Nepal Educator Proposed Itinerary

Our Nepal Educator course itinerary is designed to provide participants an experiential training in global education leadership, from student group facilitation through cross-cultural experiences, to general strategies for curriculum design and pedagogy. We have minimized transitions, appropriating ample time to not only experience place, but also to engage in meta-level conversations and workshops about best practices in global education. Based in the Kathmandu Valley, we move from orientation and framing, to a several-day urban home-stay where we engage local community members and organizations, exploring topics of comparative religion and development. From Kathmandu valley, we depart on a three-day rugged village expedition and community stay. Returning to our entry-point we focus on guided reflection, transference and course wrap up.

Day 1: Arrival - Bhaktapur On our first morning together in Nepal, participants gather in Bhaktapur - city of devotees for an opening circle and welcoming ceremony. We enjoy brunch together, and begin to making personal introductions and framing the course. After lunch we shift gears to focus on important health and safety considerations and cultural dos and don'ts. we'll end the day with a session focused on the pillars of global education and an introduction to the training experiential training curriculum for this course.
Day 2: Bhaktapur We start the day with an early morning walk to a nearby temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Returning for breakfast we'll initiate our first daily briefing, followed by activities focused on container building within the group and how this important practices relates to global programming of all types. After lunch, participants will explore the medieval city of Bhaktapur in small groups through a scavenger hunt.
Day 3: Bhaktapur Following breakfast, we come together for a daily briefing and an introduction to the key themes of our program followed by lunch in Durbar “the King’s” square and spend the afternoon on a tour with Anil Chitrakar, a well-known local expert on development in Nepal.
Days 4-8: Patan From Bhaktapur, we settle into home-stays in the Newari city of Patan for 4 days. During this time, participants will have an opportunity to either develop an independent study project or an individual service project. Language classes will be offered for those who are interested. This time will afford us the opportunity to explore the spirit and body of Kathmandu valley through field trips, lectures, and activities. Some of the themes that we will explore are: the spiritual and religious traditions of Nepal; the country’s quest for “development” with its attendant social and political challenges; the socio-economic and political challenges that this young democracy is trying to grapple with.
Day 9: Ghorka Drive to Gorkha, the old capital of King Prithivinarayan Shah, the unifier and founder of modern Nepal. Visit the old palace and explore the rustic town. Much of it affected by the earthquake.
Day 10-12: Village Hike Hike to a village ravaged by the earthquake and camp there for the next two days. Work on a community service project. Get first hand knowledge of the reconstruction process at the grassroots level.
Day 13-14: Kathmandu Valley Drive back to Kathmandu Valley and settle into a guest house near Boudhanath Stupa. We will begin transference activities.
Day 15: Fly home Participants should plan to depart anytime after 9 pm on July 15th.