Examine environmental issues, tourism, the preservation of traditional culture, concepts of ethnicity, land management, education, gender issues and healthcare.
Independent Study Project
Students choose a topic of interest and dive into a relationship with a mentor. Some options include music, dance, stone carving, jewelry making, bronze casting, religious traditions, traditional cooking, Tibetan and Ayurveda (ancient Indian) Medicine.
Delve into a broad introduction to the philosophy and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. This will include an investigation of yoga, meditation, iconography and symbolism.
Focus Of Inquiry
Look at ethnic and cultural diversity, religious traditions, artistic traditions, and current development issues.
Travel by bus and van through mountainous terrain with our time split between urban and rural areas.
15 + days of home-stays with both rural and urban families
Options for group and individual volunteer work during the rural home-stay and independent study projects. Approximately 20 hours of service credit earned.
Dependent on weather conditions, there is an optional 3-5 day hike with extremely rugged conditions in the middle hills. During summer months the southern slope of the Himalayas is blanketed in monsoon rains, making trekking more challenging.
Study basic Nepali through formal instruction and local immersion. Instructors will provide group language classes 3-4 mornings a week; extended home-stays and independent study projects offer students additional opportunities to practice new vocabulary and build confidence in their linguistic fluency.