LAND AND LIFE

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

 

HOW MIGHT TOURISM BE AN ASSET FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?

How might we grow communities sustainably off the land? How might we live, grow economies and alleviate poverty while remaining in harmony with our environment? How might we honour the land and culture that preceded and honouring the land and culture that preceeded and Nurtures us? Live these questions and more while experiencing the beauty and lushness of rural living in Northern Thailand.

This course runs in MAY, JUNE, JULY, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER.

 

Land and Life takes participants on a learning journey from the rural to urban with a focus on the concepts of culture, resources and community. Economic growth and development usually happens at the expense of wiping out local cultures, traditions and the environment that supplies our needs. How then do we honour the land that nurtures us?

In this course, participants begin to rethink existing ideas of tourism and its accompanying destructive side-effects; they will delve deeper into the dimensions of ethical travel and analyse tourism's potential as an asset for holistic and sustainable community development. Witness the different ways village communities in Northern Thailand honour and protect their land amidst a modernising world.

As part of the Skillseed Challenge, participants are expected to create an advocacy project to educate their peers by sharing stories about how to develop a community while preserving and protecting local culture and resources.

Village homestay

Village homestay

 
 

INFORMATION ON COURSE FEES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH PARTNER SCHOOLS.

Fees typically include the following:

  • Accommodation & meals (we pick socially/ environmentally responsible choices!)
  • Transport (including flights and airport transfers)
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Course materials
  • Insurance cover
  • Engaging experts & 24/7 experienced facilitators
  • Contribution to beneficiaries

Your investment in our courses also enables Skillseed to further our social mission by empowering the local community through employment or job creation. It also goes towards course development (we do intensive consultations with key organisations and conduct project site visits!) and provides opportunities for course alumni to further develop their skills and passions with us or our partner organisations.

 
 
 

THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

Participants should be at least 15 years of age, healthy, and able to speak and converse fluently in English.
They cannot have any peanut or seafood (especially fish sauce) allergies or strict vegan diet requirements.
They should not require any prescription medicine that requires constant refrigeration.

I AM INTERESTED AND I WANT TO SIGN UP

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We will let you know if we gather enough participants to run the course.

 

Read what one of our participants, Zhao Sihan, had to say about her experience learning about the communities and as well as th concepts that could be applied to the communities back home.