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    RSPN and Pobjikha Valley

    Yuri and Elana have been working as interns at the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN). This organization, as the name suggests, works to preserve and protect Bhutan’s nature—by protecting biodiversity and forestry, implementing recycling and waste management, raising awareness, and educating teachers to teach school children about nature. We are working on […] More »
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    Lungtenzampa Middle School

    We have been studying the topic: "Education in Bhutan.” Aum Nim Dem, the Registrar at RTC has served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Bhutan’s schools. She has worked in the Ministry of Education where she was in charge of non-formal education. She gave us a lecture on Education in Bhutan. In addition to […] More »
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    Youth Development Fund

    The Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) is a NGO in Thimphue committed to making every youth a leader. They offer a wide range of programs and services to ensure equal access to education, employment and opportunity for the youth of Bhutan to develop to their potential. The YDF complex in Thimphu has many facilities, including […] More »
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    RENEW

    Emilia and Lina have been interning at RENEW, the first and only organization in Bhutan that deals with gender issues, specifically gender-related violence. RENEW, or Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women, was founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck in 2004. Emilia was very excited to be working with RENEW because it […] More »
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    Kuzoo radio

    Since arriving in the Kingdom of Bhutan, Raffi and Atsu have been interning at Kuzoo FM, one of Bhutan’s major national radio stations. Kuzoo FM’s primary mission is to help the youth gain self-confidence, which is why a call-in show called Youth Unplugged is held weekly. Additionally, some local student volunteers regularly work at the […] More »
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    Taryana Volunteer Trip to Jangbi

    We decided to spend our fall break as volunteers for the Tarayana Foundation. Tarayana is a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities in Bhutan. As their webpage states: “Tarayana was established in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, to help bridge local needs of disadvantaged […] More »
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    Tshechu

    Tourists from around the world flock to Bhutan to witness a tshechu. We were very lucky to be able to attend Thimphu Tshechu on the weekend of September 17-19. The Tshechu is dedicated to Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche (Precious Master) who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The Je Khenpo, the monk who is the […] More »
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    Hiking to Phajoding

    On Friday afternoon, September 3rd, the five of us, Yuri, Sarah, Atsu, Raffi and Devon, took off on our three-day hiking trip to Phajoding, a monastery situated in the mountains surrounding Thimpu at 4000 meters altitude. . Our guide, Tsewang, and a team of four other Bhutanese men who had been hired to help the […] More »
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    Punakha

    While the rest of the group hiked up to Phajoding with Tsewang, we (Emilia, Elana, Lina, Bianca and Sue) headed to a relaxing weekend in Punakha with our guide Sonam, the brother-in- law of Tsewang. During the two and a half hour drive to Punakha, we had the opportunity to stop and see the 108 […] More »
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    Culture, Music, and Dance

    We had a very busy week.  It was filled with opportunities to learn about both traditional and contemporary Bhutanese culture music and dance.  And, we were asked to perform. Institute for Language and Culture On Friday afternoon we visited the ILCS (Institute of Language and Cultural Studies) located on one of the mountains outside of […] More »