School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS)
NEXT COURSE: January 14th – April 6th, 2024
Wongsanit Ashram, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
"I have personal experience with the transforming impact of integrity, connection, and leadership as a SENS alumnus. Join us in creating a better future by joining a group that will enable you to lead with purpose, value diversity, and effect global change." ~ Jason
I got to learn important truths about myself and the world through English. Those truths challenged me to design my life in a new way. ~ Wijitra Tretrakul
During this program my life has become more clear to me and I feel confident about what I want to do next. ~ Phonesavanh Chindamany
This course let me dare to dream of the high potentials that I could reach and showed me how to start step by step to make my goals come true. ~ Ven. Dhammavanna
The School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS) 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.
To develop an English language program as a model to be shared:
- of socially conscious language learning
- that allows for rapid, enjoyable, and successful mastery of language skills
- in a rich, cooperative learning environment
- that fosters personal growth and social engagement
- as a contribution to peace, justice, understanding, and sustainability worldwide
- 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 speak in English with leading monks, thinkers, organizers, and educators. Learn about Buddhism and the key social issues facing Asia.
- Those who are English or language teachers will have a chance to learn about the methods we have developed over seven years for integrating personal growth, social and ecological awareness, and rapid improvement in English skills within a single intensive program. Many of these methods are applicable to the high school and university classroom, as well as to teaching or tutoring outside the mainstream.
The SENS program seeks students who are committed to working for the larger good, who are able to listen attentively to others, and who can think independently. We welcome students from any country, regardless of age, occupation, and social or religious status. We are happy to accept laypeople as well as those who have chosen a religious vocation. We aim to form a diverse cohort of students who identify with Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, or an indigenous tradition—or who follow secular or other forms of self-cultivation, ethical orientation, and spiritual practice. This year we also welcome teachers of English and other languages who would like to further develop not only their own use of English but also their repertoire of teaching methods.
We encourage you to apply even if you do not have the funds to pay for the program.
Places open for up to 18 students.
Health and Safety Precautions
We expect that the world COVID-19 situation will be much improved by January of 2024. However, there may still be some restrictions or health requirements, such as the wearing of masks indoors. We will be glad to communicate with you about developments in these areas.
January 14 – April 6 , 2024
(12 weeks of intensive instruction with climate justice as a key theme, and five days of holiday at midterm)
- January 14 – February 21
The first term begins on January 14th. Students are expected to arrive by January 12th or 13th.
- February 22 – 26
Students may rest or travel during our five-day midterm break.
- February 27 – April 6
Term 2, The second term, culminating in the graduation ceremony on April 6th. 2024
Total: 6,000 USD or 210,000 Baht*
** Travel from home country to Thailand and visa fees, as well as other costs outside the course dates, are not included in the total $6,000 fee.
SENS - Its Origin and Meaning
The primary teacher is Theodore Mayer.
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.
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Tuition Fee (USD)
Weeks of intensive instruction
We welcome you to apply as a student if:
- Your English is already intermediate level or better.
- You want to use your mind and your skills to work for personal growth and for the good of everyone.
- You love learning, especially in the company of others.
- You are committed to doing the work necessary to learn English well.
- You are adaptable and have a lot of energy.
Volunteer Tutor Program:
- You are a native or near native English speaker.
- You like people and are highly conscientious and responsible.
- You would like to learn about Thailand, Buddhism, meditation, counseling, climate justice, and transformative teaching methods.
- You want to practice teaching and leading others.
From the Lead Teacher and Mentor:
Reclaiming the Joy of Learning
Learning by Doing
Structuring the Course Around Meaningful Content
~ Ted Mayer