Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas (Summer)

by Where There Be Dragons

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In a country where the phrase "gross national happiness" lands itself on a list of key metrics for development, Bhutan encourages us to ask what we can learn about notions of "happiness" as contributors to our own quality of life. Our journey into the Himalayan region of Bhutan gives us rare access to the sacredness in the vast and wild landscapes, challenging us to reevaluate commonly held notions of our role in the natural world.

Since the arrival of television in 1999 and a cascade of global influences, Bhutan has experienced a steady increase in foreign tourism which contradicts long-held traditions. How can we understand the pressures and adaptations of Bhutanese culture in the face of a globalizing world? In our questioning and exploration of Bhutan, we hope to find a better understanding of the worldviews and assumptions that shape our lives and happiness back home.

Program Highlights

Experience the awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayas

Learn how Buddhism, as the state religion, has had deep social impacts, particularly on the creation of unique government policies on conservation, preservation, and sustainable development.

Delve deeply into Buddhist philosophy, histories, and folk tales to understand drastically different ways of viewing our existence on this planet.

Gain insights to perspectives on the environment, our role in conservation, and the concept of earth as an interdependent organism.

Find a better understanding of the worldviews and assumptions that shape our lives and happiness back home.

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Program Details

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  • Bhutan: Paro

  • Focus Areas

    Experiential Learning


    Outdoor Education

  • Program Duration

    2-4 Weeks

    Year(s) Offered

    Year Round

  • Age Requirement Varies

  • Worldwide

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  • Tuition includes all accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, and activities. Students are responsible for flight costs, medical expenses, visa fees, and small personal purchases (souvenirs, internet cafes, laundry services, etc.).

  • Language Skills Required


    Experience Required


  • Letters of Reference

    Online Application

    Phone/Video Interview

    Physical Exam/Health Records


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