Students taking part in Wheaton’s study abroad program in partnership with Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan this semester spent three days helping with reconstruction of Konchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang. The temple was destroyed in a fire in 2010 and reconstruction began in October 2012.
Kuensel Online, a Bhutan daily news website, featured a story about their efforts, which included moving rocks, plastering walls, pounding clay and putting bricks together.
“The main objective is to give back to the country in the form of such social service,” Wheaton Professor Bruce Owens, resident director for the program, was quoted saying in the article. “It’s special for our students to realize that the work that they’ve done here will be around for hundreds and thousands of years.”
The students told the writer for the daily that it was fun and rewarding to be able to do the work and make a small contribution.