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Nepal - Winter Break 2020

Nepal, Service and Cultural Adventure 
December 29, 2019 – January 12, 2019  
3 Credits

Program Sheet: 
Nepal, Winter Break 



The Country
Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between Tibet and India.  A monarchy for hundreds of years, Nepal was declared a republic in June 2008.   The country provides a rich history, with diverse landscapes and cultures.  It is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and variation in altitude.  It contains eight of the world's ten highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world’s tallest.  In addition, Nepal is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Many Nepalese follow either the Hindu or Buddhist religions, and many of the oldest and most historic temples of both religions can be found here.

The Course: GLS-120 Education Experience Abroad
 
This course focuses on two unique service projects in Nepal.   The first involves assisting at a school for underprivileged children, the Orchid Garden.  The school assists disadvantaged families who do not have the means to provide a full education. You will work on a facility improvement project along with assisting with daily activities with the school. The second project will involve service work in a village, such as painting the community school and other related projects.   Nepal is not a wealthy country, and hundreds of thousands of weakly constructed buildings collapsed during the 2015 earthquake.  Those in the rural areas that we will visit still need considerable help.
 
You will stay in 3 different cities: Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Syastri Village. You will experience the capital and economic center of Nepal in Kathmandu. Pokhara is a lakeside city in the Annapurna Mountains and offers a beautiful setting from which our trek to a local village will occur. The Syastri Village is a rural area of modest accommodations where we will complete earthquake relief projects. Visiting different areas of Nepal will give you a well-rounded understanding of the diversity of living conditions and culture of the area.  A cultural highlight will be a flight tour of the Himalayas, from which we will view a number of the tallest peaks in the world, including the highest of them all, Mt. Everest.

Program Highlights:
  • Complete two local service projects in Nepal
  • Welcome dinner and cultural dance at an authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Excursion to Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Patan City accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.
  • Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest
  • Excursion to Bhaktapur City as per the itinerary in a private vehicle accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.
  • Nepalese Wood Carving Workshop accompanied by local expert
  • Thangka Painting School with the orientation about traditional Thangka
  • Excursion to Pottery square in Bhaktapur and Clay Pottery Workshop with local guide
  • Rafting experience with expert guide
  • Excursion to Swayambhunath Stupa and visit to Kathamndu Durbar Square
  • Farewell dinner at Rumdoodle Restaurant, which is one of the most famous restaurants for the mountaineers

Estimated Program Fee:  $3,950 
$1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship Available

Includes:                    
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some Meals
  • Cultural excursions
  • Most In-Country Transportation
  • Training costs
 
Does not include:
  • Tuition: 3 credits, spring 2020
  • Passport Fee
  • Personal Expenses

 Program Contacts:
Jeff Sherman, Professor – Sociology
Cedar Hall, 3025
jsherma@kirkwood.edu
319-398-5532
 
Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall
ken.nesbett@kirkwood.edu
319-398-449