Thailand Lantern Medical Expedition
Study Medical Science & Public Health in Thailand
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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?1 of 1
Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.1 of 1
Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.1 of 1
A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?1 of 1
Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!1 of 1
Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.1 of 1
Upon arrival, you will meet with your team and team leader for a required team orientation to discuss clinic roles, review protocols and gain insight into the communities and populations you will be serving.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for your first day of clinic at a nearby community! After clinic, you will return to your hotel for a group dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and a free afternoon to tour Chiang Mai. In the evening, you will have the unique opportunity of taking part in the Yi Peng Festival where the city will fill with people as they light candles in lanterns and set them free in the sky. Watch as thousands of lanterns are let loose to pay respect to the Buddha and wish yourself a good year. Legend has it, if your lanterns floats into the sky and disappears in the night, you will have a year full of good luck.
After an exciting evening of setting free lanterns, wake up early to depart for another day of clinic! You and the team will treat remote indigenous groups of the Akha, high in the Chiang Rai mountains. Other patient populations include local migrant workers, as well as refugee populations, often from bordering Myanmar, who are left outside of the medical system.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and a free afternoon to tour Chiang Mai. In the evening, you will have the unique opportunity of taking part in the Loy Krathong Festival. This festival falls on a full moon day and is celebrated nationwide. Go into the city to watch as thousands of people gather at the river to release lotus-shaped baskets with flowers and candles into the river. This festival is a tradition amongst the people of Thailand as they gather each year to set free floating candles in an attempt to set free their fear and hatred. Taking part in this cultural experience will be a life changing and eye opening opportunity for you and your fellow team members.
Continue serving various communities throughout the neighboring towns of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Each day, breakfast will be provided at your hotel and lunch in clinic. In the evenings, you and the team will be free to go into the city to explore and watch as more people set free lanterns and floating baskets.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then bid farewell to beautiful Thailand as you head to the airport for your international flight home. Consider extending your stay and exploring Thailand more!
Experience the real “Land of Smiles” in a serene town of Northern Thailand where you will stay in a small forest compound surrounded by mango trees. Nestled among rice fields and the quiet hum of daily life, this town neighbors the bustling Chiang Mai night market. Stroll through lines of vendors for a total sensory experience; immerse yourself in the appetite-inducing smells, regional fruits, stunning silk tapestries, and even sizzling fried insects. With our advantageous location, remove yourself from the bustle in just a short walk up the mountain to take in the spectacular views of the valley below. In partnership with International Medical Relief, your group will participate in an ongoing effort to decrease certain health concerns in the villages we work in.
Your team will treat remote indigenous groups of the Akha, high in the Chiang Rai mountains. Other patient populations include local migrant workers, as well as refugee populations, often from bordering Myanmar, who are left outside of the medical system.
Interested in adding or modifying activities? No problem! All Worldwide Navigator itineraries can be customized to your liking!
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