This course serves as a critical introduction to service and volunteering abroad, particularly for students preparing to participate in DukeEngage Thailand the coming summer. For the first third of the course, students will critically investigate what it means to volunteer abroad, how geopolitical power-dynamics shape cross-cultural interactions, and what it means to be a tourist. Then, as an introduction to Thailand and Thai culture, classes will focus on the critical moments of Thailand's history, Thai language, and current politics of Thailand. Finally, as the departure date of DukeEngage gets closer, we will explore environmental issues in Thailand, debate turtle conservation efforts, and learn basic sea turtle biology and ecology. This course serves to prepare students going on the program such that they are able to better critically engage when they are on the ground in Thailand.