North India: Identity in Exile (Summer)

Location: India: Dharamsala, Agra, Delhi and 3 other cities

Term: Summer

Program Duration: 5-8 Weeks, Summer

Dates: Year Round

Where There Be Dragons

741 Pearl Street Boulder, Colorado 80302 United States


Sign up for this 6-week summer abroad program in North India, where you will look into the roots of Tibetan identity. Throughout your stay in the region, you will participate in various activities - from participating in a learning service project to tackling the effects of climate change in the Himalayas.

Our exploration starts in Ladakh, often called “Little Tibet”. Here, you will learn about the local culture through a learning service project. Listen to scholars, climate-scientists, and Buddhist philosophers as they discuss their traditions and the changing economic, ecological, and cultural patterns within North India.

You will then head to the remote Changthang Plateau, which symbolizes the end of several Tibetans’ pilgrimage and where nomads and herders live. Here, you will visit herding camps and volunteer at an environmental project. You will also also go on a challenging trek into Himachal Pradesh. Other than these, you will take part in numerous activities for the entire duration.


1. Learn basic Ladakhi and Tibetan phrases through interactions with locals.

2. Take part in volunteering and learning service projects aimed at supporting local students and Tibetan refugees.

3. Go on rigorous, high-altitude treks to Dhauladhar Range and Ladakh.

4. Stay with families in Tibetan refugee camps and in a remote Ladakhi village.

5. Participate in an extensive discussion on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the role of religion in Ladakhi and Tibetan culture.

Travel Types
  • Trekking
  • Homestay
  • Ecology
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
Degree Level


Minimum Education

High School

Type of Programs
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Experiential Learning
  • Homestays
  • Outdoor Education

  • Hindi
  • Tibetan

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Tuition includes all accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, and activities. Students are responsible for flight costs, medical expenses, visa fees, and small personal purchases (souvenirs, internet cafes, laundry services, etc.).

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Community Development
  • Cooking
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Gender Issues
  • Festivals
  • Environment
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Youth Development
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Letters of Reference
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Year Founded