Passage International : Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia

Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia


Anil Chitrakar - The Man behind ECCA-Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness, Anil trained in the United States as an engineer and energy planner. He implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal, and developed an ecologically sustainable, hydropower project for Nepal. He received an Ashoka Fellowship for launching Environmental Camps and launched the Kathmandu 2020 campaign aimed at envisioning and attaining a better future for Kathmandu by mobilizing its residents. Anil ventured funds for environmental groups with support from USAID and is one of the 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” awardees -1993.

Dr. Aruna Uprety - Dr. Uprety is active in women’s/children’s issues. She is a savior of trafficked girls and founded Rural Health and Education Trust in 1995. Dr. Uprety has lived and worked with Afghan women in Kabul in the aftermath of the US-led war against the Taliban.

N.P Lama – Known more commonly by his title Amchi-la (translation: Respected Doctor) he is the Director of Shelkar Tibetan Medical Institute, Boudha, Kathmandu. Amchi-la holds a B.S degree in Botany, B.A.S.M from the Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine and studied Tibetan medicine from several famous Tibetan Amchis, including the late Dr. Tenzin Choedak, senior physician to H.H The Dalai Lama. Amchi-La has translated many works, including ‘A Clean Mirror of Tibetan Medicinal Plants’ written by Dr. Dawa, Medical Director and a doctor to H.H The Dalai Lama.

Dr. Rishi Koirala M.D. (Ay.) - Dr. Koirala is an ayurveda physician and Director of Ayurveda Health Home in Kathmandu. He also practices at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Kathmandu, as well as consulting at three private clinics. He holds position with the Council of Ayurvedic Medicine, Nepal Health Research Council, Himalayan Ayurveda Research Institute, Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies, and the Ayurvedic faculties of the Tribhuvan and Mahendra Sanskrit Universities. Besides Dr. Koirala has published numerous articles on Ayurveda. His expertise lies in patient care, research, herb cultivation and preservation, and natural cosmetics. He has visited Europe and the Far East to educate and treat people.

Hubert Decleer – Hubert studied History and European literature from the Regent School in Ghent, Belgium; Oriental Philosophy and History from the University of Louvain and completed a PhD thesis at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University. He pursued classical Tibetan and Buddhist studies and has worked as a fine arts apprentice, art critic, language instructor, and translator.

Rabindra Puri – Rabindra is a lecturer at the Kathmandu University, Bhaktapur in the Department of Art and Design. An architect by profession he is an authority in Hindu/Buddhist art and architecture and conservation. He received the UNESCO Award for Model House Project, 2004-2005.

Siddharth Gopalan – One of Kathmandu’s popular architects, Siddharth Gopalan is also an interior designer whose portfolio includes a resort-farmhouse in Chitwan, extensions at the Australian Embassy to Roadhouse Café, a popular eatery.

Angyal Gurung - From the Lower Mustang district of Nepal, Angyal runs a guesthouse in Jharkot village. His knowledge of the district and involvement in community development makes him an invaluable resource for students.

Kishore Gurung – Kishore lives in Darjeeling and owns the town's most professional travel agency. He is an expert on the region's history, flora and fauna.

Devendra Pandey – Devendra or ‘Bantu’ is from Varanasi and holds an advanced degree in Sociology and Statistics from Banaras Hindu University. Currently, he is also working on a Masters in Music at BHU, concentrating on the Indian drum known as Tabla, an instrument he has been playing for over 14 years. Bantu has many years of experience working with study abroad programs and is a fount of knowledge on Varanasi.

Amchi Tsewang Smanla – He is a Ladakhi physician whose main focus is on the education and training of Ladakh doctors in traditional Tibetan medicine. His aim is to build realistic and long-term efficient management of health care in rural communities.

Stobie Fairfield – Stobie lived in Nepal from 1994 until 2006. She holds a Masters in Asian Studies from Cornell University and has worked with the School for International Training and the University of Wisconsin's College Year in Nepal program. She currently freelances as a consultant to students on choosing colleges and on study abroad programs.

Sam Chapin - Sam lived in Nepal until 2004. He first came here as a student in 1990. Having coordinated and later created a study abroad program in Nepal, he has also managed event production, including the Milarepa concerts, and a digital audio and video studio. Sam is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, where he specialized in Tibetan Studies. He has traveled extensively in Nepal, Tibet and India.

Anthony Chapin - A graduate from the University of Washington, Anthony has worked for study abroad programs, is fluent in Nepali, and an experienced outdoors man. He works as a National Outdoor Leadership School instructor during the summer months.


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