During the first part of the trip, Earlhamites live with Tibetan refugees at Sarah College before embarking on homestays with Tibetan families in McLeod Ganj, the community immediately surrounding the college. During the program students participate in weekly fieldtrips, celebrate several important Tibetan and Indian holidays, and attend numerous cultural events.
Tibetan Studies is one of Earlham’s most popular off-campus programs and is resulting in strong outcomes for students who participate.
Sonia Norton ’18, a Tibetan Studies student in 2015, is currently back in India for the 2018-19 academic year as part of a teaching assignment funded by the Fulbright program, the United States’ flagship government exchange program.
“India is so diverse and huge, but I just really enjoyed the energy and experience of India,” Norton says of her experiences with the Tibetan Studies program. “I went to India before because I wanted to get more of a sense of the basis of public policy in a country that accepted refugees in a way that our country didn’t. It’s a new democracy. Now I’m looking forward to engaging more with the Indian community, not just the Tibetan Indian community.”