14 day university tour - Challenging global perspectives...
Day 1 - Take an overnight flight to Kathmandu
Day 2 - Arrival and Orientation
After arriving and settling into our tranquil accommodation in the heart of Kathmandu, the group will be led on an orientation walk through the local streets of Thamel followed by a group dinner.
Day 3 - Learn about the Culture and History of Nepal – The significance of Hinduism
Today’s focus is on the culture and history of Nepal. The group will be led on a walk through the streets and alleyways of Kathmandu to Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site which features several styles of Hindu Temples and still plays an important part in day to day life of the Nepali people. After a delicious Nepali lunch, the group will be taken to Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu cremation site that gives incredible insight into the cultural practices of Nepal. Tonight we will eat at an Organic green café that grows all its own vegetables.
Day 4 - Learn about Social Enterprise and Gender Inequaliy – The Seven Women Centre
The group will be part of a discussion on Community Development from Seven Women Country Director Anita Kerr before walking through the local neighbourhoods to visit the Seven Women centre, and see first-hand the work of this social enterprise. We will then partake in a Nepali Cooking class, eat a cooked lunch together and participate in a Nepali Language lesson led by the women from the centre. We will enjoy a traditional Nepali feast for dinner at a popular local nepalese restaurant called Talkali Kitchen.
Day 5 - Learn about the Nepali Health system with a visit Fred Hollows and the Monkey Temple
Today will be kicked off by a discussion surrounding healthcare and the work of Fred Hollows, an internationally awarded organisation working to repair eyesight. The group will have an opportunity to donate money fundraised if they choose when visiting this organisation. In the afternoon, walk to the Monkey Temple, the Hindu temple up on the hill with a fantastic view over the Kathmandu Valley. Tonight’s group dinner will be at a local retaurant before returning to our hotel to pack to leave Kathmandu Valley and head to rural Nepal the next morning.
Day 6 - Experiance Rural life in Nepal – Visit Sudal Village & Stay overnight in the ancient city of Bhaktapur.
Leaving the Kathmandu Valley early, we will endeavour to watch the sunrise over the magnificent Himalayan mountain range from the Nagakot lookout tower, followed by a short trek down to the rural farming village of Sudal where we will be able to spend the morning experiencing what rural life is like for most Nepali people. The afternoon will take us to the ancient city of Bhaktapur where we will be taken around by a local guide called Krishna, who has lived in Bhaktapur his whole life and felt the impact of the 2015 earthquakes loosing his own house. For dinner, we will enjoy a buffet style dinner at our hotel.
Day 7 - Learn about the Impacts of Fair Trade in Nepal. Return to Kathmandu and visit The Association of Craft Producers
Today we will visit a Tanka painting workshop – an invaluble insight into buddist culture, prior to leaving Bhaktapur for a tour of one of the largest Fair Trade accredited craft supplies in Nepal (ACP). ACP pride themselves on their sustainable and fair trade manufacturing operation. We will be able to see producers and designers working and will join them for lunch. Tonight we will dine at an Israeli restaurant.
Day 8 - Learn about the Caste system in Nepal & visit a local silversmith’s business
After a relaxing morning in Thamel, we will walk to the Seven Women centre to have a cooked lunch made by the women before returning to Thamel for free time. Late afternoon we will visit a local silversmith and social entrepreneur who employs members of the Dalit Community and then have dinner at a social enterprise which is owned by a co-operative of traditional musicians of the dalit community and enjoy listening to them sharing their culture with us through music.
Day 9 – Seven Women Centre – Practical day of skills sharing and working on projects with the women
Today is the beggning of our practical part of the immersion where students will work with the women at Seven Women on four relevant projects depending on their skills sets and studies. These projects will include our International training college and cooking school, eco farm house design and compost, and our seven women education programs. Business students will focus on our Seven Women enterprises including our manufacturing business, cooking school, and local tailoring shop. Today is about active learning and skills sharing where students will contribute with ideas and manpower. We will enjoy a home cooked meal at the centre made by the women and have a group dinner back in Thamel.
Day 10 – Learn about the issue of Human trafficking. Vist to Maiti Nepal and visit a Buddhist Temple
This morning involves a visit to Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal is an organisation actively working to stop human trafficking in Nepal – this visit is a chance to learn more about and discuss the harrowing impact and scale of human trafficking and the sex trade. This afternoon we will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, where you will have the opportunity to explore and find a lunch spot prior to returning to Thamel for group dinner.
Day 11 – Learn about the growing Environmental concerns in Nepal, visit independent environmentalists making a difference
Visit FoST, an enterprise that recycles products to make sustainable fuel. We will spend the rest of the afternoon at Seven Women continuing to actively participate in the growth of Seven Women in our assigned groups. We will have free time this afternoon, a last chance to go shopping, explore the streets of Thamel and relax time.
Day 12 - Seven Woman Goodbye and Dinner
We will spend today at the Seven Women Centre learning about fair trade and participating in a craft class led by the women. After our class, we will continue to work in our groups on our projects and then present our ideas and achievements to the rest of the group. Padam, your local guide, will take you to his house for afternoon tea to gain insights into the lives of the locals and tonight will be our final goodbye dinner.
Day 13 - Pack and fly home
Wake up for a morning breakfast at Hotel Moonlight, participants will have a chance to say goodbye to the fantastic hotel staff that have looked after us, debrief of the trip, pack and final goodbyes before heading to the airport to fly back home.