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Dear Flushable Toilets

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Dear Flushable Toilets, Why? You suck for people and the environment. You are so pointless. Reasons Why Flushable Toilets Suck: 1. You sit, not squat. Sitting on the toilet is not preferable for the easy flow of “solid waste.” Also, this......Read More

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Tuesday, July 10th findings:

Justine Corrigan, Participant

Our first day at SECMOL was hot and beautiful. Their campus is entirely sustainable and student-led. Everything is solar-powered, and they divide campus work amongst themselves such as cooking, gardening, and cleaning. We attended English......Read More

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Some Surprises

Courtney Norteman, Participant

1. Cold at night means COLD at night 2. There ARE flies this high 3. Dogs love to bark at night in Leh 4. Even though SECMOL counts as Learning Service, we’re doing the learning here 5. Turns out I do like tea. Milk tea specifically 6. I miss......Read More

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Ladakh

Courtney Norteman, Participant

I think Ladakh is quiet because people do not feel the need to take up space here. It seems like there is room for everything. There is room for the animals and the people. The monasteries and the military bases. The locals and the tourists. The......Read More

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SECMOL

Finely Shepard, Participant

SECMOL, or students educational and cultural movement of Ladahk is set beautifully in a valley of tall barren mountains on the side of the Indus River. The school is run very efficiently by students and is only helped by a few volunteers and......Read More

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Ladakh

Jonathan Weiss, Participant

Ladakh is a far stretch from the hustle and bustle of Delhi and stereotypical India. The journey from Delhi to Leh was complex, as our first flight was forced to return to Delhi when we were at least 70% due to a mechanical issue. Ladakh was well......Read More

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Monday, July 9th

Justine Corrigan, Participant

I woke up a tad bit late this morning (7:40) at Angmo’s guest house and frantically packed all of my things before breakfast at 8 where we enjoyed eggs and my favorite milk tea in Ladakh so far. Then, we were given teams and a list of......Read More

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The First Trek.

Jonathan Weiss, Participant

After staying a few days in Leh we took a bus to the starting point of our first trek. In this trek each day we trekked from one village to another and slept in a guest house. The first day was hard because it was the first exercise that the group......Read More

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Update from SECMOL!

Instructor Team - Christy, Uttara, & Aditya, Participant

Dear family and friends of the North India 4-week crew, It’s hard for us to believe that halfway point of our course is nearing! We have been having such a great time and feel blessed to be on this adventure with such a wonderful group of......Read More

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Barefoot

Claire Brady, Participant

Yak of the Week

I have come to appreciate the barefoot culture here in Ladakh. Walking into the humble home we are staying in, the soft and cool wood against my warm felt is something I have started to crave. The labor and effort put into the construction of the......Read More

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Ladakh is quiet

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Arriving after the bustle of Delhi, the world seemed to stand still. All of a sudden we are surrounded by inspiring mountains and humbling monasteries; it’s no wonder that Ladakh values its quiet. The quiet makes me feel more in tune; my......Read More

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Ladakh is…

Sophia Li, Participant

A sanctuary tucked away from the rest of the world within the beautiful, barren Himalayan mountains. Milk tea in the early mornings when the air still holds the chill of the night. Walks along the creek whenever I have the chance. A compost toilet......Read More

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Ladakh is…

Claire Brady, Participant

Ladakh is home to grinning “julleys!” And prayer flags waving in the Himalayan breeze on the top of every home. It is a place of homemade noodles and veggie dishes, and barley fields, and steep rocky desert mountains. It is a place of......Read More

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Million year old mountains

Penelope, Participant

Ladakh is a beautiful mountainous region with small streams and rivers running through the valleys. The water creates life in a place that would otherwise be inhospitable due to its extreme altitude. Monasteries dot the mountain sides and it feels......Read More

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Trek Update

Jackson Cooper, Dragons Admin

The group has finished the second day of their trek. After a long day of hiking, they arrived at their host village and were happily welcomed with warm cups of mint, black, AND milk tea and a wealth of biscuits. Everyone is doing well and in good......Read More