TRAVEL, LIVE, SERVE, AND LEARN IN THAILAND: Intercultural and Comparative Education Experience

Pre-service and in-service teachers can now expose themselves to Thai culture on this intensive and rewarding four-week program through the Patton College of Education. According to studyabroad101.com, “Approximately 1,900 American students study abroad in Thailand each year making Thailand the most popular study abroad destination in Southeast Asia.”  

Participants on this program will complete 15 hours of Thai language instruction during Spring semester prior to travel in a blended format (face-to-face and online), then travel through various part of Thailand, attend an instructional materials development workshop, conduct cross-cultural teaching, collaborate with local groups in service learning projects and engage in informal chat sessions twice a week and 90 hours of classroom teaching in Thai culture, education, historical values and society.

Additionally, participants will spend some time living in a Hill-tribe village and enjoy excursions/field trips including cultural and educational tours of schools, libraries, museums, religious places, outdoor markets, community events, public offices, and other sites that provide participants an authentic experience of the Thai people and their daily lives. Participants will develop grade-level appropriate thematic units over the course of their stay in Thailand. 

Pre-service and in-service teachers will have the opportunity to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies that integrate Thai culture, society and language in the Arts, English and Social Studies classes.

Program Length

June 30 - July 29, 2018

Application Deadlines

Eligibility

Program is open to Ohio University graduate and undergraduate students as well as in-service professionals. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, while undergraduate applicants must be above 2.25 GPA. Please check below for application procedures. 

For visa purposes, all applicants must either have a valid passport at the time of application or must have applied for one.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a judicial offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire judicial policy.

Application process for Ohio University students

  1. Apply through the Office of Global Opportunities
  2. A letter of reference from a faculty member is required.
  3. Submit a 500-1000 word essay that speaks to your interests in lerarning the history, culture, education, people, and way of living of another country as well as your experience, motivation and readiness to deal with unfamiliar situations.
  4. Complete an in-person, not-for-credit, mandatory orientation on Saturday 21, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  5. Complete a 15-hour, blended format (on-line and in-person), not-for-credit Thai language instruction module.
  6. Commit to share their experience after the program with other pre-service and in-service teachers, members of one’s school district and the community at-large.

Application process for In-Service Professionals

  1. Apply through the Office of Global Opportunities.  
  2. Select "Non-Ohio University Student" option and submit your entire application in one log-in session.
  3. In-service teacher participants should submit a letter from their school principal or district administrator.  The letter should address the participant's readiness for participation in the project as well as the instructional, curricular and leadership potential of the participant.
  4. Submit a 500-1000 word essay that speaks to your interests in lerarning the history, culture, education, people, and way of living of another country as well as your experience, motivation and readiness to deal with unfamiliar situations.
  5. Complete an in-person, not-for-credit, mandatory orientation on Saturday 21, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  6. Complete a 15-hour, blended format (on-line and in-person), not-for-credit Thai language instruction module.
  7. Commit to share their experience after the program with other pre-service and in-service teachers, members of one’s school district and the community at-large.

Living Arrangements 

Students will live in shared rooms at the Heliconia house hotel. Each room has a private bathroom. The facility includes an elevator, washer and dryer, free Internet access and common wifi room. In addition, participants will have access to an on-site restaurant, pool, fitness center and tennis court.  The property has a 24/7 security guard on site. 

Courses and Credits 

Pre-service student participants will earn 6 credits with the possibility of the coursework listed below.

In-service teachers will not earn credits on this program. If you wish to earn credit, you must apply as a student. To ensure you will have student status, contact Kirsten Dabelko before you apply.

•   EDPL 3600 (1-3 credits): Field Experience 
•   EDPL 3610 (1-2 credits): Field Service in Education 
•   EDAD 4200 (3 credits): Comparative Cultures and Education 
•   EDTE 4900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education – Teacher Education 
•   EDAD 5900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education 
•   EDPL 5900 (3 credits): Special Topics in Education – PL 
•   EDTE 5900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education – Teacher Education 
•   EDAD 5910 (1-6 credits): Internship 
•   EDAD 6021 (4 credits): The School and Community 
•   EDAD 6900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education Administration 
•   EDTE 6900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education – Teacher Education 
•   EDAD 7900 (1-6 credits): Special Topics in Education Administration 
•   EDAD 7915 (1-6 credits): Advanced Seminar in Education 
•   EDTE 8930 (1-6 credits): Independent Study in Education

Cost

Undergraduate student budget worksheet 
Graduate student budget worksheet 
Non-credit participant (non-student) budget worksheet

Additional Information on Thailand

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook   

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department site  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities 

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your  passport. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Thailand can be found  here.

U.S. citizens   do  need a visa to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program. 

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page      
Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Emmanuel Jean Francois 
Program Director 
740-818-1274 
jeanfran@ohio.edu

Kirsten Dabelko 
Program Coordinator 
740-597-9039 
dabelkok@ohio.edu

 

 


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