NEWS & EVENTS
The Consulate’s Pol/Econ team on a road trip to Thailand’s westernmost province of Mae Hong Son, visited a remote hill village renowned for selling its high-grade coffee to Starbucks.
July 19, 2012
The Consulate’s Pol/Econ team engaged in several outreach activities during a road trip to Thailand’s westernmost province of Mae Hong Son. They visited a Peace Corps Volunteer at Ban Nai Soi secondary school as part of this month's celebration of 50 years of Peace Corps in Thailand. Pol/Econ Officer Paul Neville led a discussion with over 100 students about American culture, food, and popular media. The team also visited Mae Hong Son Community College, which has received support from USAID and Microsoft to promote information and communication technology for low-income ethnic minority groups. Finally, the team visited Ban Huay Hom, a remote hill village renowned for selling its high-grade coffee to Starbucks. As part of its corporate social responsibility, Starbucks has provided the village with water storage facilities and small business support.