English for Engaged Social Service
8 January – 7 April, 2017
Wongsanit Ashram, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
" I had a big dream. I didn’t know how to make it come true. After this program I now know my personal goal clearly and how to achieve this clearly. " -- Khun Tun Shwe
English for Engaged Social Service is a program for rapid, enjoyable, and successful mastery of English language skills while fostering personal growth and social engagement in a rich, cooperative, and relaxed learning environment.
- A unique opportunity to improve your English AND:
- Study with a small group working to build a healthy, just, and peaceful world.
- Live in a picturesque setting in the Thai countryside, participating in a wide range of activities inside and outside the classroom.
- Learn though reading inspiring poetry, stories, philosophy, and literature in English, and through games, fieldtrips, music, film, debates, and hard work.
- Meet and talk in English with leading monks, thinkers, organizers, and educators. Learn about Buddhism and the key social issues facing Asia.
8 January – 7 April, 2017
(12 weeks of intensive instruction and one week of holiday at midterm)
Tuition: 3,500 USD, or 126,000 Baht
This fee covers tuition, field trips, Internet access, private tutoring, group excursions, and insurance. Travel from home country to Thailand and visa fees excluded.
Living Expenses: 2,300 USD, or 84,000 Baht
This fee covers three healthy meals/day and simple but comfortable, safe lodging.
Scholarships: Partial and full scholarships are available, based on merit and need. We encourage you to apply even if you do not have the funds to pay for the program.
Primary teachers are Theodore Mayer and Nilanjana Premaratna.
A team of volunteer tutors will provide teaching support. They will lead small-group and one-on-one conversations as well as work groups outside of class, facilitating ample opportunities where students get to practice their English listening and speaking skills.
Tuition Fee (USD)
Living Expenses (USD)
Weeks of intensive instruction
We welcome you to apply as a student if:
- Your English is already intermediate level or better.
- You enjoy group learning and are committed to work hard to improve your English.
- You want to use your mind and skills to further personal growth and social transformation.
- You are adaptable and have a lot of energy.
We welcome you to apply as a volunteer if:
- You are a native or near-native English speaker.
- You would like to learn about Thailand, Buddhism, meditation, social issues, and transformative teaching methods.
- You want to practice teaching and leading others.
- You are ready for a life change and can afford to work without a salary for a few months.
From the Lead Teacher and Mentor:
Reclaiming the Joy of Learning
Education today is saturated with the need to measure and to rank, and students expect this. In our course we consciously undid this expectation in students’ minds. We began by providing practice in appreciating each other, listening to each other, and af rming each person’s intelligence and potential to do good. We found that doing this consistently helped learning to become a form of play—and when it really became play we saw that it was fast, enjoyable, and virtually unstoppable.
Learning by Doing
It is well established that we learn a language through using it to understand and to communicate. In our diverse community of learners, English was a necessary medium to make contact, to take in information, and to express oneself. In all areas— meditating, being good listeners, becoming astute social critics—the students learned through concrete practice.
Structuring the Course Around Meaningful Content
How can we live good lives, create strong relationships, and work constructively for change in a world that faces genuine crises, especially that of climate change? These questions have meaning for anyone who has allowed themselves to look around, or to look inside, with attention and readiness to learn. The content of our English course revolved around such questions, and drew much energy from doing so.
~ Ted Mayer
The Results Were Amazing
The aim of this course that I bear in my mind, that Ted [the lead mentor] keeps telling us, is: to integrate, have discipline, and be real to yourself. This course is not only an English course. It is for transformation, from self-transformation to social transformation.