- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: India, Nepal
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins, Homestay, Hotel, Other
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Affiliation: Gap Year Association
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships
- Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
Embark on the journey of a lifetime as we experience the rich cultures, numerous religions, ancient histories, and indefatigable energy of Nepal and India. We travel as a small group, allowing us to see remote regions and immerse ourselves in the culture.
Coming together with two different environmental organizations, we work hand in hand with local conservationists to study the threats to survival of the majestic snow leopard, endangered sloth bear and Indian elephant. Partnering with a local non-profit, we learn about a sustainable, affordable, and disaster-resistant building method that is being used to support communities displaced by the 2015 earthquake. Trekking through the mystical mountain trails of the Annapurna range, we test our endurance inspired by the glacial peaks of the Nepali Himalayas. Rising early for morning meditation, we dive into the great practice of Buddhism at a Monastic Institute outside of Pokhara, Nepal. Stepping foot onto a unique demonstration farm, we learn about a well known bio-intensive farming technique that has been adapted to Nepal’s climate, soil, and landscape to benefit local farmers. After living in and exploring two of the world’s most fascinating countries, we leave our semester with broader perspectives and a new fascination for this part of the world.