most pressing issues.

Main Workshop Focus

  • Mentor with a leading social entrepreneur
  • Grow your global intelligence
  • Create a new service perspective
  • Develop awareness of your international leadership potential
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Highlights

  • Meet, workshop and learn from Jimmy Pham, the humble leader of one of Asia’s most successful social enterprises
  • Develop a better understanding of the deep and sustainable impacts business can have on the lives of thousands
  • Explore and discover your leadership potential to impact community development and address important global issues
  • Live and learn in a unique Vietnamese setting

Workshop Hosts: KOTO

“KOTO stands for “know one, teach one,” and it reflects our belief that if you’re in a position where you can help someone less fortunate, then you should help them; and, the greatest thanks you can receive is to one day see that person be in a position to do the same for someone else.”

Jimmy Pham, Founder

China History: Past, Present, Future

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Introduction

Learn Chinese calligraphy, converse with a local Cricket Master and meet with local children to grasp how intricately interwoven China’s past is with its present and how the unique relationship that Chinese have with their heritage continues to shape the country’s future.

Through this historical lens, discover some of China’s most iconic destinations –The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and more, in journey that will place China’s into a tangible and relatable context that will make you see it in a whole new light.

Highlights

  • Tour the highlights including Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors
  • Learn about how China’s past created its present and shapes the future
  • Try your hand at calligraphy
  • Experience China’s history in a very personal way by meeting locals and visiting homes
  • Visit world class museums to really understand the country’s past
  • Visit local schools to exchange, laugh and learn together
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Student Outcomes

  • Understand the collapse of imperial power in the C19th and how it led to civil war
  • Identify factors leading to communist victory in Chinese civil war
  • Describe impacts and interventions of foreign interventions
  • Explain importance of land reform, emancipation of women and education improvements
  • Evaluate the impacts of Nixon’s visit in 1972

Subject Focus

  • Explore why China became a Communist state in 1949.
  • Consider the social changes that have taken place within recent history with specific attention to the role of women, health, education and traditional culture.
  • Develop an international perspective on the impact of China’s relationship with other countries, especially in the lead up to its becoming a leading superpower.
  • Develop values and attitudes that will enable students to achieve a degree of personal commitment, as citizens of an increasingly interdependent world, in trying to resolve global issues.
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Thailand Lao Learning Journey

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Introduction

Discover the arresting natural beauty and vibrant cultures of Thailand and Laos on this educational adventure from the metropolis of modern Bangkok to the mighty Mekong River Delta in the heart of rural Indochina. Along the way, meet locals and learn about their cultures, livelihoods and the challenges they face. Gain valuable insight into the community development projects which seek to transform and enrich local lives and take part in them yourself!

Subject Focus

  • Gain real life understanding of key economic principles
  • Consider the ethical dimensions involved in development policies by reflecting on human end-goals and desires
  • Develop an international perspective on global issues and raise students’ awareness of their own responsibilities
  • Develop values and attitudes that will enable students to achieve a degree of personal commitment, as citizens of an increasingly interdependent world, in trying to resolve global issues.
  • Examine key global issues, such as poverty and sustainability to develop an understanding of sociological issues and a concern for human welfare and the quality of the environment.
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Highlights

  • Tour the highlights of Bangkok
  • Learn about how you can help get kids off the streets of Bangkok
  • Experience the Golden Triangle and how opium destroyed the regions development
  • Travel the Mekong River, the water highway of Laos
  • Luang Prabang Night Market
  • Be an upland farmer for the day
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Cook a Lao dish
  • Get up close and personal with an elephant
  • Swim in one of South east Asia’s most beautiful waterfalls

Student Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast HDI ranking High and Medium
  • Identify factors that contribute to successful development and those that do not
  • Descrive how development can be influenced by culture and environment
  • Explain importance of riverways to economic and human development
  • Evaluate impacts of a community development project
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Bali Visual Arts Learning Journey

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Introduction

With music and art guiding the way, dive deep into the heart of Balinese culture and history. Through personalized learning experiences, endearing local interactions, and a chance to explore your own creative talents, discover the hypnotic beauty of the “Island of the Gods.” As you traverse from the cliffs of a spiritual ceremony overlooking the sea to the earthen floors of a traditional homestay, Bali’s spiritual connection with nature will unveil itself in a transformative experience you won’t soon forget.

Highlights

  • Tour the highlights of Bali
  • Experience how music, dance and art are entwined in all aspects of Balinese daily life
  • Help out with a local NGO working to improve the educational opportunities for marginalised kids
  • Try your hand at organic rice farming and learn to drive an ox-cart
  • Visit a local market and try Balinese cooking
  • Snorkel and kayak some of the region’s most beautiful coral reefs
  • Discover what Balinese culture has to offer
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Student Outcomes

  • Examine and compare art from different cultures
  • Investigate and compare the evolution of different techniques of art
  • Explore communication through visual, musical and movement means
  • Experiment with diverse media and artistic techniques
  • Produce a body of artwork

Subject Focus

  • Gain real life understanding of artistic expression through painting, photography, sculpture, textile design, music and dance.
  • Consider role of the arts in the history and cultures of the Balinese and enrich students’ horizons.
  • Encourage students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and develop analytical skills while working towards proficiency and confidence as art makers.
  • Through inquiry, investigation, reflection and creative application, students develop an appreciation for expressive and aesthetic diversity. Gain confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practise of their chosen art format.
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Crossroads Hong Kong

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Introduction

Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, argues business leaders need to demonstrate moral humility. The next generation must focus on the social consequences of their actions and accept responsibility.

Our Business for Development ½ day workshops at Crossroads Hong Kong take your students into the heart of socially responsible enterprises to explore business adaptability within complex cultural contexts, to build confidence, creativity and collaboration while tackling some of our world’s most pressing issues.

Program Highlights

  • Meet, workshop and learn from David Begbie, named as one of 100 change-makers across Asia (together with such leaders as Ashok Khosla, Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Malala Yousafzai).
  • Do not hear a talk or watch a movie about global issues. ‘X-perience’ them, through simulations that allow companies explore ways their core strengths can be aligned with the relevant global concerns.
  • Learn how corporate partners such as AIG Finance(HK) Ltd., DHL International (Hong Kong) Ltd, IBM China/Hong Kong Ltd., Hewlett Packard (HK), Merril Lynch (Asia Pacific) Ltd., Microsoft and UPS Parcel Delivery Service Ltd. create sustainable impacts on the lives of thousands
  • Explore and discover your leadership potential to impact community development and address important global issues
  • Live and learn in a unique Hong Kong setting
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Main Workshop Focus

  • Mentor with a leading social entrepreneur
  • Grow your global intelligence
  • Create a new service perspective
  • Develop awareness of your international leadership potential

Sustainable Singapore Journey

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Introduction

Most Singaporeans will tell you that not so long ago, Singapore could hardly be considered a big city; but you’d be forgiven for doubting such a claim at first glance. As one of the wealthiest nations on earth, first time visitors to Singapore are often surprised by the scale and grandeur of the island nation’s development. Development though comes with a cost to the environment.

Explore how Singapore has tackled the dilemmas of sustainability to achieve balance between economic growth and sustaining a livable environment. Students get to explore, investigate, assess, and reflect on Singapore’s development. Ultimately students will demonstrate how their experiences affect their own choices through actions taken at the school and home.

Program Highlights

Singapore National Water Agency

Learn about stable, sustainable water supply that is weather resilient, capable of catering to the country’s continued growth.

Nation Environment Agency

Understand solid waste management in Singapore, the design & operation of Semakau Landfill, as well as a tour of the landfill

Singapore Power

Explore energy efficiency in their homes through a home electricity audit assignment and test.

Pulau Ubin Nature Reserve

Home to Singapore’s last villages or kampongs, the island still retains the rustic beauty and simplicity of a bygone era.

and more…

Singapore has a wealth of museums, galleries and attractions to complement any educational exploration.

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