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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Reflecting…

In Nepal I learned…….

How to plough a field properly, to strike a solid curve into silver, to fill my pack lightly and efficiently, to navigate an unfamiliar city alone, to talk to strangers in broken language and to put a studied language into practise fully everyday. (Aaron)

How to create a community with others, regardless of how different they are. (Tomas)

That life is a complete web casting out in many directions, united by the material of its fabric: consciousness. (Ben)

The power of religion. Though many of the religious monuments are protected artefacts in tourist sites only, all of Nepal’s sacred areas continue to be used and admired everyday, filling the community’s day with strength and intention. (Choochy)

How to grow and maintain a sangha. I have discovered newfound, ever shifting definitions of health, faith, development, success and happiness. I have learnt to consider my perspective and interaction with people, nature and the other (in whatever form that may take) (Zanna)

The ease of love and community, it’s a mindset and if that mindset is embodied, you can have “300 close friends” in the words of my host father, how to make a kurta sural. (AnnaB)

About Buddhism and Hinduism and several meditation techniques along with the importance of self reflection. (Emily)

That community can be an extension of family. I learned that reality is all based on perception so that within this world exist millions of different realities and worlds and that they are all valid. I learned that I want to be continually understanding and experiencing new cultures so that I can be constantly redefining and growing my own. (Emilia)

To successfully cross Nepali streets, how to melt and mold silver, how to make a not so proper momo, how to milk a buffalo and plow a field. How to kill leeches and all of the knowledge that was provided my peers, instructors and guest speakers. (Shenandoah)

Basic nepali, calm abiding and insight meditation techniques, the importance of rituals and sacred spaces, objects in setting intention, storing intangible values and meaning, to practise cultivating compassion, kindness for all sentient beings, that nothing is inherently good or bad, better or worse, what positive co existence can look like and how to combine the new and old into an ideal vision of development. (Carolyn)

A lot about myself. Seeing and experiencing alternative ways of life helped me realise parts of my life that I have taken for granted and see my own values more clearly. I also learnt a lot more Nepali and practical skills, like handwashing laundry and digging pit toilets. Getting glimpses of complex worlds I know little about helps me learn how little I know and how much there is for anyone to learn. (Silas)

To truly be able to help a group of people, you must learn service by experiencing a community and understanding what they really need. To help a community attain a better quality of life while keeping their traditional morals and values, you must help them help themselves. The people within a community are their own experts in problem solving, they are the ones that really know what needs to change. What I have learnt is that truly serving is helping them get to that point where they help themselves without infringing on their beliefs with that of your own. (Missy)