“I sense this may be and will be a life-altering experience- but I’m not yet sure in what ways….”
Mary Ann Pruyser, one of BCF’s volunteer teachers this summer, has given us a look into her pre-departure thoughts. This month marks the take off of our Summer Reading Program. We’re sending 16 amazing teachers, including Mary Ann, to embark on a trip of a lifetime, acting as reading mentors to students in Bhutan. Understandably, these teachers have a lot on their minds. Here’s what she had to say:
“I feel confident, but know I will have to train myself out of the western way of thinking and make that inevitable adjustment to ‘traditional society’ lifestyle – letting go of a focus on materialism and the need to be comfortable at all times.
I’m very excited about the prospect of exploring this unique culture which I’ve been fascinated with for many years. I feel very privileged to be part of a Canadian excursion to Bhutan – a once in a life time experience. Looking forward to observing the culture from a western perspective and then upon return to Canada, observing my culture from an eastern more traditional perspective.
I’m curious about exploring ways that will assist young Bhutanese to improve their English skills in a short time.
I’m expecting to gain friendships, connections for future volunteer teaching experiences, challenging myself through the harder times which will inevitably be part of such a trip, gaining a deep appreciation about how locals live their lives, viewing the breathtaking landscape.”
Looking for an experience to bring perspective and adventure into your life like Mary Ann? Check out our programs and upcoming trips at www.bhutancanada.org
Looking for another reason to Teach in Bhutan? We are loving this article by Intrepid Travel about reasons why Bhutan might be the most liveable country in the world! If you are interested in experiencing Bhutan, apply to Teach in Bhutan by March 31st!
What is your favourite part of living in Bhutan? Let us know below!
With our newly constructed greenhouse, Gongthung Middle Secondary School will be able to participate for the first time in Bhutan’s Agricultural and Food Sufficiency Program. Students will be able to learn first-hand a variety of alternative cultivation and harvest methods, with the hopes that they’ll share such knowledge with their families beyond the school gates. In addition to this, and thanks to the overwhelming support our project has garnered, our bonus funds will go toward excursions to regional agricultural research centres, during which students will not only learn about operating a greenhouse but the evolving career options that exist in the rapidly changing agricultural sector, as well. – Warren Tanner
Earlier this year we posted an update on a BCF teacher Warren Tanner’s school development project. Warren developed a plan to construct Gongthung Middle Secondary School and the greater community a Greenhouse to provide fresh vegetables year-round. In collaboration with the EuroCan Foundation and private backers, Warren and friends were able to construct a beautiful greenhouse that along with providing local veggies, will serve as an interactive classroom in which alternative cultivation and harvest methods can be taught!
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re proud to say it’s finally complete! A mountain of gratitude for all the overwhelming support and love leading up to this beauty of a final-product. Thanks to you, we’ll be able to enrich the diets of an entire school community with fresh, local, year-round veggies. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Anatole France – Warren Tanner
Have you always had an interest in living and teaching in Bhutan – a country with an enriching culture, welcoming people, a transformative education system, and Gross National Happiness? Join us in learning how you can be a part of the Bhutanese education system for the 2015 school year!
BCF will be hosting an online webinar on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Eastern Time
This is the perfect opportunity for us to answer all of your questions about the process! From finances to the application process, from accommodations to curriculum, this interactive information session will allow participants to ask their questions and get all the details needed to prepare for this unique opportunity!
We are excited to share with you some of the amazing school development projects our teachers have been working on within their schools! For 2014, the School Development Program is funded by the EuroCan Foundation, which focuses on conservation issues, particularly as they relate to renewable energies, climate change and sustainability.
Kevin Kilkuskie’s waste management project at the Bidung Lower Secondary School, “Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow”, hopes to implement awareness raising and education campaigns surrounding waste management practices. Waste bins, and information on recyclying will be used to teach students and the community about the importance of keeping the environment clean and how recycling and reusing materials can be sustainable and beneficial for future generations!
Travis Dewanhas focused his efforts on developing an Environmental Conservation project with the goal of protecting the environment by using sustainable waste management practices among the students and community. Travis’ project hopes to engage students in waste management by integrating visual art and creativity!At the Rangjung Lower Secondary School, art will be incorporated by creating garbage bins with bright colours, environmental proverbs, slogans and visual images. Travis hopes art will attract students to use these bins to safely dispose of waste, and create a sense of responsibility and interest in environmental conservation!
Warren Tanner a teacher at the Gonthung Middle Secondary Schoolhas developed a Greenhouse project that aims to cultivate fruits and vegetables and serve as an interactive classroom where students can learn and grow, while also contributing to the well-being of the school and surrounding community!
Sara Diamond is working on a WASH projectthat aims to minimize the occurrence of water-borne diseases from unsanitary drinking water by implementing a water filtration system. Currently, at theTshangkha Lower Secondary School, students do not have access to a sustainable clean water source, relying on boiled water supplied from the school kitchen. The water filtration system will provide students, staff, and the greater community with a clean supply of water, leaving students happy and healthy while reducing illness!
Sharon Gan Chi Ching’s project is a Botanical Garden at the Pemagatshel Middle Secondary School. This garden will be an area where students can learn about different plant life and species, complimenting what they learn in the classroom. In addition to the garden, washing stations and water taps will be constructed in order to provide students with alternative sanitation areas to keep clean before and after meals, teaching the importance of personal hygiene!
Ashley Lenzen is committed to developing a deer rehabilitation park for the injured wildlife nearby the Nangkor Higher Secondary School by creating a Nature Park . Multiple deer have already been rescued and the current enclosure is insufficient to properly rehabilitate the injured animals. The park would provide a safe place for the deer to recover, while also encouraging students to take initiative in caring for the environment!
All of these eager teachers are getting ready to launch their projects! Stay tuned for more updates as the school year progresses! For Previous School Development Projects, visit Stories from the Field.
Our new organizational booklet is now available. Thanks to Jan Perrier for the beautiful design and Cameron Brown, Jeff Belinger, Raewyn Robbins and Aurelia Darveau – Smith for the incredible pictures!