Khon Kaen, Thailand

Environmental Justice through Youth Education

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Information for term Environmental Justice through Youth Education

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – 29, 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – 27, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Join youth in solidarity to further environmental justice in Northeast Thailand.

 Your journey begins in Khon Kaen in Northeast Thailand, a region known for its welcoming attitude toward visitors. Khon Kaen city is a modern city that in many ways stands in stark contrast to the region as a whole. Northeast Thailand is home to one-third of the country’s population, yet its residents face rampant poverty, environmental injustice, and political exclusion. While largely rural, the region is changing rapidly due to large-scale development projects, ranging from hydroelectric dams to mining to forest harvesting.  With development comes air and water pollution, as well as the potential for long-lasting effects on the health of people and the environment.

 Many communities have called for justice for decades and their children are now being challenged to carry on the struggle. Your challenge will be to learn about the environmental or human rights issues from a youth group, to forge relationships, and to come up with a project that you will carry out together. The project may take the form of an Environmental English Camp for younger kids, or it may be in the form of a campaign to raise awareness on the issue.

 In order to serve the needs of the project, you will need to form an effective group yourselves. Each individual will need to be able to identify their own culture, their own biases, their assets, and their values as a person. Then they will need to know where their Thai peers are coming from and find ways to skillfully bridge differences. The goal is that you will have made friendships within your group and gained a sense of solidarity with the Thai youth group. But also it will be for you to see your role as an engaged global citizen–not  just in Thailand, but perhaps even more importantly, when you return home. 

The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    A new-found confidence and the ability to work across cultural lines

  • Service

    Learning about environmental challenges from local people and working together with youth to raise awareness and campaign for change

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of International Service Learning (50+ hours)

Location & Culture

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Broaden your horizons. Confront the issue of privilege. Discover your role as a global citizen in Northeast Thailand.

The Northeast of Thailand, called “Isaan,” retained many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs, and features a strong silk trade, ancient temples, museums, and recreation areas. Khon Kaen city features expansive shopping malls, top-rate private medical facilities, and chain outlets like McDonald's and Starbucks. But it also has close-knit traditional communities and historic Buddhist temples dotted along the banks of the city’s picturesque lakes. Khon Kaen is at the center of the Isaan region in the northeast, and serves as a regional hub for development organizations, commerce, industry, government, and education. With the Thai language skills you develop on the program and through your site visits and community stays, you’ll come to feel proud to be part of the culture and not a mere tourist.

Through CIEE, you’ll learn more about this city and region, with a balance of program-sponsored activities and time for you and your peers to explore on your own. Together, you’ll see the various settings around the Northeast, from its beautiful landscapes and temples to its warm-hearted rural communities.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

“I had an amazing time in an amazing place! It was humbling to be in a different atmosphere. I learned so much about a different part of the world, and myself. I met friends for life, and it was an experience I will never forget.”

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Dorms in Khon Kaen and village homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Learn from a professional Thai cook to make a delectable Thai dish.
  • Tour the city, and climb up the picturesque nine-story temple.
  • Stroll through night markets and sample local snacks.


  • Overnight excursion to a mountainous national park
  • Half-day excursion to a mountain temple where you can walk up 1,049 steps to admire the striking white Buddha statue at the top.
  • Many overnight community stays learning about the issues, planning activities, and building relationships

View a sample itinerary

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jun 29, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Jul 27, 2019


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