International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
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ISDSI is an incredible program
Submitted by CJ Becker - Colorado College | May 09, 2018
ISDSI was the most incredible experience, and really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The semester was like nothing I have experienced before, and I value it above most things in college for the eye-opening opportunities it provided me. The home stays were incredible, the food is amazing, and the connections I made there will continue throughout the rest of my life. It's an intense semester, so be prepared to have your brain 'turned on' for four months straight without much of a break. Sometimes that can be overwhelming, and the only thing ISDSI could have done better would be to have better mental health support/communication, or support in general for students who might be struggling, for whatever reasons. Overall, though, I LOVED and miss my semester with ISDSI very much.
A memorable and formative experience
Submitted by Peter Duker - Colorado College | July 24, 2016
My time at ISDSI as a student was one of the most memorable and formative experiences in my undergraduate studies. The program taught me how to look at the world and examine its issues not just critically, but through multiple lenses as well. By immersion into a new language and culture, I learned how local people approached their issues in a way different from my own home culture. This kind of experience prepared me not only for a wonderful and powerful experience in Peace Corps in another part of the world but also helped me to become a better global citizen in general. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to push their comfort zone and explore the world in a deeper way.
You must do this program
Submitted by Freda Hawver Pachter - Colorado College | June 02, 2015
This was an amazing experience that I will never forget and encourage everyone considering to apply for. The language and culture immersion was amazing, the host families and field instructors were awesome, and the locations and courses were better than I could have hoped for. Overall this was an amazing program and I am really happy I didn't choose any other program. I think every college student should have an immersive learning experience like the one that ISDSI offers. Initially I was concerned that my Thai language skills would feel useless. But that is what allowed me to learn the most from local instructors and from my host families, and even though I don't use it now I think it's what contributed most to my education with ISDSI. Be aware that a lot of the villages and home stays will be with Christian Thais, not Buddhist or animist ones like you may expect. Many of the organizations ISDSI works with and the majority of the staff are Christian as well. This is not mentioned on the website but it's good to know before you go. The internship experience was not great but the program was excellent.
Submitted by Amy - Chicago | November 02, 2014
ISDSI's strong focus on language competency and cross-cultural understanding provided a foundation for effective learning and rewarding, memorable experiences. The relationships with local people I made as a student 4 years ago continue to remain central to my most memorable moments on study abroad.
something for everyone
Submitted by Hbechtold - Grand Rapids, MI | October 05, 2014
ISDSI has an amazing program for students interested in development, social issues, environmental issues, biology, anthropology/sociology, outdoor ed/recreation, sustainable agriculture, and more! Each course looks at a different environmental and social issue in Thailand, giving you hands on experience. This is not a study abroad program where you just take classes at another university. You take "classes" from nationals in a remote village, or from a government official in a National Park or district office, or from a NGO worker at their project. Regardless of your background/major, ISDSI prepares you to excel not only in field courses, but also in Thai culture. While unconventional teaching methods can be difficult to adjust to, what you learn is much more valuable and is (in my opinion) much more than if you were to just take classes at a university.