Lanna Educational Adventures: Om Goi Project

Om Goi project


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

Duke of Edinburgh International Award



ETA is proud to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, the Adventurous Journey section. We encourage a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition to truly unique destinations. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

ETA provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.

Award Requirements

Bronze– two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total.

Silver– three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort in total.

Gold– four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total.

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Award Framework

ETA works with schools to assist students achieve the Award’s three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

At each level ETA assists schools with service, skills, and adventurous journeys.

ETA’s five community-development projects in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia are ideal destinations for students to conduct community service, learn new skills take part in adventurous journeys while home-staying in rural village communities.

Community Health Education

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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.


  • 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
health community
rice field health community

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

China History: Past, Present, Future

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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.


  • 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.
china buffalo tour

Bali Visual Arts Learning Journey



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.


  • 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

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.

Bali Eco Marine Learning Journey



Environmental Systems and Societies

  • Gain real life understanding of issues concerning sustainable development and how the Earth’s resources are used.
  • Consider their own relationship with their environment and the significance of choices and decisions that they make in their own lives.
  • Develop a sound understanding of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues.


  • Tour the highlights of Bali.
  • Learn about the impact of development and tourism on marine environments.
  • Help out with a beach clean to make an immediate impact.
  • Try your hand at organic rice farming and learn to drive an ox.
  • Visit a local market and try Balinese cooking.
  • Snorkel and kayak some of the region’s most beautiful coral reefs.
  • Discover what the ocean has to offer.

Student Outcomes

  • Students examine the impact of development on the environment considering issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion.
  • Students explore ways in which we may change the nature of future development to make it more sustainable.
  • Students discuss and debate how the environment can have its own intrinsic value.
  • Students discuss the perceived vulnerability of coral reefs and their relative value in contributing to global biodiversity.
  • Demonstrate their growth with performances after returning back to school.