Rise and shine for your first full day in Thailand! Over breakfast, enjoy an orientation and discuss the history, trade, politics and geography that have made this area one of the most ethnically diverse in the world.
We will then take a short field trip to a local fresh market to stretch our legs before we dig into an interactive seminar on interviewing. Learn some tried-and-true practices for the structured and un-structured conversations you’ll be engaging in throughout your trip. You’ll learn that interviewing doesn’t always mean just asking questions, and you will consider the role sensitivity plays in cross-cultural interactions. This intensive hands-on seminar will introduce you to ethical journalistic interview techniques, but will also give you the chance to step into the shoes of those you’ll soon be meeting – plus, you’ll enjoy getting to know your trip companions on a more intimate level! This will also be an opportunity for your group to discuss the documentary project you’ll be compiling throughout your travels. You and your traveling peers will have several options for what format this project will take, and you’ll have a chance to brainstorm together about what you hope to learn during your time in Southeast Asia. Your maturity factored into your decision to choose this program, and this will be your time to decide as a team what you want out of it.
In the afternoon, you will tour a local clinic and have the chance to interview former political prisoners from Burma (Myanmar) who now reside in Mae Sot.