Gain insight into Tibetan, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism, as well as the influence of animist traditions, Islam and Christianity in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Examine comprehensively issues pertaining to international aid and development, the effects of damming on fisheries, wildlife conservation, minority status and forced relocation issues, effects of modernization on traditional livelihoods, and the impacts of tourism.
Focus Of Inquiry
Examine international water resources as relates to mega-dam projects, ecology and biodiversity, cultural ecology, economics, sustainable development, and regional politics.
Live with home-stay families in a Tibetan community in northwest Yunnan and in Catholic and Buddhist villages along the Mekong River in Laos
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Explore your academic passions through mentored study of water rights, public health, the use of bamboo, comparative studies, leadership and student empowerment focus throughout program.
Build basic proficiency in Mandarin and Laos languages, while exploring the linguistic traditions of ethnic minorities and the migration
Acquire a more profound and nuanced understanding of complex social and development issues through community-based workshops and activities with organizations in Laos, and through the rhythms of daily life while in home-stays.
Hop on buses, trains, tuk-tuks, boats, trucks and your own two feet to explore the region overland -- from the high mountain passes of the Himalaya to the jungles of Laos
Challenge yourself on short treks in the karst limestone and rain forests of of eastern Laos and within the sacred peaks of the eastern Himalaya.