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International Service Learning in Dharamsala, India

Organized by: Jenny Astling

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EVENT DATE Sep 01, 2014

THE STORY:

If you know me well, you know that I am passionate about Tibetan issues, culture, and religion. What's more, you know that I've been wanting to volunteer in India for some time. Well, an amazing opportunity through the University of Denver has presented itself. Through a combination of academic coursework and international service learning I can fulfill both of these interests! 

During Fall Quarter, I will engage in coursework that focuses on the Tibetan community in exile and various non-violence movements in Tibet, India, and around the world. I will explore the history and cultures of India and Tibet, with a focus on issues of non-violence, tolerance, religion, politics and human rights.

During winter break, I will then travel to Dharamsala India, home of the Tibetan community in exile (and the Dalai Lama, yay), where I will live in a local guest house and volunteer in the community for four weeks. Through service placements and cultural immersion I will gain added insight into the cultural nuances and complex issues I have been studying. My service placement will be with Lha Charitable Trust, a non-profit social work agency. Lha is a resource of education and knowledge that provides meaningful, multi-leveled social and educational services for the benefit of others. http://www.lhasocialwork.org/

As amazing as this opportunity may be, it is not cheap. I am asking you, my family and friends, to help me reach my financial goal of $2000. This money will help with the cost of the university course and the price to travel. I have applied to a number of scholarships but I am still shy of the total amount needed. Anything helps, even just $5. Thank you in advance for your support! Yay India!!!

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