Monday Success: Greetings from Thailand

Jan 11, 2016 by

I am lucky to be here with students and colleagues on a research study tour.  We are in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, studying how tourism impacts economies.  We have 55 students so it is quite a big group!  

The students are split into five groups and each focuses on a specific theme.  This year, we are looking specifically at how tourism impacts a) the local heritage, b) healthcare and social services, c) the environment through sustainability, d) commerce and the economy, and e) youth culture.  Each group of students does research before the trip to find out about the area, issues related to tourism, customs, and anything they think will be relevant.  The key is that the research is student-led and student driven.

On the trip, the students interview locals, meet with experts, and visit sites related to their topic.  In addition, my responsibility is to offer a leadership component in which students think about what it means to be a leader and reflect on their own personal leadership, and. . . complete an Amazing Race through the streets of Chiang Mai.  Yep, that’s right, 55 students racing through Chiang Mai competing for prizes.  We have put together clues, tasks, obstacles, etc. to see how they work together when put under stress.  One of the key things about the Amazing Race portion is that the students are not allowed to use their phones as we want them to have to get by without technology and interact with the locals.  After the race, we will reflect on who in their group showed leadership, what happened during times of stress, and how they can work on their own leadership skills this upcoming semester.  It should be fun!  

In the meantime, here are some pics from Chiang Mai.  It is a beautiful place!

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  1. Mary Ann Keiser

    Zachary, It all sounds amazing! Have a wonderfully incredible time!

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