the advent of modern technologies like the Internet and Twitter, the world
has become a global village. In light of this modernization,
learning how to relate to other world cultures is a skill that is fast
becoming a necessity. While there are many ways and means to
learn about cultures, nothing can replace authentic immersion in a
Known as the “land of many smiles,” Thailand is a
place unlike any other on earth. Nestled in Southeast Asia,
Thailand means “land of the free” because it has never been
colonized. In this way, Thailand has been able to preserve many
of its original cultural characteristics, values, ways, and
traditions. Thailand also provides a unique infrastructure; on
one hand Thailand is a comfortable place for touring and on the other
hand, someone can easily access traditional and remote locations.
for example, which has been popularized recently in the West, is the
primary religion of Thailand, which makes it an ideal place to study
Buddhism and its impact on daily life.
are offering students an intensive, 2-week comprehensive study abroad
program in Thailand. By immersing students in a society that is
vastly different from their own, and by having students experience
Buddhist practices, we hope to ‘awaken’ students about both the world
and their own internal nature.
Why Thailand? Thailand
represents a living case study of a non-Western Culture that has
undergone significant modernization in recent years. Still, with
all of its changes, Thailand and its people have managed to retain a
traditional cultural perspective, relying on meditative approaches to
handle life’s stresses in the 21st Century.