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Class of 2014 Profile: Warren Tanner

Bhutan Canada 12-03-2013

We are happy to introduce new BCF teacher, Warren Tanner. Warren is from Toronto, Ontario and will be the first BCF Teacher to be at Gongthung MSS in Trashigang where he is ‘wildly excited’ to begin his placement teaching English!
Tanner, Warren - Photo for Bio
Warren was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and developed a passion for outdoor adventure and travel at a young […]

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Welcome Class 2014!

BCF Intern 11-29-2013

Welcome Class of 2014!
It’s been a bit of journey to get here (the anticipation, the back and forth e-mails, the waiting!) but now the real journey begins for the new class of 2014! BCF is happy to announce eighteen new wonderful teachers along with six renewals who will be heading to Bhutan in January!
That brings a total of 24 teachers who will bring their “A-game” to teach their awaiting Bhutanese students skills in mathematics, chemistry, English, geography and other valuable […]

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Warm up this winter with a Bhutanese noodle soup! BCF teacher Andrea enlisted the help of one of her student’s mothers Yangchen, who was more than happy to share her recipe for Bagthuk (Ba-thuk).
bagthukPhoto Credit: Andrea Chisholm – The perfect way to add warmth and sustenance to the body on a cold winter’s afternoon.
“A couple of weeks ago I wrote about making a Tibetan soup called […]

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Will Bhutan become a “hotspot” for electric vehicles?
The Financial Times reported last week, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay and other government officials announced by next-year March they plan to replace all official government vehicles in Thimphu with electric cars and then slowly turn to replacing privately-owned family cars and taxis (Bhutan aims high with Renault-Nissan electric car plan – Victor Mallet in Thimphu and Henry Foy in London).
Thimphu, Bhutan Photo Credit : Dorji […]

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BCF teacher Matt Stretton recently wrote an article for Druk Air’s Tashi Delek in-flight magazine! In his article he ponders the reason behind the popularity of WWE wrestling amongst some of his students and takes a thoughtful look on the impacts of cultural diffusion in Bhutan.
Wrestling with cultural diffusion by Matt Stretton
Here is a quick snippet:
“Whoa! John Cena!”  “Smack Down! Yeah!”
Sticking my head around the door, I found four boys from the boarding […]

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Bhutan’s Artistic Expressions!

BCF Intern 11-20-2013

After Kelly Dorji took up art and got more involved into the art scene, he realized that Bhutan lacked spaces to promote local Bhutanese contemporary art, and so he established the Terton Gallery in 2011.
Terton Gallery, Thimphu, Bhutan (Photo Credit: Art Radar)
Art Radar spoke with Kelly Dorji to find out more about contemporary art in Bhutan (Buddhas, dragons and horses, oh my! Contemporary art in Bhutan – Terton Gallery interview). The gallery aims to provide […]

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With the school year coming to a close, BCF teacher Andrea Chisholm reflects back on her time spent educating her Class 2 at Chumey Middle Secondary School.
Photo Credit: Andrea Chisolm - Class 2 Chumey Middle Secondary School 2013Photo Credit: Andrea Chisholm – Class 2 Chumey Middle Secondary School 2013
“To my dear little friends in Class 2,
I wanted to write you a letter (that you might read […]

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It is amazing what happens when people decide to open their hearts and are able to provide support for those around them. When BCF teacher Matt Stretton posted a Wish-List for Yangchen Gatshel LSS back in October, he received an outpour of generosity throughout the month.
Stretton, Matt - dancing
“The response from family and friends in Australia and across the world has been extraordinary and […]

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The Black-Necked Crane Festival

BCF Intern 11-14-2013

The Black-necked Crane Festival is upon us!
Chisholm, Andrea - Black Cranes FestivalPhoto Credit: Andrea Chisholm“Above us four elegant cranes circled in formation! They circled around and around gracefully, gradually getting higher and higher until they passed out of sight. The perfect highlight of the day to see these special and vulnerable birds.“
The annual festival aims to brings awareness to the conservation and […]

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At the Lower Secondary School in Yurung, students are learning ways to grow and produce their own organic foods as part of the Agriculture Programme initiated into the school’s curriculum in 2002. Classes on Agricultural Gardening came under way through a joint initiative by two ministries of the Royal Government of Bhutan: Agriculture and Education.
Karma Yangzom, a student at Yurung LSS. Photo Credit: WFP/Angeli Mendoza
Students get to enjoy the food they so-carefully […]

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