Traveling through Bhutan, students learn about culture and history, religious traditions, environmental issues, and conservation policies, all while exploring the role that environmental services and natural resources play in rural livelihoods and national development. On this program, the country itself becomes the classroom, as we explore local environmental issues and rural livelihoods through a broad array of learning opportunities including lectures from local experts, field exercises, treks, and a short research project.
Conduct interviews with Bhutanese citizens who have resource-based livelihoods, exploring the relationship between human well-being and natural resources
Learn important features of local forest species, including species composition and community dynamics; practice field techniques for tree measurement and how to estimate timber volume
Consider how religion influences attitudes about the treatment of the environment
Take a multi-day trek through cultural and natural landscapes, up and over the ridge, between Chamkhar and Tang valley
Visit the stunning Punakha Dzong and Bumthang monasteries