Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
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Students on the Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program enjoy a six-week homestay experience with a Tibetan family in Kathmandu. Students share daily activities with their host families and are frequently invited to larger family gatherings as well as cultural events and outings. Through homestay, students have an opportunity to practice language skills at the same time as learning local manners, customs, and traditions. Homestay is often considered one of the highlights of the program, and students usually become very close with their homestay family.
Other accommodations during the program include guesthouses, hostels, educational institutions and/or small hotels. The group may do some camping while on Himalayan treks.
|In the words of the program's senior academic advisor and Tibetan scholar Hubert Decleer:
"Homestay families are likely to take students in tow to major events, whether public or involving the extended family. Almost by osmosis, students pick up a number of good habits, which may become second-nature long before students realize it, but which people in Kyirong, Khumbu, or Shey Gompa recognize at a glance and highly appreciate.
"The homestay is a great experience, for many unforgettable, causing tears at parting time. The contacts between students and their host families in some cases have been maintained for more than twenty years."
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Kathmandu
Language Study: Nepali, Tibetan
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