International Community Engaged Learning Program


Service Trip Abroad in Thailand

General Information and Application Timeline

  • Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Lodging: Buddhist temple housing unit while in Thaton and in hostels and hotels while traveling in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
  • When: May 3-28, 2015
  • Cost:
    • $2995-Current WSU students and alumni
    • Covers airfare, transportation, lodging, three meals each day, 9 in-country credit hours, travel snacks, a t-shirt and cultural excursions such as a visit to the Kayan women, bareback elephant riding, zip lines through the rain forest including 31 different platforms, and a local Thai food cooking class. 
  • Payment dates:
    • $900 Deposit- Wednesday, January 14th
    • $700 Payment- Monday, February 2nd
    • $700 Payment- Monday, March 2nd
    • Remaining Balance- Wednesday, April 1st
  • Cancellations: must be submitted in writing to the Center for Community Engaged Learning, 3910 W Campus Dr. Dept. 2113 Ogden, UT 84408. Cancellations may NOT be accpeted over the phone or email. 
    • $900 deposit and subsequent program payments nonrefundable.
  • Health: participants will be required to visit their doctor to complete a physical examination and medical clearance. Further detail and questions will be held at the mandatory meetings. 


Complete five main projects for the Northern Thai communities.

Goal is to improve the lives of the orphans and elderly through education, construction, & environmental sustainability projects.

  • 1st Project: constructing a kitchen and dining hall for the youth and elderly housed there.
  • 2nd Project: constructing and installing a water reservoir for garden and bathroom water.
  • 3rd Project: incorporate environment-friendly elements into construction projects such as the inclusion of rain water collection for the reservoir and recycled glass lighting for the dining hall, etc.
  • 4th Project: travel to local schools and community gatherings to teach the locals about the environment-friendly aspect incorporated into the building and teaching them how to incorporate them into their own homes. Also will be doing English language instruction.
  • 5th Project: gathering donations and contributing new beds, mattresses, books, and computers to the organization to assist in the education and comfort of the youth and elderly. 
  • 20 Current students and 6 WSU alumni will be selected as participants for this trip.
  • Donate to the trip:  Monetary donations are being accepted through the WSU Development Office.  Please contact Denise Thielfoldt for more information.