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Nepal Semester Student's Catherine Von Holt's photograph of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Instructor Introduction- Sharon Sitling

Namaste students,

Warm greetings from the Himalayas.

Congratulations on taking the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful, motivating and empowering experience with Dragons.

My name is Sharon Sitling and I am one of your instructors for your College Study Abroad (CSA) program in Nepal this Spring of 2019. I will be working along with Parker and other support staff who are all exceptionally capable and gifted leaders. I am so excited about the program and much more that you will be joining us here on this journey. I believe this will be one of the best decisions that you have ever made.

My journey with Dragons has been filled with lots of exploration and discovery for students and myself alike. This will be my seventh course with Dragons and as much as I love traveling, I am excited to have this opportunity to share about this region, the people and the rich culture of this place with you.

I was born in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in India. Went to college near the city of joy ‘Kolkota.’ One among the oldest cities in India. After college I moved to the U.S and lived there for about a little more then a decade. I was blessed to have the opportunity then to get to see and experience two different cultures and to learn to appreciate it. Whenever I can I try to take the best of both worlds and cultivate it in my daily life.

Presently, I am balancing life between being a Dragon’s instructor and taking time off to be with family and friends and to work together with them towards developing a fully sustainable organic farm in a place called Sittong, my native maternal place.

Right now I am back home and travelling between few places . In Sittong I am helping with this years rice harvest. We are carefully separating and storing the best seeds for next year’s plantation and taking the remaining grain to get it pounded so that we have it ready to cook. This is basically our main staple food for the coming year. The other place I spend quite a bit of time is Kalimpong a small hill station about 2.5 hours away from the village. The house that I live in Kalimpong faces Mount  Kanchendzonga. The third highest mountain in the world and every year around this time we get to view it from our porch. The first morning I arrived here back from running the Nepal Fall semester the view was amazingly beautiful and clear. According to our Lepcha (Indigenous) tribe, Mount Kanchendzonga is our mother deity. It almost looked like our mother was welcoming me back home. Me and my kids, were bouncing around in excitement at the seasons first clear view. We took a moment to appreciate the view together with gratitude and then send a small quiet prayer towards the mountains.

Being with family and friends and sharing our year’s experience; highs, lows, funny stories together is what I look forward to every holiday season and that is exactly what I have been doing these past few days. What a blessing to have the chance to connect with people from all ages and to be surrounded by the best spicy food and endless pota of chiya (tea)

Rejuvenated and with a heart full of love I would like to be present to receive you guys in Nepal.

Each program I have worked has been a unique experience altogether and I am so excited to see all the different  ideas and thoughts that you will bring to the table.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and to share and learn as much as I can from each one of you. The instructor team has been working relentlessly together with our amazing Program Director Cara, support staff and the Dragons office in Boulder to ensure the course is safe, educational and an inspiring experience for you all.

I hope through your time spent here you will come to learn more about yourselves and about this beautiful country.

I would like to request you to take out some time to write and post your introductions, as we would love to know more about you.

As we get closer to our departure, if you have any questions, ideas, or comments please post it on the yak board or email me anytime at [email protected].

Sharon Sitling