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    Carpe Diem Education | India & Nepal Semester: Spirituality & Climate Change

    Carpe Diem Education | India & Nepal Semester: Spirituality & Climate Change


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: India, Nepal
    • Credit Awarded: College
    • Program Length: Semester
    • Start Month: February, September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Homestay, Other, Tents
    • Application Fee: $100
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Other, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
    • Call: (877) 285-1808
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    Come face-to-face with complex social structures, diverse religions, and the intersection of tradition and change. In India and Nepal, you’ll explore another part of the world - and yourself - that will transform your perspectives on culture, climate, and spirituality forever.

    In India, find a convergence of ancient traditions and the embodiment of paradox as this modern nation of 1.3 billion models rapid economic and technological change. Trek through the Himalayas in Nepal where you’ll find peace and serenity in remote communities against the backdrop of eight of the world’s highest peaks. This Carpe Diem experience is irresistible to the most adventurous rappers - students on this semester emerge as self-directed and resilient world travelers.

    • Explore spirituality: Craft a deeper awareness of the myriad of religious and spiritual practices in this region of the world
    • Make it yourself: Learn from self-sustaining craftsmen and artisans as they share how tradition intersects with modern-day commerce
    • Trek the Himalayas: There's no other mountain range like it on Earth, and you'll traverse the remote mountainside, meeting new friends in remote locations along the way
    • Find both peace and chaos: Develop an ability to navigate among throngs of thousands of people and on empty mountainsides
    • Go inward: Spend a week practicing yoga and meditation alongside the Ganges River, discuss purpose with Buddhist monks, and spend time in retreat

    Cost and Session Information

    Price Details
    Program tuition includes all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. Keep in mind, when budgeting, that international airfare and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at $1600 - $1800; internal India flight estimated $200 - $300; visa fees estimated at $150.

    What's Included
    Airport Transfers 
    Travel Insurance

    What's Not Included


    • My semester in India was the most incredible experience of my life! A few years ago I completed at NOLS course and during that trip I wrote in my journal that my next dream was to go to India. After completing two years of college I was ready to make that dream a reality. I considered another NOLS course but wanted a bigger experience that included being a part of another culture. After a ton of research the Carpe Diem program was the standout because it combined adventure travel with volunteerism and homestays. We traveled far and wide by plane, bus, train and tuk tuks; we saw everything from the craziness of the cities to the wide-open peace of the mountains; we ate every kind of Indian food imaginable and street food was our favorite; we volunteered for amazing organizations like Mother Theresa's Home in Kolkata, a school called SECMOL high in the Himalayas, and an organic farm; we traveled to the most amazing ancient places; and we worked as a group and learned to support and love each other. Every sense - sight, sound, touch and smell - was stimulated beyond belief. It was MIND BLOWING!!!

      - Tucker - August 23, 2019
    • Traveling to India with Carpe Diem Education was definitely one of the best decision I have made in my life so far. India was a dream of mine for awhile and to be able to have had such an amazing trip is a blessing. The group of people I traveled with became my lifelong friends and my overseas educators became my lifelong role models. I knew I would get along with the group because out of the 327.2 million people in the US, 7 of us ended up in the same spot wanting the same thing. Anyways, having amazing people in my group was just the icing on the cake, as for my experience in India is something I can never forget. The itinerary was beautifully thought out and we did so many enriching activities. We were always volunteering in multiple different cities and states, participating in challenging activities to push our limits to achieve a better you, such as an living ashram life on the Ganges river or trekking along the Himalayas. We ate the most amazing food in some of the highest quality restaurants and as well as at the best street vendors, we became best friends with the contacts Carpe had out there, and were just be able to be living in the moment everyday so easily. Carpe Diem made sure we were experiencing as much as we could while focusing on the importance of education. I loved India and everything about it. I think about the trip all the time and can not wait until I can make my way back out there. With that being said I highly recommend this trip and to those who have read this far I hope you choose this program and have the best time! :)

      - Isabel - August 20, 2019