Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in Southeast Asia is a two-month field program in village communities in rural Thailand. It combines academic studies in Southeast Asian culture, history, religion, and politics, with opportunities for service learning and participation in grassroots community development. The program seeks to enhance empathy across cultures, heightening awareness of the power of culture and education, and celebrating diversity.

A primary focus will be learning about indigenous knowledge and its relation to social and environmental well-being. The program is run in partnership with Western Washington University, but open to students from all universities. We are looking for students that are passionate about social and environmental justice, can cope with adversity, and work well in a team. If this is you, join us next winter in Southeast Asia!

KEY FEATURES

  • Explore issues of sustainability and social justice in Thailand, with a focus on indigenous and village knowledge and practice
  • Work with grassroots organizations on community development projects
  • Learn about sustainable fishing and conservation with the Moklen, one of the few remaining sea nomadic communities
  • Trek in the jungles of Kui Buri National Park, home to over 300 wild elephants
  • 15 credits through Western Washington University

PROGRAM INFORMATION

2020 Dates Coming Soon

$TBDper student

INCLUDES:
  • 15 credits through Western Washington University
  • Daily living expenses (food, lodging)
  • In-country transportation
  • Admissions (temples, parks, etc.)
  • Trek and other excursions
  • Travel Health Insurance
NOT INCLUDED:
  • International airfare
  • Visa
  • Immunizations/personal medical expenses
  • Independent travel
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COMMUNITY PARTNER:
IMPECT

Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) works with a variety of Indigenous Peoples sharing similar situations and experiences, applying traditional knowledge and practices to all aspects of development work. IMPECT works as an association, providing opportunities for participation and ownership of development activities to representatives of the different indigenous groups. The four main areas of action are Cultural Revival and Alternative Education, Promotion of the Environment and Natural Resource Management, Enhancement of Indigenous Peoples’ Movements and Networks and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights. Here is an article about the school we will be working with during the trip.

COMMUNITY PARTNER:
BAN TAPTAWAN

Ban Taptawan is a Moklen village along Thailand’s Andaman coast. The Moklen are one of Thailand’s three last nomadic sea peoples and some of the few remaining worldwide. However, their traditional way of life is under threat due to large-scale coastal development, marine pollution, over-fishing, and lack of secure property rights.

To help preserve their culture and earn income for the community they are trying to create a sustainable model for tourism that shares their way of life and promotes conservation.They have also begun working with IMPECT to create larger networks between indigenous and ethnic communities in Southern Thailand and organize to advocate for their rights.

TRIP LEADERS

Alex Martin

Director of Travel Programs

Won Pen

Project Coordinator

Yotaka Martin

Trip Leader

Ready to join us?