June 8 to June 25, 2020
New York – JFK
The next two days will be spent acclimating and visiting various UNESCO World Heritage sites, along with the Shechen Monastery. After this introduction to Nepali culture, the group will drive to Salleri, a village in the remote Solukhumbu region. After they arrive, they will settle into a guesthouse in Salleri near the project site. During their stay, the group will spend their nights at The Small World’s volunteer guest house, which was constructed using eco-friendly and earthquake resistant building techniques. However, 15,000 classrooms across the country were damaged, and thousands of Nepalis lost their homes. In response, the group will help construct a new earthquake resistant home for 100 children who were displaced by the earthquakes.
During their time in Salleri, the group will work shoulder-to-shoulder with TSW staff and skilled local artisans from the villages to help construct an earthquake resistant home for 100 children who were displaced by the 2015 earthquakes. During the project phase, they will also create friendships with the 40 young women living in the dormitory who have overcome incredible challenges to earn their high school diplomas and pursue college degrees. After several days in Salleri, the group will trek along classic trekking trails, seeing Sherpa villages, and stopping at a teahouse one night. Students will hike for three days through isolated villages, experience a Buddhist poja ceremony, visit a Tibetan refugee camp, and possibly see views of Mt. Everest if the sky is clear.
After the days of trekking, students will return to Salleri and wrap up work their project work, visit children at school and cook Nepali meals. These diverse experiences will highlight the culture, compassion, and gratitude of our Nepali hosts and the values of ethical leadership.
The Small World works to provide education for children, women’s empowerment, and opportunities for local communities to break the cycle of poverty. To learn more, please visit their website.
The students will spend over a week constructing an earthquake resistant children’s home in the village of Salleri. They will also visit the Salleri girls’ dorm and a Tibetan refugee camp.
Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.
This course includes four or five days of Himalayan trekking through strikingly beautiful mountainous terrain. Students carry small packs during this adventure, so it is critical that participants actively prepare prior to travel so they are physically fit.
While in Salleri, the group will stay at The Small World’s volunteer guesthouse. During the trek, the students will sleep in guesthouses.
After a couple days in Kathmandu, the group will spend a day driving to the Solukhumbu district where they will spend a majority of their time. At the conclusion of the trek, they will also drive back to Kathmandu.
The group will spend time with the girls and young women at TSW’s dorm in Salleri. They will also stay at volunteer guesthouses on the nights of their treks.
In addition to spending the first and last days of the course in the major city of Kathmandu, most of the days will be spent in rural Solokhumbu region. The group will also visit several remote villages during their trek.
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Nepal program from the important viewpoint of our students.