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

Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia

Independent Study Projects

There are many opportunities to learn and to give through your experiences in Nepal, so many it may be difficult to choose. Passage gives you a taste of some of your options. If you have a special area of interest in which you would like to learn but which is not mentioned in the application form, let us know and we can try to arrange a mentor for you. If you would like to take up volunteer services as an ISP instead (which means concentrating more time there), this can usually be arranged. Availability of teachers varies from semester to semester. Making your own arrangements is part of the learning process. Many of the mentors have worked with students. Each year we add new ones. Your response is a valuable aid in future programming.

By volunteering with a social service organization you may express your support for someone in a difficult circumstance here. We link you up with opportunities. Checking them out is an empowering experience itself. In a short time you will learn more about yourself, the city, and what offers suit you best.

Besides the skills of their profession, these mentors have taught us that the best way to get the most out of your time with them is to be mentally prepared to focus during your short time together. We try to find people to participate in our program who enjoy the cultural exchange and mutual pleasure of interaction with students. They commit to spending time with you and fitting you into their working lives when the Passage schedule allows. They ask in return that you think about what you want to commit to, and do what you say you are going to do.

Seek help from the coordinators and your friends in making a valid choice for your ISP. Generally you will learn more if you stick with your mentor and concentrate your attention on all you can learn in one major and, if another is desired, a minor. Beware of spreading yourself thin and later regretting it is over so fast. Likewise, when you volunteer, the relationships you build and the methodologies you learn in one setting will be more meaningful to you and to those you serve if you are there enough to make a deeper contribution rather than a cameo appearance. To relish this opportunity while you have it is a simple expression of respect for gurus, master teachers, mentors, or employers (even on a volunteer basis), that is traditionally part of Nepali and most other eastern cultures.

Determined by each student's interests, ISPs usually range from community and humanitarian projects to arts, music or philosophical understudy. The extensive variety of ISPs available allows students to explore new interests and to pursue academic or career resources. The ISPs are developed around specific projects that our students can complete by the end of the term. Students find that the daily routine and responsibilities that accompany an ISP help them integrate quickly into their surroundings.

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