Critical Issues programs are designed for passionate students who aspire to make meaningful impact. If you’re interested in an experience that focuses on social justice, international relations, nonprofit work, or learning how to effect change, these programs are perfect for you.
Cambodia – From The Ground Up:
Understand current issues in Cambodia by visiting local nonprofits and international development organisations in Phnom Penh. Partner on a service project with the BSDA, Buddhism for Social Development Action, founded by a small group of monks to empower and help women, children, and marginalised members of the Kampong Cham community in education, health, and income generation.
Myanmar – Documenting Democracy:
Explore the evolution of democracy in Myanmar through interviews with local artists, filmmakers, students, and families. Myanmar is slowly making strides to open up to the outside world, which is reflected in local art. Spend a week developing stories about how life has changed in recent years through the eyes of your interview subjects in Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay.
Fiji – Marine and Environmental Field Studies:
Take a deeper look into Fiji’s marine ecosystem and the impact climate change has on this fragile habitat. Learn about the various strategies in place to protect, conserve, and restore Fiji’s marine environment. Learn to identify tropical fish and coral species.
Morocco – Peace, Wonder, and Understanding Islam:
Explore Islamic faith in Morocco during this Critical Issues program. Islam is often misunderstood in politics and the media, leading to polarization and fear surrounding the religion and the people who subscribe to its teachings. Join us to examine the roots of stereotypes in an effort to promote peace and build empathy by engaging with local Islam experts, scholars, and religious leaders in Morocco.