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Instructor Introduction

Namasteyyy Him C!!

My name is Tsheten and I am one of your instructors this Fall in Nepal. It brings me joy to realize that it is yet another time to be delving into three months of journey with new group of travelers. While i am writing this, I am also reading about you guys and getting to know your aspirations for this course. I can already imagine people bringing creativity, enthusiasm and excitement in our group.We will be family in our own ways.

Currently, I am busy meeting Homestays, ISP mentors  and arranging resources during our time in Nepal. This is one aspect of working with dragons that allows me to meet so many incredible people that have inspired me and humbled me with their kindness and love. This is also what makes Dragons experience is so special for everyone. We work with a community that heartily welcomes us into their lives and their homes, allowing us to see what they observe daily in their homes, understand what they believe in and follow their lifestyle.

Talking about my background, I was born in a village in Solu, a district which is in the foothills of Everest region. I spent the first 3 years of my existence there with my 5 other siblings. I was raised in Kathmandu where i got most of my education. I went to a Tibetan Shakya monastery in India when i was eleven. That was where I spent 2 years of my life as a monk with shaved head and maroon robe. I spent most of my adolescent in Kathmandu until graduating from Kathmandu University in Development studies. During those years of college, I spent semester breaks trekking in west Nepal and making friends along the way. I broadened my travel horizon the furthest when i came to States last year and did a road trip from Colorado to California. A month of  bike riding, hiking and driving through mountains and deserts of Colorado and Utah was the experience I was fortunate to have.

My journey with Dragons started back in 2014, when i interned for Dragons, assisting programs in logistics and communication. Throughout years i have had some group experiences that can no longer remember and many that still makes me smile. It was not until 2017 that I had the opportunity to step into the role of instructor. Since then, I have worked multiple semesters full of wonderful memories. Beside that, previously, I worked with another local company that provided local internships similar to Dragons. During college and sometime after that I was involved in Ethnographic research in rural village in the foothills Annapurnas. One of my past academic projects was (EIA) research on Chinese hydropower in Annapurna conservation Area, where I did a survey of impact on the local community by hydro dam construction. I also did research on Food security in Chokati village in eastern Nepal where we will be spending our rural home stay experience.

I am eager to share more about myself and my areas of knowledge. So, i am excited and looking forward to meet, share and learn about all of you.

Until we meet in person, please post a Yak introducing yourself. Also, in coming weeks, we will be posting series of Yaks to remind you of  our tentative itinerary and information that will help you prepare well for Nepal. So, please follow the Him C Yak board regularly to be informed and to know your group members.

With hopes and excitement,

Tsheten