Global Service in Thailand: Winter Break

This program will run during Winter Break 2021/22

Interested in this Program? Please complete our Interest Form

Over-view of Previous Program during Winter Break 2020:

Program Dates for Winter break 2020:  January 1st – January 12th, 2020.

On a mountaintop close to the town of Bo Kluea in the Nan province of Thailand live the Mlabri and Lua Hill Tribes. Historically these people have been “hunter- gathers” using the forest as their sources of food and shelter. They still live a basic and sustainable lifestyle, growing their own foods, tending to livestock and building their own homes. These hill tribes are looking to improve their lives, whilst still maintaining their cultural heritage. We will be working in partnership with a University in Thailand, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi (KMUTT) to help improve the lives of these indigenous people.

KMUTT has been working in this region for several years. They have helped the hill tribes develop highland agricultural practices to improve their crop yields and allow them to sell their produce, as well as creating awareness about their lives. This winter break the people of the village have invited students from the University of Missouri (You!) to work Together with KMUTT students to help them work on the following projects:

      • Development of Strategic Communications to promote a tourism industry in Bo Kluea
      • Recording the stories of the indigenous people
      • Teaching English language to the Lua and Mlabri Children who will play an important role in the future economic development of the region.

This program will immerse you in authentic Thai culture, learn about Thailand from your Peers at KMUTT university and allow you to explore the issues faced by indigenous populations. When we first arrive in Bangkok we will spend several days exploring thai culture and living in the heart of Thailand’s Capital city, before we travel north to Nan City and the city of Bo Kluea.

You will experience the history, culture, and society of Thailand through pre-departure orientation workshops held on the MU campus before the program begins as well as through the various excursions and activities once in country. Throughout the process, students will engage in reflective discussions about culture and service.

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SRV_LRN 3028 Global Service (3). Students will earn 3 credit hours – Graded A-F, for pre-departure workshops, held during the fall semester, and while engaging in meaningful service in the Thailand country during Winter Break.

The pre-departure course will introduce you to Thailand’s history, culture, politics, and geography as you prepare for study overseas. While abroad, the course promotes learning through the relationships you will build with local people, classes, discussions, reflections, and projects while living in host country. Academic coursework will emphasize the development of critical consciousness while engaging in reflection and group dialogue.

Class Schedule – must attend all classes

Winter break 2020 class schedule provided as an example:

Monday, Nov.18th, and Dec. 2nd 2019 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You will also meet in your country groups on Friday Dec. 6th 12:00pm – 2pm lunch will be provided during this last meeting.

Academic Credit

Grades earned on this program will calculate into the MU GPA and appear on students’ MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Program Leader. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Additional Learning and Academic Activities

While living in the host country students will participate in multiple cultural activities. Excursions are considered as part of the coursework and should be looked upon as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Part of the final grade will come from their participation and attitude towards learning during these activities and excursions. Faculty will require students to reflect on your experiences on the excursions as part of a final paper due two weeks after the program ends.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in a comfortable hotel in Bangkok on arrival in Thailand. We will fly to Nan on Sunday, spend the day in the city and drive to Bo Kluea. We will again be staying in hotel accommodations in Bo Kluea.  Breakfast will be included at the hotel in Bangkok and lunch will be provided during excursions. All meals will be provided whilst you are living in Bo Kluea. Students will only be responsible for a few evening meals and lunch the day they arrive in Bangkok.

Example Itinerary (Winter break 2020 shown here as an example)

      • December 30/31st: Depart U.S./Travel to Bangkok
      • January 1st: Arrive in Bangkok and orientation.
      • January 2nd: Temple tour in Bangkok
      • January 3rd: Visit the Grand Palace
      • January 4: City Tour
      • January 5: Fly to Nan and explore the city before driving up the mountain to Bo Kluea
      • January 6 – 11: Service days
      • January 11th: Fly to Bangkok
      • January 12th: Program Ends/ Students depart Bangkok.

Students will be advised nearer the time whether flight timetables will allow them to leave Bangkok on the evening of the 11th rather than leaving on January 12th. Students can if they wish, stay in Bangkok and explore more on their own or visit other cities in Thailand before heading home.



Possible excursion sites

Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad. Visits around Thailand might include tours of:

      • Cultural performances
      • Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle, Hall of Opium, Wat Rong Khun


Program Costs

Program costs for winter break 2019/2020, are provided here as a guideline for program costs over winter break 2021.


For more information about financing your Global Service Program, please see the Financing section.

Application and Eligibility

Before you apply to your chosen program, please review the How to Apply page.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of a student’s academic transcript, quality and depth of the responses to the essay questions. In addition, students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and be in good disciplinary standing with the University for consideration. A personal interview may be required. Admission to a global service program is not guaranteed.

To apply for this Global Service Program, please submit the Online Application by: Applications have not yet opened. Please email to find out more, or to be placed on an email list to receive notifications about this program.

More Information

For more information, please contact Yvonne Binfield in the Office of Service-Learning. To schedule an appointment, visit MUConnect on Canvas, go to your “My Success Network”, type in “Service-Learning”, and click on the link to make an appointment with Yvonne. You can also complete our Interest Form