Can you imagine yourself having fun, making friends, helping others, interacting with monks and other Thais, meeting elephants, gaining insight, eating amazing food, and who knows what else, while exploring a new and exciting place?
“This entire trip is like a movie.” — Ashley C.
Student Video on Voluntourism: 2020
Monk Chat Video: 2018
Elephant Nature Park Zoom Tour with Lek Chailert (5/31-6/1/2020) (pswd: 0T?19m=r)
Dr. Dan Brook, a sociology professor at San Jose State University, has been taking groups of students on service learning trips to Chiang Mai with his program Hands on Thailand for 3 years. “Chiang Mai is a truly amazing city that welcomes the new, while preserving the old, incorporating the West, while cherishing the East,” Dr. Brook said. “My students go with open minds and open hearts, hoping to serve the Thai people in some capacity, yet quickly realizing that they are the ones who gain the most.”
Source: “4 Reasons You Should Visit Chiang Mai” by Megan Malone
“So What Is Hands On Thailand?
It’s this incredible adventure facilitated by San Jose State University. It’s actually Sociology Course 180. But the amazing thing is that anyone can go! You don’t have to be a sociology major. It’s 4 Elective units of credit on a credit/no credit basis.”
Source: “Hands On Thailand Opportunity” by Rhiana Jones
Dan Brook’s relevant publications:
Open Road to the Thai North: A New Journey Through Old Chiang Mai (longer version)
Cultural Magic in Chiang Mai (shorter version)
Generosity (shortest version)
HoT 2019 at the Wat Suan Dok Monk Chat
HoT 2019 in a songtiow
HoT 2018 at Elephant Nature Park
HoT 2018 group lunch in a village by the river
HoT 2015 in Chiang Mai
Having Fun at Zoe in Yellow (2015)
Check out student reviews and reflections of HoT
on the Student Reviews page.