Reach Out And Learn is pleased to present the, 2018 Thailand & Cambodia Health conferences. These events will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in February, 2018. The objective of these training meetings is to provide a setting where professionals from the U.S. learn together with Thai and Cambodian health professionals, faculty, and students to improve the quality of care both at "home" and in abroad. These training meetings offer the latest topics and information in healthcare with a focus on significant issues unique to these countries, along with an opportunity to apply and enhance knowledge in a culture unique from those in the U.S.
The Thailand & Cambodia Health mission is to provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals, faculty, and students, and those interested in improving the health of those in need, to receive and disseminate best practices and the latest advances in health issues and topics that improve the quality of care and health challenges. Our effort is to bring together health professionals who specialize in areas directly related to the exciting and ever improving field in which they learn and work and to place these experts in an educational setting that fosters learning, stimulates purposeful discussions, and encourages peer networking.
Bring Friends and Family
This event is designed so that registrants may bring family and friends to experience a fascinating people and culture that may hold unique and valuable interactions. Planned tours of health institutions and visits to health education facilities and significant cultural sites are also included in our itinerary. Event Directors participating in the past have extensive experience in humanitarian service and guiding in fascinating sites. Our in-country Travel Service is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and they are the best! Many past participants have stated that touring was awesome but the cultural and conference experience were the highlight of the week.
Conference Directors and Faculty
Sheila Huntsman, M.S. Ed. C.
Sheila Huntsman has a Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has also received a State certification in Mediation, studied Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Brain Gym and many other counseling techniques.
Sheila uses Neurofeedback "brain training" to help those who struggle with symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and sleep issues. She has many years of experience and now utilizes Neurofeedback, using an FDA approved device, to help people overcome challenges in order to function well.
Sheila is married to Michael J Huntsman and they are the parents of five children and have just recently become grandparents. She enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as running, hiking. swimming. playing the piano, organ, marimba and vibraphone.
Heather Traeden, M.S./RBT, Child Life Specialist
Services Coordinator, Neurobehavioral Center, Registered Behavior Technician
Heather has a master's degree in human development and social policy from the University of Utah and hopes to coninue her education to gain a Ph.D. in psychology in the next few years. She has worked with children for over 16 years in a variety of capacities including Child Life Specialist, preschool owner and director, and RBT. She also helped created and has served as a board member for Legacy Preparatory Academy, a local charter school, for the past 12 years. Heather loves children and believes strongly in providing opportunities for and supporting each child's power to achieve their full potential. She is currently working for Neurobehavioral Center in Bountiful.
Margo Cowley, BS, Director of Operations (S-PM)
Education: BS Utah State University, Fashion Merchandising with minors in Business and Interior Design & Textiles. Business License for Interior Design business
Years at S-PM: 26 Years
S-PM Duties: She oversees all the insurance needs, benefits, and shares the human resource and all aspects of the business operations with Mike Stangl.
Personal Interests: Margo has been married for 35 years and has two beautiful married children and one wonderful grandson. She loves her family and spending as much time as possible with them, friends, serving others, hiking, skiing, quilting, reading, traveling and family history.
Proposed Event Agenda
Thursday, February 15th
Depart the U.S. for Chiang Mai, Thailand
Friday, February 16th
Participants arrive in Chiang Mai. Transportation from airport to Hotel
Saturday, February 17th
Breakast in hotel
Visit health facility in Chiang Mai
Sunday, February 18th
Breakast in hotel
Morning: Visit hospital
Afternoon training sessions
Dinner on own
Evening - Young Single Adult "Celebration" - a few short presentations, a few group activities and discussion event
Monday, February 19th
Breakast in hotel
Visit heath facility
Mental Health Hospital Training/Presentations
Free time & dinner on own
Tuesday, February 20th
Travel to airport for flight to Phnom Penh
Early evening meeting with health leaders
Dinner on own
Wednesday, February 21st
Breakfast in hotel
Provincial and City Mental Health Hospital Training
Afternoon training/presentations/Break out Sessions
Thursday, February 22nd
Breakfast in hotel
Historical/cultural training today
Friday, February 23rd
Breakfast in hotel
Flights home or stay longer, on own, for individual interests/tours/etc.
Questions & Answers (FAQs)
Please check back as additional FAQs are added periodically
What is the registration fee?
To view the registration fees, click the green "Register Online" button above. Select a registration type from the dropdown menu, then click the "Details" link when it appears
What is included with my Registration Fees?
Hotel accommodations (four nights in Chiang Mai and three nights in Phnom Penh)
Breakfast each morning at hotel
Group Dinner (one evening)
Ground transportation to and from hotels and airports
Ground transportation to event venues
Not included are your round-trip flight from the United States to Chiang Mai/Phnom Penh, medical and/or travel insurance, some meals/snacks, personal expenses, or other cultural activities/shopping, and a few dinners.
How do I book and pay for a flight from the United States, to and from Chiang Mai, Thailand?
1. Purchase a ticket through an online travel site (Expedia, Travelosity, Yahoo Travel, etc.), or...
2. Purchase a ticket through specific airline Websites (American, Delta, United, Hainan, etc.) or...
3. Use your frequent flier miles/award points,
4. Call a travel agent at a travel service such as Christopherson Travel. Christopherson Business Travel: 866 327-7606 Toll free, 801 327-7668 Direct line
When should I purchase my USA to Chiang Mai flight?
Check the flight prices daily as prices are known to fluctuate from day to day (specific days of the week may offer a better price). At times specific airlines may offer better prices than other online travel service online sites. We have found that flight prices change significantly (up and down) from day to day.
Is a travel visa required?
As of October 2017...
"Thai Visas for Americans. U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry."
"A passport and visa are required. Tourists and business travelers may purchase a Cambodian visa valid for one month at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and borders. Both require a passport valid for at least six (6) months from the expiry date and 1 recent passport-sized photo"
Should I purchase Travel Insurance?
We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is available from various providers. You can search online for travel insurance.
What should I pack? The following list includes packing list suggestions:
(It is not recommended that you bring everything on this list)
Additional tourist attire:
Nice comfortable attire such as slacks or skirt and dress shirt for sit-down dinner or possible worship services
Personal Medical Pouch (we recommend the following):
Insect repellent & itch-balm plus or other hydro-cortisone-base cream
Sunscreen along with Chap stick or Blistex-type lip ointment
Small first aid kit with Band-Aids, ointment, tweezers, medications etc.
Diarrhea medication (Imodium/Pepto Bismo, etc.)
Cold & allergy medication, throat lozenges or cough drops
Other personal prescriptions if applicable
Personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, towel, wash cloth, soap, deodorant, etc. (an antiseptic cleanser can be a skin saver)
Antibacterial wet wipes--the equivalent of 80-100 wipes per person. Individual pouches can be very convenient.
Personal snack supply: You will buy your own food/water in country, but if you are a "picky eater" or have favorites you can't live without…bring your snacks you prefer (trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Headlamp or emergency flashlight (to be used when the power goes out)
Box/Duct/Strapping tape to be used to repair luggage or to use in the villages.
Items to entertain or leave with those in the villages, such as,
Long jump ropes (more than one person can jump at the same time)
Cultural sharing items i.e. a small musical instrument that you play, magic tricks, costume, etc.
Compact indoor games or projects i.e. cards or beads & yarn
Compact outdoor games, bubbles & blower)
Do I need to sign a Waiver, Release, & Indemnity?
All Reach Out & Learn Volunteers/Participants are required to sign a waiver form. Once you register for an event, we will email you a waiver for you and your family members. Please complete this form, sign, scan, and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What can I bring with me as gifts for Thailand and Cambodian friends?
Anything (t-shirts, pins) with printing on it that will help them identify where we're from. (Utah, Salt Lake, UofU, BYU, etc.
Passport and Immigration Card
Keep your passport and immigration card (if required) in a convenient, yet secure, spot. When checking into hotels, onto planes and trains, some of the tourist sites, leaving the country, etc., you are required to show your passport. Your Immigration form may be required when you leave Thailand or Cambodia for your return flight to the U.S.
Missed flights, missed connections, delayed luggage, etc.
Reach Out And Learn is not responsible for missed flights, missed connections, standby flights, missing luggage, delayed luggage, your late arrival to Thailand, or airline change fees. We have learned that it is important to have at least two hours between flights in order to have time to make connecting flights. When making your flight reservations from the U.S. to Chiang Mai, you may choose to select an itinerary that has at least two hours between connecting flights. If your flight from the U.S. to Chiang Mai is postponed or delayed for any reason, we will anticipate that you will join our activities when you arrive in Thailand or Cambodia. We are also not responsible if you miss bus, train, or airline departures in these countries. We are not responsible for your wake up calls or to make sure you board buses, trains, or flights in time for their departures. However, we will make reasonable effort to make you aware of our itinerary and departure times so you can plan for and anticipate departures so you will be able to continue with the group. During your travel to Thailand and Cambodia, if for any reason you do not arrive in time for the group's shuttle to our hotel in Chiang Mai, please let us know by email as we may be able to work with our in-country travel agent to adjust your schedule and possibly avoid ticket-change fees.
At which hotel should I stay when I arrive in Chiang Mai?
This information will be available here soon.
How much cash should I bring?
We suggest you start with $100 cash. You can exchange U.S. dollars from a teller at a bank in Thailand or Cambodia (you must have your passport) into the local currency the morning after you arrive in Chiang Mai, or at the airport in the baggage claim area (they charge a per exchange commission fee ($10 last time I checked). Of course, a bank, such as Wells Fargo in downtown Salt Lake has foreign currencies, or you can use a debit card to get local currency from ATM machines in Thailand or Cambodia (there is at least one transaction fee (up to $3 last time I checked) I like to have bottled water available when I arrive in Chiang Mai (to drink the first night at the hotel), which is available for you to purchase in Thailand or Cambodia.
Where can I find traveller health/vaccination information?
Please visit the CDC Website for Thailand
or for Cambodia
to find Traveler recommendations. For general questions, please contact the Reach Out & Learn Office by e-mail: email@example.com
When can I give items to children and community members?
Reach Out And Learn has found that the best way for us to distribute items is to give them to professionals in our humanitarian conferences and have them give them to people in need in small villages. Local professionals typically know those who are most in need. We also plan to give items such as first-aid and hygiene kits to the community leaders, such as the school master or teacher.
Early Registration Deadline
The early registration deadline is Friday, January 12, 2018. After that date, the registration fees increase $100, since, with less time to make hotel, transportation, and other arrangements, the costs for those items increases.
Registration Cancellation Policy
Conference cancellation requests received 60 days before your arrival in Thailand, will receive a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. Conference registration requests received after 60 days before your arrival in Thailand, wll receive no refund. Please send cancellation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must receive a cancellation confirmation (e-mail) from us to confirm your cancellation.
Where can I find information About Traveling to and getting around in Thailand and Cambodia?
Reach Out And Learn Event Cancellation Policy
Please register as early as possible, as the Expedition Planning Committee may cancel the expedition if a minimum number of registrants is not reached.
Reach Out And Learn reserves the right to change information on this Web page as well as arrangements associated with our agenda or the conference or expedition agendas, as necessary.
Paying by Check?
If paying by check, please make checks payable to Reach Out And Learn and mail to 188 W. 2000 S. Bountiful, Utah 84010-5553.
Continuing Education Information
Each conference participant will receive a certificate of attendance/participation.