The Elusive Kingdom of Bhutan Presentation & Lecture with Julia Saurazas (Windsor, ON)

Join Julia Saurazas as she talks about the year she spent in Bhutan as an advisor to the director of the Royal Thimphu College on Sunday March 2nd at Mackenzie Hall in Windsor. The presentation will include a slideshow, artefacts, and  a discussion on her experiences living and working among the Bhutanese and travelling in the country.

Photo Credit: The Windsor Star via Julia Saurazas
Photo Credit: The Windsor Star via Julia Saurazas

She wants to reach out to Canadians about Bhutan because she wants to give them an insight to a country that lives such a minimal and private lifestyle. (Shelby Wye, A BBQ with a Bhutan King)

For more details about the event, including purchasing tickets, please visit the City of Windsor’s website here.

Photo of the Week – New Home in Zhemgang

Our teachers are now settling into their unique placements across the country and making their apartments become their new homes. It takes quite a while to get everything ready (such as Internet, hot water, furnishings) but things are coming together for Kezia in Zhemgang!

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Kezia’s flat in Zhemgang. Lower half of the yellow building with blue door and window frames. Photo Credit: Kezia Zuber.

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Inside Kezia’s flat – her front sitting room. Photo Credit: Kezia Zuber.

Zuber, Kezia - Kitchen in ZhemgangKezia’s kitchen. Photo Credit: Kezia Zuber.

To see some of our previous teachers’ accommodations, check out our post here!

Blog of the Week – Bhutan Clan

Our new teachers are settling in! We’re lucky to be able to follow along with them and their adventures in our popular series Blog of the Week. We start with the venturesome Diver family!

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Photo Credit: Paul and Justine Diver – Family at Tigers Nest

Paul Diver is set to start teaching English and Math at Chumney MSS in Bumthang. He is accompanied by his wife Justine and three children, Thomas, Amelie, and Lois.

“I really admire the adventurous spirit of my fellow teachers. I am so glad that I am here with Justine and the children, I couldn’t imagine being here on my own.” – Paul Diver

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Photo Credit: Justine Diver – National Dress

Follow along on their adventures at their blog – Bhutan Clan.

Short Documentary – Made In Bhutan

Initiated by the Loden Foundation, Made In Bhutan is a short documentary portraying the recent emergence of entrepreneurship in Bhutan. Campaign Director Hirondelle Chatelard travelled the kingdom with a Bhutanese film crew, meeting and interviewing entrepreneurs and key individuals. We posted the teaser in May and now in the hopes to inspire as many young people as possible, Made In Bhutan was officially released in Thimphu in November 2013 and continues to be shown all over Bhutan! Additionally, the Loden Foundation is working towards setting up many screenings outside of the country.

To learn more, visit www.madeinbhutan.org and for updated news and information, check out their facebook page.

Also visit Bhutan’s Green Initiative, to learn more about one of the individual entrepreneurial projects.

Work with BCF! Development Manager Position Available

The Bhutan Canada Foundation is now looking to hire a Part-Time Development Manager, based out of the Toronto office.

To learn more, please visit: https://bhutancanada.org/news/work-with-bcf-development-manager

To download the full job description, click here: Development Manager

The Bhutan Canada Foundation sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

BCF Teacher Placements

Our class of 2014 teachers have travelled across Bhutan and arrived at their school placements! View a map of the various schools BCF teachers have been posted here.

Photo Credit: Vicky and Ian
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Photo Credit: Angela Sutton – Home in Khaling

Check out Vicky and Ian’s blog post, First impressions of our new home in Wangduephodrang District and continue to follow our blog for updates!

Blog of the Week – The Black-Necked Cranes of Phobjika: An Exploration of Myth, Space and Experience

A notable area in Bhutan is the Phojbika Valley. The valley is the most significant wintering ground of the rare and endangered Black‐necked cranes in Bhutan and is the site of the Black-Necked Crane Festival. BCF teacher Matt and his wife Lucy explored this mystical part of Bhutan, read more at The Black-Necked Cranes of Phobjika: An Exploration of Myth, Space and Experience.

Photo Credit: Matt Stretton - Phobijika Valley
Photo Credit: Matt Stretton – Phobijika Valley

“Perhaps because of their size, their elegance or their odyssean migrations, cranes have captured the imaginations of cultures the world over and are mythologised in ancient and contemporary cultures alike. There’s a kind of ethereal quality to these stories that insists on the separation of cranes from their human counterparts.”

“The cranes stand impossibly tall, elegant feathered necks stretched towards the skies. Their height and proximity is startling – I am shocked by how vivid and real they are now that they are right here in front of us. For a moment I imagine standing there in the circle with them, a fortuitous human visitor to the celestial world of the cranes, watching as they scratch and fossick through the mud in the gentle morning quiet.”

Photo Credit: Matt Stretton - Black Necked Cranes
Photo Credit: Matt Stretton – Black Necked Cranes

Check out Matt’s blog Bos Grunniens: Adventures In The Land of The Yak and all the new and returning teachers blogs for more adventures and stories from Bhutan!

Support BCF with your purchase of a Robert Bateman, “Cranes of Bhutan” print. Learn more here.