Learn insight meditation and gain exposure into one of the most traditionally Buddhist nations in the world.
Multiple meetings with people in fields such as: human rights, conflict, environmental protection, gender, LGBTQIA+, water resource development etc. Offers a critical and close look at contemporary and long-term development in a sanctioned country.
Focus Of Inquiry
Ethnic Minority Issues, Community-Based Development, Environmental Protection/Conservation.
Staying with local ethnic minority families while completing easy to medium grade hikes in Shan/Kachin State.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Exposure to many fields with independent time for individual on-ground research/interviews on a topic of choice.
Basic and introductory Burmese. Classes during the first two weeks, optional learning afterward.
Approximately 10 hours of service credit earned through a combination of education (monastic school), rural development, and environmental awareness/conservation. Learning service activities may include: building adobe houses, harvesting bamboo and other seasonal crops, participating in language exchange and assisting tree planting projects.
Buses, trains, bicycles, tri-shaws, possibly boats. Expect older vehicles on pothole roads, wooden benches on daylong trains.
Day hikes and potential for multi-day hikes (weather depending).