Fall 2017

 

Colorado, USA (September 14 to 17):

Sept. 14 to 17: Rocky Mountains: 
For three days team members will live together in residence at the YMCA of the Rockies Conference Center in Estes Park, Colorado. In the midst of this spectacular Rocky Mountain setting they will take part in a series of orientation workshops covering topics such as team building, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, and more, in preparation for their time abroad.

Sept. 17 to 19: Flight to Nepal:
The team will depart Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on the morning of Sept. 17.   They will fly together from Denver, across the Pacific Ocean, to Kathmandu, Nepal.  On route, there will be an overnight layover in Bangkok on the night of Sept. 18.  They arrive in Kathmandu on Sept. 19.

 

Nepal (September 19 to October 18):

Sept. 19 to 21: Kathmandu:
The team will have two and a half days to begin exploring the colorful and exotic capital city of Nepal.

Sept. 21 to 27: City Home Stay:
During this full week, team members will learn first-hand about city life in Kathmandu while living with a Nepalese family.  They will also help out by volunteering to work on a community project.  On Sept. 27, they travel by bus to Pokhara, with a segment of the journey done by whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River.

Sept. 27 to 29: Pokhara:
Time to explore this beautiful city at the base of Annapurna Mountain range and to prepare for the upcoming Himalayan trek.

Sept. 29 to Oct. 7: Himalayan Mountain Trek:
Nine-day hike in the Himalayan Mountains, through Nepalese villages, to Annapurna Base Camp, which is surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain peaks and spectacular scenery. Return to Pokhara on Oct. 7.

Oct. 7 to 9: Pokhara:
Rest and recovery from the trek.  More time to explore Pokhara. Travel by bus back to Kathmandu on Oct. 9.

Oct. 9 to 11: Kathmandu:
Time for further exploration of Kathmandu. On Oct. 11, the team will travel by bus to the village of Lapsephedi and move in with village home stay families.

Oct. 11 to 17: Village Home Stay:
A full week living with families in the small rural village of Lapsephedi.  The team will learn about Nepalese village life by living it themselves, and also help out by volunteering to work on community projects.  Travel by bus from the village back to Kathmandu on Oct. 17, and overnight in Kathmandu.

Oct. 18: Fly from Kathmandu to Delhi, India.

 

India (October 18 to December 3):

Oct. 18 to 20: Delhi:
Two days to begin exploring India’s bustling capital city, including sites such as Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), the Red Fort, Humayan’s Tomb, the National Museum, Raj Ghat, the Gandhi museum, and city markets.  Travel by train to Agra on Oct. 20.

Oct. 20 to 22: Agra: 
Visits to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Free time.  Travel by bus from Agra to Jaipur on the afternoon of Oct. 22.

Oct. 22 to 27: Jaipur: 
For five days the team will live with host families in this colorful, culturally rich, bustling capital city of Rajasthan.  Each day will start with a yoga class, followed by survival Hindi language lessons.  Days will be rounded out with excursions to local sites and workshops on various aspects of India’s culture and history.  Travel by overnight train on Oct. 27 to Udaipur.

Oct. 28 to 29: Udaipur:
The team will have a day and a half to begin exploring one of India’s most colorful and romantic cities. They will also attend a workshop on Batik art and visit to a local NGO for an introductory talk on development issues in local Adivasi (tribal) communities. Travel to the Adivasi village of Jhadol on the afternoon of Oct. 29.

Oct. 29 to Nov. 5: Village Home Stay:
During this week the team will live with host families in the small rural village of Jhadol near Udaipur. Time will be spent helping families with household chores and with work in the fields.  Team members will also volunteer  on community projects, including the ongoing construction of a local school, and help out by teaching and running activities with children at local schools. On Nov. 5, the team will return by bus to Udaipur.

Nov. 5 to 7: Udaipur:
Time to continue exploring Udaipur. Reflection on this section of the Indian experience.  Travel by bus on Nov. 7 from Udaipur to Jodhpur.

Nov. 7 to 9: Jodhpur:
Time to explore the “blue city” and its massive fort, Meherangarh.  Travel by train to Jaisalmer on Nov. 9.

Nov. 9 to 14: Jaisalmer and Desert Camel Safari:
This colorful Rajasthan City, perched on the edge of the vast Thar Desert, is one of the most fascinating and unique corners of the Indian cultural mosaic.  The team will have two days to explore Jaisalmer before setting off into the surrounding desert on camel back.  For three days, the team will learn first-hand about desert life while out on safari.  Travel by overnight train from Jaisalmer to Delhi on Nov. 14.

Nov. 15 to 16: Delhi:
Time for further exploration of Delhi.  Overnight train to Dharamsala on Nov. 16.

Nov. 17 to Dec. 1: Dharamsala:
This small town, tucked in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains of northwestern India, is home to the Tibetan government in exile and a large population of Tibetan refugees, including their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. For two weeks, team members live in  homes with Tibetan families. Days will be spent working on a variety of community service projects within the Tibetan community and taking part in set activities to enhance their understanding of Tibetan culture, history and contemporary issues. There is an optional introductory meditation course/retreat practiced in the Tibetan tradition. The team will also do a day hike in the Himalayan foothills above Dharamsala. Travel by bus to Amritsar on Dec. 1.

Dec. 1 to 2: Amritsar:
The team will live with other “pilgrims” in residence at the Golden Temple. While staying here, they will learn about this holiest of sites for the Sikh faith.  They will also have the opportunity to attend an India-Pakistan border ceremony.  Travel overnight back to Delhi on Dec. 2.

Dec. 3: Fly from Delhi to Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Thailand (December 3 to 13):

Dec. 3 to 5: Bangkok:
Time to begin exploring this great Asia capital, including such sites as the Grand Palace, the floating markets, and the National Museum. On the evening of Dec. 5, the team will board an overnight train heading to the southern islands.

Dec. 6 to 11: Southern Islands:
Time to explore and enjoy spectacular beaches, crystal clear waters, and abundant underwater wildlife for which Thailand is renowned. Return to mainland and travel by overnight train to Bangkok on Dec. 11.

Dec. 12 to 13: Bangkok:
Final exploration of Bangkok.  Program wrap-up and preparation for return home. On Dec. 13, the team will fly together from Bangkok back to Los Angeles, California, and then onward individually to each team member’s final home destination.