Reasons to Teach in Bhutan!

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!

Colourful festival in Bhutan

What is your favourite part of living in Bhutan? Let us know below!

BBC News – Bhutan breaks Guinness record for tree planting

A team of 100 volunteers in Bhutan has set a new world record by planting 49,672 trees in one hour. The BBC reports that Bhutan’s planters gathered in the capital of Thimphu for their feat, which Guinness World Records confirmed. Bravo Bhutan and all of the planters, what a great way to show commitment to the environment on social forestry day!

Photo Credit: @wangdibumthap - Tree Planting Volunteers
Photo Credit: @wangdibumthap – Tree Planting Volunteers

Bhutan Photo Campaign

The Tourism Council of Bhutan is dedicating a Photo Campaign to the 4th King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck for giving the Kingdom of Bhutan the opportunity to pursue their own path to happiness. The Bhutan Photo Campaign is a creative and fun way to allow everyone to define happiness through photographs. Anyone can submit photos taken both inside and outside of Bhutan.

Bhutan Photo Campaign

To take part:

  • You must register with a valid email address
  • The photograph size should not exceed 8 MB and should be at least 800X500 pixel
  • Tagline should not have more than 40 characters
  • The photograph must be free from any text or watermark. The photograph should not include the email address, website address or name of any individual(s)

Learn more about the photo campaign and register to enter! –> Bhutan Photo Campaign.

Support for Nepal

The earthquake was felt by some of our teachers across the country but gratefully there was no damage or casualties in Bhutan. Our condolences go out to the people of Nepal, as well as the visitors to the country and their families. A few of our BCF teachers have been lighting butter lamps for the victims of, and those still suffering from, the earthquake in Nepal.

Photo Credit: Lynne Maher - Lighting butter lamps at Gom Kora for the victims of, and those still suffering from, the Nepal earthquake.
Photo Credit: Lynne Maher – “Lighting butter lamps at Gom Kora for the victims of, and those still suffering from, the Nepal earthquake.”
Photo Credit: Megan Haskin
Photo Credit: Megan Haskin – “Visited the Monastery today to light butter lamps for the victims in the Nepal tragedy.”

All donations made to Unicef Canada towards relief efforts in Nepal, until May 25th, will be matched by the Government of Canada. And thanks to a match from their generous corporate partners, donations will now go three times further. Donate now and triple your impact.

Dantak Open Mountain Bike Race – Congratulations to BCF teacher Holly

Congratulations to BCF teacher Holly Krasniuk who came third in the Dantak Open Mountain Bike Race in Bhutan. With her prize money she purchased a book for each child in her school from class PP to class 6, as well as extra resources for the school and supplies for the staff. Way to go Holly!

Photo Credit: Vicky Chartres - BCF teacher Holly
Photo Credit: Vicky Chartres – BCF teacher Holly

Check out more photos from the race taken by BCF teacher Megan Haskin’s husband Dylan Haskin!

-> Dantak Open MTB Race Summary.

Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition is an annual flower exhibition held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace gardens in Paro during Paro Tshechu. Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck is the Royal Patron of the exhibition which is dedicated to the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The exhibition is open to the public and runs through to April 6th!

Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition

Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition 2

Also, don’t forget that 2015 has been declared Visit Bhutan Year so stay tuned for more exciting events!

The Atlantic – A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan

Google’s Street View vans continue to cover countries around the world, allowing people to virtually go anywhere from their computer screens. Courtesy of Google’s Street View team, you can now take A Virtual Drive Through Bhutan. Click on the links in the captions so you can explore more on your own!

The Atlantic - Google Street View

Also check out The Atlantic’s photo essay A Trip to Bhutan for some stunning photographs of the Himalayan country.

The New York Times – Last-Ranked Bhutan Stuns Sri Lanka a Second Time

Congratulations to Bhutan’s national soccer team! On March seventeenth Bhutan won 2-1 against Sri Lanka, securing them a group stage spot in the Asian qualifications for the 2018 Soccer World Cup. This is Bhutan’s first victory in an international soccer play since 2008. Kharma Shedrup Tshering, the teams captain, exclaimed the joy of the win by exclaiming “We let them hear the roar of the Dragon.” Last-Ranked Bhutan Stuns Sri Lanka a Second Time.

Bhutan vs. Sri Lanka

 

Tour of the Dragon – Backpacker Films LLC

Production company Backpacker Films LLC was hired by His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel U. Wangchuck and the Bhutan Olympic Committee to film a commercial for the Tour of the Dragon. It’s one of the world’s most difficult one day mountain bicycling races. Riding 268 kilometres for at least 10 hours through the inner Himalayas, the Tour of the Dragon can show how beautiful and hard core mountain biking can really get. Check out this quick film and pass it on to some friends or family that may be interested in a race of a lifetime!