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 homestay families in a Tibetan community in northwest Yunnan and in rural villages along the Mekong River in Laos.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Learn traditional crafts such as bamboo weaving, embroidery, martial arts (Muay Lao), and traditional silk dying from master teachers in Laos' art and cultural hub, Luang Prabang. Explore your academic passions through mentored comparative studies on a topic such as: water rights, public health, education, gender etc. throughout program.
Build basic proficiency in Mandarin and Lao languages, while exploring the linguistic traditions of ethnic minorities groups.
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 homestays.
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 Himalayas to the jungles and floodplains of Laos.
Challenge yourself on day and multi-day hikes within the sacred peaks of the eastern Himalaya in China and explore the karst limestone formations and rainforests of northern and central Laos.