Examine environmental issues, tourism, the preservation of traditional culture, concepts of ethnicity, land management, education, gender issues and healthcare.
Independent Study Project
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 introduction to yoga and meditation.
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 homestays with both rural and urban families.
Options for group and individual volunteer work during the rural home-stay.
Dependent on weather conditions, there is an optional 2-4 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.