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Cornell Nepal Summer Programs 2014


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With 20 years of experience running academic-year programs in Nepal, Cornell is launching a new collaboration with the central Tribhuvan University campus in Nepal over the summer. In 2014, there will be two new summer programs, one for undergraduates and one for professional masters students. The undergraduate program will place students to live with families and to teach English in underserved rural schools. The masters program will make placements in a wide range of professional internships. Both programs will also involve coursework in support of these placements, instruction in Nepali, guest lectures, cultural activities, and tours, including a short Himalayan trek. As with all Cornell-Tribhuvan collaborations, these summer programs will involve both Nepalese and American students.

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Cornell Nepal Summer Programs 2014

  1. 1. THE CORNELL-NEPAL SUMMER PROGRAMInternational Placements for Service and StudyWhere isyoursummertakingyou?
  2. 2. Is the Nepal program right for you?• International & developing country experience• Hands-on service and learning experience• Internship opportunities & consultancy training• Nepalese student partners• Personal growth
  3. 3. • Established in 1993• Provides training &supervision either forindependent field research orinternships• Joint residential programbetween Cornell & thenational Tribhuvan Universityof Nepal• Involves faculty & studentsfrom both Cornell & TribhuvanUniversities
  4. 4. CNSP located in Kirtipurmedieval walled city on hogback on SW rimof Kathmandu Valley & site of nationalTribhuvan University
  5. 5. LocationKathmanduGoogle Earth image of Kathmandu Valley looking north
  6. 6. Kirtipur streetMain CNSP buildingTribhuvanUniversity
  7. 7. Program structureStudy activities– Orientation & language– Weekly seminar on internationalconsulting– Credit and non-credit optionsavailableService activities– English tutoring program in ruralvillage (for undergrads)– Other partner agency placementoptions (for graduate students)Other program activities– Social/cultural events– Village homestay– Trek to mountain pilgrimage site ALL activities withNepalese student partners
  8. 8. FACILITIES at CNSP in KIRTIPUR• Furnished in mixed Nepali/American style• Central building with dining, classrooms & offices• Library, study rooms, wireless internet, phoneStudents in CNSP library
  9. 9. • Two residence halls– All meals & snacks– Double occupancyrooms– Study areas &wireless internet– Laundry service– Solar hot water– Phone & TV loungesWELCOMING, HELPFUL & CARINGSTAFFBanu Oja,Director
  10. 10. NEPALESE ROOMMATES, CULTURALEVENTS, HOMESTAYS & FESTIVITIESAn unexpected plusis the delicious—andhealthy—food!
  12. 12. HOMESTAYVILLAGE-BASED SERVICE TRAINING• Immersion work in a rural village• Mhanégang—ethnically Tamang village• Mixed maize, millet, rice & legume agriculturebetween 3000-8000’• Site of March & Holmberg research since 1975• Half-day bus & half-day walk NW of Kathmandu• On an historic trade route between Nepal & Tibet
  13. 13. • Senior faculty from socialsciences, humanities, &sciences• International developmentexpertise in a wide range ofagencies & fields• Experienced language teachers• Graduate teaching fellows forindividual support & tutorialsFACULTY & ACADEMICSTAFF
  14. 14. Course of study• Credit• For undergraduates: 8 Credits (program cost + Cornell Summer School tuition)• For professional graduate students: no credit (program cost only)• Study– Nepali language• Intensive conversational Nepali taught during orientation• Ongoing weekly instruction & translation assistance• Nepali is also offered in Ithaca during the academic year & over the summer– Contemporary Issues in Nepal• Expert guest lecturers survey topics in politics, history, culture, gender, humanrights, environment & development• Pre-departure course “Peoples & Cultures of the Himalayas”– Approaches to International Consulting & Service Learning• Core faculty and teaching fellows provide professional preparation andsupervision for service and internship placements• Service placements & internships– Teaching English (for undergrads)• Six weeks of full-time service teaching at local schools & in the community• Living with a family in a rural village– Other internship placements (for professional grad students)• Eight weeks of full-time service in internship• Wide range of placements possible
  15. 15. • Recent study topics– Democratictransformations &elections– Child rights & humanrights– Communityparticipation in naturalresource management– Sex trafficking– Migrant labor• Recent placements– UN HighCommission forRefugees– Save the Children– World Bank– USAID– AnnapurnaConservation AreaProject– RugmarkRecent Professional MastersPartnerships & StudyView of the Himalayas from CNSP
  16. 16. Week-long end-of-program trek• To 12,000’ Phyukhri ridge• Through villages & herding stations• With Nepalese student partners & village guides• To peak that is site of local annual pilgrimage• With 360-degree views from Himalayas to plains
  17. 17. 10 weekschedule• Week 1: orientation based in Kirtipur• Week 2: village home stays in Mhanegang• Weeks 3-8: service learning & internship placements• Week 9: trek to Phyukhri• Week 10: presentations & reflection based in Kirtipur• (Predeparture orientation also required in Ithaca - TBA)Dates for 2014:May 24 - Aug 2
  19. 19. Go to:Facebook:Cornell-Nepal Study Abroad ProgramStudent blogs S. March224 McGraw Hallksm8@cornell.eduFOR FURTHER INFORMATIONMusic: Mhendomaya MayaYouth Club singing theirremix (2006) of atraditional Tamang songoriginally recorded byHolmberg & March (1976)