**Course details are still being finalized. Dates, itinerary, and program fee are subject to change.**
Course Title: Creative Collaborations: HIV and Sexual Health in Northern Thailand
Faculty: Megan J. Dobro (School of Natural Science) and Jill Lewis (School of Interdisciplinary Arts)
Course Number: TBA
Location(s): Chiang Mai and Phrao, Thailand
Departure Date: May 18, 2014 Return Date: June 10, 2014
Program Fee: $1,900 + airfare (see information about additional expenses and financial aid below)
Upcoming Event: "What I Learned About HIV and AIDS while Traveling in Thailand," an NS Friday talk with Megan Dobro | Oct. 18 | Noon-1 p.m. | CS 333
For the last 30 years, communities worldwide have reacted to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in different ways. The government response in Thailand has been at times considered a model for other countries, and yet due to persisting large stigma-related problems, HIV continues to be a problem that greatly impacts the lives of many Thai people. In collaboration with Warm Heart Worldwide, a nonprofit in rural Phrao, Thailand, we will be helping to design and implement projects to serve the HIV-related challenges the community continues to face, and support local citizens in developing sustainable long-term solutions. Students will engage in assessing the needs of the community and developing possible strategies for projects during the trip as well as future efforts. Potential projects to be developed include gender-focused HIV transmission awareness initiatives; sex education discussions and workshop building; supporting family visitation programs with local NGOs; and supporting strategies of treatment distribution.
HOW TO APPLY
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 6, 2014
All short-term applications are due to the global education office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline. Applications can be found in the global education office (GEO) or downloaded from this page. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (credited to the program fee) will be due March 28 to the GEO in order to reserve your place in the program.
Students who receive need-based financial aid from Hampshire College are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the global education office to offset the program fee. Students are expected to cover all additional expenses, including airfare. Awards vary from year to year and are dependent on the number of applicants and the amount of aid available. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee that aid will be awarded. Please indicate your eligibility and desire to apply on your application form.
FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION
It has been 30 years since HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was first discovered. Each community has reacted to the epidemic in different ways. The government response in Thailand has been a model for other countries, and yet due to large stigma-related problems, conditions of poverty, gender dynamics, and commercial sex realities, HIV continues to be a problem that greatly impacts the lives of many Thai people. In collaboration with Warm Heart Worldwide, a nonprofit in rural Phrao, Thailand, we will be helping to design and implement HIV-related projects to serve the needs of the community and support local citizens with sustainable long-term solutions. Our focus will be on the building of support for HIV-affected individuals and exploring ways to help empower the local people to develop their own forms of agency for sustainable programs addressing HIV awareness and prevention. Students will tour research facilities in Chiang Mai, work with local groups in Phrao, and visit surrounding areas to meet people and learn about various subcultures. Students will engage in assessing the needs of the community and developing their own strategies for projects during this trip as well as future efforts. Potential projects to be developed include culture and context specific gender-focused HIV transmission awareness initiatives; sex education discussions and workshop educational strategy building; supporting family visitation programs with local NGOs; and management of treatment distribution. The trip will include an in-country orientation and language training in Chiang Mai.
One challenge to developing AIDS programming in rural Thailand is that data about HIV rates, death rates, and affected demographics are not readily available and are often mis-reported. In preparation for the course, a small group of students and faculty will be conducting research to answer these key questions throughout the school year to guide our project objectives.
At least one (1) course in the field of HIV, global health, sexual health, or gender studies, or by permission of the instructors.
In Chiang Mai, participants will be staying in guest houses or homestays. In Phrao, the group will be staying on the Warm Heart campus housing in a large, rustic, open-air house with an outdoor western-style toilet. The accommodations in Phrao do not have air conditioning, so participants are advised to bring a fan.
Travel Plans and Requirements
All participants in the field course will meet at Hampshire College and travel together to Logan airport, and on to Chiang Mai (flight not included in course fee). Participants will make their own travel arrangements for post-course travel.
May 18: Group travel to Boston, Logan Airport and onto Chiang Mai
May 19-27: One week in Chiang Mai
May 28-June 10: Two weeks in Phrao
June 10: Group departs from Chiang Mai
Program Cost and Additional Expenses
Hampshire program fee is approximately $1,900. This includes course expenses, accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, as well as excursions and cultural activities for the duration of the program.
NOT included in the program fee are the following: airfare from U.S. to Chiang Mai (approximately $2,000), U.S. transportation to/from the airport, passport/visa fees, and personal expenses.
Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at email@example.com or x5542.
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