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DAYS 1-2: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL & ORIENTATION

Fly into the stunning Kathmandu Valley, framed against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayan Mountains. After a long flight, the group retreats to our hotel near Kathmandu. After resting up, we begin the trip with orientation activities and a visit to some of Kathmandu’s most important landmarks. This includes the Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world, and Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, which sits atop a mountain with beautiful 360 degree views of the valley below.

DAYS 4-6: BANDIPUR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

While staying in the charming remote village of Bandipur, students dive into earthquake relief initiatives at a local school. Get ready to roll up you sleeves and get to work! Tasks include rebuilding walls, laying foundation for new classrooms, and clearing vegetation and debris. There is ample time to participate in daily exchange activities with school children, such as learning local dances and to explore the natural beauty of the region.

DAYS 7-8: LUMBINI, BIRTHPLACE OF THE BUDDHA

Transfer by bus to Lumbini where we visit Maya Devi Temple, the birthplace of Buddha. We also visit the World Peace Pagoda Stupa and see the many monasteries built by different countries, each in their own style and architecture, to mark this sacred location. The next morning, we meet with Buddhist monks in training. We spend a “day in the life”of these 8-14 year olds, learning about their experiences, meditating, playing soccer, and teaching English through games and activities that we design.

DAYS 8-9: BHAKTAPUR, KATHMANDU, AND HOME

We return by bus to Kathmandu to prepare for our departure. We have time to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we can visit the pottery market, the famous peacock window, as well as the five-story Nyatapola, the highest pagoda temple of Nepal. We shop for final souvenirs and then enjoy a farewell dinner at nice restaurant in Kathmandu. The next morning we start our journey home, sorry to go, but excited to share our experiences with friends and family.