You’re all going to be boarding your flights soon! As you’re getting ready for the trip, as your instructors, we’d like to provide some information about the Independent Study Projects (ISP’s). There are many, many options in Bhutan for ISP. Topics could include traditional arts and crafts (like weaving), Bhutanese sports and games (such as archery or kuru), Bhutanese cooking (dishes like emadatse), traditional dress or dances (such as tsechus) Buddhism and monastic life or unique Bhutanese approaches to policies on topics like conservation and environment, GNH or tourism.
As you can see, Bhutan has a wealth of possible topics to explore! Your homestay experiences and time in different regions in the country should give you the platforms to look at these topics in different settings, to meet many different people and to learn from many different experiences. As your instructors, we’ll do our best to facilitate your exploration of the topic of your choice and connect you with resources that will allow you to explore your interests further.
That being said, we’d like to ask that you remain as open-minded as possible when it comes to ISP topics. These opportunities often organically arise as the experience unfolds and it’s important to remain flexible. We encourage you to remember how powerful an open mind is: often, the opportunities that spontaneously occur during our journey are those that end up defying and exceeding our expectations!
We’re excited to meet you all soon and travel to this unique and beautiful country together! See you soon in Kathmandu!