Go Ed Mekong, Thailand (CCCU)

Students spend 16 weeks in the Greater Mekong Subregion in the highlands of northern Thailand to study the root causes of exclusion and exploitation of marginalized people groups. Study in the heart of continental Southeast Asia helps students gain perspective about the complexities of the issues, state and NGO responses, and efforts towards greater empowerment and justice in these communities. Opportunities to interact with local communities, particularly those of the hill tribes, enhance understanding of the relationship between exploitation and its root causes: poverty, discrimination, exclusion and violence.

Courses offered on this program include Exclusion & Exploitation: Marginal People of the Mekong; Social Context for Community Development; History, Religion and Society in the Mekong Region; and Cross-Cultural Field Practicum. A detail description of each course and the practicum is available on the website.

Go ED. students will be housed at the Bi-Vocational Training Center (BVTC) – a peaceful campus for Lahu (a northern hill tribe) set in a semi-rural community north of Chiang Mai. The facility is surrounded by mountains and nearby rice and pepper fields with access to public transportation conveniently located a short walk from the school.GoEd Mekong Thailand



This is what Westmont education is all about and we want to provide you with a unique opportunity to
experience this holistic learning, living, and loving in an active, integrated community in East Asia.
As you join this opportunity, your learning will be comprehensive in scope, touching your minds,
hearts, bodies, and relationships. You will understand global economic, social, and political processes, develop cross-cultural skills, participate in service learning, and become better equipped as a global citizen to serve your community upon completion of the program. The inter- and cross-disciplinary
courses will help you connect the dots from various disciplines and our focus on cultural immersion in community will enhance your residential learning experience.

Globalization is a fact of life in this fast-changing post-modern world with the increasing interconnectedness of different markets, peoples, religions, and cultures that move beyond national boundaries, aided by technological innovations. South Korea, China, and Singapore showcase such experiences and impacts of globalization both as its active contributors and at times reluctant participants.

We will explore together this theme of globalization in East Asia
through the following courses:
• History of World Christianity (4 units)
• Theology and Economics of Wealth and Poverty (4 units)
• Chinese (Mandarin) Language (4 units)
• Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society (4 units)

These courses fulfill five General Education requirements: Thinking Globally; Thinking Historically; Serving Society, Enacting Justice; Foreign Language; Understanding Society. In addition, they fulfill upper-division elective courses in Religious Studies, History, Economics-Business, and Sociology.

A one-unit orientation seminar in spring 2016 will help you prepare for your semester abroad and a one-unit re-entry seminar in spring 2017 will help you process further and integrate your study abroad experience into your on-campus learning.