Department of Campus Ministry

Immersion Experience Program

Nepal – May 2015

Due to the expense and additional preparation required for this immersion, it is included in the application process with January 2015 immersions so that participants are identified this spring semester and have the benefit of fundraising during the summer of 2014. Participants will attend the fundraising meeting this semester and have a couple of gatherings in the fall; however, the group will begin regular preparation meetings in the spring of 2015. If you are studying abroad in the fall of 2014, you are still eligible to apply. If you are graduating from John Carroll University in the Spring of 2015, you are not eligible to apply.

Dates: May 19-31, 2015

Cost: $3,200 plus cost of passport (if participant does not have one), immunizations, and spending money for travel/souvenirs

Immersion Site:
Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.

The population of Nepal is recorded to be about 26.62 million according to a recent survey done by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal.  The population comprises of about a 101 ethnic groups speaking over 72 languages. Most people living in the city areas can understand and speak English fluently. Nepali, written in the Devanagari script, is the official language of Nepal. English and Hindi are widely understood in the urban centers. Nepalese learn Hindi language through Hindi movies which dominate most movie theaters. Language such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Newari, Tamang and Nepalbhasa are also popular in most cities and towns. Nepal was declared a secular country by the Parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.

Through International Partners in Mission, our program partner, participants will have the opportunity to visit local groups in Nepal who are working to promote justice, peace, and hope for children, women and youth. Participants will be experiencing culture first hand through overnights with host families in Bandipur.

Here we will visit the Bandipur Women’s Cooperative Office,  and observe women’s groups in the Calendar Project, visit Mitrata Children’s Home, tour the Social Work Institute¸ a multi-faceted development organization, and talk with its staff and students about the work they do.

Since this is a NEW immersion, the itinerary is still being developed! Other possible site visits may include Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa & Pashupatinath Hindu Temples, Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s first and most famous park, known for its rich wildlife and lush terrain, or the Seed Tree Nepal, an initiative that promotes sustainable use of forests and natural resources.