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Instructor Introduction!

Namaste dear students,

Warm greetings from the Himalayas.

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

My name is Sharon and I am your instructor for your College Study Abroad (CSA) Program in Nepal this Fall of 2019. I will be working closely with Michael our faculty member, Christy our Program Director, Cara our Director of University and College Programming, Shino our College Study Abroad Coordinator 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 eighth 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. I went to college near the Kolkata, the “city of joy” and one of the oldest cities in India. After college I moved to the U.S and lived there for a little more than 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 Dragons instructor, taking time off to be with family and friends and to work together with them towards developing a fully sustainable organic farm in my native maternal village.

Right now I am back home and travelling between few places. In the village we just finished planting the year’s paddy (rice). It took quite some time with about 11-34 people working continuously for 21 days together through rain and sun to finish the plantation. This means that we will have enough rice, our staple food next 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. It is the third highest mountain in the world which for my indigenous tribe ‘The Lepchas’ hold a lot of significance. Mount Kanchendzonga is considered our mother deity.

Here we are coming towards the end of the monsoon which is a very important season as most aquifers get replenished and the plants, crops and trees get enough water to make it through the dry season. Everything around me looks green, humid and full of life right now.

Everytime I am back home I look forward to spending time with my friends, family and the extended village community. When we do meet we share our experiences, our funny stories,  our high and lows and that is exactly what I have been doing these past few months that I had taken off from work.

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 Dragon’s team has been working together relentlessly 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]

Regards
Sharon