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Group Trips to Dharamsala, India

Each year, our Tibetan partners at Lha Charitable Trust host approximately twelve international groups. Lha Charitable Trust coordinates volunteer activities, provides cultural and educational opportunities, and offers accommodations and meals. Donations made by these groups to Lha Charitable Trust are a major funding source which keeps the organization functioning, and has been crucial to our Tibetan friends since the first Tulane University student group visited in 2002. Thanks to group trips, Lha Charitable Trust affords salaries for 13 full time Tibetan employees and provides social services to more than 250 refugees each day. Thank you groups and group leaders!

Groups Scheduled To Visit India In 2017

This year, three groups are open to the general public, with a maximum of 12 participants each, they include:
1) Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care (LMHPCO) – two week group in October;
2) Louisiana Himalaya Association Acadiana Chapter (LHAA) – two week group in September;
3) Ochsner & LMHPCO Mindful Medicine Conference, designed for MDs but open to others - 10 day group in late October.

The following trips are open to specific student groups only:
1) Loyola University – Loyola undergrad students
2) India Medical Trip – Open to all medical or dental students
3) Tulane Med School – Tulane med students
4) Tulane Center for Public Service CPS – Tulane undergrads
5) Tulane School of Social Work – TSSW grad students

The Louisiana Himalaya Association does not organize, coordinate or in any way have responsibility for group trips to India. Groups are the responsibility of the universities, organizations, and/or individuals who put the groups together. However, if you are interested in joining a group trip, or putting together your own group, LHA can help you to access group leaders and volunteer coordinators, and ensure that you are setting off on the right foot. We can also assist in helping you or your organization setting up your own group trip to India. Contact us via email at lha.neworleans@lhanola.com. If you or your organization is interested in becoming an annual sponsor of one or more programs, or offering one-time support, please go to our donation page.

Ochsner Medical Center of New Orleans, in conjunction with
LMHPCO, Tibetan Delek Hospital and Men-Tsee-Khan
Institute for Tibetan Medicine organize an annual 10-day
Mindful Medicine Conference in Dharamsala, India

The Louisiana- Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization now organizes two groups annually: a 2-week
group focused on hospice and palliative care related issues
within the Tibetan community; and a 'Mindful Medicine'
conference – an exchange between East and West MD’s.

Groups of medical students from Tulane and LSU come to
India each summer to provide general health assessments to
Tibetan refugees and refer those in need to local practitioners
for free dental, eye and medical care. Annually, over 300
refugees receive needed services, which are paid for through
funds raised by these student groups and other generous donors!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with Dean Ron Marks, Dr Carolyn Weaver
and the MSW student group from Tulane University School of Social Work
which has been coming to Dharamsala annually since 2002.