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A morning in Leh

Sarah, Abby and Elliot, Participant

This morning we explored Leh looking for butter tea, the traditional Ladakhi tea consisting of tea leaves, yak butter and salt. Definitely not something we were used to but a necessary right of passage for being in Ladakh, as we found it’s......Read More

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Snow Leopards in Ladakh

Ellen, Jessie, & Wyatt, Participant

Today our instructors challenged us with the task to research Snow Leopards in Leh and find the NGO, Snow Leopard Conservancy.  We left our guest house and wandered the back roads of Leh, searching for the SLC. We spoke with locals, despite the......Read More

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Temple on the Hill

Lily Cunningham and Riley Slater, Participant

The construction of Leh Palace began in 1627 A.D. under the rule of King Senge Namgyal. He hired a Balti Muslim named Chandam Ali Singge to design and construct the establishment. The king had it built as a place of worship in addition to a home for......Read More

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Searching For A Snack

Maddie, Ruthie, and Belle, Participant

Our task? “To find a a special delicious thing to eat in the Muslim part of old town”. Was it easy? Not really. Was it gruelling? You bet. We were expecting to stroll our way down town, and serendipitously happen upon the perfect treat waiting......Read More

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Meditation retreat in Ladakh

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hi family and friends of the India group, Just a quick note to let you all know that the group is currently at their meditation retreat up in Ladakh, at a monastery just outside of Leh. Tomorrow they will transition from the monastery back to Leh,......Read More

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Up and away

India I-team, Instructor

Namastey families and friends, More than half of the course is behind us! From Sonapani with our beautiful orientation, then onto one of the oldest cities Varanasi, where we learned a lot with ISP Gurus and Hindi and Homestay and many more things,......Read More

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India group has arrived in Rishikesh!

Dragons Admin, Participant

Hello everyone, This is just to let you know that the India group has safely arrived in Rishikesh. The train from Banaras to Haridwar was on time. They stopped for some lunch in Haridwar and then got on a bus that the students had organised to come......Read More

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On Our way to the mountains!

We-Team, Instructor

Sunday morning we ate our final breakfasts with our home-stay families and bid farewell to the city that has hosted us for the past 5 weeks. We are grateful to all of our mentors, teachers, families, and friends who have made this time enriching and......Read More

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YAK N PACKED

Ruthie Colburn, Participant

feeling like i need more time, but i know it can only be saved, not spent i don’t think i’ve quite had the space for a complete introspection of Varanasi, and knowing myself i will probably push it off. it’s difficult to do when......Read More

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The road paved with patience

Jessica Cruz, Participant

The weeks spent in Varanasi have been a roller coaster start to finish. But as our journey through the city comes to its ending, I look around me and watch all the new beginnings take their lead, including my own. But even though I am leaving such a......Read More

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Early mornings in Varanasi

Madison Beveridge, Participant

There’s a sliver of time between 2 am and 4 am that Varanasi grows quiet. The shops and restaurants have shut their doors and boarded up their windows, and even the dogs that roam the streets in abundance seem to be asleep. At these early......Read More

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Giant Indian peach ball of fire

Sarah Howard, Participant

Overall my experience in India so far has been immaculate. I have learned so much about my self, others and this wondrous county. The open hearted spunk of Indian people is contagious. I feel like I have been introduced to a whole new way of looking......Read More

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Departing Varanasi

Riley Slater, Participant

We’ve been through many adventures together as a group, thus far, from bouts of food poisoning to boat rides on the Ganges. We have all experienced things outside of our comfort zones that have helped us become more well-rounded people.......Read More

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Thank you, Banaras

Ellen Israel, Participant

I can admit now that I struggled quite a bit my first few weeks in Banaras. I’ve never been this far from home before, let alone for this long. I didn’t know how I would manage for five weeks in a busy city like Banaras where everything......Read More