Explore the philosophy and spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism through an investigation of yoga, meditation, iconography and symbolism.
Examine the impact of environmental issues, tourism, ethnicity, land management, education, gender issues and healthcare.
Focus Of Inquiry
Take a look at ethnic and cultural diversity, religious traditions, and Sikkim’s rich artistic traditions.
Spend 14 + days in home-stays with both rural and urban families.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Choose a topic of interest and dive into a relationship with a mentor in Kalimpong. Options include music, dance, wood carving, jewelry making, bronze casting, religious traditions, traditional cooking, or Tibetan and Ayurveda medicine.
Learn Nepali language through daily classes and language immersion throughout.
Volunteer on community projects during rural homestay or pursue learning service activities during ISP time.
Travel by bus and van through mountainous terrain with our time split between urban and rural areas.
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.