Cambodia and Thailand Combined Program
The Cambodia and Thailand Combined Program provides a unique opportunity for students to live, study and volunteer in two countries in one semester.
IPSL’s South East Asian Comparative Studies (SEACS) program will enrich students' understanding of two complex and historically rich nations.
Students spend the first 7 weeks of the program in Chiang Mai, Thailand; studying Thai culture, language, and society on the campus of Chiang Mai University. Students will engage in substantive volunteer service for 10-15 hours per week. The last 7 weeks are spent in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, learning and serving alongside Cambodian youth in an NGO focusing on leadership training and education for less advantaged children, youth and families. This volunteer service provides an in-depth cultural immersion that will deepen participants' understanding of both Thai and Cambodian societies and allows students to increase their language acquisition.
The Thai/Cambodian combined program is amazing, but don't take it from us; read what an alumnus has to say!
"Learning and serving in both Cambodia and Thailand offered me a diverse and dynamic experience. I had the opportunity to study at two incredible universities, and serve with two organizations. BEAM is a migrant-learning center where I taught a population of young Burmese adults with an unlimited amount of drive; Chab Dai is an anti-trafficking coalition that I had the opportunity to research with. I had an immeasurable amount of meaningful interactions and experiences abroad that I cherish: arm wrestling with my Thai host mom in a Thai village we stayed in, riding and bathing with Pain Wad (the coolest lady elephant alive), yearning for mindfulness at meditation retreats, and venturing around the beautiful ancient temples of Angkor Wat. In Cambodia, I spent endless hours laughing and learning from my host family: one night my Cambodian family couldn’t stop laughing as I awkwardly tried to eat a dessert with a spoon, not realizing it was acceptable to eat by hand. My family named me Bopha, meaning flower. As corny as it sounds, with their warmth, love, and care, they played an integral role in helping me grow, or blossom, from this experience. I found ‘home’ in Cambodia, and I cannot wait to be back laughing at the dinner table with them. Want some advice? Be present and stay curious." Carly J. - New York