- To provide URI students with firsthand direct international nonviolence and peace psychology training experiences within the context of a current post-conflict civil society building efforts in Nepal.
- To offer opportunities to engage in collaborative training and cultural exchange experiences between URI students and Nepalese student counterparts, and leaders of NGO and community development organizations.
- To introduce students to the geography, ecology, economic, cultural, spiritual, social, political, and human dimensions of Nepal, an ancient land with a rich history located in the heart of Asia.
The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is once again offering this unique international nonviolence peace training and cultural education experience as a COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK for URI students. This tour is available to a limited number of students who wish to experience an ancient culture located in the heart of the Himalayan region of the world, in the midst of resolving modern political conflict through nonviolent peace-building.
The program will run mid-March, 2014, during the semester spring break holidays. Specific travel dates to be determined. Travel itinerary described is based on last year’s program and is subject to changes based on local conditions and guidance and advise from our in-country partner organizations. The 2014 itinerary will vary somewhat, but the trip will remain a once-in-a-lifetime-experience!
This study abroad experience is offered exclusively through the the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island’s Office of International Education. FOR TRIP DETAILS AND TO APPLY NOW go to the URI Office of International Education Faculty-Led Trips for SPRING 2013 and complete the Trip and Scholarship Applications. Or contact the Center (874-9037) for more information, if you want to be included in this once in a lifetime experience.
ADVISORY: This is not a vacation style spring break trip. It is a community 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 the world’s most remote locations, while participating in nonviolent social transformation, can be invaluable. Course credits are offered for all participants.
Click the links below to learn more about the trip:
- NEPAL PROFILE
- Paul on Nepal (2013): Travel Tips for URI Nonviolence Trip (updated 26th February 2013)
- *Event Gallery*
Nepal is a landlocked country located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and Tibet, and to the south, east, and west by India. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolis. Nepal has a rich geography; The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft above sea level. The dramatic differences in elevation found in Nepal result in a variety of biomes: Tropical savannas along the Indian border, subtropical broadleaf and coniferous forests in the Hill Region, temperate broadleaf and coniferous forests on the slopes of the Himalaya, and grasslands and shrublands rich with rock and ice at the highest elevations.
Nepal is as ethnically diverse as its terrain. The Nepalese are descendants of three major migrations from India, Tibet, and central Asia. The Kathmandu Valley, in the middle hill region, constitutes a small fraction of the nation’s area but is the most densely populated, with over 7% of the population.
Religion is important in Nepal; the Kathmandu Valley alone has more than 2,700 religious shrines. According to the 2001 census, Nepal is roughly 81% Hindu. Buddhists account for about 11% of the population. Buddhist and Hindu shrines and festivals are respected and celebrated by many. Nepal also has small Muslim and Christian minorities. Certain animistic practices of old indigenous religions also survive.
Nepali is the official language, although over 100 regional and indigenous languages are spoken throughout the country. Derived from Sanskrit, Nepali is similar to Hindi and is spoken by about 90% of the population (although often as a second or third language). Many Nepalese in government and business also speak Hindi and English.