Days 36 ~ 70
Weeks 6 through 10
Refreshed and invigorated, and perhaps even a few steps further along the path of enlightenment, we will depart Kopan and after a few days of transition, settle into our amazing Program House, where you will commence your urban home-stays and settle into daily life in Kathmandu! There are few cities on earth as dynamic, multi-layered and steeped in history and myth as Kathmandu. It is also home to one of the highest concentrations of UNESCO sites anywhere in the world.
Your time in Kathmandu, where you will be individually paired up with a home-stay family, will be structured very similarly to that of a local Nepali student (some of which will be your home-stay siblings!).Starting your days early, you will come Monday through Friday to the awesome Dragons Program House for daily language classes, yoga and/or meditation, instructor lessons, guest lectures, discussions, and lunch. After lunch will be your time to pursue Independent Study Projects (ISP’s), and we’ll help you find a mentor and resources according to your interests and passions. We are off from classes on weekends, so they’re a great time to spend with your home-stay families exploring the city and indulging in other cultural experiences separate from the group. Sundays are usually dedicated for student organized group excursions, visiting sacred sites and celebrating local festivals. We will wrap-up our urban home-stay experience with a family bhoj (party) where students will share their ISP experiences and thank our Kathmandu community for welcoming us into their lives.
This portion of the course, which involves a structured and rigorous academic as well as experiential curriculum, requires a healthy balance between time with your group, your gurus (teachers/instructors), your home-stay families, and your own personal space.
Students in past programs have noted the following things about the urban time in Kathmandu: jeans, t-shirts and cotton clothing are appropriate for the urban home-stay; mornings are structured until lunch; students will use public transportation to move around the city on their own; you will have the opportunity to buy traditional tailor-made clothes; language is a major component of the course; the city is polluted,congested and challenging, but students frequently comment that Kathmandu provides some of the most rewarding experiences on the course.