Nepal Educator Proposed Itinerary

Our Nepal Educator course itinerary is designed to give participants an experiential skills training in facilitating student programming abroad. We have minimized transitions, appropriating ample time to not only experience place, but also to engage in meta-level conversations and workshops. Based in the Kathmandu Valley, we move from orientation and framing, to a several-day urban home-stay where we engage local community members and organizations, exploring topics of comparative religion and development. From Kathmandu valley, we depart on a three-day rugged village expedition and community stay. Returning to our entry-point we focus on guided reflection, transference and course wrap up. This itinerary offers opportunities to build skills around managing student groups in urban and rural environments, facilitating home-stays, service learning, rugged travel and wilderness time, and teaching to comparative religion, development, and language.

Day 1: Arrival - Bhaktapur Participants should plan to arrive no later than 4 pm on July 1st. Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and drive 20 minutes east to the ancient city of Bhaktapur – city of devotees. Check into Bhaktapur Guest House. Depending on time of day and level of energy, start orientation activities and rest.
Day 2: Bhaktapur Start the day with an early morning walk to a nearby temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Breakfast at BGH, followed by orientation and container building activities throughout the morning. After lunch, participants will explore the medieval city of Bhaktapur in small groups through a scavenger hunt.
Day 3: Bhaktapur Following breakfast, an introduction to the key themes and program structure, health and safety briefing, as well as cultural do’s and don’ts. We will have lunch in Durbar “the King’s” square and spend the afternoon having a tour with Anil Chitrakar.
Days 4-8: Patan We will settle into home-stays in the city of Patan for 4 days. During this time, participants will have an opportunity to either develop an independent study project or an individual service project. Language classes will be offered for those who are interested. This time will afford us the opportunity to explore the spirit and body of Kathmandu valley through field trips, lectures, and activities. Some of the themes that we will explore are: the spiritual and religious traditions of Nepal; the country’s quest for “development” with its attendant social and political challenges; the socio-economic and political challenges that this young democracy is trying to grapple with.
Day 9: Ghorka Drive to Gorkha, the old capital of King Prithivinarayan Shah, the unifier and founder of modern Nepal. Visit the old palace and explore the rustic town. Much of it affected by the earthquake.
Day 10-12: Village Hike Hike to a village ravaged by the earthquake and camp there for the next two days. Work on a community service project. Get first hand knowledge of the reconstruction process at the grassroots level.
Day 13-14: Kathmandu Valley Drive back to Kathmandu Valley and settle into a guest house near Boudhanath Stupa. We will begin transference activities.
Day 15: Fly home Participants should plan to depart anytime after 9 pm on July 15th.