WINTER PROGRAM DATES JUST ADDED

JANUARY 2nd - JANUARY 18th, 2020

SUMMER PROGRAM DATES: MAY 24th, 2020 - JUNE 16th, 2020

THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL MAJORS AS WELL AS STAFF, FACULTY, ALUMNI, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.

FACULTY PERMISSION IS REQUIRED.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS COURSE ARE DIFFERENT THAN A TRADITIONAL LECTURE, AND ARE FOCUSED AROUND THE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE.

THE COURSE IS BROKEN INTO THREE PHASES:

1) PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATIONS IN FEBRUARY AND MAY

2) IN-COUNTRY PROGRAM

3) FINAL EXAM AND ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSIONS DUE ONE WEEK AFTER PROGRAM END.

COURSE GRADING COMPONENTS WHILE IN THAILAND:

DAILY ACTIVITIES: STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FULLY ENGAGE IN ALL ACTIVITIES. THIS MEANS:

1) BEING ON TIME

2) DRESSED APPROPRIATELY FOR THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES

3) FULLY ENGAGED IN ALL ACTIVITIES

4) COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS.

GRADED ITEMS SUBMITTED WITHIN ONE WEEK OF PROGRAM END:

  • JOURNALS

  • FINAL EXAM

  • RESEARCH PAPER OR POSTER

  • FINAL VIDEO PRESENTATION ON “MANAGING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT: LESSONS FROM THAILAND”

    PRELIMINARY PROGRAM ITINERARYS

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COMPANY TOURS

*TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR EACH PROGRAM TERM*

 

LEND A HELPING HAND

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MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT

THE FINAL WEEK OF THE TRIP WILL CONSIST OF A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND. WE WILL BE WORKING TO DEVELOP A SCHOOL IN FANG DISTRICT LOCATED ALONG THE BORDER WITH MYANMAR.

THE SCHOOL SERVES THE CHILDREN OF THE NEARBY HILL TRIBE WORKERS

DURING OUR ONE WEEK HOMESTAY WITH A LOCAL FAMILY, WE WILL BE VOLUNTEERING WITH A NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION (NGO) TO HELP BUILD BETTER EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE LOCAL HILL TRIBE CHILDREN.

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VOLUNTEER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

IN 2017, OUR GROUP OF 10 ADVENTUROUS CSULB STUDENTS TOOK ON THE TASK OF HELPING PAVE A 30-YARD STRETCH OF ROAD FOR A HILL TRIBE VILLAGE. THE VILLAGERS WOULD GET CUT OFF FROM WORK AND CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL FOR SEVERAL DAYS WHEN THEIR ROAD WOULD WASH OUT DURING THE RAINY SEASON.

IN 2018, OUR SECOND GROUP 14 OF STUDENTS BROKE GROUND ON A NEW SCHOOL FOR HILL TRIBE CHILDREN. LIVING ON A NEARBY ORANGE PLANTATION. THIS IS A MULTI-YEAR PROJECT TO BUILD A FULLY FUNCTIONING SCHOOL FOR HILL TRIBE CHILDREN GRADES K-6. IN ADDITION TO BREAKING GROUND ON THE NEW LOCATION, WE IMPROVED THE TEMPORARY CLASSROOMS BY TILING FLOORS, AND MADE A RECREATION AREA.

IN 2019, OUR THIRD GROUP OF 18 STUDENTS WAS EAGER TO CONTINUE THE SERVICE LEARNING TRADITION AND CARRY ON THE WORK OF THEIR NOW FELLOW ALUMNI. DURING THEIR PROGRAM, THIS GROUP OF STUDENTS BUILT A NEW 3RD GRADE CLASSROOM AND FUNDRAISED OVER $1,300 TO DONATE TO THE SCHOOL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE SCHOOL UNTIL THERE ARE FACILITIES TO ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN IN GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 6TH GRADE.

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF THE SCHOOL SITE

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Professor Rick Opland (CSULB)

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Rick Opland has been teaching Human Resources and General Management at CSU Long Beach since 2008. He teaches HR classes on compensation, training, development, international HR, and labor relations. Prior to entering academia, Rick was an officer with US Customs & Border Protection Field Operations at the Detroit Airport. He also worked several years for Northwestern Airlines as an agent, interpreter, and supervisor. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Toey. So far, he has visited over 60 countries, in addition to living abroad in Japan for 5 years. He plans to retire in Thailand and continue hosting study abroad programs in Thailand.

 

VASINEE “TOEY” OPLAND (CSULB)

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Vasinee “Toey” Opland is our assistant tour leader. She has been teaching in the Information Systems Department at CSULB since 2018, specializing in Business Intelligence and Marketing Analytics.

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, she moved to California in 2009 to pursue her MBA at CSU Long Beach. She currently works for UnitedHealth Group as a senior data engineer. “My favorite part of this job is that I’m a 100% Telecommuter which allows me the flexibility to go to Thailand every year and do this important humanitarian work.”

She enjoys traveling internationally with her husband, Rick, and is an avid lifelong learner. She completed certificates in predictive analytics and data science from UCI, and is currently completing her associates degree in Japanese at LBCC.

 STEPS TO APPLYING:

1.

HEAD TO THE CSULB STUDY ABROAD PAGE AND BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS. YOU WILL NEED TO FORMALLY APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM FIRST.

CLICK HERE IF YOU HAVE NOT APPLIED FOR THE PROGRAM YET.

NOTE: FINAL SUBMISSION OF YOUR APPLICATION DOES NOT FORMALLY GUARANTEE YOU A SPOT IN THE PROGRAM. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE MANDATORY STEPS BELOW TO COMPLETE THE FULL APPLICATION.*


2.

CONTACT PROFESSOR OPLAND AND SET UP A MANDATORY INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT DURING HIS OFFICE HOURS ON CAMPUS. THIS INFORMAL INTERVIEW SHOULD TAKE ANYWHERE FROM 15-30 MINUTES AND IS USED AS A WAY TO DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM.


3.

CONTACT ONE OF THE ALUMNI MENTORS LISTED BELOW AND SET UP A MANDATORY ON-CAMPUS MEETING! THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM FROM STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY PARTICIPATED. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, GIVE ADVICE AND HELP PREPARE YOU FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!

 

MEET YOUR

2019-2020

PROGRAM MENTORS

 
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CELINE ELGRABLY

AGE: 24

MAJOR: MARKETING

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND?

AFTER TRANSFERRING TO CSULB LAST FALL FROM LBCC, I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING GREAT ASIDE FROM GETTING MY DEGREE. I ALSO WANTED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP FAR OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND KNEW THAT STUDYING ABROAD IN THAILAND WOULD PROVIDE ME WITH THAT OPPORTUNITY! I CHOSE BUSINESS AS MY MAJOR FOR ITS UNIVERSAL APPLICATION. I LIKE TO BE WELL-ROUNDED IN MY EDUCATION AND ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AND LANGUAGES BEYOND MY OWN. IT WAS A NO BRAINER WHEN MAKING THE DECISION TO STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND. I FELT DIVERSIFIED AND READY TO IMMERSE MYSELF IN EVERYTHING THAT THE COUNTRY HAD TO OFFER; FOOD, CULTURE, LANGUAGE, ETC.

I LOOKED INTO A COUPLE OF OBVIOUS CHOICES THAT MANY STUDENTS CHOOSE FOR THEIR STUDY ABROAD OPTION FIRST, BUT FELT SO INSPIRED BY THE WORK THAT PROFESSOR OPLAND AND THE PROGRAM’S ALUMNI HAD ACCOMPLISHED IN THAILAND. I ALSO FELT MORE AT EASE ABOUT TRAVELING ESSENTIALLY ON MY OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME KNOWING THAT THE PROGRAM WAS LESS THAN 3 WEEKS OUT OF THE SUMMER!

THAILAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND THE PROGRAM SURPASSED WAY BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS! THIS IS LITERALLY THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!!

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SASHA BOLIVAR

AGE: 21

MAJOR: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND?

BEING FROM A SMALL ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN, HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT A VARIETY OF COUNTRIES. I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED ON A TROPICAL ISLAND AND TO HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD ON THE BEACH. HOWEVER, NOW THAT I HAVE MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES, A COUNTRY FILLED WITH OPPORTUNITIES, I WANTED TO EXPAND MY HORIZONS BY INTEGRATING MYSELF IN DIFFERENT CULTURES AND LEARNING NEW LANGUAGES. I CHOSE TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDENT BECAUSE I AM GIVEN THE OUTLET TO UNDERSTAND EVERY ANGLE OF THE BUSINESS WORLD, WHILE EXPLORING IT!

EVER SINCE I DECIDED TO STUDY ABROAD IN MADRID, SPAIN, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY LOVED WHAT THE PROGRAMS HAVE TO OFFER AND WHERE THESE PROGRAMS TAKE YOU. SO MUCH SO THAT I HAVE WANTED TO STUDY ABROAD AS MANY TIMES AS I CAN WHILE AT CSULB! SCHOOL IS MAJOR PART OF IT, BUT INTEGRATING INTO A NEW ENVIRONMENT, NEW CULTURE, AND NEW LANGUAGE IS THE BIGGEST PART OF STUDYING ABROAD AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. A LOT OF ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE BECOMING VERY DOMINANT IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND SINCE I’M ENTERING THE BUSINESS WORLD IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO HAVE AN INSIGHT ON HOW THEY DO BUSINESS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR CULTURE. BY CHOOSING TO GO TO THAILAND, I CONTINUED MY COLLEGE CAREER WHILE ALSO EXPERIENCING A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. I BELIEVE THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE THE WORLD AND LEARN AS MUCH OF IT AS I POSSIBLY CAN. GOING ABROAD HAS GIVEN ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW, MADE ME MORE INDEPENDENT, AND ALLOWED ME TO GAIN SO MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGE THAN EXPECTED.

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TUVA HEDLO OWRE

AGE: 22

MAJOR / MINOR: FINANCE / ECONOMICS

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND?

WHEN I SAW THE POSTER FOR STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND IN ONE OF THE COB CLASSROOMS I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING I WANTED TO BE PART OF. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TRAVELING AND EXPLORING NEW PLACES, AND I THOUGHT THE TRIP WOULD BE AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE THAI CULTURE ON A DEEPER LEVEL WHILE FULFILLING ONE OF MY REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL. AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT I BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS ON A GLOBAL SCALE, WHICH IS WHY I THOUGHT PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM WOULD BE A VALUABLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND BENEFICIAL ADDITION TO MY BUSINESS FINANCE DEGREE. STUDYING ABROAD IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, BUT I WAS UNSURE ABOUT GOING ABROAD FOR A WHOLE SEMESTER, SO THE FACT THAT THE PROGRAM WAS ONLY THREE WEEKS IN THE SUMMER WAS PERFECT FOR ME. THE VOLUNTEERING ASPECT OF THE TRIP IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY APPEALED TO ME. BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH AND HELP CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT AS FORTUNATE AS WE ARE WAS SOMETHING I BELIEVE WOULD BE A HUMBLE AND EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE, DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED.

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DYLAN POWELL

AGE: 25

MAJOR: FINANCE

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STUDY ABROAD IN THAILAND?

I ORIGINALLY DECIDED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM BECAUSE IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE TO TRAVEL ABROAD FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. THE PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDED ME WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND IMMERSE MYSELF IN A FOREIGN CULTURE.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

NEED MORE CONVINCING AS TO WHY THIS SHOULD BE YOUR #1 OPTION FOR DESTINATIONS TO STUDY ABROAD THROUGH CSULB?

CONTACT YOUR 2019 PROGRAM MENTORS VIA EMAIL: CSULBSTUDYABROADTHAILAND@GMAIL.COM

Q: Why should I study abroad in Thailand?

A. This will be a life changing experience for you and will help separate you from your classmates. Very few students have a study abroad experience, let alone one involving a service learning project like ours. Not only will this experience expand the way you view the world, but it will make you stand out on the job market. 

 

Q. How safe is Thailand?

A. Bangkok is quite safe for a large city. Most crime involves scams (e.g. motorbike rentals, local taxis) and violent street crime is rare against tourists. It’s always best to travel in groups and be sure to let your roommates and tour leaders know if you are going out so everyone is accounted for.

 

Q. Can I go to Thailand early or stay after the program ends?

A. Sure! Going 1-3 days early is nice to help you adjust to the time difference and rest from the long flight. You are also able to stay after and explore other parts of Thailand or even other Asian destinations, Maybe a friend wants to meet up with you after to explore Angkor Wat or Bali?

 

Q. How can I stay in touch with friends/family while in Thailand?

A. While in Thailand, you should buy a local SIM card and data plan. You can get an unlimited data plan for about $20 for our 3-week period. Be sure to check with your carrier that your phone is unlocked for international travel and the SIM card can be swapped out. With a local data plan, you can FaceTime, Skype, or use a variety of apps to stay in touch.

 

A. Please download, install, and create an account with the LINE app. We will use this to communicate with each other while in Thailand. Once you’ve created an account, add “meeyai88” as a friend and I will add you to our group chat.

Q. What is the LINE app that we need to get?

 

A. ATMs are available, but often charge high fees in addition to cross-border fees that your bank may charge. Cash is generally best for small purchases and taxis. Credit cards are accepted at shopping malls and most stores, but not in taxis or by street vendors.

Q. How can I get money while in Thailand?

 

A. If the class doesn’t get more than 18 people to apply, then everyone can attend. If there are more than 18, selection is based on 1) how early you applied and submitted the supplemental questionnaire, 2) whether you are prepared for village life in Chiang Mai, and 3) those that will represent CSULB and the program well to our Thai hosts.

Q. How will I know whether I’ve been accepted to the program?

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

PROFESSOR RICK OPLAND

EMAIL: RICK.OPLAND@CSULB.EDU

OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: 562.985.5639

OFFICE: COB 455

OFFICE HOURS: BY APPOINTMENT