DAY 1 – THURSDAY- Depart URI – JFK to Delhi and Kathmandu
Day 2 - FRIDAY – Arrive Kathmandu
DAY 3 – SATURDAY – Bhaktapur, Arrive Namobuddha Resort
DAY 4 – SUNDAY – Nagarkot
DAY 5 – MONDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training)
DAY 6 – TUESDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training)
DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY – Nagarkot (Nonviolence Training), Travel to Chitwan
DAY 8 – THURSDAY – Chitwan – National Park & Wildlife Refuge excursions
DAY 9 – FRIDAY – Depart Chitwan -white water rafting. Arrive Kathmandu – Shrine visits
DAY 10 – SATURDAY - Kathmandu - Early Childhood Development Center
DAY 11 - SUNDAY-Depart Kathmandu
DAY 12 – MONDAY- Arrive JFK – minibus return to URI
Students depart by minibus from URI campus and shuttle to JFK to board their international flight arriving in Kathmandu, the capital and the urban hub of Nepal. Kathmandu and the surrounding valley is rich with World Heritage sites and ancient shrines and temples that attract visitors from around the world.
After arrival orientation in Kathmandu, students explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The next day, we travel a short distance eastward to Nagarkot, a historical mountain community at 10,000 feet with spectacular views of the Himalaya Mountains. We will experience a 3-day International Kingian Nonviolence Training facilitated by URI Center faculty and trainers. This program is a collaboration between URI and Tribhuvan University’s Conflict, Peace, & Development Studies Program, in partnership with two of the most respected peace promoting human rights NGOs in Nepal, COCAP – the Collective Campaign for Peace, and SWD – Social Work for Development. Notable guests at the training will include human rights activists and peace advocates of Nepal.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Nagarkot for three days, URI students participate in a joint peace and nonviolence training program side by side with Nepalese university students, human rights workers, community volunteers, and NGO staff members, all studying conflict reconciliation and positive peace-building methods. URI students interact with fellow Nepali trainees while learning about how current political and cultural conflicts in Nepal can be resolved using nonviolence principles and practices. Together they share this intensive training experience learning the principles, strategies, and practical methodologies of Kingian Nonviolence within the socio-political context of post-conflict Nepal. Time is reserved for cultural and educational excursions to enhance and supplement academic learning and interpersonal development, as well as provide views of the impressive natural geological wonders of the backdrop of the famous Himalayan mountain range nearby.
After the training program, the URI group will travel from Nagarkot westward past Kathmandu and then south-westward to to the Chitwan National Park & Wildlife Refuge, the oldest national park in Nepal, situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands. The park, which covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem of significant value to the world provides a perfect setting to learn about the issues of conservation ecology and environmental sustainability facing Nepal.
The park is actively engaged in the scientific studies of several species of wild fauna and flora. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park, which is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, and the gharial crocodile. There are over 450 species of birds in the park. One of the best times for bird watching is March!
Leaving Chitwan early, we enjoy a scenic drive through central Nepal and take a break mid-morning break to enjoy white water rafting with lunch on the riverbank. We arrive back in Kathmandu for the final two days/nights. Students will experience cultural and spiritual learning opportunities at several of the world’s holiest ancient temples and shrines. Swayambhunath and Bodhnath are recognized as some of the most sacred sites in the Hindu and Buddhist faith traditions.
Completing this international nonviolence travel experience, students will visit with CNN Hero 2012 winner . social uplifting programs. Also students will visit Pushpa Basnet at her Early Childhood Development Center and learn of her work establishing a home for young children who without other options were forced to live in prisons with their convicted parents. After a final relaxing morning for packing and souvenir shopping, the group transitions to the Tribhuvan Airport to bid a final “Namaste” to Nepal. Our return flight arrives at JFK early Monday morning, meeting our minibus for the final leg of our journey back to URI.