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

Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia

Reflections

Not all the cultural adjustments were uncomfortable, and some were wonderful. It was marvelous having the Boudhanath stupa ten minutes from home, and the gentleness of the people there was a refreshing change from self-centered New Yorkers. Being constantly offered food and hospitality was also very sweet. There is a lot more respect and independence (paradoxically as well as community spirit) than I’m used to living with."

- Mikaela, Personal Passage 2008

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Passage International

"After a short drive from the airport I arrive at a beautiful home in the city where I'm greeted by my program director Vidhea and her 25 year old son Yanik. We get to know one another over tea, and the ease with which they open up to me about their own lives and perceptions makes me feel right at home. It is evident that this small but intensely warm family has been fighters from the beginning. A lover of music and the arts, and a performer herself, it is amazing to fathom how she still manages to find time to devote to philanthropic causes as well as handling her own business, The Passage Project. Here is someone who truly knows the meaning of freedom, both mental and physical, having overcome everything from the ties of tradition and political instability to the throes of a battle with cancer."

- Kristen, Personal Passage 2008

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Independent Study Projects

"Going into the process of silver jewelry making, I must say I did not know what to expect at all. The only thing that I knew about jewelry buying or making is shopping at Tiffany and Company. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of arts and craft that I have ever done. From buying the silver and carrying it in a zip lock bag, melting it in the burning hot furnace, pouring that melting hot silver into a stick. Then hours of smashing that little silver stick into the desirable shape and form, bending and molding that shape into a bracelet. From having little silver pellets into a hard metal bracelet and polishing it, whether it is nice or not you will end up loving everything that you did, because it's your own sweat that went into it."?

- Phong Ba Le, Tibetan Summer 2006

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Homestay

"For almost seven years I have been intrigued by the Tibetan culture and history. Only through books and imagining in my mind's eye have I had a chance to experience the culture. Over the last two weeks I have been able to live everyday life; cook, clean, talk, laugh, learn, and share with a unique traditional Tibetan family. I lived with three women, from three generations. My grandmother (Momola), who is 83 years old, and my mother (Amala), were both born and grew up in Tibet. In 1959 they fled with their family and the Dalai Lama from Tibet to Nepal where they currently live and work. Tendol, my 25- year-old host sister, was born and raised in Kathmandu with her brother, sister and cousins. All but Tendol are currently studying in America or India. Their family runs a small handicrafts shop at the Boudha Stupa. This small family has graciously taken me in and included me into the folds of their everyday life, and the stories of their history. To hear the trials and triumphs, to understand the religion and culture from their point of view, to eat their amazing food and to learn their language is an experience that no book can explain, no words can describe. I thank my host family from the bottom of my heart for their openness, hospitality, history, and for including me in their story."

- Leah, Tibetan Summer 2006

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Heritage Walks

The city walks were also mind bending.  Especially how the city planners in these ancient cities managed water and waste – they did a much better job than Nepal or the USA is doing right now I think."

- Logan D.A. Williams, Personal Passage 2009

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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