JSEM will include a wide variety of teaching, study, travel and field experience. Students will have opportunity to learn deeply through a strong course load while also having opportunity to experience Thailand in all its beauty and struggle. There will be planned trips for on-site ministry as well as times for students to travel with guided supervision. 

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Pre-Trip Assignments

Read "when helping hurts" by steve fikkert and start researching Thailand. Check the full list upon acceptance.



Don't Forget anything and don't pack too much! Get ready to unplug and Re-engage.

Week 1


transition week to phuket! Check out your new home, Eat great food and get to know the JSEM community.  We've been praying for you!

Week 2

God's Story: A Biblical Narrative

we will be going through the old testament with an amazing Speaker! 

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Week 3

New Testament

you guessed it - another week to explore God's story in the new testament! 

Week 4

Cross-Cultural Studies

You've experienced it, now let's study Thai culture, shame & honor Perspectives, folk religions and Spiritual warfare.  

Week 5

Justice: Poverty, Slavery and Spiritual Bondage

Justice Week! Understand how culture, religion, poverty informs trafficking.


Week 6


What's the god story in your life? Explore how God has equipped you and seek his calling on your life.

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Week 7

Community Development

HOlistic Community development: theory and practice. In however God calls you, learn to serve well.


Week 8

Exposure Trip

See real anti-trafficking ministries at work. 1st stop - Bangkok and PATTAYA! 

Week 9

Visa Run!

 Time for a visa run so We're going international! We are taking a bus over the border. 2ND STOp, CAMBODIA!

Week 10

Modern Missions

Love God, Love Others and Make disciples.  Study overseas missions and prepare to fulfill the great commission.


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Week 11

Justice Project

complete your creative Justice Project and serve alongside For Freedom International.

Week 12


It is finished.... Wrong! Jsem is all about the trip home. Celebrate, share your story and a new adventure begins!



Back Home - Now What?

You're not the same, but what's next?  Share God's story in your life, Share in church, bring mentors around you for prayer.  Don't forget to listen!



12 weeks not enough? Stick around, travel, network.  Just check your visa and don't overstay. 



Living arrangements



You may be sleeping in dorms, you may have a house - housing changed by the semester. Be ready for whatever - it's all part of the adventure! Don't worry - it's clean! 


Do you like Pad Thai? Awesome! We are going to show you some better food though! You will get some real yummy legit Thai food - get ready!! 


Do you like adventure? We do too. We will be going on hikes during our free time, adventure trips and traveling around Thailand and Cambodia! 




Be prepared for some long flights, warm weather and busy spaces. Make sure to bring:

  • Open attitude for new things

  • A great journal and pens

  • Passion for discipleship

  • Bible

  • I like good headphones with my quiet time

  • Water bottle..... "Hydrate or die!"

  • Unlocked phone

  • Backpack 

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses - it's hot and bright!

  • Assigned books for kindle

  • Etc.. Want to know more? Sign up for the info package for more things to bring!