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Bajo is a newly planned town, located in Wangdiphodrang and serves as a meeting spot (and an urban setting) for our western-situated BCF teachers to connect, access internet, and purchase supplies and groceries.
DSC00415Ian Swift, Mike Lenzen, Bret Parrish, Sam Blyth, Karma Tshering,Arwen Seccombe, Jessica Sanchez-Carreon, Vicky Chartres, Jenna Reynolds.
Bajo is the urban town for the surrounding communities and schools of Dechentsemo, Bjibjokha, Samtengang, […]

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Destination Druk Yul 2: Thimphu Town

Bhutan Canada 04-18-2014

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Here, at 7,874ft, is where you’ll encounter the hustle and bustle of Bhutan’s largest city, the capital Thimphu, with a population of nearly 100,000 and growing rapidly. In the past ten years alone, Thimphu has seen fast-paced development and a population boom, resulting in the beginning of traffic congestion and an influx of tourists. Thimphu works diligently to ensure that it’s growth is in-line with […]

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Destination Druk Yul 2: Flying to Bhutan

Bhutan Canada 04-09-2014

The BCF Toronto office has arrived to Bhutan!
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Getting to Bhutan is not an easy task – especially coming from North America. Our teachers often have a transit time of between 25 and 50 hours (and 3 or 4 flights) but once they arrive to Paro, they already know it’s worth it.
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The teachers of 2014 have now been in the field for the past four months, adapting to their new lives in their schools and communities and now BCF Toronto is paying them a visit!
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On Saturday, BCF Toronto Program Manager, Jenna (↑ that’s me!) will begin a very much anticipated journey to visit BCF teachers at their placements across rural Bhutan.
Like all the teachers before, getting […]

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Destination Druk Yul: A Big Thank You!

Bhutan Canada 04-28-2011

Our much anticipated trip to Bhutan has now come and gone. We arrived back home last Saturday and have spent much of the last few days readjusting to life in North America: the straight roads, the noise and chaos, the bland food and the conspicuous lack of mountains.
We’ve also spent much time answering the question, “How was it?”
“Incredible!” we say. “Amazing!” “Beautiful”
But, the truth is, that doesn’t even begin to describe our experience. Our trip to Bhutan […]

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Destination Druk Yul: Becoming Bhutanese

Bhutan Canada 04-20-2011

“To be a good teacher in Bhutan you must become Bhutanese.”

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Throughout our travels in Bhutan we have been offered many wise words. This particular advice came from the Home Minister, after he had been asked his suggestions for new BCF teachers preparing to start work in Bhutan.

Over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to observe many BCF teachers as they go about their life in Bhutan. As our journey winds down, […]

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We spent a lovely day and a half in Trashiyangtse visiting Kendra! Fortunately for us, Kendra has posted a blog about our visit! Have a read 🙂 

We’ve seen so many teachers over the past few days and will be sure to blog about all of them before we leave Bhutan on the 22nd! 

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For a new BCF teacher, living in Bhutan may not be the easiest adjustment.  In rural Bhutan the comforts of home will seem very far away; electricity is not always available, hot water can come and go, and fresh fruit and vegetables are sometimes in short supply.

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a chance to visit many of our teachers in the field and surprisingly, when asked about their life in Bhutan, none of these challenges are mentioned.  Instead […]

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Destination Druk Yul: The Road to Mongar

Bhutan Canada 04-13-2011

“Ah, you are going out east,” our hotel proprietor, Pema, said as we prepared to leave Bumthang. “Now you will see the real Bhutan.”

We left Bumthang on Monday to begin our journey out east, which is where most BCF teachers are placed.  It’s the most rural part of the country and therefore the area where the teacher shortage is most acutely felt.

The drive from Bumthang to Mongar is long and harrowing.  For eight hours […]

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“Bhutan is a Kingdom of short distances and long journeys.”

This is what we were told by our friend, Tashi, when we first arrived in Bhutan a little over a week ago. He was referring to the fact that, although the longest distance across Bhutan is only about 600 km, the journey takes days, something we have come to experience first hand this week.

We spent a very busy three days in the capital city of Thimphu meeting officials, seeing […]

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