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The API High School Summer Community Service program in Bhutan takes place in the majestic Himalayan city of Thimphu. This program is a week-long community service program providing students with the opportunity to learn about the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness while exploring and giving back to this culturally-rich community.
Note: Students can receive $100 for each applicant they refer to an API high school summer program (excluding the Parsons Paris Pre-College program). The applicant must include the student's name as the referral source on the online application.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Thimphu programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
The API High School Summer Community Service program in Bhutan takes place in the Himalayan city of Thimphu. This program is a week-long community service program providing students with the opportunity to learn about the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness while exploring and giving back to this culturally-rich community.
Participants will work together with young children from Bhutan, as well as environmental and community beautification or construction projects around Thimphu. The group will engage in several field trips, nature hikes, and an overnight trip as part of the program. They will assist local farmers during their peak vegetable harvesting season, and use freshly harvested produce in a Bhutanese cooking class. They will even tour a monastery, receive a water blessing from monks, and learn how to meditate - it is a truly mindful experience!
No academic credit is offered for this program. Upon completion of this program, students will receive a certificate documenting their hours of community service.
Sonam will be your Resident Coordinator in Thimphu and a resource for you while living in Bhutan with us!
Erica Sowder will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you to go abroad!
Community service participants in Thimphu will live in a centrally-located hotel with the group.