Jeffrey Sachs on Happiness and Bhutan

Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics at Columbia University and special adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, has written about Bhutan several times. In his most recent piece in The Globe and Mail he explores Bhutan’s “happiness for all” quest and presents conclusions as to how we can re-order our own lives to build community and promote sustainability.
He says…

“Against this backdrop, the time has come to reconsider the basic sources of happiness in our economic life. The relentless pursuit of higher income is leading to unprecedented inequality and anxiety, rather than to greater happiness and life satisfaction. Economic progress is important and can greatly improve the quality of life, but only if it is pursued in line with other goals.

In this respect, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has been leading the way.”
Read th full article HERE.

Cooking in Bhutan

It is suffice to say that food in Bhutan is very different than in North America. It is often very spicy and is usually some form of rice, chilles, cheese or potato.
While we were travelling across Bhutan visiting our teachers in April, we were lucky enough to be escorted by Rinzin Norbu, a former restaurant owner from Thimphu! On one of the last nights of our journey Rinzin was kind enough to give us a cooking demonstration that we would like to share with all of you:

Future teachers: Give some of these dishes a try and let us know what you think!

Help choose a name for BCF’s Newsletter!

Over the past few month’s we’ve tested out a few different names for our email newsletter, but nothing seems to stick.

Help us choose a name for the BCF newsletter! Send your suggestions to The winning name will be announced in our fall newsletter and the winner will receive a signed copy of Jamie Zeppa’s, Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan.  

Get your thinking caps on and email us your ideas today! 

Applications 2011 are closed!

Our 2011 recruitment season has been overwhelmingly wonderful. We have received an incredible number of quality applications this year, and whittling down applications to interview has been very difficult. We are really excited to conduct our last round of interviews next week to find our new and incredible Class of 2012!

Check out Ian Swift, Class of 2011 hard at work in his English class at Rangjung Lower Secondary School:

Thank you to everyone who applied, we hope to meet you in an interview!

Support School Communities in Bhutan!

Our teachers make a difference. You can too.

BCF teachers make a difference in the classroom everyday. Outside the classroom they work just as hard by championing school development projects, which support the unique needs of their school community. Our teachers lead projects that engage students and focus of developing new skills and building community.

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Current projects include: 
  • Photo Club at Ranjung HSS
  • Books for Bartsham
  • Newspaper Club at Kanglung Primary  
  • Waste Management and Recycling Program in Trashiyangtse
  • Special Education Resource Center in Mongar 

You can help support these projects by making a donation to The Bhutan Canada Foundation today!

Three ways to DONATE: 
  1. Donate ONLINE
  2. Make a donation over the phone by calling (416) 572-3767. 
  3. Send your donation in the mail to:
The Bhutan Canada Foundation
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 411
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
* please make cheques payable to The Bhutan Canada Foundation