Southeast Asia Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

Location: Cambodia: Rural Areas, Siem Reap; Multiple Countries; Thailand: Chiang Mai; Vietnam: Rural Areas

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

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Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Study Human Rights and Cultural Exchange with a community of students through the lens of experiential education. Our students learn by trekking through remote villages and exchanging stories with hill tribes in Northern Thailand. By dropping into some of the deep spiritual traditions of Theravada Buddhism vis-a-vis the lived experience of meals, housing, study and reflection, students will find new perspectives and deepen their understanding of Self.

Students live in the homes of Thai families in a Northern Thai village, studying Thai language, customs, food, and dancing. Travel to Phnom Penh to study Human Rights under the backdrop of Cambodia’s tragic genocide, juxtaposed against the ways the country and its people are recovering.
Students will volunteer through community empowerment projects to learn and support issues of global and child poverty

Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.

As a Carpe Diem participant, you'll not only have access to our immersive, service-based programming and stellar staff -- but you can opt to also receive up to 18 college credits (an official transcript from Port


1. Thai language study while living in community homestays

2. Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Building outside of Chiang Mai

3. Introduction and study of Thai Buddhism

4. Volunteering with Mirror Art Groupe

5. Ancient wonders Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

6. Trekking in the remote countryside

7. PADI SCUBA certification course on the island of Phu Quoc

8. Group sizes no larger than 12 students and 2 Program Leaders

9. 18 college-credits available through Portland State University

10. FAFSA and Scholarships available

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Experiential Learning

  • English
  • Thai

Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

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Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Volunteer Management
  • Street Children
  • Renewable Energy
  • Social Work
  • Marine Conservation
  • Disaster Relief
  • Refugee Relief
  • Recreation
  • Public Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Health Education
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Gender Issues
  • Festivals
  • English Teaching
  • Economic Development
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Community Centers
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Organic Farming
  • Human Rights
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Building & Construction Projects
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network
Year Founded