Nepal

Healing the Himalayas

How has Nepal recovered from Disaster?

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Duration
14 Days
Description

An ideal case study of international response to catastrophe, we parse the reconstruction of Nepal to understand how best to support communities in need. While at the same time, we experience all the joys of being in one of the most beautiful, welcoming and intriguing locales in the world.

Dates

Jan 15 - Jan 29, 2018


Suggested Ages

All Ages

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

17 Weeks

Tuition

$3,950


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,700

Kathmandu

Program Overview

Two years in, a look at how local and international efforts have both helped and stymied Nepal's recovery from a 2015 massive earthquake


Here is a chance to explore and understand the complex processes of humanitarian aid and disaster recovery, using Nepal as a living case study. In April 2015 Nepal was rocked by a huge earthquake in which thousands lost their lives. This trip asks the question, “How do communities heal from disaster?” and gives you the chance to develop your own answer. We’ll explore the issue from many angles – from the perspective of the voluntary relief workers who rushed to the scene and the large aid agencies that developed multi-million dollar plans, to the ordinary people who lived through the crisis and went on to rebuild their lives.

This learning journey will be set with the majestic Himalayas as our backdrop. Our itinerary will take us through historic towns, areas of religious significance, and rural farming villages. We’ll stay with local families, in cozy guesthouses, and traditional houses built in the shadow…

Here is a chance to explore and understand the complex processes of humanitarian aid and disaster recovery, using Nepal as a living case study. In April 2015 Nepal was rocked by a huge earthquake in which thousands lost their lives. This trip asks the question, “How do communities heal from disaster?” and gives you the chance to develop your own answer. We’ll explore the issue from many angles – from the perspective of the voluntary relief workers who rushed to the scene and the large aid agencies that developed multi-million dollar plans, to the ordinary people who lived through the crisis and went on to rebuild their lives.

This learning journey will be set with the majestic Himalayas as our backdrop. Our itinerary will take us through historic towns, areas of religious significance, and rural farming villages. We’ll stay with local families, in cozy guesthouses, and traditional houses built in the shadow of ancient temples. We’ll see many of the amazing sites in the Kathmandu valley, accompanied by both experts and local people who will help us get beneath the surface and help us understand this magical country.

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Program Components

4/5
Comparative Religion

Stay in the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist community. Take guided trips to ancient scared monuments. Talk to religious leaders about their perspectives on coping with disaster.

5/5
Development Studies

Learn about the development issues facing remote mountain communities and meet some of the people taking action to help.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Learn about the challenges and successes of emergency aid, and the long journey to sustainable recovery. Meet representatives from large-scale humanitarian missions and grassroots community groups that were involved in the relief effort.

5/5
Home Stay

Spend three nights living like a local in a Himalayan village, and experience the resilience of local people as they rebuild their lives.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

There is scope for independent learning as we meet and interview local people, aid workers and activists.

3/5
Language Study

Get the basics of Nepali language down so that you can bond with your homestay family.

3/5
Learning Service

Help out your homestay family with some farming tasks, as they reduce their dependency on aid and recover their sustainable livelihoods.

3/5
Rugged Travel

Travel by bus on stunning mountain paths.

3/5
Trekking

Take a day hike in the Himalayan foothills.