Study Abroad In Nepal In Conjunction with the University of Vermont
Changing Communities: Trekking the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
In this off-campus program, we will explore the history of the Mustang region of Nepal to understand how global forces are affecting geographically isolated communities. Based in one of the most remote sections of Nepal on the border with Tibet, the program will introduce you to a community undergoing profound transitions—culturally, socially, politically, linguistically, and religiously. Through a ten-day initial orientation in Burlington, and then four weeks in Nepal, we will examine how this Tibetan Buddhist area has adapted to those changes, and what strategies have emerged for facing further changes in the future.
Legacy of a Class & Students
This class has been run for the past three years and has been incredibly well enrolled throughout. Each of the students gets a chance to connect deeply with Nepal and Mustang and most of them have chosen to maintain that relationship. Some have gone on to study Nepal, do their thesis work on the region or even return to this area in Nepal to volunteer in some of the places that they fell in love with. Working with the students and UVM has been a joy!