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Farewell Class of 2014!

Andrea Geddes Poole 12-23-2014

What a year it has been for our class of 2014! As the new BCF teachers get ready for their departure in January, our class of 2014 teachers reflect on their year spent in Bhutan. Some teachers are continuing on with BCF for their second, third, and even fourth year, while others have left Bhutan to travel other parts of the world before returning home.
To all the teachers who have given so much to Bhutan this past year, we thank […]

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Toronto born BCF teacher Warren Tanner talks more in depth about his School Development Project, Gongthung Greenhouse in a post from Green Metropolis, an online community that empowers the people and city of Toronto to live greener.
Photo Credit: Warren Tanner - Construction of Gongthung GreenhousePhoto Credit: Warren Tanner – Construction of Gongthung Greenhouse
With our newly constructed greenhouse, Gongthung Middle Secondary School will be able to participate for the first […]

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A few weeks ago we posted about BCF teacher Matt Stretton’s Junior Guiding Program that was featured in Kuensel Online. Since then, Matt has written a short post about some of the in-class activities he used to prepare students for the Program he ran in Bhutan. Included are some photo’s from the day, so take a look at Chamgang Community Guiding Program!
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This week our photos come from BCF teachers Kezia and Ashley! Final exams are coming up for students in Bhutan, and our teachers have been reflecting back on the past year spent educating their students. A few teachers will be returning for a second or third year, but some will be savouring their last few weeks with the people they have made lasting connections with, in the country that each has come to know and love.
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Photo(s) of the Week – Annual School Picnics

Andrea Geddes Poole 11-10-2014

Nobody does picnics like the Bhutanese! As the school year is coming to an end, schools across Bhutan organize picnics with staff and students. BCF teacher Sarah shares some photos from Tshangkha Lower Secondary School’s fun filled day!
Choose a location + chop down trees for firewood + prepare advanced picnic team + chop veggies + make 5 different curries together as a school + hook up a water system to your semi-remote picnic spot + sing + play games = annual school […]

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Kuensel Online – Junior Guiding Program

Andrea Geddes Poole 11-05-2014

BCF teacher Matthew Stretton is currently teaching English at Yangchen Gatshel Lower Secondary School in Thimphu. Matt has been developing a Junior Guiding Program at his school to provide tourists with the opportunity to experience a glimpse into the traditions and culture in Bhutan, guided by the students! The idea for the program arose out of the many excellent experiences he and his wife Lucy had when visiting their students’ homes, or being guided by them through the local forests. 
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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!
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Vicky Chartres is currently teaching English & Geography at Samtengang MSS in Wangdue, and was able to attend the Wangduephodrang Tshechu.
“Tshechu” is the annual event of the year in every district and though it is billed as a religious festival it is much more than that, as evidenced by Vicky’s experience and her colourful pictures from her latest blog post!
Unfortunately in June 2012 the Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag Dzong was burnt to the ground in a fire. As plans are underway to re-build, […]

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Blog of the Week – SEN Conference Thimphu

Andrea Geddes Poole 09-19-2014

BCF teacher Angela Sutton, who is teaching Special Education at Khaling LSS in Trashigang, travelled to Thimphu in July for the national Special Educational Needs Conference organized by the Ministry of Education and the Bhutan Foundation.
Photo Credit: Angela Sutton - SEN ConferencePhoto Credit: Angela Sutton – SEN Conference
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Bhutan Scouts Association

Andrea Geddes Poole 09-10-2014

Much like the scouting organization we have in Canada, the Bhutan Scouts Association is a youth organization providing value-based educational programs to youth in Bhutan. The BSA caters to the needs of young people through numerous activities that focus on helping them to develop personal values to pursue excellence and a positive attitude towards life!
BCF teacher Angela Sutton, who is teaching Special Education at Khaling LSS in Trashigang, was present for the initiation of the scouts this past Saturday!
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