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Patan

Instructor Team, Participant

Touring of the ancient city of Patan which is located inside the Kathmandu Valley. The city pond is called Pim Bahal. The students are settling into their urban homestays well and have begun their Independent Study Project. Stay tuned for more Yaks......Read More

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Team Nepal at the Namo Buddha monastery

Instructor team, Instructor

Namaste from Namo Buddha! The group has been staying here at Namo Buddha Monastery for the past 3 days learning about Buddhism from the teachers of this monastery. Today also happens to be the day when the Buddha turned the first wheel of Dharma so......Read More

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The Village

Noah Klavens, Participant

Yak of the Week

This is a watercolour portrait I did of my homestay mother – I gave this to her as a gift. The village we stayed in was beautiful, in both the scenery and the people....Read More

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Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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My Current Surroundings

Trip Sherwood, Participant

Truly, nothing remarkable about these clouds…. Comparatively. Albeit, the clouds themselves are different from the ones back home. Instead of hanging high in the sky, they opt to hang low amongst the mountains. Said mountains are why the clouds......Read More

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Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Letter to Family

Elysia Li, Participant

Namaste! I’m currently writing to you from my village homestay in Balamchaur, which I will be at for 8 days. We will be trekking on one of these days and farming with our host families on others. Balamchaur is in the Annapurna conservation and is......Read More

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Love-Hate Relationship

Jenna Einhorn, Participant

After the events of July 9th, I am unsure how I feel about dogs. Cute as they are, there is certainly a side of them that I wish did not exist. This bad side is what I learned about yesterday. It all started in the afternoon. I could not find my......Read More

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Nepal Living

Oliver Leeds, Participant

Namaste! Mero nam Oliver ho, although my name in Nepali is Prem. Prem, the Nepali word for love, was given to me by my ama (mother) from the rural homestay. We have been taking language classes everyday which have been super helpful for......Read More

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A Ramble on Community and Agriculture

Hunter King, Participant

I finished reading the book I brought with me a couple of days ago titled “Station Eleven.” The book deals with a pandemic and the subsequent fallout of modern society. I found the contrast between the different lifestyles in the book,......Read More

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Ashish Gurung

Alex Persianis, Participant

My Nepali Name is Ashish Gurung. It’s with great difficulty that I attempt to sum up my first week in Nepal. The journeys through the mid-hills, though long and arduous, are truly rewarding, and the places we reach, at least to a foreign eye,......Read More

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Pics from the field!

Instructors, Instructor

Images and descriptions: Bamboo basket called ‘doko’ in Nepali, our students have been carrying this with their homestay mothers to help in the fields! Student web activity Khepera holding 9 months old baby Aminson at the program house...Read More

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Dolma

Khepera Lyons-Clark, Participant

Hello family and friends of the Nepal Summer 2018 program! The team have limited connectivity right now in their homestay village so I, Jessica Armstrong (South Asia Program Director), am assisting the team to post up a few student Yaks. Please see......Read More

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‌A hands-on experience

Jenna, Participant

‌Today I washed my clothes with Ruby, Khepera, and Grace. To my surprise, hand-washing my clothes outside was not at all a burden and rather quite fun! Doing laundry by hand provides an opportunity to talk with and get to know to the people you......Read More

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Intro to the Himalayas

Hunter King, Dragons Admin

I realize now that the following likely doesn’t portray our journey in any helpful way specifically, but the scenery of the Himalayas has impacted me a lot in these first few days, so I feel like I should at least try to convey their beauty. The......Read More