Nepal Alternative Spring Break 2014

The URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies offers this unique Nonviolence Training and Cultural Education opportunity to a limited number of students who wish to study the application of nonviolence and peace-building practices with members of Nepali human rights and peace activist organizations.

Students will experience an ancient culture in the midst of resolving modern political conflict located in the heart of the Himalayan region and some of the most beautiful natural environments in the world, in the heart of Asia, bordered by China and India. With eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, the dramatic differences in elevation found in Nepal result in a variety of biomes, from tropical savannas to coniferous forests and grasslands rich with rock and ice at the highest elevations. Kathmandu, the country’s capital, is the urban hub of Nepal and is rich with World Heritage sites and other historical shrines and temples that attract visitors around the world.

This is an alternative spring break service-learning study abroad program that combines an international nonviolence peace training partnership project with a rare cultural and educational travel experience.

Advisory: This is not a vacation-style spring break trip. It is a service-oriented “alternative” spring break experience that allows a small number of students to accompany members of the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies on one of their working nonviolence and peace training projects. The rare opportunity provided by this trip to engage in service learning while experiencing a completely different culture, in one of the world’s most remote locations, while participating in nonviolent social transformation, is invaluable. Course credits are offered for all participants.


  • Three (3) URI Credits – Options include: PSY 425: Peace Psychology or PSY479 Topics in Psychology: Peacebuilding or PSY478 Applications in Psychology: Nonviolence Training or PSY 405: Psychological Anthropology

Housing and Meals:

  • Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in modest, clean, standard hotels.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on most days.

Cultural Excursions & Activities:

  • Kathmandu, Bhaktapur Ancient City, Nagarkot, Chitwan National Wildlife Park
  • Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Buddhist Temple, Pushpathinat Hindu Temple
  • Social Work Visit: Early Childhood Development Center
  • Human rights and peace activist NGOs
  • Center for Peace Development Studies at Tribhuvan University
  • Himalayan Mountain Range views, Namobuddha nature trek, wildlife viewing

Program Fee: $2,600 (estimated) Includes:  

  • 3 URI Credits
  • Round-trip airfare & In-country transportation
  • Accommodations & most meals
  • Excursions and service activities
  • 3-Day Nonviolence Training with Nepali participants
  • Med-Ex Supplemental Insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change

Program Deadlines:

*** Application Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013 *** 

*** Final Payment Due: February 1, 2014 ***