Global Issues Design Challenge - Thailand

Global Issues Design Challenge - Thailand

Global Issues Design Challenge offers a unique visit with a local Rustic team to understand critical global issues. We are happy to discuss customizing a program to the length, location, or topic of your choice. Contact us at to learn more.

Build your students’ skills to change the world on a week-long (remote) adventure to Thailand. Meet the local team and learn about Thailand’s work to tackle the issues of public health access. Then, using IDEO’s Design Thinking framework, your students will collaborate with their team to identify a specific problem and develop and pitch a solution.

Being one of the few countries among developing countries that provides its citizens with Universal Health Care Coverage, the Thai government always considers its healthcare system as quite developed and progressive. However, our experience working with many marginalized communities, especially those located in remote areas, reveals that Thailand’s healthcare system is universal but unequal. Good quality health centers are mostly located in big cities. Ethnic minority groups are among those who have been discriminated against when they get medical treatment due to their social status and different spoken language.

During the Global Issues Design Challenge, your students will:

  • Be empowered to take real action at a time when the world is ready for change.
  • Develop creative thinking skills, grow as a global citizen, and have practiced thinking about systems for change.
  • Discuss issues with like-minded Rustic Pathways staff and experts from around the world.
  • Apply a Design Thinking framework to quickly iterate creative solutions.
  • Earn a 15 hour Community Impact Certificate reflecting the time spent on the program.
  • Build something to brag about on their college transcripts.
Program Profile
Program Profile

Rustic program leaders will guide your class on this learning journey, and local experts will join to share context and insights. Your students will drive the learning journey, diving into burning questions about how these critical issues impact our world, and where their passions and interests connect with creating meaningful change.

Join the Thailand team and learn about unequal social inequality and disparity of development in Thailand, national policy on the healthcare system, and participation from the public.  Students will get to reflect on the U.S. system where Universal Health Coverage hasn’t been implemented. They will get to reflect on the privileges they have then understand better those who don’t, further discuss which groups in society are the most vulnerable, and how unequal social structure determines access to good healthcare.

Weekly Overview

Monday : Empathize – Live interaction with the Thailand country team. Learn about access to healthcare and inequalities.

Tuesday : Define – Students will get to know their Rustic Pathways program leader and team. Further discussions help build background knowledge.

Wednesday : Ideate – Students brainstorm ideas with their teams on how they might improve healthy outcomes. The sky’s the limit here!!!!

Thursday : Prototype & Test – Working with their groups, students flesh out their solution concept and plan a final presentation.

Friday : Present – Live presentations of plans! The team with the best plan wins Rustic gear!

Local Expert

Chone Chaowai

Community Impact Manager

Growing up with a love for maps and geography, Chone developed his interest in global issues and traveling at a very young age. From cleaning horse stables in Turkey, picking berries in South Korea, chasing after sheep in Peru, joining youth exchange in the United States and so much more, he considers his travel experience as the biggest contributor to personal growth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Thammasat University in Thailand and got his Master’s in International Development in France. Chone now brings his holistic understanding and experience around development topics ranging from climate change adaptation, migration, community development, and voluntourism to Rustic Pathways, where he helps design and manage all of our community service initiatives.