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Today is the first installment of our “Spotlight on Districts” series, in which we will be delving into the unique and special qualities of Bhutan’s Dzongkhags. With recruitment nearing for 2014 teacher placements, we thought it would be informative to give our future teachers a look into possible areas they could be teaching, highlighting features of specific districts along with stories from past teachers in that area.

Trashigang is known for its […]

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Chairman’s Trip Travelers at The Bhutan Canada Foundation office, Thimphu

From April 1st to April 10th, Sam Blyth, the Chair of the Bhutan Canada Foundation visited Bhutan with a small group of BCF supporters on his annual “Chairman’s Trip.” It was a great week starting with a very special dinner in Paro, Bhutan that was attended by a number of important guests. It may have been the largest gathering of Canadians ever […]

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This week’s photo of the week comes from Arwen’s blog, Arwen in Gasa. Arwen recently got to partake in the five-day holiday, the Gasa Tsechu, which is an annual religious Bhutanese festival held in each dzongkhag on the tenth day of a month of the lunar Tibetan calendar. Tsechus are large social gatherings that perform the function of social bonding among people of the remote and spread out villages in each district. The focal point is the Cham dances, as […]

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Today’s blog of the week comes from Brick Root, one of our BCF teachers in the field currently placed at Gaselo Higher Secondary School. Brick’s blog follows his thoughts and theories on the connections and disconnections between Bhutan and his home in the United States.
 

Now that I have been in Bhutan, living and working, I am beginning to have a few things to relate besides travel commentary. Last Sunday I walked from here to […]

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In 1972, the 17-year old King of Bhutan asked the blasphemous question, “Why are we so focused on Gross Domestic Product? Why aren’t we more concerned with Gross National Happiness?” For nearly 40 years now, Bhutan has been reinventing itself based upon the premise that the ultimate public good a leader can provide his or her people isn’t material possessions, but instead it’s happiness or well-being. – Chip Conley, What Business Leaders Can Learn From Bhutan (Huffington Post)Hotelier Chip Conley went in search […]

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The March breakers are back! This March break, Blyth and Program Manager Ashley Hill took a group of ambitious students to the Land of the Thunder Dragon to work in classrooms with our BCF teachers and aid in environmental projects. Many of the students described the trip as “life changing”, in which Ashley stated that the “energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by all students, towards all activities, throughout the program, made it clear…that this was indeed a very special time for […]

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As a throwback to last week’s 1st annual International Day of Happiness, we’re happy to share BCF teacher Heather’s experience of March 20th, declared a National Holiday in Bhutan. Heather’s day of happy turned out to be a day of sports, shopping, cooking; and of course like any busy and passionate teacher, lots of reading and marking.

“The female teachers were playing basketball against the girl captains for fun.  I went out to watch and actually played.  Me.  Basketball.  Probably my […]

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Photo Credit: M&C

The Kingdom of Bhutan will go to polls for the second time in its history next month for elections which will consolidate its transformation to democracy, according to a royal decree. Five years ago, the remote Himalayan state of Bhutan turned from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, making it one of the youngest democracies in the world.
 
King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck took the first steps towards democratization by setting up a 130-member […]

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Photo of the Week – February Photo Op

Bhutan Canada 03-25-2013

This week’s photo of the week comes from Andrea Chisholm’s recent blog post February Photo-A-Day in which Andrea and her family took and uploaded a photo for each day of February representing their unique experiences and capturing great memories while teaching in Bhutan! Check out her blog, From Down Under to the Top of the World, and choose your favourite from the many photo days of February.

At the Nomad Festival : Bhutanese guessing the weight of a […]

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Today’s blog of the week comes from Tim Grossman, a current teacher in the field who has been placed at Tshenkherla Middle Secondary School in Trashiyangtse. In his blog, Tim reflects on his teaching experience thus far in Bhutan, mentioning the different challenges associated with educational philosophy in Bhutan and their community based culture.

 I am focused on life in the classroom, assessing my new students who have transferred in from schools as far as Thimphu or as near as Kinney. […]

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