A team of staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos have begun their landmark trip to India alongside charity partners Global Action.
The contingent departed on Saturday, July 7 and have arrived safely, with a busy schedule planned before they return to home soil on July 23.
They begin with a trip to Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas, before visiting their first placement at a local Indian Pre-School, where the contingent are spending four mornings delivering activities and spending time with the children.
This will be followed by their first Hindi lesson where they will learn the basic language skills, before visiting the Tibetan Parliament to find out more about how refugees established a democratically elected government set up to protect those seeking exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
Visits to the Dolma Ling Nunnery and Norbulingka Institute are also scheduled, and the group will also be spending some time at a tailoring and weaving workshop and colourful Buddhist temple.
Another notable highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be the visits to the Tibet Museum and the Dalai Lama’s Monastery, which welcomes thousands of pilgrims from across the world every year.
The team will be visiting UK-based charity Tong-Len, which was established by Tibetan refugees who wanted to help the Indian community, before making a trip to visit the inspirational Upper Tibetan Children’s Village(TCV) School which educates 3,000 students, most of whom are orphans or newly arrived refugees from Tibet.
They will then head to Manali to embark on their trekking activities through the foothills of the Himalayas and sees them climb to the iconic Pathaslu view point at 3,000 metres.
Upon their return to Dharamsala, the group will make their final visit to their placement to complete the project work and bid their farewells, before ending their unforgettable trip by taking in sites such as the Golden Temple, Guru-Ka-Langar and the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.