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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

Precourse Activities (Fun assignments)

vector isolated image of Hindu lord Ganesh. Ganesh Puja. Ganesh Chaturthi. It is used for postcards, prints, textiles, tattoo.

Dear Fellow students,

In just two weeks we will be seeing your cheerful, nervous, jet-lagged, excited and curious faces at the Kathmandu Airport. And we assume that preparations for the journey are going on. These weeks prior to departure can be exhilarating and exhausting. We hope you are giving yourselves time to relax too!!

To set the wheel in motion, we would like to invite you to slowly start preparing yourselves for the mindful exploration and understanding of the cultures that we are going to immerse ourselves in Nepal. These paths that we tread in the world of Dragons can have eye opening experiences in our lives and having right resources to help in that endeavor is wonderful.

In absolute excitement we would like to present “Monocultures of the Mind” a timeless piece of wisdom from Dr. Vandana Shiva, a leading voice for environmental/cultural preservation. This article does a great deal of work in bringing forth the importance of many values, practices and lifestyles of the people and places we explore. If you can, print it out and highlight/annotate it. What stands out to you? Why?
PLEASE take the time to write a few paragraphs on this and be prepared to share it when we all arrive together in Kathmandu.

REFLECT: We’d like to request that you begin reflecting on how to make the most of the learning opportunities presented by the adventure that lies ahead. We believe you will benefit the most by setting intentional goals for yourself, even if those goals change once we start our journey! Get yourself a journal that makes you happy to write in it and please reflect on the following:

What do you want to (re)discover and (re)connect with in Nepal?

Why are you heading to Nepal in the first place? What do you want to achieve at the end of this course?

These goals can be transformative or informative – have fun dreaming!

FUN : It is always wonderful to have a few things under your sleeve to share. Some of these amazing things can be songs, dances, poetry, art or any sort of talent that you have. Maybe if you feel adventurous teach yourself a Nepali song or a dance through the magic of YouTube?? The best compliments you can give to people is by singing one of their songs or dancing one of their dances.

See you all very soon!!!

Rishi, Nick and Lauren


PS.  The picture is of adorable Lord Ganesha, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. He is the God of right beginnings and he blesses every journey. This playful, laid-back God who eats ice-cream and sweets all the time is also the wisest of all.