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Happy Losar! Year of the Female Wood Sheep

Elizabeth Shelton 02-19-2015

BCF wishes our friends, teachers, and colleagues a happy Losar! Losar is the traditional New Year according to the Bhutanese Lunar calendar. February 19th marks the Year of the Female Wood Sheep and we hope everyone has a prosperous, healthy, and happy year ahead.
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Blog of the Week – Home Sweet Home…

Elizabeth Shelton 02-18-2015

BCF teacher Sarah Barnett is settling in to teach English at Gongthung MSS in Trashigang. On her blog she writes about her adventure across the country to get to her placement and her first week upon arrival.
The next day we had more GNH training, which was really interesting to learn about. I have to say that I’m really fascinated by all of the beliefs and cultural systems that are going on here. I think that it’s really great to learn about […]

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A sartorial look at Bhutan shows that appearance can reflect a changing nation. In this article from BBC News, former fashion student Karma Wangchuk shares colourful images from his Facebook page Bhutan Street Fashion.
Bhutan had a strict dress code during the 1990s. But now, one of the country’s most popular blogs regularly showcases how contact with the outside world, combined with a nostalgia for vintage looks, has created a unique street style – Mountain catwalk: Bhutan street fashion.
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Blog of the Week – Joe’s Journal

Elizabeth Shelton 02-11-2015

BCF teacher Fraser MacInnes, who is teaching English at Samey PS in Dagana, has started a blog while in Bhutan that is geared towards children and is told through the voice of Joe Crow.  Fraser’s blog is designed as a learning tool to inform children about a different culture and way of life.
Photo Credit: Fraser Macinnes - Fraser and Joe Crow!Photo Credit: Fraser MacInnes […]

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We Have Arrived – Dylan Haskin

Elizabeth Shelton 02-05-2015

Our class of 2015 teachers have been enjoying orientation in Thimphu and getting to know each other, but today they go their separate ways and begin the journey to their individual school placements. Check out this video of their arrival in Bhutan from Dylan Haskin, who is the husband to BCF teacher Megan Haskin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmWJKgxnZ8s
Be sure to visit Dylan’s website Dylan Haskin Photography!

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Blog of the Week – A New Beginning

Elizabeth Shelton 01-28-2015

Our Class of 2015 is in the midst of a two-week orientation and new BCF teacher Reese Ishmael writes about his first few days in Bhutan in his latest blog post A New Beginning.
Before I knew it, the flight attendant was announcing our descent. I looked out the window to find mountains everywhere. Above them were only a few small clouds speckling a vibrant field of cerulean. As we carved through the valleys houses and monasteries appeared on the sides […]

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First Bhutan International Festival

Elizabeth Shelton 01-27-2015

The first Bhutan International Festival will be held this year in Thimphu! The festival will run from February 14 – 23, with the aim of promoting local arts and creative industries including art, photography, film and music.
BhIF is a non profit annual event – working to build a resilient platform for the ongoing support of the creative arts in Bhutan.
Our mission is to provide a new outlet for artists from across the nation, and invite a cultural exchange with artists from […]

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Class of 2015 Arrive in Bhutan!

Elizabeth Shelton 01-26-2015

Our Class of 2015 teachers have arrived safely in Bhutan! Up next is a two week orientation in the capital city of Thimphu where they will get to know each other, the country and the culture, as well as preparing them for their classrooms and curriculum.
Photo Credit: Reese Ishmael - Bhutan AirlinesPhoto Credit: Reese Ishmael – Bhutan Airlines
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Traditional Day of Offering

Elizabeth Shelton 01-21-2015

The Traditional Day of Offering is a holiday usually falling in January or February, on the 1st day of the 12th month of the calendar. It is a time of thanks and offerings for the Bhutanese people, typically directed towards Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the famous unifier of kingdom and culture in Bhutan during the early seventeenth century. The day is celebrated with feasting and traditional sports, including archery, digor, and khuru (darts).
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Class of 2015 Profile: Kirsten Scott

Elizabeth Shelton 01-15-2015

Last but certainly not least, we are excited to introduce to you to our final new BCF teacher Kirsten Scott! Kirsten is a fellow Canadian and will be teaching English at Bidung LSS in Trashigang. Along with our 16 new teachers this year we have 4 returning teachers Ashley Lenzen, Wendy Max, Scott Harris and Tim Grossman. We can’t wait for everyone to arrive in Bhutan and stay tuned for updates on orientation!
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