Sustainable Global Experience™ BANGKOK

Sustainable development study tour in Thailand

SGE Bangkok is our brand new programme for 2024/2025.

Phase 1 - Digital Component

  • 8-10 hours of Carbon Literacy Training
  • Mix of live training and self-study
  • Materials developed by Principal Consultant, Sustainability Projects and UN PRME Manager
  • Materials accredited by Carbon Literacy Project
  • Training delivered by Pagoda's Carbon Literacy Facilitators
  • An online community accessible via the Pagoda Portal
  • Live online events, webinars and networking opportunities
  • Digital certificates from Pagoda & the Carbon Literacy Project
  • Lifetime access to the Pagoda alumni network
  • Access to the Pagoda Portal and resources

Phase 2 - 2 Week Sustainable Field Trip

  • A two-week field trip to Bangkok, Thailand
  • Carbon Literacy Training and Certification Fees
  • Accommodation including all bills
  • All programme activities 
  • All academic sessions and lectures 
  • Group projects and presentation sessions
  • Full support from Pagoda’s in-country team
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Carbon emissions offset by at least 200%

Destination

Programme Breakdown

This SGE programme explores sustainable development in theory and practice. 

It is designed to widen participation for students from underrepresented groups who struggle to take part in longer mobility programmes. Short, closer to home and at an affordable cost per student, SGE is inclusive for all students – no matter their background or area of study. 

Ensuring all students are happy and feel supported during their internship is our number one priority. The pagoda team will provide outstanding support for all students on the programme. This includes

+ Online support from our friendly team to ensure they successfully complete their Carbon Literacy Training and pledges

+ Pre-departure information sessions to ensure students are prepared for their field trip

+ Experienced programme leaders who are fully trained in first aid and mental health

+ Comprehensive travel and health insurance for every participant

+ Automatic enrollment into our alumni network providing news, events, graduate job openings and opportunities for further study

Carbon Literacy Certification is widely recognised as a personal and professional commitment to tackling climate change. all of our SGE programmes include Carbon Literacy Training, accredited by Manchester’s Carbon Literacy Project

Over one week, students will attend sessions delivered by Pagoda Projects’ Carbon Literacy Facilitators, complete self-directed study and submit a pledge to the project. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Project.

The key topics covered are:

+ The Science of Climate Change
+ The Economy and Climate Change
+ The impacts of climate change on sustainability
+ Pathways to a Zero-Carbon World: Exploring Systemic Solutions
+ Individual vs Systemic Solutions: doing our fair share
+ Pathways to a Zero-Carbon World: Exploring Individual Solutions
+ Climate Change Communications
+ The Role of Universities
+ Taking action

Field trip activities are based around Bangkok’s efforts to localise and implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Example activities include

Plean Yod Tarn Community

Learn about sustainable and organic farming methods within this rural community

Cross Cultural Foundation

Speaker session on human rights.
CRCF works with political activities, human rights defenders and marginalised communities

Phetchaburi Province

Meet locals to learn about eco-tourism, biodiversity and agricultural tourism

Urban Studies Lab

"Unseen communities and untold stories” session with a local company.

Through SGE, we’re not just teaching sustainability, we’re living it. Climate education is built into every element of the programme, including travel, food and accommodation.

Travel
Air travel is unavoidable for students travelling to Thailand from Australasia. While the means of travel is out of our hands, the way we approach it isn’t. We tackle air travel head on, refusing to hide from the impacts and educating all partners and participants on greener choices.

Accommodation
Students will stay in single-sex twin rooms or 4-bed dorms with private bathrooms. The hostel is well located and high quality, with breakfast, included, and offers common areas from where the cohort can complete work or relax during their downtime.

We recommend students fly direct, opting for airlines with more eco-friendly aircraft. This means choosing airlines with newer aeroplanes that use more efficient fuel by which students can reduce their potential CO2 emissions by up to 25%.

Being carbon conscious, each field trip’s emissions are offset by at least 200% through one of Gold Standard’s development projects, making this the first carbon-neutral student mobility programme in the world.

 

Group Projects

Collaborative group projects and presentations are a key part of this programme. Students will work in groups to complete a project of their choice, based around the programme themes. Examples include ‘The impacts of migration brought about by climate change’ and ‘Educating stakeholders on sustainable tourism in remote regions’. At the end of the week, students will present their findings to the group and SGE Bangkok team.

Outcomes

+ Gain knowledge of the UN’s SDGs as a framework for understanding climate issues + Develop an awareness of sustainable business practices and unethical greenwashing tactics + Apply conceptual understandings of sustainability to real-life situations + Develop a wide range of skills for the workplace, including our eight key competencies

Inclusions

+ Carbon Literacy Training (CLT)
+ Carbon Literacy Certification Fees
+ Access to Pagoda Portal and Resources
+ Accommodation Inc. All Associated Bills*
+ All Programme Activities
+ Entry Fees
+ In-Country Logistics
+ Health and Travel Insurance
+ Access to Pagoda Alumni Network

Exclusions:

+ Flights
+ Food & Drink**
+ Visa application (where applicable)

*Based on samesex twin sharing or 4-bed dorm sharing
**Except where detailed on the itinerary i.e. welcome dinners/special lunches, cooking/tasting sessions.

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