Will Wander for Credit

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This trip was an incredible hassle to arrange. I am participating in two ecological field studies, each lasting six weeks, with a ten day break in between the two, and some spare weeks at the end to take a language course.

The program is arranged through a group called Wildlands Studies (www.wildlandsstudies.com). I will be receiving college credit through the California State University. Arranging to do a study abroad program independent of what is offered by my home university was a long and involved process. I have been frantically planning since late February.

The first program is a survey of the ecology and culture of the Kumaon district of India. It is a little corner of the country wedged between Nepal and Tibet in the Himalaya's. We will be walking through the backcountry and camping as we learn field techniques for conducting ecological surveys. We will have lots of opportunities to learn from the local villagers in this region (as well as eat lots of tasty Indian food).

During the break, I have to find a place to store all of my winter gear, and get ready for warmer climates. I will be heading to Southeast Asia to prepare for the second program. This program is similar in nature, only we will be starting in Vietnam and studying the ecosystem and culture surrounding the great Mekong river. This will take us by boat, foot, hoof and car through Laos, and Cambodia, up the Mekong to end in Chiang Mai, the northern capital of Thailand (and a wonderful city, I might add). Here I will wrap up the program and take an immersion course in Thai.

That's a lot!

  • The plan, as it stands:
  • Return to the States
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Jan 14, 2011

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