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You may have noticed that the campus has been quite busy over the last couple of months with a steady stream of visitors coming and going. One contributing factor is that since the end of October the Visiting Schools Program has welcomed well over three hundred students and staff from the two UWC South East Asia campuses in Singapore. UWCSEA Dover Campus was the very first school that VSP hosted back in 2000 and they have been coming ever since, but East Campus is a relatively new arrival – their first trip being last year.

Using the Compass to understand the causes and effects of social inequality.

As part of East’s Discovery Week in Chiang Mai they used the Atkisson’s Sustainability Compass as a tool to help them gain knowledge and understanding of complex issues such as social inequality in Thailand. By visiting NGOs such as Children’s Shelter Foundation in Doi Saket and Makhampom Art Space in Chiang Dao they met people affected by and working on improving the issues in different ways.

Children from Pang Daeng Nok in Chaing Dao teach UWC students circus skills.

As well as this, both Dover and East spent some time on the farm to learn hands-on about all the stages involved in growing and processing rice before it arrives on our plates. They also made their own krathongs – “floating flower baskets” – from flowers, banana stems and leaves to release in the river as part of the Loy Krathong festival.

Pounding rice to remove the husk.

Release the Krathong

Every year VSP works with over fifty schools to provide them with a fun, exciting and educational experience in Thailand. VSP is well known for running quality programs and most of its new clients arrive thanks to word of mouth. One big factor in enticing schools to return year after year is the Traidhos campus and its excellent facilities. 

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