May Term Thailand is a unique experience that cannot be replicated. It might sound cliché, but it is a life-changing experience for participants. That said, this isn’t a trip for everyone. There are some things that you will experience on the trip that may be difficult for some. But most who’ve been on this trip will agree with me when they say that these only add to the overall experience. Here are some things to be aware of:
It’s hot on this trip. I mean really hot. Utahns are, of course, used to high temperatures. What Utahns are NOT used to is the humidity. It can be overbearing. You sweat, and the sweat doesn’t evaporate, since the air around you is so moist. That makes you sweat more, and makes you even hotter. During the evening hours, this can be even more uncomfortable. We compensate for this by scheduling outdoor activities around the early morning and late afternoons, with a “siesta” during midday hours, particularly in the villages. When we stay in hotels, they are all air conditioned, and the vans we travel in are also air conditioned. Most of the homes we stay at in the first village have fans in them, and the second village is in the mountains and is pretty cool during the evening. That said, be prepared to be really hot and sticky!
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Registration for May Term Thailand is now open! We will be tentatively traveling from May 2 to May 26. The cost, which is all-inclusive, is $4300. This includes airfare, all transportation in country, all lodging, all meals, and all trip-associated fees. Of course, Westminster students who were registered full time students during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters get four free credits.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Han Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to 25, and it is first come, first served!
By: Liz Behrens
When asked to consider the most important thing I have learned from my May Term Thailand trip the potential answers were endless as the trip has been a learning experience from start to finish. However, two of the more poignant and underlying themes of this trip were that of global citizenship as well as tolerance. I had some idea of what these things meant prior to going on this trip – but it was so much clearer after seeing both in practice. Continue reading Global Citizenship and Tolerance
By: Mariah Hartle
Going to a different country always has its expectations but mostly big unknowns. Thailand is no exception and as I expected my expectations were blown away by the Thai culture. As I sit in the United States, I notice the little things that can’t quite compare to what I have lived. With all that we did in Thailand and all the people we shared our lives with, one thing always comes back to me. It’s the thing when talking about Thailand I always over emphasis and want people to understand. Continue reading Thai Kindness
By: Chloe Withers
Before leaving for Thailand Han and Peter kept saying the moments that will have the greatest impact on you will be some of the hardest moments of the trip but that these would also be the moments that we learn and grow the most from. They were right. Thailand honestly changed my life in more ways than one. I’ve never been pushed so far outside of my comfort zone. It was a challenge but one I’m glad I didn’t shy from. I took my first little step outside my comfort zone as I walked onto the plan leaving San Francisco headed for Taipei. I was working my way out of my comfort zone while sweating more than I had ever done in my life all while watching children shoot off home made rockets towards the sky. Continue reading Final Reflection
By: Lacy Carter
What did I learn on my trip to Thailand? Well the most important thing that I learned is that life can be very simple. You don’t need a lot to be happy or worth something. Family is very important whether they are your family by blood or they are just the ones that are always with you and helping you and you should always keep them close. I feel here in the U.S. we take a lot for granted and we think we are always owed something. Continue reading Final Reflection
By: Lacy Carter & Chloe Withers
Before coming on the Mayterm Thailand trip Lacy and I wrote a blog post on HIV/AIDS in Thailand so we felt well prepared for our visit to the HIV/AIDS Hospice. Little did we know what an emotional impact it would have on the both of us. Thailand is known as the “land of smiles” and the hospice was no exception. When we first walked into the treatment room all of the patients were so welcoming. It was incredible to see that even though these people were in pain and didn’t feel good, they could still manage to have a positive outlook on life. Everyone was so willing to share their stories with us. Continue reading HIV/AIDS Hospice
By: Joe Caesar & Cera Cantu
Preparation for the parade started early in the morning around 6. The theme of the day was patience. We had to wait to be called for makeup and hair to be done by some of the villagers. Once we were dressed we had to wait for the parade. All of us crowded into a house in the village to get our makeup done. There were village children there that wanted to play with us. They stole a lot of cellphones and took a lot of pictures. When we got our phones back we all had hundreds of pictures of the kids and all of us that the kids had taken. Continue reading Parade Day
By: Olivia Start & Dagny Helander
Thai and English: two completely different languages with two completely different manuscripts. Despite the barrier, we discovered that no matter what language you speak, you can build bonds and relationships with nearly anyone. Upon arrival we expected to be greeted without hesitation or reservations from the students. As it turns out, not only were many of us out of our comfort zone, but the students were as well. That led to a dramatic increase in the difficulty of forming connections. It appeared that the kids were absolutely terrified of us and some of our group even thought they were disrespectful. However, the two of us among other students quickly learned that if there’s a will to get to know the kids, there is a way. Continue reading Reflections on Ban Toong Ting
By: Sarah Schafer
I believe global citizenship is the ability and willingness to observe, live in, and respect other cultures. After traveling abroad various times, and employing a critical eye when evaluating international service, I more fully understand what it means to be a global citizen. Understanding this concept is essential to success in public health and community development, and I appreciate that the May Term Thailand trip has allowed me to continue developing essential skills for being a global citizen. Continue reading Final Reflection