RPCV Thailand, 2011-2013
M.A. Comparative Regional Studies Asia and Foreign Policy
Kyle Livingston is a first year graduate student in the Comparative Regional Studies program for Asia with a focus on Foreign Policy. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology and double minors in chemistry and natural sciences. Before going onto medical school, Kyle wanted to go out and give back to the world. He joined the Peace Corps in 2011 and headed off to Thailand as a Community-Based Organizational Development volunteer where he spent the next 27 months in the small town of Tha-Uthen in Nakhon Phanom Province in Northeastern Thailand (right along the Mekong River bordering Laos).
Kyle worked on many projects while in Thailand mainly focusing on four areas: Gender/LGBT equality, youth leadership, sexual health education, and integrating technology into education. He completed two gender camps and collaborated with the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to receive the U.S. Ambassador of Thailand’s presence at both camps., and he also brought the first computer lab to his local elementary school. Kyle is excited to incorporate his fieldwork knowledge with his academic studies at American University. He hopes to narrow his focus to study the marginalization of minority groups (specifically LGBT and religious groups) in the ASEAN region.
Kyle has been selected as the Primary Intern for Summer 2014 in the Public Affairs and Media/Cultural Department at the United States Embassy in Bangkok.