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Returning home

Regina and Aditya, Instructor

This group has a long journey ahead of them but they are ready to face it! Thank you for giving us the space and time to show India through a traveler’s rather than a tourist’s eyes. Students may be exhausted when they come home and not......Read More

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Reflection on Dharamsala

Will Harding, Participant

Dharamsala (or, more accurately, McLeod Ganj) was very different from the other parts of India we have seen.  The weather there is a pleasant 30 degrees cooler, Tibetan, rather than Hindi, was the predominant language, the beautiful Himalayas rise......Read More

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Teaching in India

Sarah DelVecchio, Participant

Greetings Folks, Yesterday we visited a local private school about 20 minutes away from Deer Park. The man who founded the school some 10 years ago (or so I understood), started with nothing but three borrowed chairs. Now the school consists of two......Read More

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Thacher in Bir

Victoria Gutierrez, Participant

Hello! I’m here with some updates/summary of our stay at Deer Park in Bir. We arrived at Bir on the 25th, settled into our rooms, and met Ashish, the leader of our Rural Immersion course. Our course consisted of three different activities;......Read More

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Final days

Regina and Aditya, Instructor

We are on our last leg of our journey…we wake up to sounds of cows, dogs, birds and monks chanting while we are staying together at the Deerpark ashram. Bir is a Tibetan colony, land set aside by India to allow the refugees in exile a place to......Read More

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Goodbye, Dharamshala

Jake Jacobsen, Participant

Hello, Parents and Friends: This is a transition day for us as he leave the town of McLeod Ganj and move to our final segment in Bir and Deer Park Institute. Yesterday we visited the Tibetan library and archives and had a memorable audience with the......Read More

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A photo yak

Regina Kruglyak, Instructor

It is hard to put into words what you experience and even harder to capture in a few photographs. Students have been learning about the plight of the Tibetan people in exile by teaching the monks English (to help with their mission of spreading the......Read More

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In the Screening Studio: Dharmshala

Rod (Jake) Jacobsen, Instructor

Through her home stay family, Kennedy met a young Tibetan artist/photographer who offered to show us a film about the Tibetans’ struggle to keep their culture alive in the face of continued oppression. It was a moving film, and we are grateful......Read More

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6/22/19 Activities

Victoria Gutierrez & Joi Sonime, Participant

Hello parents and friends! Today we were given a tour around the Dolma Ling Nunnery. We were able to see into the lives of Buddhists nuns and learn about how they are progressing their educational opportunities and their incredible sustainability......Read More

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough . . .

Jake, Participant

After a very pleasant afternoon rain here in Dharamshala, the sky to the north cleared and we had a dramatic view of the two snow-covered peaks that signal the beginning of the Himalayas between India and Tibet. After hearing from one of the......Read More

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Delhi for the Day

Will Harding, Participant

Between our stints Varanasi and Dharmsala, we returned to Delhi for a quick eleven hours.  We came back to our now familiar YWCA Hostel for lunch and a place to leave our bags and rest, if needed.  We were then free to do whatever we wished in the......Read More

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The Caste System

Joi Sonime, Participant

The second someone is born in India one’s whole life has been written from start to end and there is no way of truly escaping. The caste system in India is illegal but is a social construct that is still in place today. Here last names give away......Read More

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Homestays

Keira, Participant

Lying on the bamboo beds in our homestay, we can hear the distant cries of the four-month-old baby and the loud screams of the three-year-old brother filling the room. To the right of us, the heavy balcony door leads to an incredible view of the......Read More

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What is America’s version of the caste system?

Anna Pata, Participant

A few nights ago we experienced an adventure that changed my perspective of how I live my day-to-day life. After spending the whole day exploring the ghats of Varanasi, our group headed back to our hotel located just a few feet away from the Ganges......Read More

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Varanasi

Daisy and Keira, Participant

Today we head back to Delhi after experiencing the chaos and beauty of Varanasi. At first, the daunting task of wandering the streets alone seemed to be unachievable as vehicles rarely acknowledged pedestrians. But after our 5 days, the sound of......Read More

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Onward!

Jake Jacobsen, Participant

Dear Parents: After some great days on the Ganga (Ganges) and the completion of our two-day independent study projects and local home stays, we are about to have an early breakfast before departing to the airport for our flight to Delhi,......Read More