Thailand: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Tropical ecology and conservation
  • Buddhist philosophy in education
  • Western and Eastern modes of understanding nature
  • Indigenous ecological knowledge
  • Buddhism and conservation activism
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Participatory education
  • Community-based conservation

A typical day in Thailand is likely to include:

  • Visits to field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing


Thailand is especially renowned for its temples, its mouth-watering cuisine, its hospitality, and its astonishing biotic diversity. Known as Siam until 1939, the Kingdom of Thailand was never colonized by a European power. Thais are proud of their strong culture and their history. Buddhism influences all aspects of Thai life and is practiced by 95% of the population.

“My experience in Thailand was beyond my expectations. Not only did we meet Thai people from all walks of life–monks, teachers, students–but we got to actually know these people. They’re still friends today.”– Whitney J., Gray, Tennessee

Dragonfly Workshops Web-Based Learning Community

Upon acceptance into the program, students will join instructors and classmates in DragonflyWorkshops’ collaborative Web community to complete pre-trip assignments. After returning home, students will continue to work in their Web-based community through early December to develop projects initiated in the field, discuss assignments, and exchange ideas. All students should expect to spend two to three hours a week contributing to their Web-Based Learning Community from their home or school computer. Navigating the Web platform is easy–it’s designed for people with no prior computer experience. To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit

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