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Away from Patan We Go

I-Team, Instructor

This evening under the clear fall skies our group came together with our extended Patan community of home-stay families and ISP mentors and celebrated our time together. It was a beautiful, meaningful parting with good food and presentations about......Read More

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The Power of Music

Julia Sauve, Participant

Ever since I was a kid, playing music has been a part of my life. It started out as the obligatory piano lessons. One day each week, squeezed between school and soccer practice, my dad would drive me to the small music school. At that time, it......Read More

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An Honest Letter to Patan

Lauren Forgione, Participant

Dear Patan, Recently, we’ve been working on peer reflections and I believe you are well deserving of one. I’ve never lived in a city before, let alone one in a foreign country. My first week here was difficult. I had a hard time with our......Read More

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The Significance of Shakshuka

Anna, Instructor

Approaching thirty days together, our group recently took pause from the busy routines we have developed in Patan and came together to name and honor the joys and challenges of our life in Nepal. We had a beautiful weekend where we talked about what......Read More

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Courtyards of Patan

Wyeth J Morgan, Participant

With the absence of something to do here in Patan one tends to explore. This was the case for Scout, Jack, and I when our ISP was cancelled, we were at a loss for what to do until we finally decided to seek out and travel through as many courtyards......Read More

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The Body That Carries Me

Emily Rigby, Participant

While cradled by nature, the passage of time tends to prove itself less and less concrete. How they manage to do it, I am uncertain, but the mountains rob hours of their typical flow, their decisive linearity. Individual days often seem to......Read More

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Thoughts from the farm

Arvin Singh Uzunov-Dang, Instructor

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Time spent on a farm is seldom wasted. Neither in building a house. For many of us this will be just a footnote in wider and richer experiences. For the elderly lady who lost her home three years ago, and who is presently moving into her new one, it is more than that. That everything is transient is a truth that must be felt viscerally and emotionally to be understood. We spend time reflecting seriously upon it. But should it be overcome? Some truths contradict each other. We built using bamboo precisely because it will not last; it will fall… Read More

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Time in Patan

Jake Schwob, Participant

At this point in time we have been in Patan for a little more than a week. Although we have only been here for such a short amount of time, I can already feel the chaos of the city. It feels as though if you take a step in any direction, you will be......Read More

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First Week in Patan Highlights

I-Team, Instructor

Our first week in Patan is drawing to a close and with it comes a mixture of excitement and exhaustion. We have found ourselves torn between wanting to explore and spend time with home-stay families and one another, and recognizing the importance of......Read More

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The Art of Trickle-Down Learning

Leija Helling, Participant

I’m a person who’s used to relying on the powers of my mind to sort myself out when I feel confused or lost. But in the two weeks since I arrived here in Nepal, I’ve realized that certain things can’t be solved just by......Read More

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The Beat of the Mountains

Sutter Morris, Participant

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Growing up in San Francisco I have always considered the city a core part of my identity, never able to imagine myself anywhere else. So much so, in fact, that I told my college counselor I would only seriously consider urban schools. Somehow I......Read More

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At Home in Patan

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yesterday our group arrived in Patan after a beautifully long and dusty ride down from Kiul, where we were picked up from our six-day trek on the Helambu circuit. We will share more stories and photos soon from the trek, but for now wanted to update......Read More

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Helambu

Will LeVan, Participant

This past week, the Dream Team of Him B trekked north and east through the Shiva Puri and Langtang national parks in the Helambu region of northern Nepal.  Each morning as we heaved on our packs and placed one sore foot in front of another, the......Read More

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All’s well on the Helambu Trek!

Dragons Admin, Participant

Dear family and friends, The B Group instructors have been getting in touch with us daily to let us know that their trek is going well! The students are getting stronger every day and the group is enjoying this time together. They should arrive back......Read More

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From Farm to Forest

I-team, Instructor

Our group has spent the last few days on a permaculture farm in the hills of Gundu, just outside of Kathmandu. We have learned about farming practices in Nepal, discussed sustainable agriculture, and helped to plaster bamboo frame homes. Today we......Read More