Our Winter Immersion Program is designed to give college students a window into the world of Nepali culture, art, and development. In the three weeks that students are here, they will learn how to cook a Nepali meal, practice woodcarving and pottery with traditional Newari artisans, and learn about the challenges of social innovation at the National Innovation Center’s sites in Lamjung and Sindhupalchok.
Students will also attend regular, structured seminars to explore the the impact of their experiences on their assumptions, ideas, prejudices, and framework for viewing the world. There will be a small amount of required reading and we strongly encourage keeping a written or creative record of your experience, whether that is a private journal, blog, sketchpad, or scrapbook.
Itinerary and Activities
Wed, Dec 21-Wed, Jan 11
Students will receive a detailed schedule and travel itinerary as their departure date approaches.
Week 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Welcome Dinner Visits to major tourist sites in the valley, including Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupas, all three Durbar Squares, and Pashupati Temple.
Week 2-3: Visits to Pokhara, Innovation Lab sites, and rural schools.
Throughout the two weeks, students will attend presentations on Nepali political history, entrepreneurship, development, journalism and earthquake reconstruction, as well as regularly scheduled seminars.