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Suburbia

Elliot Bloom, Participant

When you are born into suburbia, You are cast into a role. Acting out your life. When you grow up in suburbia, You are copied. Pasted next door. When you live in suburbia, You adapt to adequacy. Evolving to become “normal”. When you grow......Read More

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Homestays

Cleo Norteman, Participant

Homestays are not just staying in someone’s house. They are not just eating someone else’s food, or staying in someone else’s spare room. Homestays aren’t housestays. You are staying in someone’s home, and along the way......Read More

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Goodbye for Now

Sophia Li, Participant

Hello friends and families! Today we are embarking on our last and final trek through Markha Valley. This will be our most challenging and longest trek yet! The trek will be 7 days long  and we will not be able to have any Internet connection. We......Read More

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Onward to our next trek

Instructor Team, Instructor

Hello hello! We are back from our wonderful homestay in Domkhar. The students had a wonderful time harvesting barley, helping their homestay families cook delicious meals and playing with all manner of tiny humans and animals. Tomorrow morning, we......Read More

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Climbing Mt. SECMOL

Finely Shepard, Participant

Waking up at 4:35am is tough. Climbing a mountain at 5 am is tougher. The group woke up to climb SECMOL mountain in the wee hours of the morning. Although the hike up the towering mountain was not as hard as I thought, this treacherous mountain pass......Read More

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Working Hour

Jacob Page, Participant

Over the past week at SECMOL (Students Education Cultural Movement of Ladakh) we have been implemented not only into conversation classes, a block of time with the students invented to refine their conversational skills in English, but into their......Read More

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Leh

Claire Foley, Participant

About a week ago, we split up into teams and toured around Leh. My group was Pia and Cleo. The instructors gave us a list of places to visit. We went downhill first all the way to the Hospital and the boys school. Then, we went all the way uphill......Read More

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Getting the Leh of the land

Jacob Page, Participant

Yesterday, July 12, our adventurous group ventured into the thriving metropolis of Leh, Ladakh. After completing our mid course surveys, we had time to explore the unknown in this historic city. Soon into our adventure, we stumbled across a dried......Read More

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Dear Indus River

Claire Foley, Participant

Dear Indus River, You inspire me to take photos. Whenever you are in the photo, it is a great photo. The other day I woke up very early, so I decided to watch the sunrise. I walked to where I saw the sun rising. This brought me to the edge of......Read More

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Thank You SECMOL students

Abbey Ende, Participant

Thank you SECMOL students for: 1. Teaching the beauty of making quick, lasting friends 2. Taking pride and ownership of the work you do 3. Having 3 tea times in a day (now a necessity for me) 4. Understanding the importance of having a sense of......Read More

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A Breath of Thin Air

Abbey Ende, Participant

I constantly gasp Ladakh’s thin air, searching for more oxygen, but it is in this place that I feel I can finally breathe. I’m without hoards of people in a glamorous city life, yet still come across glamor in the seasoned smiles of......Read More

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Mt. SECMOL

Pia Scharfenberg, Participant

Starting at 5:00 AM SECMOL time, 4:00 actual/Leh time, dragons grouped together with our water bottles filled and our headlights on and ready. SECMOL is one hour ahead of Leh time on account of the community’s reliance on sunlight to complete......Read More

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A Day in Leh

Pia Scharfenberg, Participant

Leh is filled with all types of people, from dried fruit vendors that each of us has visited multiple times and aggressive pashmina scarf salesmen to monks in all red outfits and tourists with sunglasses and a hand perched on their head to block out......Read More

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SECMOL

Penelope Thorntorn, Participant

Currently at SECMOL (Students Educational Cultural Movement Of Ladakh), a beautiful environmentally sustainable campus filled with incredibly inspiring students. We have a tightly packed schedule that consists of: Breakfast, Work Hour, Dragons......Read More

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Dear Bomb Guard

Sophia Li, Participant

Dear Bomb Guard, You have opened my eyes to the landfills that are slowly becoming the world we inhabit. You show us that, although waste may be invisible to some, it is always there, infecting our water and plaguing our land. Seeing you has made me......Read More