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An Introduction from your Program Director

Namaste Dragons College Study Abroad students & parents,

I’d like to start by expressing my inspiration and gratitude: I’m inspired by your courage to leap into the wild journey that awaits you just around the bend, and grateful to the unique set of circumstances that is bringing each of you to Dragons and to Nepal. I hope that wherever you are now, you are anticipating the journey ahead with excitement and curiosity. While you are each drawn to Nepal for different reasons, your time there will profoundly challenge and inspire each of you in ways yet unimaginable. In my role as the Program Director for your program, I’ll work from the sidelines with your field staff to set the foundation for your safe and fulfilling time in Nepal.

I can certainly understand your draw to the subcontinent…I made my first voyage to India in 2004, enticed by the idea of a place so utterly colorful, foreign and unknown. I was charmed by the hospitality and wisdom of the people and awed by the opportunities to be challenged deeply and to learn profoundly every day, and I said I’d return to India a hundred times. I have since explored many corners of the subcontinent, having spent over 5 years between India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. You’re in for a treat!

The field staff who will be guiding your journey are a special and talented group with years of experience working with students like you, and I am humbled by the opportunity to facilitate your program alongside this talented team. In the coming weeks, your instructors will introduce themselves here on the Yak board and will encourage you to introduce yourselves too, and they will post more important information about your upcoming trip. You can look forward to a sample itinerary here in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! Again, welcome to Dragons and to Nepal. I’m so looking forward to supporting you on your journey!

With gratitude,

Christy, South Asia Program Director