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Volunteering at Lha
Posted Sun, Aug 1, 2010

So we now have officially been in Dharamsala for two weeks. Time goes by so fast! After getting over the initial sickness and getting used to the constant rain, things here have been great! Our time has been filled with volunteering, delicious food, activities, and lots of chai!

I have been volunteering at the Louisiana Himalaya Association. This organization does everything! They teach English, French, Tibetan, Spanish, yoga, and even massage! I have been working with two Tibetan girls, teaching them conversational English. I meet with one student, Pema, in the morning and another student, Samten, in the afternoon.

The girls are so sweet and have taught me so much! Pema is like my personal tour guide here. She has taken me to the Bhagsu waterfall, the Dalai Lama temple on a prayer day, a museum on Tibetan astrology and medicine, and so much more!

In the afteroon, I usually go over to Samten’s apartment. It is a cute place! We talk over a nice cup of chai she has made for me and I help her with her English pronunciation. She has also taught me some Tibetan and made be declicious tsamba (Tibetan porridge).

I am learning so much about Tibetan culture and becoming great friends with the girls.

I’m having such a great experience here and can’t believe I only have one week left! Hopefully, I will be able to keep in touch with my new Tibetan friends when I am back in Canada!

Alyssa


New at the DCL- Coffee & Tea!
Posted Thu, Jul 29, 2010

Hello to all readers,

I’m very happy to post for the first time, please forgive me for any spelling or grammar mistakes.

I’m part of a team of three woman: Efrat, Yael and me. We are volunteering at the Darahmsala Comunity Library with Buchung, a Tibetan guy who finished his economic studies and now decided to volunteer for a year in his community. After a week and a half of being a bit sick, having all sorts of meeting with different people about our ideas for the library- things are starting to happen! This is all very exciting for me. I wish we could stay a bit more and see the result of our efforts.

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Shabbat in Bhagsu
Posted Thu, Jul 29, 2010

We have reached the halfway point in Dharamsala and everything has been amazing! The rain can be a bit much sometimes, but the people here are all great and the daily view of the mountains is breathtaking!

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