Category Archives: Experiential Education

Experiential Education Program Update

What is experiential education? Our program is based on an education methodology which integrates the classroom with the workplace. We believe that EE is learning that occurs through active involvement in what is being studied in the classroom as well … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful on a Mountaintop

In November & December, two fun-loving filmmakers from London spent time at Jhamtse Gatsal, shooting footage for a documentary they are making. This is an email interview of Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke for Jhamtse Gatsal News. Questions by Sangey … Continue reading

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Mentored Learning Update

The grade 8 and 9 students are still working on their “social entrepreneurial” projects. Amma, the volunteer science teacher from Jamaica, and I have been meeting with each group once a week to mentor them with the progress of their … Continue reading

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Inspired By Malala

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. Being at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community is wonderful and always full of new adventures. But sometimes it feels very far from home. I’m teaching English to grades 7, … Continue reading

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New Social Entrepreneurship Project

In October two volunteers, Dr Craig Ottenstein and Jerry Zadow, and long-term volunteer Spencer Babcock, together with some of the Children’s Community staff began an experimental mentoring program with the two older classes. The idea was predicated on some venture … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Cookie Bakers

[singlepic id=1616 w=380 h=285 float=left] First we took all the things for making cookies. We gathered butter, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, flour, baking powder, cups, 3 big spoons, a sifter, a bucket, bowls, and other things. The cinnamon we used … Continue reading

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Kate’s Side of the Oven Story

“I thought that we would have some clay and build a small house and that we would not do anything else.” I like that Raju remembers his first impression of what it would mean to build an oven; “a small … Continue reading

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Natural Oven Building with Kate Ma’am

Amma: What did you think when Madam Kate came and talked about the oven? Raju: I thought that we would have some clay and build a small house and that we would not do anything else. Building the oven First … Continue reading

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Being a Doctor is More Than Giving Medicine

We are Namgey Chodron ‘A’, Pema Drolma ‘A’, and Tenzin Drolma ‘A’, and our aim is to be doctors. We want to be doctors because in this region there are very few hospitals and few good doctors. The hospitals do … Continue reading

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Quinoa Kickoff

We’re starting a new Experiential Education project here at Gatsal! We are doing an experimental planting of Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) — a super nutritious grain that comes from South America. The class 8 and 9 students have agreed to take … Continue reading

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Worms and Staff at Work!

On March 14, 2013, the District Horticulture Officer (DHO), Mr. Kesang Chombey, and the District Agriculture Officer (DAO), Mr. Shambhu Kumar, visited the Community to do a workshop on vermicomposting, which included detailed information on topics like: • how to … Continue reading

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