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“I sense this may be and will be a life-altering experience- but I’m not yet sure in what ways….”
Mary Ann Pruyser, one of BCF’s volunteer teachers this summer, has given us a look into her pre-departure thoughts. This month marks the take off of our Summer Reading Program. We’re sending 16 amazing teachers, including Mary Ann, to embark on a trip of a lifetime, acting as reading mentors to students in Bhutan. Understandably, these teachers have a lot on their minds. Here’s what she had to say:
“I feel confident, but know I will have to train myself out of the western way of thinking and make that inevitable adjustment to ‘traditional society’ lifestyle – letting go of a focus on materialism and the need to be comfortable at all times.

I’m very excited about the prospect of exploring this unique culture which I’ve been fascinated with for many years. I feel very privileged to be part of a Canadian excursion to Bhutan – a once in a life time experience. Looking forward to observing the culture from a western perspective and then upon return to Canada, observing my culture from an eastern more traditional perspective.

I’m curious about exploring ways that will assist young Bhutanese to improve their English skills in a short time. 

I’m expecting to gain friendships, connections for future volunteer teaching experiences, challenging myself through the harder times which will inevitably be part of such a trip, gaining a deep appreciation about how locals live their lives, viewing the breathtaking landscape.”

Looking for an experience to bring perspective and adventure into your life like Mary Ann? Check out our programs and upcoming trips at www.bhutancanada.org

 

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Since 1961 CBC Radio has been broadcasting the Massey Lectures, allowing Canadians to explore the ideas that make us who we are and asking the questions that make us better human beings. This year, the lecture series will travel across Canada, featuring the former Canadian Governor General – Adrienne Clarkson. On October 28, 2014 the final lecture at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto will discuss the concept of “Gross National Happiness”, an idea that originated from the Kingdom of Bhutan and  how the concept is now being shared amongst the world!

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For more details about the event and purchasing tickets, visit the  The Royal Conservatory website here.

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One of the world’s most challenging bike races returns to Bhutan! The fifth Tour of the Dragon will take place September 6, 2014 in the mountainous region of Bhutan, covering 268 kilometres! The race covers elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,340 meters and crosses four mountain passes before concluding in the capital city of Thimphu, all in one day!

Photo Credit: Tour of the Dragon

The race is aptly named the Tour of the Dragon, not only because it is being held in Bhutan, which is also called the Land of the Thunder Dragon, but also because of its difficulty. As difficult as it is to conquer a dragon, so is it difficult to complete the race! Stay tuned to see if any of the participants can beat last year’s fastest racer, Sonam from Bhutan, who completed the race in 11 hours and 13 minutes!

For more information check out the Tour of the Dragon website!

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Gaeddu College of Business Studies in Gedu, Bhutan is currently hiring qualified professors for minimum two year renewable contract positions in Commerce & Business Studies!

All applications should be submitted before October 20, 2014.

Fore more information, visit: http://www.gcbs.edu.bt/

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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, has plenty of sites to visit and delicious food to eat all over the country.

The Culture Trip is a great website highlighting some of Bhutan’s many venues to experience local food and art as well as a reading list of authentic Bhutanese literature! These are only a few of the great places our teachers visit to  learn about the fascinating culture of Bhutan!

Pema Tshering Artworks at the Water Dragon Gallery

Check out some of their picks for top restaurants, art galleries and novels here!

 

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“I have never been more awed than when I first took in the daily assembly at my school. Students were reporting for the first time that morning, and they lined up in perfectly straight rows by class and section with seemingly no instruction. As the assembly began, they fell silent. Student captains led the student body in their morning chanting. Perfectly in unison, the deep baritone of the older boys and the soft, melodic tones of the girls blended together in perfect harmony and filled the space between us and the mountains….It was a deeply spiritual, perfectly beautiful moment that has become one of my favourite parts of each day.” – Ashley Lenzen

Photo Credit: Vicky Chartre

Applications for the 2015 Bhutanese teaching season will be ending in 3 days on July 31st, 2014 – Apply Today!

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GURU RINPOCHE DAY!

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Today, Bhutan celebrates the birth of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Guru Padmasambhava, an Indian sage who traveled to Bhutan in the 8th century to establish Tantric Buddhism. He is regarded as the second incarnation of Buddha.

According to legend, Guru Rinpoche flew to the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave on the back of Yeshe Tsogyal, a semi-mythical female deity or figure of enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, whom he transformed into a flying tigress for the journey. Once at the cave Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated in a spot around which the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery was built.

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Happy (Bhutan)!

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From the Nation of Gross National Happiness comes a video that is bound to make you smile and maybe even dance! Check out this video that the people of Bhutan created to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy.

In other happy news, Bhutan is to host an International Happiness Conference in 2015. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said that “It is a gratifying and humble experience for Bhutan to be at the center stage of the world for its development policy of GNH.”

Have a happy day!

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