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Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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COVID-19: A Student's Perspective

by Ani Williams


I am currently sitting on the SFS center terrace watching the sun come up over the surrounding Himalayan peaks while I sip my coffee. Dogs are barking in the distance,...
March 16, 2020
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Conservation at Its Finest

by Maicen Stuart


A common and unfortunate aspect of travel is exhaustion. Whenever abroad, there tends to be a perpetual state of it. So, when told to get up at 4 a.m., one...
March 15, 2020
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Savoring the Moment in Bhutan

by Ani Williams


Our breath puffed out mist in front of us as we ran toward the jagged Himalayan peaks jutting into the sky. They were so big it looked like we could...
March 10, 2020
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Valley of Transformation

by Lucy Bock


Every place I have traveled to has had its unique cultural treasure chest to share with those who are lucky enough to visit. Bhutan’s is filled with intricately decorated architecture...
February 19, 2020
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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An Elephant Ate My Directed Research Paper: A Final Reflection

by Cooper Dart


In the back corner of the Center, a small, plastic-walled greenhouse sits with its door hanging open on a broken hinge. Soon after arriving, it became my quiet place. I...
December 18, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Slowing Down in the Himalayas

by Alex Nazzaro


With only a month left in Bhutan, I hope to take back the sense of slowness and calm I’ve felt here. I’ve gotten used to going with the flow and...
December 3, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Bhutan

by Annika Min


Directed Research in Bhutan: Farms, Roads, Trees, and Trash - with a Side of Milk Tea As our semester draws to a close, the students of SFS Bhutan have been...
November 26, 2019
		
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Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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The Himalayas at Sunrise

by Olivia Etherton


At my back, a weathered stone meditation hut canted, the flutter of its prayer flags coloring the breeze. At my feet were a spattering of ground-hugging flowers and fragrant, miniaturized...
November 5, 2019
Australia
Rainforest Studies
Staff Post

2019 SFS Photo Contest Winners!

by Lora Doughty


SFS recently announced the winners of our 2019 photo contest, which ran from Fall 2018 to Summer 2019. This year's contest saw more than 600 entries - spanning 9 SFS...
October 18, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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An Unexpected Lunch

by Oaklea Elfström


We were hot, sweaty, sore, tired, and hungry when we peeked through the monastery gate. Unsure whether we’d be welcome to look around the grounds, we hesitantly tiptoed in. All...
October 8, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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In Search of Understanding

by Helen Dugmore


At 7,000 feet above sea level, the sun is intense. So intense that I can feel it slice through me with the perfect aim of a Bhutanese master archer, neatly...
July 30, 2019
		
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Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Yuko Nakano
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Final Impressions of Bhutan: Hatch, Crack, Fly

by Yuko Nakano


  At the beginning of the spring semester, we asked student Yuko Nakano about her first impressions of Bhutan. Now, after a semester in country, we reconnected with Yuko.  ...
May 8, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Staff Post

Bhutan: A Look Back

by Marta Brill, M.A.


This summer will mark a momentous occasion -- ten years of consecutive programming for The School for Field Studies in the Kingdom of Bhutan. From its inception through the spring...
April 15, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Vishva Nalamalapu
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From Silence to Noise

by Vishva Nalamalapu


Our plane shudders to a halt on the runway of Paro Airport. I step out, and I am immediately enveloped by an expansive silence that engulfs the valley and everything...
April 8, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

The Hidden Himalayas

by Jesse Lewis, M.S.


Camera Traps Reveal the Hidden Himalayas The forests of the Eastern Himalayas are some of the most biodiverse in the world, and are the last stronghold for many threatened wildlife...
April 8, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Harmonious Phobjikha

by Purna Chhetri, Ph.D.


I will now continue my story of fascinating Phobjikha valley, about which I said “Every season the valley is in different a mode and mood”. This time I will tell...
March 12, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Love Resides in the Bhutanese Flowers

by Kaya Pulz


Ten years ago, I am swimming through a sea of entrepreneurs and aspiring reality TV guest stars. I’m looking up, seeing not one familiar face, and realising that they can’t...
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Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Yuko Nakano
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First Impressions of Bhutan

by Yuko Nakano


As the Spring 2019 SFS students begin to settle into their new homes around the world, we asked them to share their impressions of the experience so far. Yuko Nakano...
February 11, 2019
Australia
Rainforest Studies
Staff Post

2018 Photo Contest Winners!

by Kris Pieper


SFS recently announced the winners of the 2018 photo contest, which ran from Fall 2017 to Summer 2018. This year's contest saw more than 650 entries from 78 students -...
January 16, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Final Impressions of Bhutan

by Erin Baggs


At the beginning of the fall semester, we asked student Erin Baggs about her first impressions of Bhutan. Now, as the semester comes to a close, she shared her thoughts...
December 6, 2018
		
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Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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Green Chilies and Red Rice

by Amanda Eason


I eat the same breakfast everyday: a large heaping of rice with a small dollop of chilies. The proportion is intentional and essential. Without the chilies the rice would be...
November 6, 2018
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
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My Identity Abroad

by Waverly Lau


I am Chinese American and am proud of it. I was born and raised in NYC, but both my parents were born in Hong Kong, China. Since I grew up...
October 26, 2018
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

Among the Wildflowers

by Jesse Lewis, M.S.


Innumerable switchbacks guide our way steadily up towards the 14,000 foot Chele-la, one of the highest road passes in Bhutan linking the Paro and Haa Valleys. Having reached mid way...
October 9, 2018
		
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