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    Where There Be Dragons: Mekong Semester

    Where There Be Dragons: Mekong Semester

    Details

    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Credit Awarded: College
    • Program Length: Semester
    • Start Month: February, September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Homestay, Other
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
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    Overview

    Examine issues of transboundary resource management within Southeast Asia’s largest river basin, explore diverse belief systems, and participate in community-driven learning service. Suggested for ages 17-22, with college credit available.

    PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Experience rural village life in a Tibetan, Lao, Thai and Cambodia homestays participating in the daily rhythms of each place.
    • Trek in arid Himalayas and humid wet tropics exploring hot springs, glaciers and waterfalls.
    • Meet with community members to learn about the reality of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, The Secret War and Pol Pot’s Regime.
    • Witness the negative impacts of large-scale hydro-power dam developments ecological systems.
    • Explore the diverse range of spiritual beliefs and religions within the Mekong catchment including: Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Animism, Catholicism and Islam.
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