Traidhos Visiting Schools Program

Chiang Mai - Thailand

Trip Reports.

Annually we welcome around 3,000 students and staff from over fifty schools worldwide.


2015 Trips


24 Jan 2016 Updated about 1 year ago

UWCSEA East


29 October - 6 December 2015

By using the compass to make observations and ask carefully thought out interview questions the students left Thailand with a much better understanding of the real-life difficulties facing some of the country’s poorest people.

UWC East used the AtKisson’s Sustainability Compass during their Discovery Week in Chiang Mai. The aim was to gain a holistic understanding of complicated issues, with the focus being on social inequality in Thailand. By visiting NGOs such as Children’s Shelter Foundation in Doi Saket and Makhampom Art Space in Chiang Dao they were able to meet people affected by and working on improving the issue in different ways.

An important part of the learning process was to spend time with children their own age that have come from the kinds of disadvantaged backgrounds being discussed. Hopefully they were able to see that you don’t need to come from a wealthy family and have luxury items in order to have fun and be knowledgeable. Students were taught either circus skills by residents of Pang Daeng Nok village, near Makhampom, or organic farming techniques by the children at Children’s Shelter Foundation.

Staff at UWC East were keen for their students to practice being mindful of where their food comes from and our farm was the perfect setting in which to do it. They had a go at various stages of the traditional method of growing and processing rice in order for it to be ready to be sold at the market and took part in an activity designed to get them thinking about all the people involved in some way or other in preparing their favourite meal – be it the researchers that work to find the best seeds to grow the ingredients or the factory workers making the packaging for it to be transported or sold in.

In total UWC East sent nine groups of students over a six-week period. On the last night of every trip they enjoyed our usual Khantoke Dinner complete with its cultural performance involving beautiful costumes, big drums and fire breathing before they floated their self-made krathongs in the water. A krathong is a small floating ornament made from banana stem and leaves and decorated with fresh flowers. It is made around this time of year to celebrate Loy Krathong Festival and released to symbolise the Thai people’s gratitude towards the river goddess and all that she has provided.


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2017 Visitors


January 17
Khartoum International Community School, Sudan
Multiple Intelligence IS, Philippines
IS Yangon, Myanmar
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71, Bangkok
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107, Bangkok
Concordian IS, Bangkok

February 17
MLC School, Australia
International School Bangkok
Prem Tinsulanonda IS, Chiang Mai
Yew Chung IS of Shanghai, China
American IS Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yangon IS, Myanmar

March 17
Seoul IS, South Korea
Yew Chung IS, Hong Kong
Australian IS, Hong Kong
Appleby College, Canada
Fern Hill School, Canada
The International School, Macau
I-Shou IS, Taiwan
KIS, Bangkok
Canadian IS, Singapore
Stamford School, Indonesia

April 17
Beijing World Youth Academy, China
Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
Australian International School, Singapore

May 17
Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong
The Montessori School, Perth, Australia

June 17
Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong
Garden International School, Malaysia
Compass Youth Leadership Camp

July 17
Travel For Teens (Elephants), USA
Travel For Teens (Service), USA


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