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


Greetings from Angkor Wat, Cambodia!


Hello everyone, my name is Yut! Nepal is the holy land to all Cambodian Buddhist people, including me! Throughout my Buddhist high school and university years visiting the land of the Buddha was the dream, not just to me but to most Cambodian Buddhists. I can’t wait to be filled with all of the wisdom of Nepal!


I have been lucky enough to travel to most parts of my beautiful country and really fell in love with it – the history, the culture, and the smile of the people. Since leaving life as a Monk ten years ago it has been my privilege to travel Cambodia with high school and university groups from all over the world who wish to come and learn about Cambodia. I truly believe in the power of travel as an opportunity for learning and growth, so much that I have made experiential education my career.


I have been connected to the amazing “Where There Be Dragons” community since 2011, when I attended an orientation program in the States before becoming an in-country Dragons instructor in Cambodia. Since then I have been privileged to lead many Dragons programs around Cambodia, often with my dear friend Claire – one of the instructors for this Nepal program! I am trying not to go to Nepal with too many expectations, but I am excited to learn from everyone and I hope that this experience will enrich my knowledge and wisdom, and help me to grow as a global educator.


A quote from the Pico Iyer article that speaks to me is “Thus travel spins us round in two ways at once: It shows us the sights and values and issues that we might ordinarily ignore; but it also, and more deeply, shows us all the parts of ourselves that might otherwise grow rusty. For in traveling to a truly foreign place, we inevitably travel to moods and states of mind and hidden inward passages that we’d otherwise seldom have cause to visit”. To me Nepal is truly a global classroom where we will be reflecting and learning and enlightening ourselves through both its beauty and challenges.


Looking forward to meeting everyone soon!