Nepal
SPRING SEMESTER | 2 WEEKS

Nepal Cultural Exchange

“It is spiritually and ethically unacceptable that millions of people in our world don’t have sufficient nutrition, clean water, housing, basic health, or education. This reality can and must be changed.” -Tevel B’Tzedek, Aardvark’s Israeli partner organization for the Nepal Cultural Exchange program.

Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World - in Action

What: Delve into the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, through first-hand experiences and inspiring learning. Gain first-hand experience of what life is like for over 2 billion people in the world who live near or below the poverty line while making a small but significant difference in the lives of the families and villagers you will stay with. Volunteer in a local village, experience a homestay, explore Nepal, and more! Prior to the trip, you will participate in two seminars to prepare for the trip during which you will learn about globalization, poverty, social justice, and human rights. The living conditions in Nepal will be authentic and the cultural exchange will leave you affected for a lifetime.

Why: In Nepal, the poor and marginalized rely on communal ties for their very survival. People help each other, protect each other, work in each other’s fields, and celebrate together. This strong sense of community is inspiring and also reminds us of our own traditions. Consider the Jewish teaching, “It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.” Through this lens, we see the world as an unfinished work for which we have an obligation to tend to. Doing our small part in tikkun olam, repairing the world, we will work together with our partners in this special trip, Tevel B’Tzedek, to lend a hand in rural communities while also learning about Jewish ethics and Western privilege.

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