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Settling into Urban Homestays

Instructors, Instructor

Wow, the time has been passing so quickly! We already find ourselves settling into our urban homestays in the ancient Newari city of Patan, which we reached Monday evening. This is an exciting time when students get to continue their Nepali language......Read More

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Contributions to the Community of Ale Gaun

Hayden and Isabelle, Participant

Every morning in the village, we were startled awake by the sound of chickens clucking and fires crackling. Although feeling groggy, we were encouraged to get out of bed by the smell of दुधको चिया (milk tea) and रोटि......Read More

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We Are…

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family back home, As we transition from our mid-course process into the longest portion of our course, our urban homestays, we wanted to share with you from an activity that our group completed yesterday. Students were given prompts......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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When In Nepal

Amy and Lena, Participant

In Nepal, Cities lie between mountain tops and cicadas chirp louder than honking cars Green terraces hide houses made of stone, and instead of cars in the streets, animals roam The only constant is the falling rain, and cities go dark for hours each......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Finding a New Home

Sophie Popiashvili and Tea Bishop, Participant

The peaceful village Surrounded by calming sounds The beautiful views   Meeting my Sangha, I said Namaste, Unsure of what else to say. They greeted me with warm smiles. I watched their daily life unfold, and tried to do my part in the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Alegaun Homestay

George Koral, Participant

For the past 4-5 days we have all been in a village near the top of a hill, with our homestay families. When I first arrived at my homestay, I (along with many others) was disoriented at first, but I managed to adjust to the much more rural......Read More

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God Always Lived In Nature

Team Nepal, Instructor

The past few days we have spent our time in the village called Ale Gaun and the beauty of this place reminds me that God always lives in nature. You can see this very visually here how the traditional things have followed generation by generation.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Namaste from Namo Buddha!

Gigi Schrier, Isabelle Watson, Hayden Randolph, Participant

Namaste! We just spent several days at a mountain top retreat full of monks and nuns.  After our time at the retreat we are feeling newly energized and ready to take on our rural homestays....Read More

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Moving to Namo Buddha

Instructors, Instructor

After two fun-filled days in Gundu, working in the fields and talking about ideas of service and development, we have shifted to our next destination, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery called Namo Buddha, where we are undertaking a three-day retreat.......Read More

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Michael joins us!

Shanti Magar, Instructor

One of our group members, Michael, has now arrived in Nepal this evening! We have been very excited to welcome him and have him with us for the rest of the course! He is very happy to meet his group members and to be here with us!  ...Read More

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Transition to Gundu Farm

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and families, After the first 3 days of full orientation in Bhaktapur, we are now all set to travel outside of the guest house and into the bulk of our course in Nepal. Today we hiked to the nearby village of Gundu where we are visiting......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Our Trip to Bhaktapur!

Amy, George, and Gigi, Participant

Upon first arriving to Nepal, we wouldn’t dare to imagine the independence that we would be given on our first ever outing. Walking through the gates of Bhaktapur city, just the three of us, was intimidating. We were nervous. We stuck out. We......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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Team Momo Bhaktapur Experience

Lena, Tea, AJ, Hayden, Participant

Although we were nervous when we were assigned to find our way back from a city which none of us were familiar with, we were eager to explore the city and determined to win the scavenger hunt. We found that the streets of Bhaktapur were bustling yet......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

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First Day Out in Bhakatpur

Isabelle, Sophie, James, Participant

When our instructors put us into three groups and told us to head off into the city of Bhaktapur by ourselves, we were quite surprised. All we were given was a map, a list of things to find, and 500 rupees, and a few hours to explore. The city was......Read More