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Pathways for Change



In partnership with Amala Education, UWC Thailand will launch “Pathways for Change”, an impactful new summer programme in June/July 2024. This programme is designed to thoroughly explore key details and provide practical insights into the cultivation of ethical leadership skills for young individuals aspiring to be changemakers.

Amala Education’s mission is to use the power of education to transform the lives of refugees, their communities, and the world. Amala pioneered the first international high school curriculum tailored for refugee youth and host communities. Amala’s curriculum has been developed with the support of UWC South East Asia, one of the largest international schools in the world with expertise in values-based curriculum development. Amala is also offering Changemaker Courses in areas such as Peace-building, Ethical Leadership, and Social Entrepreneurship together with collaborating partners whose missions are aligned.


Curriculum Overview and Course Expectation

Seamlessly integrated into the UWC educational framework, this programme empowers learners with ethical leadership skills. Our summer programme will focus on “Ethical Leadership for Changemakers". The course is designed to help learners positively impact their communities through ethical leadership. Throughout the course, learners will investigate foundational concepts related to leadership, management, influence, and responsibility, as well as the complex ways in which we can support others. They will also examine topics such as the bystander effect and upstanders and explore various leadership models to develop core leadership skills, including facilitating, presenting, collaborating, and coaching. The course emphasises the importance of ethical leadership as a shared behaviour to improve community well-being and create positive change.

In the last week of the programme, there will be a five-day field trip to engage authentically with the displaced Burmese community in Northern Thailand. 

Learn more about the Ethical Leadership for Changemakers Programme 

"This course 100% supported my perspectives of looking at social issues, the fundamentals of trusting, listening, and the different styles of leadership I can implement in different scenarios, whether that is presenting, facilitating or coaching people with the knowledge I possess." 

- Jonny, Trinidad & Tobago


Calling Students & Facilitators

The Ethical Leadership Programme, running since 2017 by Amala Education, offers a transformative opportunity, amplified by UWC Education. Participants become UWC alumni, joining an international community with new friends, views, skills, and a renewed belief in their ability to effect change.


There are a limited number of places available for this course. To be selected, you need to demonstrate in your application that you are motivated to join and have an interest in being an ethical leader.

You can apply for this course if you are:
  • Between 16 and 19 years old.
  • Have an intermediate English level (B1).
You will need to supply the following with your application:
  1. A 250 to 500-word essay on what you consider to be the most important social problem in your surroundings and how you would contribute to the/a solution.
  2. A transcript of your most recent grade report
  3. Recommendation Letter
Programme Fee:

Ethical Leadership for Changemakers Summer Programme: US$4900 / THB 171,500
Includes: accommodation, meals, on-island transport and a five-days field trip to Northern Thailand.


UWC Thailand offers a unique volunteering opportunity for adults (applicants must have graduated high school by July 2021) who enjoy working with teenagers in a diverse school setting. Facilitator training will take place in April 2024 and is linked to the Amala curriculum. 

Included in this programme:
  • Return flights to and from Phuket (capped per person), including transfers
  • Accommodation in the UWC Thailand Boarding House
  • Meals served on-campus in the cafeteria


Dual-certified by Amala and UWC Thailand, ensuring excellence in leadership education.

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people is a priority, and we expect all staff to share that commitment. Applicants for any position at UWC Thailand undergo child protection screening, including checks with current/past employers, law enforcement authorities and other governmental agencies as required.

Click here to fill out the Student and facilitator application form

For more information, please contact our Programme Co-leads.